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Friday Night Lights (2xCD set)

Straight Arrow releases another early ’70s concert, and this new release is a direct follow-up to their July release entitled ‘Kentucky Rain’.

This Las Vegas, February 20th 1970 D/S was previously released on the SR label in 2015, but it was taken from an inferior, degraded copying and basically, it was unlistenable. The show was also incomplete with several cuts, and it also ran way too slow. Now, for the first time, we have a chance to listen to this fantastic concert in the best possible quality.

The Las Vegas, February 20th 1970 M/S show is previously unreleased, and never available in good quality and in complete form, until now. It’s one of greatest Elvis concerts ever with both Polk Salad Annie and Suspicious Minds being reprised.

The guys at Straight Arrow decided to add five bonus tracks recorded during the February 21st 1970 D/S. These tracks have also never been available in decent sound quality. This release includes the one-liner of the Pat Boone hit When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano. Unfortunately, no more tracks from this concert were taped.

All material (including the bonus tracks) presented on this release were recorded by same person. It’s presented in a deluxe, 8-panel digipak with a collection of photos taken in Las Vegas in February 1970, as well as a press review.

Tracklistings…

CD1: February 20th 1970 D/S: Orchestra Intro (part) / Opening Vamp (incomplete) / All Shook Up / I Got A Woman / Long Tall Sally / Don’t Cry Daddy / Hound Dog / Love Me Tender (with false start) / Kentucky Rain / Let It Be Me (with false start) / I Can’t Stop Loving You / Walk A Mile in My Shoes / In the Ghetto / Sweet Caroline / Polk Salad Annie / Dialogue / Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra / Suspicious Minds / Can’t Help Falling in Love

CD2: February 20th 1970 M/S: Orchestra Intro / Opening Vamp / All Shook Up / I Got A Woman / Long Tall Sally (with false start) / Don’t Cry Daddy / Hound Dog / Love Me Tender (with false start) / Kentucky Rain (with false start) / Let It Be Me / I Can’t Stop Loving You / Walk A Mile in My Shoes / In the Ghetto / Sweet Caroline – 14. Polk Salad Annie (with reprise) – 15. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra / Suspicious Minds (with reprise) / Can’t Help Falling in Love. Bonus tracks from February 21st 1970 D/S: All Shook Up (incomplete) / I Got A Woman / When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano (one line) / Long Tall Sally / Don’t Cry Daddy

Green peppers, Onions And Catfish

Now, while some of Elvis import labels are just repackaging and re-releasing old stuff, the EP Collector label is coming up with some surprises. The Norfolk, July 20th 1975 8:30pm show is previously unreleased, never before available in complete form and in such solid quality. There is an old CD-R in circulation some years ago, but the quality was absolutely horrible and moreover, it was missing the last couple of songs.

As almost every fan knows, Elvis’ July ’75 tour is rated as one of the best ever. The shows were longer and the playlists variable. Vocally, Elvis was in on top form. The two dynamic, rocking shows in Norfolk are no exception. Yes, there was the infamous so-called ‘catfish’ incident, but as usual, the whole story has been overly-exaggerated. Among the highlights are The Wonder Of You, Polk Salad Annie, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, How Great Thou Art and It’s Now Or Never. One song really stands out though – one of the very last performances of Chuck Berry’s great Promised Land.

This concert is taken from a recently found first-generation copy of an original audience recorded cassette tape, recorded by a well-known American fan. It’s packaged in a nicely designed digipack with a collection of images taken by Len Leech.

Tracklisting…

Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) / CC Rider / medley: I Got A Woman – Amen / Catfish incident / Love Me / If You Love Me (Let Me Know) / Love Me Tender / All Shook Up / medley: Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog / The Wonder Of You / Polk Salad Annie / Band Introductions / Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) / Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (Blues – Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) / School Day / T-R-O-U-B-L-E / Why Me Lord? / How Great Thou Art (with reprise) / Let Me Be There / Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise) – Little Darlin’ / medley: Mystery Train – Tiger Man / It’s Now Or Never / Promised Land / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

Softly, As I Leave You

This Las Vegas, August 23rd 1974 D/S is previously unreleased and is taken from an early generation copy of an original audience-recorded cassette tape, which has never been in circulation.

Although the sound in excellent for an audience-recording, unfortunately, the last 3 songs were not recorded. Instead of using a very poor sounding secondary source of the same show the producers have decided to add the exact same songs from the August 23rd 1974 M/S tape, which is of similar quality as the main show.

The playlist is rather typical for August ’74 shows. Among the concert highlights are It’s Midnight, I’m Leavin’, Softly, As I Leave You, a great version of You Gave Me A Mountain and a funky If You Talk In Your Sleep.

This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipack with a collection of great images taken during the August/September 1974 concerts.

Tracklisting…

Also Sprach Zarathustra / CC Rider / medley: I Got A Woman – Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me (Let Me Know) / It’s Midnight / Big Boss Man / Fever / Love Me Tender / All Shook Up / The Wonder Of You / I’m Leavin’ / Softly, As I Leave You / Hound Dog / You Gave Me A Mountain (with reprise) / Polk Salad Annie / Band Introductions / If You Talk In Your Sleep / Why Me Lord / medley: Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Let Me Be There (with reprise) / Elvis’ monologue about rings / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

Last three tracks taken from August 23rd 1974 M/S

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