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Night Of The Dragon

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Wednesday, August 28th 1974 Dinner & Midnight shows, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV

Straight Arrow is pleased to bring us a new 2xCD dedicated to Elvis’ 1974 Summer Season in Las Vegas, which was always rated as controversial due to Elvis in-between-song comments during several shows. Nevertheless, musically, all shows were very good

Straight Arrow has released only two shows so far, those being Karate Fever (August 31st 1974 D/S in 2010) and Stormy Weather Ahead (September 2nd 1974 D/S in 2017)

These August 28th recordings are coming directly from the recently discovered new sources being the first generation copies of the original audience-recorded mastertapes, never before in circulation! These fascinating, previously unreleased, concerts were never before available in such an excellent sound quality!

Both play lists included several songs unique to this season. It’s Midnight, Big Boss Man and the funky If You Talk in Your Sleep, the latter with a karate demo midway. Elvis’ song selection demonstrated his expertise in a great variety of musical genres, like the sexy styling of Fever, the poignancy of I’m Leavin’, and the feel-good of two Olivia Newton John songs, If You Love Me (Let Me Know) and Let Me Be There. Most of all, perhaps, Elvis touched first base musically with the stirring performances of How Great Thou Art. Worth a mention is the rare inclusion of My Boy, which was presented only once in 1974 (by request)

As usual, this release is presented in a deluxe 4-panel double digipack with a collection of images taken on stage during Elvis’ 1974 Summer Season in Las Vegas

Tracklisting…

CD1: Wednesday, August 28th 1974 Dinner Show: Introduction / Also Sprach Zarathustra / CC Rider / 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 / I’m Leavin’ / Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) / Hound Dog / An American Trilogy / Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra / If You Talk In Your Sleep / Help Me / My Boy / How Great Thou Art / Let Me Be There (with reprise) / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp. Bonus tracks (recorded from soundboard, August 28th 1974 D/S): Help Me / My Boy / How Great Thou Art

CD2: Wednesday, August 28th 1974 Midnight Show: Introduction / Also Sprach Zarathustra / CC Rider / 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 / I’m Leavin’ / Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) / Hound Dog / An American Trilogy / Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra / Introduction of Tom Jones / If You Talk In Your Sleep / Why Me, Lord? / (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel / How Great Thou Art / Let Me Be There (with reprise) / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Monologue / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

 

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