AudiRec proudly presents: SAHARA TAHOE – a brandnew CD. This time we have decided to release the probably last “listenable” Lake Tahoe “Summer of 1971” recording from an Elvis show. Recorded with non-professional equipment by a female fan in the audience - on July 31st, 1971 at the Dinner Show - it is the first time that this concert is available on a “real” cd.
Elvis stint at Lake Tahoe´s “Sahara Tahoe”-Hotel in the summer of 1971 is unfortunately not documented that good. But anyhow, what seems to be pretty clear from the information we found in our research is that Elvis had a really good time at this first engagement at the (compared to the Las Vegas International Hotel) smaller venue. Rex Martin´s weekly publication for the worldwide Elvis fan base was still young at that time but already delivered first hand information from fans who were at the shows at the “Sahara Tahoe”. So for instance fans were able to read astounding facts like this in Issue´s number 24 and 25: “Elvis sang Happy Birthday to a 12-year old girl and gave her a 4-LP set! He was giving away those gift sets from the stage now and then….” and “On the closing night there was a line of people the length of the hotel just waiting for news of CANCELLATIONS! The showroom only holds 1200 but they squeezed 2000 in that night. They had 3 lines going in. One for Sahara people (persons staying in the hotel), one for people with reservations for the show, and one for people who didn´t have them.”
It is also interesting to learn from those magazines that beside from the “usual” set-list these additional songs have been heard by fans at at least one of the other shows: Treat Me Nice / Old Shep / Sweet Caroline / It´s Impossible / I Was The One / It´s Over / Hawaiian Wedding Song / My Babe / Help Me Make It Through The Night. Issue number 24 tells us also: “He always opened with That´s All Right Mama but changed the order of most of the rest” and “Elvis wore many white jumpsuits, plus a black and red outfit. Red jacket with black trim, black slacks, red shirt, black Onyx ring” and also “He split his pants once and was so embarrassed!”.
Oh yeah, those good old Lake Tahoe days! Well, we hope your spare time allows you to sit back, put your headphones on and listen to the Dinner Show at the “Sahara Tahoe” Hotel from July 31, 1971. It´s Lake Tahoe! It´s the Sahara Tahoe Showroom! It´s ELVIS! Enjoy!
Please be aware that this new release is limited to 300 copies only! Be sure to get your copy if you are interested.
31.07.1971 Dinner Show
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. That's All Right 03. Proud Mary 04. Jailhouse Rock 05. Love Me Tender (false start) / Ave Maria (one liner) / Love Me Tender 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 07. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 08. Polk Salad Annie 09. Instrumental Intermezzo 10. Johnny B. Goode 11. Love Me 12. Blue Suede Shoes/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/ Blue SuedeShoes/ Rip It Up/Blue Suede Shoes (medley) 13. Heartbreak Hotel 14. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) 15. One Night 16. It's Now Or Never 17. Hound Dog 18. Suspicious Minds 19. Band Introductions 20. I'm Leavin' 21. I Can't Stop Loving You 22. I John 23. The Impossible Dream 24. After-show comments by Virginia (she taped the show)