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Straight Arrow is pleased to bring you a new double CD dedicated to Elvis' August/ September '74 season. This recording was taken directly from a recently found new source, a 1st generation copy of an original audience-recorded mastertape, never before in circulation! This fascinating, previously unreleased concert was never before available in such excellent sound quality!
The penultimate show in Elvis' August/September '74 season was a memorable occasion, especially for British and European fans in attendance. Certain issues in Elvis' personal life influenced what took place on stage at that Labor Day performance.
The set list included several songs unique to this season: "It's Midnight", "Big Boss Man" and "If You Talk In Your Sleep", the latter with a karate demo midway. His song selection demonstrated his expertise in a great variety of musical genres: the sexy 'torch' styling of "Fever"; the sing-a-long "The Wonder Of You"; the poignancy of "You Gave Me A Mountain"; and the feel-good "If You Love Me Let Me Know" and "Let Me Be There". Most of all, perhaps, Elvis touched first base musically with the stirring "How Great Thou Art".
In between songs, he related stories ranging from the amusing to serious topics - the circumstances surrounding his divorce and the overblown stories in the movie magazines. Along the way, Elvis' emotions ranged from undisguised anger (the drug stories) to tenderness - introducing Priscilla and their six-year old daughter Lisa Marie. Usually a private person, it was the presence of his ex-wife that prompted Elvis to speak about his divorce, while making it clear that he and Priscilla were still close.
The liner notes are written by an English fan, who was there It’s a new STRAIGHT ARROW so you know what to expect!
01. Orchestra intro (taken from different source/same show) - 02. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 03. C. C. Rider - 04. I Got A Woman / Amen - 05. Until It’s Time For You To Go - 06. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 07. Big Boss Man - 08. Fever - 09. The Wonder Of You - 10. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) -11. Hound Dog (with reprise) - 12. You Gave Me A Mountain - 13. It's Now Or Never.
01. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 02. Introduction of Steve Allen, Charlton Heston, John O’Grady - 03. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 04. Introduction of Ed Parker - 05. Why Me Lord (with reprise) - 06. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 07. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 08. Can't Help Falling In Love - 09. Closing Vamp / Announcements.