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Elvis live at Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe - The World's Best Kept Secret - You were allowed to take pictures during concerts when Elvis was on tour, but during the engagements at Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe it was prohibited.
Sue McCasland was among the very few fans who were able to take pictures. There was a much more intimate atmosphere in Tahoe, because of a smaller showroom, so the risk was higher to get caught while sneaking cameras into the showroom and taking pictures during the concert.
With that knowledge, one can appreciate the value of Sue's photos - a real treasure, so to say. And fortunately, Sue has decided to share her personal treasure with the world.
Why is Lake Tahoe such an enigma?
Elvis live at Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe - The World's Best Kept Secret - During the successful teamwork with Sandi Pichon on Elvis On Tour '75, the Praytome Publishing team mentioned in a personal discussion with Sandi that for several years they wanted to do a project about Lake Tahoe. However; unfortunately, everything concerning Tahoe was a complete mystery. There were only a handful of photos available.
All existing information is based on vague reports, second hand word of mouth and Lake Tahoe memorabilia remains the rarest and most sought after in the Elvis World. It is inexplicable why there is such a vast amount of material about Las Vegas, but close to nothing exists about Lake Tahoe.
Thousands of photos are known documenting Elvis' engagements in Las Vegas. But in contrast, there were engagements in Lake Tahoe where nearly nothing is known - only a handful of pictures and a few reports.
Such a mystery that Ed Bonja, who was Elvis' tour photographer and responsible for nearly all covershots of singles and LPs of the 70s, names the book 'World's Best Kept Secret'.
When we talked with Sandi about Tahoe she responded:
'You must absolutely talk to Sue!'
Sue McCasland from Vegas?'
'Yes, THAT Sue!'
'Sue is MISS Tahoe!'
That was the birth of the 'World's Best Kept Secret':
Elvis live at Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe.
Her unique connections and contacts to people in the Elvis scene helped her to gain memorabilia expert Joseph A. Krein as the co-author for her book. Sue saw the professional work of the Praytome Publishing team.
You were allowed to take pictures during concerts when Elvis was on tour, but during the engagements at Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe it was prohibited. Sue McCasland was among the very few fans who were able to take pictures. There was a much more intimate atmosphere in Tahoe, because of a smaller showroom, so the risk was higher to get caught while sneaking cameras into the showroom and taking pictures during the concert. With that knowledge, one can appreciate the value of Sue's photos - a real treasure, so to say. And fortunately, Sue has decided to share her personal treasure with the world.
Almost every existing photo of Elvis' performances in Tahoe from 1971-1976 has been tracked down and restored for the use in combination with historical information in this visual experience.
You will see Elvis in a great mood, smiling, entertaining the audience and enjoying the moments where there is interaction with the audience. See him wearing a gorilla mask, see him having fun with Mickey Mouse ears, see him kissing his female fans, singing spontaneously rare versions of 'Young and Beautiful', 'Return To Sender' or an exclusive rendition of 'Happy Birthday' and witness the moment where Elvis gets caught in a water pistol fight. It's amazing!
The photos are real gems and one of the biggest surprises is the collection of more than two dozen shots from October 1974 showing Elvis in the Sundial suit. The myth that this suit was only worn in 1977 comes now to an end, definitely. That's one of the reasons why this book is call a 'definitive book'.
Different perspectives, different angles and a vast collection of different stage outfits portray Elvis on stage. Complementary items like tickets, newspaper articles, reviews, advertisements, banners, posters, menus, napkins, ashtrays, dice, casino memorabilia, postcards and a lot more. This book will definitely provide you information and shots you have never seen before and present you the most comprehensive photo collection of Elvis' performances in Lake Tahoe.
Like the Elvis on Tour '75 book by Sandi Pichon this new book by Sue McCasland / Joseph A. Krein will have the same high quality premium paper stock. This hardcover book has the same measurements like the Behind The Image 2 book by Bud Glass and has more than 140 pages. The book has been created by professional designer Regina Wiegand and has a fresh, vivid artwork – the well known Praytome Publishing style has been enhanced. This book reveals the world''s best kept secret – a definitive book – a winner and a must have!
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.