Good To Be Back CD : The December 13th, 1975 Midnight Show
Good To Be Back : December 13, 1975
Gravel Road will release the CD, 'Good To Be Back', a fantastic release that is every bit as good as their highly acclaimed 'Return of the Prodigy'. The December 13th, 1975 Midnight Show is widely accepted as one of the finest later-period Presley shows available on soundboard. Yes, the punk lounge rock feel of the '69 shows was now gone, but in its place were a warmth and an intimacy that were just as captivating in their own way.
Elvis was in top form vocally in late '75 (just listen to his sensational vocals on 'How Great Thou Art'), and the December 13th, '75 Midnight Show stands out as one of the finest from this engagement. This show was the first soundboard to be released on bootleg back in '91, causing quite a sensation at the time. The technology used for working on vintage recordings has improved greatly in the years since then, and Gravel Road has used the latest version of the renowned Oxford / ProTools technology to work on this show.
The results are it's an obvious sound upgrade that makes this remarkable show shine that much more -- Just like you've come to expect from us with 'Prodigy'. It's also interesting to point out that this release is more complete than the aforementioned '91 release (which had several edits). 'Good To Be Back' is a title that really captures the sentiment of the show, since Elvis clearly enjoyed being back on stage again following his August '75 hospital stay and subsequent three months of rest. He's relaxed and in a great mood, and he delivers several fantastic performances, with one of the highlights being a beautifully sung 'Just Pretend'.
This new Gravel Road release is a true keeper. Presented in a stunning digi-pack with numerous photos from the actual show, memorabilia related to this engagement, intelligently written liner-notes packed in a 28 page booklet. As an extra, a special limited 'Concert Tour '75 Photo Folio' as it was available during the tours and Vegas shows in the 70's with some totally new color photos in high quality from the '75 Tours. This album is one of those rare releases that you just got to have. It's made with great professionalism and love for Elvis, and this shines through in every single detail of this release. 'Prodigy' was sold out within weeks of its release.
All In A Blaze : December 12, 1975
And recently released is the 'Touchdown' CD release All In A Blaze containing the complete show from December 12, 1975 in Las Vegas. This audience recording release is new and of excellent quality, as the source was a first copy of the master tape. This time the CD comes with a 16-page booklet with lots of rare and seldom seen pictures from Elvis first pre-holiday engagement in Vegas in 1975!
As a teaser from the show you can listen to a full version of America the Beautiful (2:22).
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.