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Review : 'The Last Farewell' 5 CD box set, 1976 Graceland sessions

By: David Adams
Source: Elvis Australia
June 3, 2015 - 7:35:21 PM
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'The Last Farewell' 5 CD / Book set is housed in a stunning pewter box 12" x 12" and 2" high. The set is a one-stop collectors delight containing every recording and outtake known to exist from Elvis' last recording sessions at Graceland, February and October 1976.

Included is much interesting banter from the 'King', to interest any fan.

Listen to Danny Boy (Take 8) with part take 6 (at start) (04:27)

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Elvis Presley, Dick Grob and Ed Parker, February 16, 1977.
Elvis Presley, Dick Grob and Ed Parker, February 16, 1977.

The contents of course being the important factor, and here we have everything, including the 'x-rated' version of HURT, not in the pristine quality of the rest of the set as Felton Jarvis did burn the master, but still, while not the highlight of the set, just part of the set being complete. 

Then the book, 11" x 11", is a combination of interesting excepts of interviews with musicians, articles (Starting with the vacation in VAIL Colorado) and unseen photo's, never published before of Elvis. Nice additions are the write-ups about each song, some brief, others detailed. And the lyrics for each song. 
A LOT of work has gone into the book, including great background images of Elvis on the text pages, that do not interfere with reading the text and really enhance the book.

The set contain's the complete masters and outtakes from the 1976 Graceland sessions in 'Superb Sound Quality', better than ever thought possible. The set is limited to 1000 copies ...

So in all, a really great value set.

Elvis (yes that is the King on the right) in VAIL Colorado, 1976.
Elvis (yes that is the King on the right) in VAIL Colorado, 1976.

Elvis Presley Video Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

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.