Elvis: Return To The Queen City of The South 3 CD Set
February 26, 2021
It is not widely known that in 1977, Felton Jarvis planned a release of the great version of 'America The Beautiful' and some other tracks from Charlotte 1976 show on a country-flavored studio / live compilation album 'Welcome To My World'. Unfortunately, it did not materialize. Nevertheless, we have obtained his original old stereo mix and restored it for our release!
For February 20th, 1977 a different source than FTD has been used. February 21st, 1977 was newly mastered from the same tape source as the the1995 Fort Baxter CD release 'Moody Blue and Other Great Performances'.
As a bonus, you will find a selection of pre-show tracks performed by J. D. Sumner and The Stamps and The Sweet Inspirations in 1976 / 77. Yet another addition presented reveals a part of the Johnson City, March 17, 1977 show in previously unreleased authentic pure binaural sound (as it was recorded) with James Burton's lead guitar isolated in right channel. Back then we mixed this show into the stereo image. We have added a set of various tracks taped in February - June 1977, as well. All bonus tracks have been freshly restored and mastered from the scratch and there are unique mixes of songs like 'Steamroller Blues' from Austin, March 28 or 'Unchained Melody' from Rapid City, June 21, 1977. You need to indulge the tones to judge for yourself!
This CD is presented in 3CD digipack with a great collection of high-quality concert recordings from Elvis' performances in Charlotte, NC, March 20th, 1976 & February 20th & 21st, 1977 8:30pm evening shows.
CD1 - Charlotte, NC, March 20th, 1976 E/S:
The Pre-Show act
01. Your First Day In Heaven (J. D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet) - 02. You'll Never Walk Alone (J. D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet) - 03. When The Saints Go Marching In (J. D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet) - 04. Philadelphia Freedom (The Sweet Inspirations) - 05. Lady Marmalade (The Sweet Inspirations).
The Elvis Show
06. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 07. C. C. Rider - 08. I Got A Woman / Amen - 09. Love Me - 10. Let Me Be There - 11. You Gave Me A Mountain - 12. Steamroller Blues - 13. All Shook Up - 14. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 15. Hound Dog - 16. Heartbreak Hotel - 17. Polk Salad Annie - 18. Introductions by Elvis of singers, musicians - 19. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 20. Drum solo (Larry Londin) - 21. Bass solo (Jerry Scheff) - 22. Piano solo (Shane Keister) - 23. Electric Piano & Clavinet solo (David Briggs) - 24. And I Love You So - 25. Hurt - 26. Burning Love - 27. America The Beautiful - 28. Funny How Time Slips Away (with false start) - 29. Fairytale - 30. How Great Thou Art - 31. Can't Help Falling In Love - 32. Closing Vamp. Tracks 01. - 05. recorded in Fort Worth, TX, June 3, 1976, mono.
Tracks 06. - 32. stereo. Tracks 06. - 07. recorded in Johnson City, TN, March 17, 1976. Track 08. spliced with Johnson City, TN, March 17, 1976 version.
CD2 - Charlotte, NC, February 20th, 1977 E/S:
01. Love Me - 02. Fairytale - 03. You Gave Me A Mountain - 04. Jailhouse Rock - 05. O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - 06. Little Sister - 07. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 08. My Way - 09. Moody Blue (false start only) - 10. How Great Thou Art - 11. Hurt (with reprise) - 12. Hound Dog / My Wish Came True (one line) - 13. Unchained Melody (with false start) - 14. Can't Help Falling In Love - 15. Closing Vamp - 16. And I Love You So (with break) - 17. Introductions by Elvis of singers, musicians - 18. What'd I Say # 1 (James Burton, instrumental) - 19. What'd I Say # 2 (James Burton, instrumental) - 20. Drum solo (Larry Londin) - 21. Bass solo (Jerry Scheff) - 22. What'd I Say # 3 (Piano solo, Shane Keister) - 23. Electric Piano & Clavinet solo (David Briggs) - 24. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 25. Steamroller Blues (overdubbed version, Austin, March 28, 1977) - 26. Why Me Lord (matrix mix version, Alexandria, March 29, 1977) - 27. Unchained Melody (remixed single master, Rapid City, June 21, 1977) - 28. My Way (Abilene, March 27, 1977).
Tracks 01. - 15. & 26. & 28. mono. Tracks 16. - 24. recorded in Johnson City, TN, March 17, 1976, binaural. Tracks 25. & 27. - 28. stereo.
CD3 - Charlotte, NC, February 21st, 1977: (All tracks mono)
The Pre-Show act 01. Do Your Thing / Hey, Did You Give Some Love Today? (The Sweet Inspirations). The Elvis Show 02. Are You Lonesome Tonight (with false start) - 03. Reconsider Baby - 04. That's All Right (false start only) - 05. Love Me - 06. Moody Blue - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Jailhouse Rock - 09. O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - 10. Little Sister - 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 12. My Way - 13. Release Me - 14. Hurt - 15. Why Me Lord (with break) - 16. Can't Help Falling In Love - 17. Closing Vamp - 18. Fever (West Palm Beach, February 13, 1977) - 19. Blue Suede Shoes (West Palm Beach, February 13, 1977) - 20. Blueberry Hill (West Palm Beach, February 13, 1977).
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