||This is the last concert where Elvis sang "I Just
Can't Help Believin". |
CD comes with a 16 page booklet.
Straight Arrow label announced its 12th release near the end of April; a double
CD with the famous December 2nd, 1976 Opening Night. Some fans are asking, “Why
is this release delayed and will it ever see the daylight?”. The answer is very
simple: Straight Arrow is here to give you the best possible quality. We
originally intended to use a 1978 first generation copy for this release, simply
because we figured that the original tape was no longer around or could no
longer be traced. But then, as the project was almost near completion, our
search for the original tape finally paid off, and we got in touch with the
person who recorded the concert and owns the original 120-minute master tape.
The sound fidelity and overall quality of this tape is FAR superior to any copy
in circulation, and unlike these copies is also 100% complete!
The negotiations took some time, but we came to an agreement, and the Straight
Arrow team is now working its magic on the original tape. We can assure you that
you will be impressed when you hear this; one of the King’s finest ’76 concerts
in a remarkably clear and dynamic sound. The person who recorded the show also
wrote the liner notes, a unique eye-witness perspective from a person who was
THERE and describes the show in fascinating detail.
Excerpts from the sleeve notes:
"There was a surprise then, as Elvis decided to sing "I Just Can't Help
Believin'", creating pure magic and getting
well-deserved applause. The mood changed completely: "Fever" was as sexy as
ever, as Elvis, did exaggerated leg movements in the red spotlight. Charlie
brought out a blue chair, but Elvis refused it, and began to tell the poignant
story that led into "Softly As I Leave You". A pulsating intro could only mean
one thing - "Polk Salad Annie".
Elvis moved to the funky new arrangement and the heavy rock beat, raising
excitement levels in the showroom."
"The show - probably the second longest of Elvis's career - was drawing to a
close. Elvis treated the audience to a fine "Bridge Over Troubled Water",
introduced his father, thanked the crowd "for making this opening night really
fantastic", and, ignoring requests for yet more songs, began "Can't Help Falling
In Love". The-usual scarf-and-kiss routine drew many fans to the edge of the
stage. Two tiny girls in blue dresses were put up onto the stage. Elvis
the crowd's ovation before disappearing under the descending gold curtain. He'd
never be quite as dynamic again during the 12-day season, but it had been an
opening night to remember - over 100 Magic Minutes."