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A Triple Threat

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 Title: A Triple Threat 
 Label: Straight Arrow 
 Label Number: SA/SP 2011-03-02 
 Release Date: 2011 
 Recording Type:Live Audience Recording 
 Location: Lake Tahoe / Nevada, Sahara Tahoe Hotel 
 Date: May 2 - 1976, Cocktail Show - 10.00pm 
 Sound: Good (Very Good) 
  Track Listing:  
01 Also Sprach Zarathustra   01:05
02 C. C. Rider   06:02
03 I Got A Woman (with break) / Amen   11:23
04 Love Me   02:33
05 If You Love Me (Let Me Know)   03:02
06 You Gave Me A Mountain   03:26
07 Elvis talks   02:52
08 All Shook Up   01:03
09 Teddy Bear / Elvis talks   02:51
10 Don't Be Cruel   03:48
11 Tryin' To Get To You   02:13
12 My Way   04:24
13 Burning Love   03:04
01 Introduction of singers, musicians   04:27
02 Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson)   00:33
03 What'd I Say (James Burton)   00:57
04 Johnny B. Goode (James Burton)   00:56
05 Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt)   01:06
06 Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff)   01:33
07 Piano Solo (Tony Brown)   01:37
08 Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs)   01:12
09 Love Letters (with false start)   04:34
10 School Days (Joe Guercio Orchestra)   00:58
11 Hurt   02:10
12 Hurt (second rendition)   02:26
13 Hurt (reprise of last verse and ending)   00:53
14 Hound Dog   01:22
15 An American Trilogy   04:49
16 Softly As I Leave You   03:28
17 Can't Help Falling In Love   01:46
18 Closing Vamp   00:58
  Release Notes:  The sound of the recording is not bad. Unfortunately, Elvis' voice is too much in the background.

As recorded at the Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, NV - Sunday, May 2, 1976
In the past year 'Straight Arrow' managed to obtain a couple of superb-quality Vegas and Tahoe off-line recordings suitable for special releases. The third volume of our "STRAIGHT ARROW SPECIAL PRODUCTS" mini-series is "A TRIPLE THREAT!" (SA/SP 2011-03-02) and features the super-cool Lake Tahoe concert from May 2, 1976.
Of all of Elvis' 70s concerts, those in Lake Tahoe are the most poorly-documented. In a way it's a real pity, because the beauty of the Nevada surroundings and the intimacy of the Sahara showroom always seemed to bring out the best in him. Although Elvis looked somewhat unhealthy in May 1976, he appeared to be in a very good mood, and his warm interaction with fans made the shows quite memorable. The May 2, 1976 gig featured on this release is one of the longest and most entertaining that he gave.
Listening to this, one might easily get the impression that Elvis was courting guests in his living room. There's a nice intimacy to the recording, and his interplay with audience and musicians alike is a true delight. There are also a number of vocally-impressive performances in evidence, one being Elvis' latest RCA single, "Hurt," which he reprises twice! It is the only known date where "Hurt" was performed three times due to the terrific audience response! Worth a mention as well are solid performances of "Burning Love", "My Way", "Trying' To Get To You" and "An American Trilogy".
This previously unreleased show is taken from a 24-bit digital transfer of a first-generation copy of original cassette. Since the recorder was very close to James Burton's stage monitor, the lead guitar is exceptionally well-defined in the sound image.
Like its predecessors, this new release will be presented in a beautiful digipack with all the necessary information, plus Lake Tahoe memorabilia and photos taken during actual gig. If you dug "FADED LOVE" and "YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME" CDs, we'll bet that you will love this one, too.

  Sample Sound:   Burning Love
 Concert:  A decent show with interesting setlist and Elvis being very committed. Not common these days. (Ciscoking)