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||Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman / Amen
If You Love Me, Let Me Know
You Gave Me A Mountain
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel
And I Love You So
America The Beautiful
Return To Sender
Introductions by Elvis of singers, musicians
Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson)
What'd I Say (James Burton)
Johnny B. Goode (James Burton)
Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt)
Bass Solo (Battle Of New Orleans by Jerry Scheff, with Elvis sing along)
Piano Solo (Tony Brown)
Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs)
School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)
Hurt (with reprise)
Funny How Time Slips Away
Can't Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp / Announcements
One Night (July 5, 1976, 8:30pm, Memphis)
That's All Right (July 5, 1976, 8:30pm, Memphis)
Polk Salad Annie (August 28, 1976, 2:30pm, Houston)
Mystery Train / Tiger Man (August 31, 1976, 8:30pm, Macon)
Fairytale (September 6, 1976, 2:30pm, Huntsville)
3 panel digipak
Audionics label is back with its first release of 2019, called "RETURN
TO SENDER... THE SUMMER OF '76".
Elvis first played Hampton Roads, VA on April 9th, 1972, two shows in a
day. It was the beginning of his phenomenal April tour and the Hampton
Roads evening show was filmed by MGM for the "Elvis On Tour"
documentary. Elvis returned to Hampton Roads Coliseum on March 11th,
1974, and then again in 1976, for two shows on July 31st and August 1st
matinee. It was his final appearance there.
1976 was a special year for the United States of America. The
Bicentennial Year, the two-hundredth anniversary of this great nation.
Most Americans wanted to show their patriotism in some way. Elvis wanted
to spread a positive message about his country throughout this special
year, and so he decided to add "America The Beautiful" to his set-list.
The August 1st, 1976 concert has often been described as a rather poor
Elvis show - not because he was "out of it" or medicated - but because
his voice was far from its best. Admittedly, it is true that his voice
sounded tired, a bit hoarse and even flat in places, but still, Elvis
did a solid job on several songs and his audience definitely enjoyed the
Nevertheless, there's no need to deny the fact that Elvis' vocal was far
from perfect. It's equally obvious that Elvis was aware, too, because he
told to his audience almost apologetically, "We had a late show last
night, and I only got two hours of sleep" and "Good afternoon! God that
sounds strange 'good afternoon'... I just got up!" Yup, the August 1st
concert was a 2:30pm show, which was unusual as there was no 8:30pm show
that day. Actually, the infamous Houston, August 28th, 1976 show was
also a 2:30pm matinee, and after these shows, management decided not to
program any afternoon shows in the future.
The Hampton Roads show has one saving grace: Elvis decided to respond to
the audience request for "Return To Sender", which was an impromptu
performance, and a true live rarity. Elvis sings it reasonably well and
it was the highlight of the concert.
This show was originally released by the "Fort Baxter" label in 1995 and
then re-released by "Gravel Road Music" label in 2012). "Gravel Road
Music" label used the original Ft. Baxter CD as a source.
For this ultimate reissue, the Audionics team worked directly from a
first generation soundboard tape transfer (RCA tape T0199) and made
significant improvements to the audio. Both previous releases suffer
from too much of reverb and compression. Audionics was able to work from
the unprocessed and complete recording, which gives a more nuanced view
of the concert. The original release on Ft. Baxter label was heavily
compressed, which made Elvis' voice sound worse. We're not saying that
this is now a fabulous concert, but the truth has many nuances, and this
more natural sounding tape shows that despite some challenges, Elvis did
a solid job and entertained the crowd that afternoon.
Both previous releases were slightly incomplete, a part of Elvis'
introduction of The Stamps was edited out, and the Closing Vamp was
faded out very early. Our new release is the first to present this
recording 100% complete as recorded, and the Closing Vamp is now also
complete, including the after show announcements: certainly proof that
we went back to the original tape. Most important, the sound is now far
more natural too, and with much better dynamics.
As a bonus, Audionics decided to add small collection of songs recorded
during 1976 Summer tours. Tracks 29 & 30 were previously released on The
Final Homecoming" 2CD (by Audionics, 2009), track 31 was released on
"Houston We Have A Problem" CD (again Audionics 2013). All bonus tracks
were newly restored and mastered from scratch.
This CD is presented in 3-panel digipak. Due to the lack of quality
photographs from the Hampton Roads concert, great collection of various
high quality concert shots from Summer of 1976 has been used.
So now you have the chance to obtain the ultimate release of the famous
"Return to Sender" concert. This recording never sounded better. It is
dynamic, detailed, and in crystal clear sound! You may ask your import
CD dealer for audio samples.