Wild In Wichita
|Live Audience Recording
|Wichita / Kansas, Henry Levitt Arena
|December 27 - 1976, ES.
/ Don't Be Cruel
Digipak release, comes with 16 pages booklet
Expected soon from the E. P. Collector label is another fine release, Wild In Wichita!, their 10th - and 1st one for 2017. This new CD (label E. P. Collector, catalogue number EPC 2017-10) was recorded live from the audience in Wichita, Kansas, on December 27th, 1976.
This is a previously unreleased show, taken from a recently found first generation copy of an original audience recorded master cassette tape. This show was recorded by an American woman and her recording was never in circulation. Until now, the Wichita show was never available in an acceptable sound. The only existing tape was of absolutely horrible quality, perhaps the worst audience recording ever. The EPE label looked for a better tape and succeeded! Although still not great quality, it is a very listenable recording of this wonderful December ’76 tour-opening show!
To prevent possible speculations: many years ago, the official „Follow That Dream' label reportedly planned a possible soundboard release of the Wichita ’76 show. Unfortunately, this info was based on a mislabeled tape in the FTD vaults. There are no indications that a soundboard recording of this show exists.
Just as all other December '76 tour shows, this concert is excellent! Elvis appeared on stage with the same joy and energy as in Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve. Highlights are 'Fairytale', 'And I Love You So', a full version of 'Early Mornin' Rain', an unbeatable performance of 'How Great Thou Art', and 'Hurt'. One unique performance stands out. It was the very first time that Elvis performed 'Unchained Melody', accompanying himself on piano. This premier performance is tentative in parts but that's part of the magic. A great Presley moment!
This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak accompanied with a 16-page booklet, filled with a.o. a local newspaper concert review, and special memories by the American fan who taped the show. We are happy that she was willing to share her unique, never before published snapshots, too! All images used for this project were taken in Wichita, KS, December 27, 1976.
|Granted, the sound is not the best but I am happy anyway to have this great concert in better quality than the cd-r floating around. There you could hardly make out it was even Elvis who was singing. So for die hard collectors of such stuff a must-have in any case. The show is too important to be skipped. (Ciscoking)