Saturday, October 17, 2015

Bright Lights, Big City - Straight Arrow

Bright Lights, Big City - Straight Arrow


From the „booth tapes“ Vol. 7
Thursday, February 20th, 1973 Dinner Show, Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Label: Straight Arrow Special Products SA/SP 2015-36-02

Coming out soon is the new Straight Arrow CD titled "BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY", featuring the Las Vegas, February 20th, 1973 Dinner show. This recording is taken directly from an original Rex Martin „booth recorded“ mastertape. When Straight Arrow started releasing the Rex Martin tapes a few years ago, they caused quite a sensation in the Elvis world. For years they were known to exist, but here they finally were, in a quality that's rare for off-line recorded tapes. In fact, these tapes are so good sonically, that they can easily match anything that's out there. They are certainly as good as the Rick Rennie tapes and bring us the true joy of Elvis Presley on stage in a way that many sterile / unbalanced soundboards were never able to do. The cassette A-side label is marked „20th Feb. 73 Dinner show“, and on flipside there's „20th Feb. 73 Midnight show.“ To the producers big disappointment, the B-side was completely empty, perhaps recorded over / erased by mistake! So the recording of the 20th February 1973 Midnight show is – very likely – lost forever…

Nevertheless, the Feb. 20th, 1973 D/S is another completely new concert recording, even for die-hard Elvis fans. It has never been in circulation - in any form, and the sound quality is exceptionally good! Ask your local dealer for samples!

As usual, our new release is presented in Straight Arrow's standard deluxe digipack. Since there is a hand written notice on the cassette label: „Blue Suit / Silver Stars”, the producers assume that Elvis appeared in the „Owl suit“ - the only blue jumpsuit designed with silver stars. For this reason, we have decided to design the digipack with a collection of photos of Elvis wearing the „Owl suit“, as taken in November 1972

Tracklist: 
01. Orchestra Intro - 02. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 03. C. C. Rider - 04. I Got A Woman / Amen - 05. Love Me Tender - 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. Steamroller Blues - 08. You Gave Me A Mountain - 09. Fever - 10. Love Me - 11. Blue Suede Shoes - 12. I’m Leavin’ - 13. Hound Dog - 14. What Now My Love - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 17. Introduction of actor George Montgomery - 18. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear) / Don’t Be Cruel - 19. Can’t Stop Loving You (with false start) - 20. An American Trilogy - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp / Announcements. 

Source: Elvis Collerctors

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