The latest FTD outing is another 1976 soundboard recording, this time the show in the Metropolitan Sports Center in Minneapolis on October 17.
Orange is – only for chauvinistic reasons – one of my favourite colours, but in my book this is one of the ugliest covers I have ever seen. And it is not caused by an Elvis who wasn’t in the best shape… although that didn’t help either.
As said the CD contains mainly the October 17 show in Minneapolis. Gladly the producers removed two songs by the singing saw Nielsen for legal reasons. Whatever the reasons are, it is very humane to do so. Two of the songs in the show, School Days and Hurt, are from the October 26 show in Dayton, Ohio, as are the bonus tracks Blue Christmas and That’s All Right. The remaining 3 bonus tracks were recorded during the gig in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on October 16. This makes the title of the CD a bit strange.
Anyway, Lene Reidel didn’t completely ruin the tape this time and the sound is more than fair, with the guitar of James Burton a bit up front. For a 1976 show the performance isn’t too bad, although Elvis started a bit hesitating, insecure with See See Rider. If I am forced to name a highlight, it must be Steamroller Blues, but it is far from the powerful 1973/74 versions. Also the rendition of One Night surprised me in a positive way. I have a weak spot for Fairytale, a song I like in nearly every version. Blue Christmas got a soft en gentle approach in Dayton which makes it kind of different song.
It is certainly not the worst 1976 show and I actually enjoyed listening to it, but I’m afraid it will end with the spins it got now.