FTD just released 2 shows Elvis gave in his hometown Memphis during the mid seventies, with the witty name "Hometown Shows".
A great 1975 shot decorates the front of a "classic" FTD release: a 5", 3 panel fold out. The first panel inside shows track listing and miniscule additional information. The 2 CDs carry a 1975 shot, while the panels and back have 1974 shots. Personally I would have split that into a "1974 panel/ CD" and a "1975 panel/ CD", especially because I think the 1975 pictures are better ;). The back of the third panel has also some tickets from 1974 and 1977 (the shows that never were) and the Mids-South Coliseum logo.
Most of us are familiar with the shows. The first one (March 17, 1974) is "new" in good quality, so great for collectors. Soundwise it is more than okay. Of course not as good as the "Live On Stage" recording, but a good sounding soundboard recording. The show is like the other shows in the tour: steady, with Elvis in good mood, singing a lot about scarves. Unfortunately no rock'n'roll medley, but very strong versions of Trying to Get to You and Steamroller Blues and a more than okay Johnny B. Goode make up for that. All together a more than enjoyable show, that will find its way to my player more often.
The June 10, 1975 is one of the classic DAE releases. I never knew this show was done during the afternoon, but according to this release it was. Not that it really matters, since it was the only show of the day. Soundwise I prefer this mix way over the DAE release, but I seem to be one of few that never really liked the DAE releases with their over the top echo/reverb (whatever you call it). For the ones that don't know the show: it's very similar to the other May/ June 1975 shows, with Elvis still going for it.
This is one of the better attempts in my opinion. I understand that FTD wants to cover as much as possible, but these will find my player again, while the 1976 and 1977 shows never will...