Released on the Tennessee Moon label are Elvis performances from May 1 and 2 1977.
The design is very simple, just a picture of Elvis and the title in a plain font. The booklet contains no information on the concert, just a track listing and a “foldout” of our man from 1977. But for that we’d rather pick up an old Playboy from May 1977. On the back cover of the booklet for volume 2 Elvis looks a bit slimmer, but that’s only because they used a picture of a doll showing Elvis Sundial Suit.
Volume 1 – “When Elvis Comes Marchin’ In”.
When the CD opens, you hear the crowd go wild, actually a great sound. The band keeps on playing the opening theme before Elvis joins in. The venue must be big listening to the audience and the echo on Elvis’ voice. But for an audience recording this is a very good recording.
Straight from the start Elvis is in a good mood, after the opening he does a few words from ‘When The Saints” Comes Marchin’ In” before his rendition of the late Ray Charles classing “I Got A Woman”. We haven’t listened to a lot of 1977 shows lately, but in this show he shows he can rock the house. The crowd joining in on “Amen” give this performance a “Church feeling"; especially what it needs. Elvis continues the good line on the standards like “Jailhouse Rock”. The introductions are way too long, but we can fast forward those, the same goes for Sherrill Nielsen’s performances, he is and should have remained a backing vocalist. One introduction you don’t hear to often is one for Joe Esposito, so he has his place in history too.
Volume 2 – “Polk Salad Elvis”.
The sound quality for this volume two is not as good as volume 1; but above average for an audience recording. This concert from Elvis’ April 21 - May 3, 1977 tour has not been released before (just as the concert one day earlier on volume 1).
This day too the crowd goes wild when Elvis appears on stage in Chicago, and it is almost hard to say for a 1977 concert, but so does Elvis. He even asks if this venue is the “Astrodome” and says something against the rumors that he was not in a good condition and ditto health.
The set list only differs two to three songs from the night before so we get pretty much the same show two times in row with this double release. Fortunately Elvis delivers a good show again.
For the first time in a long while we finished listening to a 1977 concert. For those fans not too font of 1977 performances, these are two releases they may want to consider to check their opinion.
Track listing volume 1:
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - When The Saints Go Marchin' In - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Fairy Tale - You Gave Me A Mountain - Jailhouse Rock - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never - Tryin' To Get To You - Little Sister - Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel - And I Love You So - My Way - Band Introductions - Early Morning Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - Battle Of New Orleans - Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll - Hurt - Hound Dog - Can't Help Falling In Love
Track listing volume 2:
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Fairy Tale - You Gave Me A Mountain - Jailhouse Rock - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never - Little Sister - Tryin' To Get To You - Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel - My Way - Polk Salad Annie - Band Introductions - Early Morning Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - And I Love You So - My Way - Band Introductions - Early Morning Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll - Hurt - Hound Dog - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp