This 2xCD hails from Elvis’ uneven May/June 1977 tour. After a few lethargic concerts at the start, Elvis offered some decent performances in Augusta, Rochester and Binghamton. Philadelphia on May 28th was problematic, and the next evening in Baltimore the King left the stage halfway through. No one was quite sure if he would return to finish the set. Talk about Hell… Luckily, Elvis reappeared twenty minutes later, singing with power and trying to compensate for the unexpected break with extra effort, including knockout versions of Hurt, Help Me and Unchained Melody.
This recording was taken directly from a first-generation copy of the original audience tape. A previous release in 1994 on the Groti label was incomplete, and it ran at the wrong speed. This new Memory CD uses a different source tape, is 100% uncut and much better sounding. All photographs are from Baltimore on May 29th.
CD1: Also Sprach Zarathustra / CC Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / That’s All Right / Are You Lonesome Tonight / Blue Christmas / Heartbreak Hotel / Love Me / Jailhouse Rock / You Gave Me A Mountain / Danny Boy (Sherrill Nielsen) / Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen) / Teddy Bear - Don’t Be Cruel / Elvis leaves the stage / Walk That Lonesome Road (JD Sumner & the Stamps) / My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me (Kathy Westmoreland).
CD2: Introduction of Singers, Musicians, Orchestra (by Charlie Hodge) / Early Mornin’ Rain (John Wilkinson) / What’d I Say (James Burton) / Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) / Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (Tony Brown) / Electric Piano Solo (Bobby Ogdin) / School Day / Elvis returns / Hurt / Hound Dog / Help Me / Unchained Melody / Blue Suede Shoes / The Wonder Of You (part) / One Night / Medley: O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) - It’s Now Or Never / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp.