SR Records will release the second volume in their The Sound of Vegas-series, December Night, halfway November. The disc will contain the complete Midnight Show of December 4, 1976.
From the press-release:
As everybody knows SR concentrates on the early 70's live period of Elvis' activity; however in the past we pressed The Sound of Vegas vol.1 with focus on August 1973. This time, after fans requests, our tenth release will be a concert from the Vegas December 76 season, we are proud to present a very rare and complete show. Despite 1976 being not a great year, Elvis' love of singing is clear in this tape and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to it.
The Midnight Show from December 4th, as presented on this CD is a great show, with a great variety of songs, all performed with quality in a very high standard. If we look closely at the last Vegas season, we can see that Elvis although a little tired is still able to concentrate on the music to produce great shows. Elvis sings straight to the audience with pauses and jokes, but the performance is still solid; the variety of the repertoire is presented superbly. Songs like I got a Woman, You Gave Me a Mountain or Polk Salad Annie sound great; he presents some good oldies like Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Trying To Get To You and Jailhouse Rock which are performed well. The vocal power is demonstrated in the last single Hurt where Elvis’ voice reaches practically the sky, followed immediately by Hawaiian Wedding Song one of his best ballads. With the exception of some jokes like It’s Now Or Never or Hound Dog the show is perfect and is a pleasure to hear over and over thanks also to the fantastic audio quality that gives us the possibility for a hour to go back to the past .The best song from this midnight show is very hard to find, because the repertoire is solid, however we think the middle of You Gave me A Mountain and Polk Salad Annie has the right spirit of the show and the season.
This recording came from an early generation copy of the master tape; the sound quality is Very Very Good considering the limitation of the Audience Tape. The sound is clear with no audience background noise, the mix is great with practically all instrument presented in the original balance without any manipulation, a great tape for a great show a rare combination that we hope you can enjoy. The sound was restored in a studio to achieve the best possible result s. We have spent hours in the studio over the digital restoration of the sound, to achieve the best possible results and to give you the chance to listen with pleasure.
For the Fourth time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe digipack, containing a collection of live nice unreleased photographs of the December season, with a wide spectrum of jumpsuits included.
01. 2001 Theme/Opening
02. C.C. Rider
03. I Got A Woman/Amen
04. Love Me
06. You Gave Me A Mountain (spoken version)
07. Jailhouse Rock
08. It's Now Or Never
09. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
10. Trying To Get To You
11. Blue Suede Shoes
13. Softly As Leave You
14. Polk Salad Annie
15. Band Introduction
16. Early Morning Rain
17. What'd I Say
18. Drum Solo
19. Bass Solo
20. Piano Solo
21. Keyboard Solo
22. Love Letters
23. Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll
24. Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll (featuring Tony on Lead Guitar)
26. Hawaiin Wedding Song
27. Hound Dog
28. Danny Boy(Sherrill Nielsen)
29. Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen)
30. Can't Help Falling In Love/ Closing Vamp
Approximate Total running time: 73.00
Source: Email / Updated: Oct 14, 2008