Memory Records will soon release the CD "I Did It my Way". Here you have excerpts from the booklets and track listing.
Elvis finished the year of 1976 with a string of inspired, high-energy performances culminating in a fantastic New Years Eve celebration in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This renewed vitality gave hope for the future. However, during January of 1977, the state of affairs became worse than ever before. Probably due to personal problems with Ginger, Elvis cancelled an already scheduled recording session in Nashville as he was in no mood for recording. The February tour started in the southern states and some fans were shocked when they saw Elvis during the first few shows. The second tour of the year was cut short after the Alexandria, Louisiana concert on the 30th of March due to illness.
We have chosen a somewhat typical show from the third tour: Green Bay, Wisconsin April 28, 1977. There are no signs that the singer is overmedicated, "out of it" or vocally weak. Rather the opposite, Elvis’ voice is strong and he is in a cheerful mood. It is apparent that Elvis is physically tired as he asks Sherrill Nielsen to sing his two numbers rather early in the show and there are no traditional power ballads, i.e. "Hurt" or "Unchained Melody" before the show closing. It was a 1976/1977 “tradition” that Elvis butcher the majority of his 50s oldies, but this evening he gives equal effort to all songs: rock, ballad and country. Among the best performances of this Green Bay show are the semi-autobiographical "You Gave Me A Mountain" and an especially poignant version of "My Way".
Track listing :
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. C. C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen (medley) 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06. You Gave Me A Mountain 07. Danny Boy (by Sherrill Nielsen) 08. Walk With Me (by Sherrill Nielsen) 09. Jailhouse Rock 10. O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen)/It's Now Or Never (medley) 11. Little Sister 12. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel (medley) 13. My Way 14. Band Introductions 15. Early Mornin' Rain 16. Lead Guitar Solo (Delta Lady - James Burton) 17. Drums Solo (Ronnie Tutt) 18. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) 19. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) 20. Electric Piano Solo (Bobby Ogdin) 21. School Day (Hail Hail Rock'n'Roll) 22. Hawaiian Wedding Song 23. Hound Dog 24. Funny How Time Slips Away 25. Can't Help Falling In Love 26. Closing Vamp & Announcements.
Bonus tracks (recorded 02.06.1977 in Mobile, Alabama, Municipal Auditorium):27. An American Trilogy (last live version) 28. Polk Salad Annie (last live version) 29. Unchained Melody (Elvis at piano).