Never Ending Demand

Soon to be released: Rainbow Records presents a new CD set (two separate cds) called “Never-Ending Demand” Vol.1 + Vol.2, featuring the complete performances of February 16, 1977 Montgomery, AL (Vol. 1) and February 17, 1977 Savannah, GA (Vol. 2).

From the Press-release

The newspaper headlines titled it „Emperor Elvis Still Has It: Memphis Music. Vegas Touch“ and „Elvis Wows 'Em“ – can you ask for more?
Even the reporters were entertained and satisfied with the shows they attended – their reviews and comments can be found along with dozens of pictures from the actual shows in the accompanying booklets of the 2 new releases. The Montgomery performance has never been released in its entirety until this day. Only a handful of songs were released in 1999 on the CD „Coming On Strong“ featuring the rare performance of „Where No One Stands Alone“. For the new Rainbow Records release (Vol. 1) the producers obtained a first generation tape that has never circulated before and unlike all other audience recordings from this date features „My Way“ as an uncut, complete version and includes the complete Opening Act by the Stamps Quartet. The quality of the show recording is very clear and even the fans that usually avoid audience recordings should give this CD a try – they won’t be disappointed. The booklet features also a review by the person who taped the show plus some interesting and official paperwork from the tour itself.

For the second cd, the Savannah show the producers had access to the archive of Savannah’s press & staff photographer Bob Morris who made some high class shots of Elvis in action. He also took a couple of shots of the audience - you can even see the band setting up the stage and tuning the guitars. A total of four newspaper articles are included which set a great spotlight on the situation of Elvis‘ arriving, his security and the show itself. Elvis himself is in a good mood and gives more than a solid performance with highlights like „Little Sister“, „Tryin‘ To Get To You“ and „Polk Salad Annie“. Again the sound on this cd is exceptionally good for an audience recording.

Tracklisting

1977-02-16
(Opening Act by the Stamps Quartet)
Great, Great Morning / Gone At Last / Get Me Jesus On The Line / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(The Elvis Presley Show)
2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) - It‘s Now Or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear – Don‘t Be Cruel (+ 2 false starts) / My Way / Polk Salad Annie / Band Introductions / Early Morning Rain ( featuring John Wilkinson ) / What‘d I Say ( featuring James Burton ) / Johnny B. Goode ( featuring James Burton ) / Drum Solo ( featuring Ronnie Tutt ) / Bass Solo ( featuring Jerry Scheff ) / Love Letters / School Days / Hurt / Hound Dog / Instrumental / Where No One Stands Alone / Unchained Melody / Can‘t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

1977-02-17
2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / Fairytale / Jailhouse Rock / You Gave Me A Mountain / O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) – It‘s Now Or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear - Dont Be Cruel (+ 1 false start) / Tryin‘ To Get To You / My Way (+ 1 false start) / Polk Salad Annie / Band Introductions / Early Morning Rain ( featuring John Wilkinson ) / What‘d I Say ( featuring James Burton ) / Johnny B. Goode ( featuring James Burton ) / Chicken Pickin‘ ( featuring James Burton ) / Drum Solo ( featuring Ronnie Tutt ) / Bass Solo ( featuring Jerry Scheff ) / Piano Solo ( featuring Tony Brown ) / Love Letters (+ 1 false start) / School Days / Hurt (+ reprise) / Hound Dog / Unchained Melody / Can‘t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp
 

Source: Email / Updated: May 19, 2010 
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Reactions

snowplow floater (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2010report abuse
Elvis' voice in 1977 was extraordinary, though his physical health was failing, he developed an extra timbre to his voice that to me is very special. He gave his best and while those expecting firebrand Rock 'n' Roll went home disappointed, anyone that had ears for Hurt, Mountain, How great thou Art, Trying to get to ya'll really got something exceptional. He bled into those particular songs and they are true highlights from the greatest stage performer of them all.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on May 20, 2010report abuse
These shows only serve as a reminder as to why his career was in a tailspin, why he was dismissed by most critics and why he eventually died. Why any fan would want these or dig Elvis in this period is beyond me. This wasnt the same guy we knew even 5 short years earlier. A bad reminder of how a brilliant career was thrown into the gutter by greed and a lack of creativity. As for the covers, ooofffa!
drjohncarpenter0117 (profilecontact) wrote on May 20, 2010report abuse
KTemple. just about the best comment regarding certain statements made about ELVIS..........at last somebody with a realistic and honest point and not babbling on about how bad Elvis was in this later years. For me these 2 shows will be another winner fo me and will be nice to have a more 'complete show' and the other one will make a great addition. Covers shown if they eventually turn out to be the ones used are at least in keeping with the year and not a early 70's TTWII type shot so 'Rainbow' have done there homework again. Bring on more 76/77 shows.....i feel we may have more coming out later in the year.
KTemple (profilecontact) wrote on May 20, 2010report abuse
koenfan, really all that stuff has been discussed before. Most of us would like to change what went on those last few years but we cant so move on. Scudder Elvis was passed his prime maybe, but again we either put up with what he left us or else whats the point at all in being a fan. Many touring artists today are passed their prime but still are enjoyed by thousands of people at their live shows. He was happy when he performed so thats why I enjoy the shows from every year 69-77. Some are better than others for sure, the Savannah show is a good one.
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on May 20, 2010report abuse
Terrible covers , just awful. Elvis way past his prime. Why bother?
adiels (profilecontact) wrote on May 19, 2010report abuse
Great news! I always liked Elvis' performances late 76 and early 77, so this should be a winner.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on May 19, 2010report abuse
The first show is very interesting...we only had parts before on soundboard (Coming On Strong)...the AR that is circulating in collectors circles was incomplete (My Way)..so we have the show in complete form on a good sounding AR..I know the source...the second show we had years ago on Savannah 77. This first tour from 1977 is also the best IMO....so this release should be a good one...

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