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The Unreachable Star - Cincinnati 1971

October 19, 2009 | Music

The forthcoming release from the "SR" label scheduled for the beginning of November is titled "The Unreachable Star" and will feature an unreleased show from Cincinnati November 11, 1971.

From the Press-release:

As you are aware the SR Label concentrates on early unreleased 1970’s shows when Elvis was at his peak. In this our twelfth release, we are proud to present a great show, one of the best of the 1971 November tour. Having been imprisoned in the golden cage of Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe Elvis got the opportunity towards the end of the year to embark on his longest tour since 1957 and without doubt amongst the best of the 70’s.

Unlike 1969/70 the tour isn’t well covered with official releases so what we have in our hands gives us the possibility to hear the quality of a Presley show from this tour. Elvis’ activity on the stage is incredible and the vocals stretch his ability, he performs the best numbers in his repertoire from the last two years with practically no new songs. Elvis is so dynamic that sometimes he can’t control himself, but at the same time he is able to deliver his best repertoire, sometimes reinventing it to. We can imagine Elvis concentrating on the music to produce a great show. Elvis, singing straight to the audience, the performance is solid, long and rough; the 24 songs are presented superbly. Songs like Proud Mary, You’ve Lost the loving Feeling and Polk Salad Annie never sounded better; Elvis covers every period of his career from the classic oldies passing from the early sixties hits to the best of his comeback years. Toward the end perhaps the only surprise is the classic Hawaiian Wedding song.

The man looks, sings and moves in a great way. Elvis is performing at the height of his ability, Elvis is into his music. His focus, the attitude and his relationship with the music are evident which enables him to deliver a great show. This level remains throughout the tour here we have its peak.
The idea to release a 1971 November show was present from the begin of the SR label, the research of a good tape to gives the pleasure of the listen has continued in the last four years, finally this summer we have what we were looking for. Despite the limitation of the binaural tape, we believe that overall for an early seventies recording it represents the best and the only way to listen and enjoy Elvis at his best.

This previously unreleased recording was taken from an early generation copy of the original master tape, as recorded by a member of the audience. All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure; the sound quality is incredibly good considering the early Tour.
As usual from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe digipack containing a collection of live photographs of the Cincinnati’ concert.

Total running time 68.10 minutes.


01. 2001 Theme
02. That’s All Right
03. I Got a Woman / Amen
04. Proud Mary
05. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
06. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
07. Polk Salad Annie
08. Intermission
09. Love Me
10. Heartbreak Hotel
11. Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On
12. One Night
13. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
14. It’s Now or Never
15. Hound Dog
16. How Great Thou Art
17. Band Introductions
18. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
19. Bridge Over Troubled Water (+ reprise)
20. I Can’t Stop Loving You
21. Mystery Train / Tiger Man
22. Release Me
23. The Impossible Dream
24. Suspicious Minds
25. Funny How Time Slips Away
26. Hawaiian Wedding Song
27. Can’t Help Falling In Love /Closing Vamp

Ciscoking wrote on October 19, 2009
I have to admit that the show isn`t bad...I have also to admit that SR Records stand for a low budget label with usually only doing a copy and paste job from cdr to silver disc...means that they make no efforts in improving sound or whatever...also cheap cover artwork and no booklets..
elvis sweden wrote on October 19, 2009
Sorry SR I can't stand the sound on your releases :-(
benny scott wrote on October 19, 2009
Here in Belgium we once had our own Airline Company: S.A.B.E.N.A ! It was a good company and in my younger years i've been working at Brussels Airport as a traffic agent. In inside joke was calling S.A.B.E.N.A " Such. A. Bloody. Experience. Never. Again." Well that goes for sure for the SR label. I once bought their (so-called) "CD" Rock and Blues". What a disaster soundwise, a crying shame. SR, pls quit the import market, you'll do many people a big favour ! Always El.
Jerome-the-third wrote on October 19, 2009
the label can't help it that they only have lousy sources..
FLY-TROUBLE! wrote on October 19, 2009
I have 2 SR releases (September Nights + Rock And Blues). Both are terrible soundvise. Cheap design,very bad sound quality and expensive CD's... I can't believe they have already issued 12 CD's! It seems they always managed to find enough fools to make some profit.
You Dont Know Me wrote on October 19, 2009
well said FLY T.R.O.U.B.L.E. SR= second rate audience recordings and that abysmal show rubbish job from August 1971 is the worst audience CD i ever had.
benny scott wrote on October 20, 2009
Hi Jerome-the-3rd. If SR have only lousy sources, why do they release those sh..t-CDs ? Don't they understand they are digging their own grave, slowly but surely ? Always El.
ger wrote on October 20, 2009
Oh no. Another live album there are to many most are crap please stop they do nothing for Elvis and make his fans look like fools for buying them.At least the remix albums are different.
Linda Kovalcik wrote on October 20, 2009
I have this show on CD-R and unfortunately the sound quality is very-very-very-very bad.
GeertFromNl wrote on October 20, 2009
Crap,like all SR releases. Bad sounding shows in digipack for $30. No,thanks.
Erika Freiburger wrote on October 20, 2009
This is a fantastic concert,but i've heard a sound sample and it is so weak in sound quality that i'll rather pass it. Maybe it's a good release for those who collect everything but not for the average fan. For the same amount of money i will rather buy an FTD. At least those are quality releases (mostly). Love,Erika
drjohncarpenter0117 wrote on October 20, 2009
Bitch,bitch and more bitching,what in the world do you people actually buy??....for a long time now anything new importwise all we get is the same old people moaning and groaning about the way they think it is???....and i bet some of you will still buy the cds you are giving negative reactions to.I realize not every Elvis cd is a masterpiece but i am only to happy to have this and anything else i want in my collection......there is no way in this world every Elvis concert will ever be released in crystal clear sound so when something like this comes along it will do for me.As for the sound i too have heard a soundbite and to be honest i found it ok.....hey what do i know i have only been collecting for 30 yrs + and in some people's eyes that makes me a newbie....love that word.Have huge respect for all people Elvis and Ciscocking reviews on cds has been of value to me over the years....just get a little angry about so much negative reaction to just about all things Elvis.
FLY-TROUBLE! wrote on October 20, 2009
Carpenter: it's not bitching,we just wrote honest reviews about the sound quality of this concert and the quality of the previous SR releases. So what's the problem? If you want to buy it,then buy it!
Ciscoking wrote on October 20, 2009
drjohncarpenter......thank you for the nice words...
drjohncarpenter0117 wrote on October 20, 2009
Trouble: it's your opinion and not always a HONEST one either? so far all your so called HONEST reviews have been negative and begs the question what the hell do you buy if you don't buy any of the import/Sony/Ftd releases?.Surely any Elvis import release is always of interest to many,many fans who unlike you don't have everything Elvis uttered,sang or put on tape.Sure would be nice at least to read reviews after we have had the cds in our hands and not before.I know SR are not in the top league but at least we have the chance to listen to sonmething of interest instead of listening to people like you knocking everything that comes out.I of course will buy this because as a Elvis fan it is of interest to me and if the sound is good then i am happy with that......i have 100's of shows that are AR and they still interest me....maybe i look at being a Elvis fan different to you and i respect that.Let's not get into a tit for tat sound off and that serves no purpose for this site and in the name of ELVIS.May god bless you as he has blessed me 'adios'.
drjohncarpenter0117 wrote on October 20, 2009
Ciscocking............of all the reviews yours is the ones i have read and to be honest has helped me through the years when trying to buy the right import at the time......so credit due to you for all the hard work and for that i say 'THANKYOU'.
adiels wrote on October 20, 2009
I always enjoy a new concert, even if the sound isn't the best. I will probably buy this one, since 1971 is a rare concert year on CD. And to drjohncarpenter0117, I couldn't agree more. Ciscoking's reviews are always an inspiration to me when buying older concert CDs. I really appreciate all the work you do. Respect!
Ciscoking wrote on October 20, 2009
Slowly I am getting embarrassed,....lol....again..thank you....much appreciated..
Ton Bruins wrote on October 27, 2009
What a fantastic tracklist ! This Elvis tour was a very good one. But the sound has to be at least soundboard for me..