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Here Come The Stars

December 08, 2009 | Music

This is the cover of the upcoming Straight Arrow CD Here Come The Stars, containing the Dinner Show in Las Vegas on December 4, 1976.

From the press-release:

The next release from Straight Arrow (SA 2009-14-02), will be the Las Vegas December 4th, 1976 Dinner show. Together with Opening night (released as "LAST VEGAS OPENING NIGHT", SA 2009-12A/B-02) it is the strongest concert of Elvis's last Las Vegas season, containing excellent performances of "Tryin' To Get To You", "America", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Hurt" and "How Great Thou Art". An absolute highlight is a mesmerizing recitation of "What Now My Love".
This recording was previously released in 1995 on the hard-to-find CD "Love Letters From Nevada". Now the tape was restored using today's advanced technology, and the sound quality is excellent – really remarkable for an off-line source. The bonus tracks were added from an independent original tape of the same show, recorded using a cassette recorder equipped with two microphones. This alternate source, though inferior, does exhibit noticeable channel separation and natural ambience.
Just like all previous releases from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe package with a 16-page booklet, containing a collection of photographs taken between December 3 - 7, 1976 and informative liner notes as written by a lucky fan WHO WAS THERE. This CD is set for release on December 15.


01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. It's Now Or Never - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. Blue Suede Shoes - 11. Fever - 12. America The Beautiful - 13. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 14. What Now My Love (recitation) - 15. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 16. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - 17. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 18. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 19. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 20. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 21. Electric Piano, Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 22. Love Letters - 23. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 24. School Day (reprise) (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 25. Introductions by Elvis of celebrities, family - 26. Hurt - 27. Hound Dog - 28. How Great Thou Art - 29. Can't Help Falling In Love - 30. Closing Vamp.

Ciscoking wrote on December 08, 2009
Back in 1997 we had this show on Love Letters From Nevada by the Sundial Productions label ....long sold out now..this concert belongs to the best of this Vegas season..the MS is quite good , too....Elvis had a great day...we have an excellent setlist and Elvis sings with passion and joy (no wonder..Roy Orbison and Engelbert were in the audience..lol..)..the highlight is What Now My Love with spoken lyrics..you get goosebumps....if Straight Arrow has even improved the sound..and I am absolutely sure..we have an excellent audience recording..right before Xmas..Thumbs Up !!
Ronaldv wrote on December 08, 2009
Don't miss this great concert! Not too many fans, even the die hards, do not have the original from 97. Absolutely, a stunning show, one of the best from 76!
GoodRocknTonite wrote on December 09, 2009
Ok, I read about these releases, but I never see them anywhere. Where does one buy this CD.
Matthias Kuenzer wrote on December 09, 2009
GRT, there is a well-known internet auction house. Just be a little patient, it will pop up.
I Saw the Light wrote on December 09, 2009
I had the 'Love Letters From Nevada' on cdr because it was almost impossible to get the original. My first thoughts were: wow, what a concert and what a sound. This reissue is a great thing. Straight Arrow rules!
lamp light wrote on December 09, 2009
How can i find out where i can get this CD? Thanks
Santa Claus wrote on December 10, 2009
Most of this engagement was recorded in this 'pseudo-stereo' manner. Why re-releasing an old show? I have the original. One customer less.
elvis sweden wrote on December 10, 2009
No matter if I have the old titel. New and better sound now. It will be like to have a new show. Bring it on SA :)))
RossCarpenterJr wrote on December 12, 2009
Is this true ?No need to buy it if you have already have "Love letters from Nevada" original ???? If some of you know, please inform me. Thks
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on December 12, 2009
This is a updated version of Love Letters From Elvis,with improved sound and much better artwork,i will get this one!
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on December 18, 2009
I meant to say an updated version of Love Letters From Nevada!
elvis sweden wrote on December 29, 2009
I had expected more from this new one you guys at SA.The sound I can say it's ok, but the old titel love letters from nevada does do fine too :))
HangLoose wrote on March 27, 2010
Sadly i have to agree with elvis sweden. The sound quality on HCTS is worse than it was on LLFN 15 years ago. S.A. used too much noise reduction and the final result is a hiss-free but FLAT and MUFFLED sound quality. If the sound quality is the most important thing for you,then try to get LLFN. This is a rare CD but it's not impossible to get it for $30 or $40 if you're lucky. If you can't get it then you have to be satisfied with HCTS. This way you will save a few bucks,you will have a nice 16-page booklet and you will have slightly worse sound quality. It's your choice... All in all,it's a disappointing release soundwise and i also expected much more from S.A.