For your reference Ciscoking compiled a list of essential audience recordings, in which he tried to cover all tours and Vegas/ Lake Tahoe engagements.
Las Vegas - 1
Vegas Variety Vol. 3, 8/6/69, DS
Bright Light City, 8/12/69, DS
Raising His Own Bar, 8/14/69, DS
Midnight Resurrection At The Hilton, 8/25/69, MS
Las Vegas - 2
Have Some Fun Tonight, 2/3/70, DS
International Earthquake, 2/5/70, DS
Elvis At The Dome 1/3/70, AS
Las Vegas - 3
The Man In White Vol. 3, 8/14/70, MS
Double Dynamite, 8/19/70, DS/MS
A Dinner Bell In Vegas, 8/20/70, DS
A Bright Midnight With Elvis, 8/20/70, MS
From Vegas To Macon, 8/ 21/70, DS
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, 8/21/70, MS
The Hillbilly Cat Live, 8/23/70, DS
The Hillbilly Cat Returns, 8/ 24/70, MS
September Nights, 9/ 7/70, CS
Tour - 1
Better Than Ever, Miami, 9/12/70, ES
Tour - 2
On The Road Again , Portland, 11/11/70, ES
The Essence Of Energy, Seattle, 11/12/70, ES
Las Vegas - 4
Setting The Season, 2/19/71, MS, 2/22/71, MS
At The International 1971, 2/20/71, MS
Lake Tahoe - 1
A Thunder In The Night, 8/1/71, MS
Las Vegas - 5
Trying To Get To Memphis. 8/11/71, DS
The Cisco Kid Strikes Again, 8/21/71, MS
Las Vegas Hilton Midnight Show, 8/31/71, MS
Tour - 3
An Unforgettable Night In Baltimore, 11/9/71, ES
Las Vegas - 6
Rock and Blues, 2/6/72, MS
To Live And Die In Dixie, 2/19/72, DS/MS
Tour - 4
Knocksville Knockout, 4/8/72, ES
The Guitar Player Worth A Damn, 4/9/72, AS
An Unforgettable Night In Little Rock, 4/17/72, ES
Tour - 5
Left A Good Job In The City, New York, 6/9/72, ES
Live From Fort Wayne, 6/12/72, ES
Las Vegas - 7
No Fooling Around, 8/4/72, OS
Red Hot In Vegas, 8/23/72, MS
A Killer Nite!, 8/26/72, DS
King Of The Neon Jungle, 9/3/72, 3 AM
Walk That Lonesome Road, 9/4/72, CS
Tour - 6
Tucson, Arizona, 11/9/72, ES
Long Beach, CA, 11/14/72, ES
Las Vegas - 8
One For The Ladies, 2/10/73, DS/MS
Echoes Of Aloha, 2/13/73, DS
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, 2/14/73, DS
Faded Love, 2/15/73, DS
Doing The Best I Can, 2/16/73, DS/MS
On A Winning Streak, 2/17/73, DS/MS, 2/18/73 DS
Kicking And Rolling, 2/18/73, MS
Living From Day Tom Day Chasing A Dream, 2/22/73, DS/MS
Aloha, Jerry!, 2/23/73, CS
Tour - 7
At The Top Of The Game, Phoenix, 4/22/73, ES
Total Commitment, Anaheim, 4/24/73, ES
Shining In Portland, 4/ 27/73, ES
Lake Tahoe - 2
High Sierra Fever, 5/7/73, MS
'73 Stateline, California, 5/10/73, MS
Tour - 8
Born To Give Us Fever, Uniondale, 6/23/73, AS
Mania Atlanta, 6/30/73, AS
Stellar In Atlanta, 6/30/73, ES
Stripped Of My Heart, My Soul, Atlanta, 7/3/73, ES
Las Vegas - 9
Raised On Vegas, 8/6/73, OS
Whole Lotta Shakin In Vegas, 8/11/73, MS, 8/19/73, MS
Vegas Variety Vol. 4, 8/12/73, MS
A Profile: The King On Stage, 8/20/73, MS
Endless Summer Festival, 8/22/73, DS/MS
Sin City`s Hottest Ticket, 8/23/73, DS/MS
Rattling Plates, 8/24/73, DS
Before Darkness Falls, 8/26/73, DS/MS
The King Holds Court, 8/28/73 DS, 8/29/73 DS/MS
Take These Chains From My Heart, 8/28/73, MS
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, 8/30/73, DS
Getting Down To Business, 8/31/73, DS
Almost Done, Folks!, 9/1/73, DS/MS
High Spirit In Vegas, 9/2/73, MS
A Change Of Mind, 9/3/73, DS
Las Vegas - 10
Something Old, Something New, L.V., 1/26/74, OS
Checkmate In Vegas, 2/6/74, MS
Tour - 9
Live from Roanoke, 3/10/74, ES
The Alternative Memphis, 3/17/74, AS
Tour - 10
At The Forum, Los Angeles, 5/11/74, AS
Lake Tahoe - 3
Big Boss Man At Lake Tahoe, 5/24/74, DS
Tour - 11
Rumble In Rhode Island, 6/22/74, AS
Conquering The Falls, Niagara Falls, 6/24/74, ES
Las Vegas - 11
Vegas Birthday Show, 8/23/74, MS
Karate Fever, 8/31/74; DS
It`s Midnight In Vegas, 8/31/74, MS
Vegas Variety, 9/1/74, DS
Tour - 12
Chaos In College Park, 9/27/74, ES
Lake Tahoe - 4
October Encore In Lake Tahoe, 10/13/74, DS
It's Tahoe Time, 10/13/74, MS
Las Vegas - 12
Top Acts In Vegas Vol. 5, 3/18/75, OS
Springtime In Nevada, 3/25/75, DS
April Fool's Dinner, 4/1/75, DS
On A April Fool`s Vol. 2, 4/1/75, CS
Tour - 13
The Lightning Storm In Florida, Tampa, 4/26/75, ES
Live At The Omni, Atlanta ,5/2/75, ES
Never Ending Demand Vol. 3, Monroe, 5/3/75 AS
Never Ending Demand Vol. 4, Monroe, 5/3/75 ES
Turn Around, Look At Me At Lake Charles, 5/4/75, AS
Tour - 14
Shreveport 75, 6/7/75, AS
Tour - 15
Back At The Falls, Niagara Falls, 7/13/75 ES
America's Own, Uniondale, 7/19/75, AS
You'll Never Walk Alone, Uniondale, 7/19/75, ES
Scope`s Hope - Elvis Sells Out, Norfolk, 7/20/75, AS
Green Pepper, Onions And Catfish, 7/20/75, ES
Still Crazy After All These Years, Asheville, 7/22/75 ES
Southern Gypsy Magic, 7/23/75, ES
Pieces Of My Life, Asheville, 7/24/75, ES
Las Vegas - 13
Las Vegas In Gypsy Style, 8/18/75, OS
Cancelled: The Request Box, 8/19/75, DS, 8/20/75, DS
Las Vegas - 14
Seasons Greetings From Vegas, 12/2/75, OS
Fairytale In Vegas, 12/6/75, MS
Hilton Showroom Vol. 1, 12/8/75, 10 PM
Countdown To Christmas, 12/9/75, 10 PM
Las Vegas Moonlight, 12/10/75, 10 PM
American Glory, 12/11/75, 10 PM
The King Of Entertainment, 12/15/75, CS
Rock Back The Clock, Pontiac, 12/31/75
Tour - 16
Phoenix Over Tennessee, Johnson City, 3/17/76, ES
Steamrollin Charlotte, 3/20/76, AS
Tour - 17
California Wave, Long Beach, 4/25/76, ES
Lake Tahoe - 5
A Triple Threat, 5/2/76, 10 PM
A Crazy Show At Lake Tahoe, 5/3/76, 10 PM
Then Sings My Soul, 5/7/76, DS/MS
Holding His Own In Tahoe, 5/8/76, MS
Exceeding All Expectations, 5/9/76, CS
Tour - 18
One Night At The Omni, Atlanta, 6/5/76, ES
Tour - 19
Matinee Majesty, Providence, 6/26/76, AS
Heading For Tulsa, 7/4/76, AS
Tour - 20
Onondaga Nights 7/25/76 ES, 7/27/76 ES
Tour - 21
Elvis At Bay, St.Petersburg, 9/3/76, ES
Tour - 22
Royal Gambit In Richfield, Cleveland, 10/23/76, ES
Blue Rainbow, Fort Wayne, 10/25/76, ES
Tour - 23
Last Time In Portland, 11/26/76, ES
Rockin' The Northwest, Eugene, 11/27/76, ES
Las Vegas - 15
The Last Vegas Opening Night,12/2/76, OS
Christmas Lights On A Friday Night, 12/3/76, DS/MS.
Here Come The Stars, 12/4/76, DS
A Private Audience With The King, 12/8/76, 10 PM
Vegas Variety Vol. 2, 12/11/76, MS
Black Diamond, 12/12/76, CS
Tour - 24
Wild In Wichita, Wichita, 12/27/76
Atlanta Loves Elvis !, Atlanta, 12/30/76 ES
Auld Lang Syne, Pittsburgh, 12/31/76
Tour - 25
Hot Time In Miami, 2/12/77, ES
Hot Love In A Long, Cold Winter (CD 1), St. Petersburg, 2/14/77, ES
Going Back In Time, Orlando, 2/15/77, ES
Never Ending Demand Vol. 1, Montgomery, 2/16/77, ES
Never Ending Demand Vol. 2, Savannah, 2/17/77, ES
Hot Love In A Long, Cold Winter (CD 2), Columbia, 2/18/77, ES
Tour - 26
King Time In Abilene, 3/27/77, ES
Elvis Slips Into Austin, 3/28/77, ES
Tour - 27
At Cazzie`s House, Ann Arbor,4/24/77, ES
Greetings From Saginaw, 4/25/77, ES
I Did It My Way, Green Bay, 4/28/77, ES
Duluth Revisited, 4/29/77, ES
When Elvis Comes Marching In, Chicago, 5/1/77, ES
Polk Salad Elvis, Chicago, 5/2/77, ES
Tour - 28
Tonight 8:30 PM, Largo, 5/22/77, ES
Funny How Time Slips Away, Providence, 5/23/77, ES
Augusta: Once And For All, Augusta, 5/24/77, ES
Trying To Get To You, Rochester, 5/25/77, ES
Second Night, Binghamton, 5/27/77, ES
Last Stop In Mobile, 6/2/77, ES
Tour - 29
Since Cincinnati, 6/25/77, ES
The Final Farewell, Indianapolis,6/26/77, ES
Last update: January 22, 2020
A lot of work here - very useful!
Quite a list, Cisco! Probably on the long side (given how many fans can't get past the fact that these are not professionally-recorded and supposedly hard to listen to -they're not...) but great to see and you have some titles I'll have to check on! Put it this way, some of Elvis' *Best* preformances happened to only be recorded via some brave soul in the audience and in those cases, they have done wonders for posterity. RCA and the Colonel (so-called) may have been too bone-headed to not record his every show just about, but these true-blue-fans provide us to hear some of his most interesting and in some cases totally stellar performances. There' s a certain "underground" charm to a good AR, too!
I left out Houston..1.3.70 AS..too bad is the sound. The list seems perhaps a bit too comprehensive but I wanted to cover all tours etc. and we had many, many good sounding and decent shows the past few years.it was a real flood...and I couldn`t resist adding the decent shows we have for ages like Niagara Falls 1975 or Roanoke March 74 and many others..impossible to gewt nowadays but worth a mentioning in any case..I think this list just covers all you need..
Feel free to make additions, crtiticize... etc...let`s discuss
Interesting and great job ! So: thanks for the useful info. Always El.
Wow, what a list! Maybe someday FTD will release a few of these AR's as they did with 31.12.76 concert. I was hoping to see an AR from one of the shows Elvis did in San Bernardino. I know that FTD has a soundboard from a show he did there in 74. I lived near San Bernardino for most of my life, and it would be cool to have an Elvis show from my old home town. Thanks for the list. Obviously, it was a labor of love. Way cool!
I have added Houston 1.3.70 AS..as it is the only AR on silver disc from this stand.
thanks a lot cisco! awesome list!!!!
Great list ciscoking! Thank you for posting it...Three questions...The AR from the Cincy show on 6/25/77, how would you rate the sound on it? Cincinnati is basically my home town and I have the soundboard recording from March of '76 and I would love it if a soundboard or a good AR turned up from one of his other concerts in Cincinnati. '71, '73 or '77. I know an AR exists from the '71 show and that you did not include it on the list. Is that because of the poor sound quality? Finally, is there an AR from his Dayton, OH show from April of '72?
Cincinnati, 25.6.77 sounds really good... Yep,..I preferred the other show from 1971.. an AR does exist of 11.11.71 ES..The Unreachable Star (import) Dayton Ohio 7.4.72 ES is available on CDR in bad sound and incomplete (6 songs) only.. Super Hour In Dayton..RT: 54:12
my favorites are better than ever,on the road again,vegas variety vol.3,vegas variety 5,a bright midnight,spirit of sin city,red hot in vegas,downtown long beach,at the top of the game,total commitment,shining in portland,flyin' high,at the forum,america's own,you'll never walk alone,last vegas opening night,at cazzi's house,augusta once and for all,trying to get to you.....better than ever,on the road again,vegas variety vol.5,downtown long beach my top 4.
First of all thanks for this list! I wonder though which standards did you use to select these cd's. For example you mention International Earthquake and Sheik Of The Desert, but they both contain the same show. By the way as far as I know Sheik Of The Desert is recorded February , 5 and not February, 3. I suppose you did not involve soundboard import cd's and FTD cd's, because if you do, the list would be different, I think. Keep up the good work!
No SB, no FTD..just AR`s..right..I have to delete ..Sheik Of The Dessert...,thanks for pointing this out..
Hi ciscoking this is a great list. I have just joined Elvis news but have been both a fan and collector for 30 years. I am at this time reducing my collection as going from being a completest to more of an essential collector. This list has been very useful in deciding what to keep and what will go. Thanks for the info.
You`re welcome..thanks for the nice words.. That`s the purpose of this list..a helper to built up a well sorted collection of AR`s. If you have a great part of the ones mentioned..you have a decent collection. all in all acceptable sound and quality shows musically.. and all tours etc.. are covered..
It's been a cracking help I have a vast collection and it was given me a real headache trying to place it in an order I was happy with. The thing is you forget when you have not listened to a cd for sometime and are worried you are going to lose something that really you should have maybe kept in. I have all. But about 5 CDs that are on your list. It's really gone a long way in helping me create my ultimate collection. Thanks for the time and effort putting this list together.
I hope that the admins will give it a sticky status so that it always stays top as a kind of guide. I will update it with new good AR releases.
Great List a great guide and essential really!~
Let's keep this article alive and kicking. Cisco, will you be updating it as new titles or better sources come out?
Yep..for sure..no worries..it should be made sticky by the admins..so that it doesn`t drown to the nirvana
The only show I will add as soon as it is out is "Shreveport 75" by Touchdown. Reason: It is the only AR - and we are just talking about AR`s - that is released from that Tour 14 (17 concerts in total) so far..all others are just SBs..(14 !!!).. 3 shows are available on CDR only at the moment (Huntsville, 30.5.75 ES and Shreveport 7.6.75 AS/ES)..perhaps I will also add Triple Threat by Straight Arrow (2.5.76 DS)..because of the excellent sound..
Great job Ciscoking! This is a very useful list indeed! It's sad to see how few AR recordings there are for 1969. RCA started recording the 1969 shows near the end (August 22), but besides the shows of August 3 and 6, we don't have many others AR that sound good. I read somewhere that Elvis sang 'From a Jack to a king' on one occasion from that period. Anybody out there can confirm this? TCB
No evidence of From A Jack To A King being sung...sorry.. I will add the recent Midnight Resurrection At The Hilton by Memory Records from 25.8.69 MS..soon..along with 2 more updates..
I think this article should have a link in the "GO DIRECTLY TO" list on the main page.
Ask the admin for best solution...;-)
Lex, thank you very much for placing this article in a permant place on the front page. This work of Cisco's is a priceless reference in the regard of audience recordings. I'm always checking it out for research and updates. Thank you Lex, thank you Cisco. Very nice of you guys.
Thanks for the kind words...much appreciated.. A big thank you to Lex..for placing my article on the front page...
I have now added a few recent audience recordings..so now we are up to date.
Again,... a few recent AR`s have been added. All is current now.
This is a wonderful list! Thank you so much, Ciscoking, and also to you Lex, for putting it on the website. It's a great source of information which I will refer to often. I truly appreciate all your hard work.
Great work Cisco, this really show that the loyal fans (as youself) can make a big different when they deside to share their knowlegde (and time ) with us other fans, just as Lex and co. do. I normally dont buy bootlegs, at least not when they compete with FTD and other official releases,but when I know that these are the only one available I will start to collect them and for that I will use your list as my "bible".
No problem...it is constantly updated with old releases being replaced by more recent ones...or by adding new and interesting shows..
Great work and great list!!!
Fantastic overview Ciscoking:-) But I really miss something that can distinguish one release from the other. Because they are not equally important, or what...? The title "Important Audience Recordings" is a bit misleading in respect to how the list appears right now. First of all, every title should be given a sound rating (i.e. 1-5 stars). Secondly, stand out shows (being it performance quality, inclusion of rarities or historical value) should be highlighted in some way or another.
All releases from Las Vegas-9 or Tour-28 are not equally good sounding or interesting if you get my point. Whisch one should I choose if I had to pick just one show from each season/tour? To me an audience recording has higher value and is more historical important if there are no other sources available from one certain tour or concert. An audeince recording from June 1975 has little interest no matter how good sounding it is since we have so many soundboards from that tour... So please try to include some kind of rating to your list:-)
No sound ratings..it only causes trouble..and I hate to argue all the time. A good reference with sound ratings is this site....Elvis On CD.com. I am responsible for the contents of the shows there..but not for sound ratings. Important ARs means to me that the shows are of importance to your collections cause they stand out in quality not regarding the sound. It can be that a tour/city concert row had no quality show but to cover each of them I of course listed the best show(s) there in my opinion. I don`t have to highlight cause the shows I have listed ARE the best IMO for their period.
Hi Cisco, what update did you do yesterday ? And by the way, since my last comment I have bought over 150 concerts, including 2/3 of the audience recordings recomended by you here, and so far I have been real pleased by most, so thanks again for this list, and for your work for us fans , Happy newyear :)
Wow,..really..? This shows me that it is a real "guide" through the jungle of audience tapes. Thank YOU for your trust in me and my list..I have added the recent Straight Arrows Living from Day To Day (Feb 22, 1973 DS/MS) and the totally previously unreleased Echoe Of Aloha (Feb 13, 1973 DS). Worthwhile because of the outstanding sound alone and the great contents, of course.
Its not SA ..it is Audionics..sorry..
I meant the second one Echoes Of Aloha is Audionics...now we got it..;-)
Brilliant work Ciscoking...as usual.
I have made a little update..friends