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Left A Good Job In The City

November 25, 2012 | Music

Straight Arrow is very proud to present LEFT A GOOD JOB IN THE CITY – Elvis’ First Show In New York, June 9, 1972:

We couldn’t believe our luck when we were offered an original tape as recorded by a member of the audience that special night. For many years there was a recording in circulation that was basically unlistenable. With great anticipation we purchased this new tape, and imagine our excitement when we could hear for ourselves that this tape is indeed much better and clearer, and with a good bass definition. This must be the most historically important audience tape to have turned up in recent years from the concert years. The MSG Garden shows were a true career highlight for Elvis, and opening night on June 9, 1972 was The Night. Moments before this recording started, Jackie Kahane was booed off the stage, but all that was forgotten once Elvis stepped on stage. He gave New York a night to remember. In fact, this may well be the best of the four MSG shows. Elvis’ performance is super-tight and his voice is just incredible. THIS is the show that the New York media all attended; and now, after 40 years, you can finally hear the actual performance that got him so many glowing reviews.

This new Straight Arrow release is the perfect companion to the recent Sony set ‘Prince From Another Planet’, and one that you simply must own. This is one of Elvis’ best and most critically acclaimed shows, and we consider it a sensation that this tape has turned up after all these years. The recording was carefully enhanced by some of the best audio people in the business (don’t worry, no ‘No Noise’ or other forms of audio squashing were used… A historical recording like this deserves respect, so we went the full nine yards to present this show in the best and most natural audio possible). By the way, the show includes a stunning ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ – the only time he sang it in New York. Presented in the usual Straight Arrow fashion with topnotch 16-page booklet with photos from all four NYC shows as well as a terrific essay, this new release is a beauty that you can’t afford to miss.


01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. That's All Right - 03. Proud Mary - 04. Never Been To Spain - 05. Until It's Time For You To Go - 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - 08. Polk Salad Annie – 09. Love Me – 10. All Shook Up - 11. Heartbreak Hotel - 12. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 13. Love Me Tender - 14. Blue Suede Shoes - 15. Hound Dog - 16. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 17. Suspicious Minds - 18. Introduction of vocalists, musicians - 19. For The Good Times - 20. An American Trilogy - 21. Funny How Time Slips Away - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

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blackdiamond wrote on November 25, 2012
There's a cdr floating in the "Elvis scene" taken from this show. The sound isn't very good. Hope that this one is better, but i don't think this is the "best companion to the sony set PFAP".
Ciscoking wrote on November 26, 2012
It`s a great show. a new tape, a great sound, a first release on silver disc and a must-have !
Lefty wrote on November 26, 2012
I really like Straight Arrow's commitment to quality artwork and packaging. As far as presentation goes, they're one of the best importers. Nevertheless, there's only so much one can do with an audience recording, so I buy for the "event" and not the sound when one of their releases interests me. This new SA release makes me wish RCA would have recorded all four MSG shows, but not so much that I want to purchase the AR. And blackdiamond is correct, the CD-R from this performance is close to terrible. One can only hope that the new tape secured by SA is much better.
benny scott wrote on November 26, 2012
Lefty, good reasoning ! Personally I gave up buying audience recordings a while ago, but this time I'm tempted to take a chance on this one, given the info Cisco just posted. ( thanks Cisco !) Always El.
In-A-Flash wrote on November 27, 2012
Just ordered my copy of this CD, while I do not really buy imports anymore, but this one was just too tempting given its historic significance and the positive comments from Ciscoking. I will let you know what I think of it when I have received it! May take a few days.
alanfalk wrote on November 28, 2012
Looking forward to your feedback In-A-Flash, I think it could be awesome to hear the version of Bridge Over Trubled Water that Paul Simon was blowned away by.
Jerome wrote on November 28, 2012
Once read an interview with Corry Konings who was in the public as well, that still has goose bumps from that concert..
Gmarriott wrote on November 28, 2012
Where can i order this CD (in the UK) ? Cheers guys.
BobbyBrul wrote on December 01, 2012
Too bad we didn't get any new songs...Elvis really DID make a mistake in not singing different songs during those 4 concerts....He must have known that for many more years to come those individual shows would be sold all by themselves or in a double or multiple pack....So, why buy this one ?? We already bought the Prince...Planet new album that we also bought in 1972....OK, given the quality is better now...but only 2 different songs .....Not worth spending friends !
Natha wrote on December 01, 2012
Most of the people in the audience visited maye one show in a year or even a lifetime. So ELVIS tried to give the audience what he guessed to be their wishes. Of course it would have been great if he had included some other great songs and left out songs from the earlier tours. However I think he did right by not having different lists on consecutive shows in a tour. As it has already been stated: if you don't like this kind of releases, just leave them to others to enjoy.
Ciscoking wrote on December 09, 2012
What I have heard is a great improvement to what we had on cdr before. for me it`s the audience recording of the year.
Troubleman wrote on December 10, 2012
Great title, nice design. If the sound is as good as Ciscoking says, then Ill be buying this one! TCB
In-A-Flash wrote on December 23, 2012
Got this CD last week. It is really well done with good booklet and sound for an audience recording is really good. I would agree with Ciscoking that this is the audience recording of the year! If you are not put off by audience recordings, this is a good buy.