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Virginia is for Elvis Lovers

August 23, 2019 | Music

The Black Diamond import-release "Virginia is for Elvis Lovers" was announced December 2018 and has finally been released. It features Elvis' stunning Richmond show from April 10, 1972, the same show that was released on the Victrola label but according to Black Diamond they have a far superior sound quality. It comes with a 18-page booklet.

From the press-release:
The new label Black Diamond label kicks off with it’s first release of a show originally recorded for the 1972 movie "On Tour". This show has been taken from a digital copy of a rough stereo mix made from the original multitrack tapes some years ago. The sound on this CD has been professionally remastered to achieve optimum audio quality.

We are aware that this show will also be released by the Victrola label. But after listening to their previous release of the Greensboro show, we think that the remastering has not been done properly. It simply was a digital overkill with way too much compression, muffled sound and a lack of separation. You can expect the same digital overkill on their forthcoming Richmond release! Our competitors even swapped the stereo channels which means that the piano comes out of the right speaker ... which is completely wrong!

Please note that Black Diamonds remastered this show from a digital copy of the very same source tape that our competitors used for their release. We are sure the difference is amazing. On Black Diamond the sound is crisp and clear with all instruments clearly audible. And Elvis' voice sounds much more natural than on the other label. They achieved a some kind of artificial sound. Not very enjoyable.

Tracks:  Also Sprach Zarathustra / See See Rider / Proud Mary / Never Been To Spain / You Gave Me A Mountain / Until It’s Time For You To Go/ Polk Salad Annie / Love Me / All Shook Up / Medley: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Don’t Be Cruel / Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / Bridge Over Troubled Water / Love Me Tender / It's Over / Suspicious Minds / Band Introductions / For The Good Times / I Can't Stop Loving You / An American Trilogy / Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (incomplete) / Funny How Time Slips Away / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

benny scott wrote on August 23, 2019
What about the 2008 Madison and the 2013 Rock Legends releases ? Forgotten or not mentioned on purpose ?
I Saw the Light wrote on August 25, 2019
The sound on this new cd is more balanced and has more depth than its Victrola competitor. Ronnie Trutt’s drums sound very clear and powerfull. Also, the sound on Madison’s ‘Red Hot in Ricmond’ has slways been somehow thin and muffled, so Virginia Is For Elvis Lovers wins here hands down. I can’t comment the same concert on the Rock Legends ‘From Richmond to Greensboro’ and the Amiga ‘On Tour’ box set, but apparently they both sound very good, significantly better than ‘Red Hot in Richmond’.
Gladyslove wrote on August 25, 2019
Sharron Tarrant, so many concerts were filmed !? You gotta be kidden me. We have ttwii, on tour 72, the two Aloha concerts and last one are two concerts for Elvis in concert 77. There are more concerts filmed by Jimi Hendrix or the Doors than by Elvis. It´s a shame.
myway wrote on September 03, 2019
I have it and many of The other Titels with this show on. Best sound is on this one.