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Elvis In California

January 13, 2020 | Music

FTD will release a 2CD set with soundboards from the 1974 shows in Fresno and San Bernardino, California. Here is the information:

As part of the ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of ELVIS IN CALIFORNIA. Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features Elvis touring during May 1974. The shows, taken from the original soundboard tapes, feature concerts from Selland Arena, Fresno (May 12) and Swing Auditorium, San Bernadino (May 10 & 13).

Tracklisting

DISC 1
See See Rider (Incomplete/Late Recording Start)
I Got A Woman / Amen
Love Me
Trying To Get To You
All Shook Up 
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel
Love Me Tender
Steamroller Blues
Hound Dog
Fever
Polk Salad Annie
Why Me Lord 
Suspicious Minds
Introductions
I Can't Stop Loving You
Help Me
American Trilogy
Let Me Be There
Funny How Time Slips Away
Big Boss Ma 
Can't Help Falling In Love

Tracks 1-17 recorded May 12th, 1974, 3:00 PM at Selland Arena, Fresno, CA. Tracks 18-21 recorded May 10th, 1974, 8:30 PM at swing Auditorium, san Bernardino, CA. This is a soundboard recording. 
Please Note: Disc One. The two shows have been combined as that the last songs on the Fresno tape are damaged, and only the second half of the San Bernardino show was recorded. 

DISC 2
See See Rider (Incomplete/Late Recording Start)
I Got A Woman / Amen
Love Me
Trying To Get To You
All Shook Up
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel
Love Me Tender
Steamroller Blues
Hound Dog
Feve
Polk Salad Annie
Why Me Lord 
Suspicious Minds
Introductions
I Can't Stop Loving You
Help Me
American Trilogy
Let Me Be There
Funny How Time Slips Away
Big Boss Man
Can't Help Falling In Love (Incomplete)

Recorded May 13th, 1974, 8:30 PM at Swing Auditorium, San Bernadino, CA.
This is a soundboard recording.

Source:The OEPFC of Great Britain

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Dazman wrote on January 14, 2020
Apart from being a pair of unknown concerts, I'm not expecting the world from Elvis here. After being at his peak during the March tour, his form plateaus out from this tour onwards where the boredom of touring starts. The identical 'steak and chips' set lists certainly reflect that. Might get it if the sound is decent. The sound on the "Live in LA" soundboard was about the worst I've ever heard. Wait and see.
Ciscoking wrote on January 14, 2020
We cant change what Elvis left for us. The shows are decent and any collector of this stuff will get them. The collectors label lives up to its name. The sound is good, the cover art work, too.
Boxcar wrote on January 14, 2020
A little disappointing that there is no studio-stuff planned for this release-date. But hey, two new shows from the soundboard. I've experienced worse back in the 80's.
jaques marcello wrote on January 14, 2020
The art of the cover of the cd was cool, but I'm still in doubt if I buy or not. I hope the sound quality is good
Jeoliverm wrote on January 14, 2020
Handsome cover. I won't get it anyway, by now I have at least nine '74 concerts CDs. Of course many of you probably have dozens of the same year, but for me I have more than enough.
Gladyslove wrote on January 14, 2020
Good cover art, I like it. And yes the shows are the same from day to day, but he is in good spirit and in fine voice. That´s it for me. And they, the folks behind ftd, only can relase concerts they have in the vaults and the two shows are unreleased. A plus too for the collectors label what ftd is all about. I wonder what will be the next complete sessions ?
Bob Finkel wrote on January 15, 2020
Right Ciscoking, we can‘t change what Elvis left for us. The sound and cover art is good. I will buy and enjoy it.
Gorse wrote on January 16, 2020
I have always found it interesting and mysterious that Elvis performed Big Boss Man on numerous occasions in the concert years but its 'brother song' Guitar Man was seemingly totally ignored.
mikael69 wrote on January 16, 2020
hey friends tot hose of you who ask where is the studio session, ain't we just gotten the elvis in back full session? it should count, no? Mikael
TheMemphisFan wrote on January 17, 2020
Ciscoking, my main concern is the speed of the recordings being correct on both concerts. Many fans will be highly ticked-off and disappointed (again) if the speed is too fast or too slow.
ElvisSacramento wrote on January 17, 2020
I'm so very disappointed that FTD spelled San Bernardino incorrectly on the front cover. I'll surely be buying this upcoming FTD 2-CD set even if FTD doesn't ever fix this atrocious mistake. I've lived in California for my entire life. I've been buying FTD CD releases on a yearly basis for nearly 20 years now.
Ciscoking wrote on January 17, 2020
No worries...the typo has been fixed ..no big deal. The speed is correct to my ears..but I dont use software to messure it...
TheMemphisFan wrote on January 17, 2020
Ciscoking, did anyone with FTD do a quality-control check on these 2 cassette-recorded concerts before transferring them to CDs?
TheMemphisFan wrote on January 17, 2020
. . . Actually 3 soundboard cassettes transferred to the two CDs.
TheMemphisFan wrote on January 21, 2020
Oh well... I guess I'll just wait and read the reviews on this set later when it's released. That's usually the safest route to take.
lvs77 wrote on January 27, 2020
being the completist i am i know i will give it a skip through and shelve it like many , many previous releases . My dealer from the netherlands sends me all the latest FTD , boots etc... every 2 weeks on average . I think it's a sighn of being spoiled as an Elvis music fan
NorwayElvis wrote on January 31, 2020
I like the cover buts the only positive thing I can say about this release.
TheMemphisFan wrote on February 06, 2020
NorwayElvis, you haven't heard the CDs yet, so how can you assume "the cover is the only positive thing I can say about this release." ?