This is a “reaction release” by FTD, since it was announced after bootleggers showed the intention to re-release the shows. Both shows from October 1976 were released before as Chicago Beat (14th) and Bringin’ The House Down (15th).
Regarding the material they had to work with (in other words the shape Elvis was in) they did a pretty good job on the artwork. At least it is way better than Chicago Beat was.
The Chicago Beat show is a 13 in a dozen show. It’s not bad at all, certainly not for a 1976 show, but also not one to remember. The fact that I was able to “sit it out” can be seen as a positive comment on the show.
I can say about the same about the second disc, a bearable show and with a little good intention one can even say Steamroller Blues is worth to mention. Still it is not something to turn me on, I switched back to Jailhouse Rock, Volume 2 as soon as it was finished.
Anyway, my love for 1976 shows will be known by now. All I can add is that both shows are in pretty good sound quality, but I heard no significant difference with the before mentioned bootlegs or it must be that the second disc has more (sometimes too much) high tones than the original. O yeah, and of course the mistake in the track numbers… as if any track is worth to skip to :-).
If you want to have the collection complete, or missed the original bootlegs and really love 1976 shows this might be for you… otherwise use your money for something else!