FTD "treated" us at the end of 2017 with two more 1976 shows.
Standard 5" fold out panel FTD with pictures of 1976, so nothing special here.
The July 4th Tulsa show is not one of the worst Elvis did, but it is an attempt for it. Even Trilogy is not what it should be, one would think he tried it more then enough before... Anyway, my opinion on 1976 in general is known by now, unfortunately this show doesn't give me a reason to play the other side of that record, saved for the exceptions. Okay, one more for the effort: the sound is pretty good, so yo can hear all out of tune singing (especially JD was out of shape) perfectly.
The sound of the second show (Duluth, 1976/10/16) is not as good as on the first CD, but still fair. See See Rider already shows the performance will be better. The I Got a Woman routine, well, well, isn't in sleepwalking mode like it was in Tulsa, another promise for a better show. It sounds like E was having a fight with the mike all the time, according to his comments, but it doesn't really bother him. You Gave Me a Mountain gets a more than fair treatment. Even And I Love You So gets a good rendition, which did not happen that often. Steamroller is one of my personal 70s favourites and it is great to have another version of it. After surviving David Briggs' solo we get the Love Letters thing and for sure it is above par too.
Hurt did not really deserve a reprise, seems like he got tired by now. Having said that Now or Never gets a nice treatment a bit later, gladly without the singing saw. So I have a reason to turn the 1976 record for the exception! This show is good for a 1976 show.
The bonus songs (still think it's weird: an encore after closing vamp) starts with Hawaiian Wedding Song, an okay version, but I just don't like the song. The bonus Steamroller is even better than the one from the complete show. America is, uh, America, powerful but over the top at the end. And Blue Suede Shoes, yeah, we really needed another throwaway version of that song. BTW the bonus songs are from October 19, 1976 (Madison, Wisconsin).
Two shows, one bad - even for 1976 - and the other good compared to many other 1976 shows.