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As I Leave You


As I Leave You
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See See Rider
I Got A Woman
That's All Right, Mama
Are You Lonesome Tonight
Love Me
Little Sister
Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel
And I Love You So
Jailhouse Rock
How Great Thou Art
Early Morning Rain
What'd I Say
Johnny B. Goode
Drum solo (by Ronnie Tutt)
Bass guitar solo (by Jerry Scheff)
Piano solo (by Tony Brown)
I Really Don't Want To Know
Electric clavinet solo (by Bobby Odgin)
Joe Guercio's orchestra solo
Hound Dog
O Solo Mio - Sherrill Nielsen solo
It's Now Or Never
Can't Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp
Bonus track
Rapid City Interview (June 21, 1977)


The Omaha, June 19 & Rapid City, June 21, 1977 shows was recorded for the CBS TV special "Elvis in concert", and here we have the complete Charlie Hodge, oops, Elvis Presley June 19, 1977 concert. This is one of the saddest show I ever heard, and Elvis should really not perform that night.
As you can read the following in the beautful book "The Concert Years 1969-1977" by Stein Erik Skar; "In the car on the way to the TV recordings in the concert hall in Omaha Elvis tells Ed Parker: "How could I have ended up in the situation like this? Hell, I suppose that's the way it is in showbusiness.." John Wilkerson says: The show was very bad. He was pale and unsteady. I don't know if he even realised where he was." I think the book says enough.

Elvis was joking that they are on Candid Camera, well, you can say that again. This show was a parody of himself. Between the song "I got a woman/ amen" he announced, I'm gonna tell you something, all kidding aside, you know, I never wore make-up on stage, but, you know, this is been televised, and we all have to... he can't get in to the words, and saying again, I wear make-up. If you think I'm nervous, you're right. So sad....This show contains a lot of dialogues like this.

Six songs from this concert has been released on the "Elvis in concert" album like, "Fairytale", "Little sister" etc.., but here we have the undubbed version. Sometimes it seems that this is a Charlie Hodge concert, his voice is coming very up in front, if you listen to What'd I say, it's almost if Charlie Hodge singing the lead, and Elvis singing 2nd voice. I guess Elvis thought was the same as the famous words from Carl Perkins song "Blue suede shoes", well, it's one for the money, two for the show. But as the "Elvis in concert" video, this CD will also be popular by the Elvis fans, for it's from Elvis last concert tour.

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