Exeeding All Expectations Released

Out now is the latest production from the “Rainbow Records” label.

From the press-release:

With their newest release they fulfill several requests from fans who wrote down their thoughts in many well-known messageboards all over Europe. This 2 CD set contains the complete performance of Elvis´ last show he ever did within his legendary Sahara Tahoe – Engagements – it is the Closing Show of May 9, 1976.

Way back in 1993 the “MAC” label released this show using a stunning long-box format. Because this set sold out within a few months - being a real collectors item since then - we decided to give the very interesting content of the show another chance to be listened by as many fans as possible. And to make one thing clear: this show is a real must to listen to. Hear Elvis in a very relaxed mood, not caring at all that the hotel´s management is (still) desperately wanting to force him to do much shorter performances. In fact Elvis gives the crowd more than they probably expected, being on stage for the longest performance he ever did (a stunning two-hours set), singing, laughing and talking as if he would be together with a couple of friends right at his living room at Graceland!

While the first release of this show sixteen years ago suffered from being incomplete (on both editions) we have been able to find new – and different – sources of recordings. These tapes have a listenable, decent sound quality for a fine release. We mixed the tapes using the best of more than one source. Also the new Rainbow Records release will run at the original speed which is different to the MAC release from ´93. The result is – so far - the most definite release of Elvis´ final Lake Tahoe concert.

A few words regarding the content:

Of course, you will find the tracklist at the end of this announcement, but we want to point out some real beauties of this set. A rare and unrehearsed version of “Return To Sender” must be mentioned as well as another rarity: “Young And Beautiful”. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, dedicated to Linda Thompson and sung with passion. Elvis tells a very funny story about the “Boat Scene” in the movie “Blue Hawaii” and even sings a few lines of his “Sun” classic “Blue Moon of Kentucky”. So all in all there is a lot to discover while listening to Elvis´ not only longest, but also very unusual show! As a bonus we have included David Briggs´ instrumental version of the song “Lady Madonna” which at the time was not only used for the band introductions but also appeared as one of the leading tracks on his solo album titled “Keyboard Sculpture”.

Don’t miss this release. You are getting another classy 2 CD set from Rainbow Records. By the way: Needless to say that its booklet features great liner notes on 20 pages in full colour!


CD 1:

01 - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Richard Strauss)
02 - See See Rider (traditional)
03 - I Got A Woman / Amen (Ray Charles) / (traditional=
04 - Love Me (Leiber / Stoller)
05 - When The Saints Go Marching In (traditional)
06 - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (Rostill)
07 - You Gave Me A Mountain (Marty Robbins)
08 - All Shook Up (Blackwell / Presley)
09 - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (Mann / Low) / (Blackwell / Presley)
10 - Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
11 - Return To Sender (Otis Blackwell / Winfield Scott)
12 - Heartbreak Hotel (Mae Axton / Tommy Durden)
13 - Story about the Boat scene (talking monologue)
14 - The Hawaiian Wedding Song (King - Hoffman - Manning)
15 - America, The Beautiful (traditional)
16 - Polk Salad Annie (Tony Joe White)

CD 2:

01 - Band Introductions (talking only)
02 - Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot)
03 - What'd I Say (Ray Charles)
04 - Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
05 - Drum Solo (instrumental)
06 - Bass Solo (instrumental)
07 - Tony Brown Piano Solo (instrumental)
08 - David Briggs Solo (instrumental)
09 - Love Letters (Heyman - Young)
10 - School Days (Chuck Berry)
11 - Wooden Heart (Wise - Weisman - Twomey - Kaemfert)
12 - Young And Beautiful (Aaron Schroeder / Abner Silver)
13 - That's All Right (Arthur Crudup)
14 - Blue Christmas (Billy Hayes / Jay Johnson)
15 - Hurt #1 (Crane / Jacobs)
16 - Hurt #2 (Crane / Jacobs)
17 - Hound Dog (Leiber / Stoller)
18 - Mickey Mouse Club March (Jimmie Dodd)
19 - Happy Birthday to y'all (traditional)
20 - My Heavenly Father (Martin / Gabriel)
21 - Guadalajara (Pepe Guizar)
22 - Love Me Tender (Matson / Presley)
23 - Danny Boy by Sherril Nielsen (traditional)
24 - Funny How Time Slips Away by Sherril Nielsen (Willie Nelson)
25 - Charity Announcement (talking only)
26 - Burning Love (Dennis Linde)
27 - Help Me (Larry Gatlin)
28 - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Ewan MacColl)
29 - Jailhouse Rock (Leiber / Stoller)
30 - One Night (Bartholomew / King)
31 - How Great Thou Art (Stuart Hine)
32 - Can't Help Falling In Love (Weiss / Peretti / Creatore)
33 – Closing Vamp (instrumental)

Bonus track (David Briggs):
34 - Lady Madonna (Lennon / McCartney)

Source: Email / Updated: May 3, 2009 
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Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on May 11, 2009report abuse
i will buy this one too for sure, certainly one Elvis's best performances. artwork of this cd looks stunning too ; )
the colonel (profilecontact) wrote on May 6, 2009report abuse
it is a superb release and one i come back to again and again, i will however buy it agian especially with improved sound.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on May 5, 2009report abuse
One of the best shows from the later days...Elvis tried hard to deliver a good performance and the result is excellent....the audience was pleased..and so will be you..
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on May 4, 2009report abuse
This particular article, Exceeding Expectations, & Preview The Genuine Elvis are both excellent articles & the best ones I have seen for a long time. Both articles are full of great information. Thanks.
JeanneMG (profilecontact) wrote on May 3, 2009report abuse
I have the original double CD release and look forward to this improved recording. Great show it was, nobody questions that. I'll buy it again, I can tell you friends

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