Karate Fever

The next release from Straight Arrow (SA 2010-15-02), will be the Las Vegas August 31st, 1974 Dinner show. Elvis Summer '74 Las Vegas engagement was quite memorable not only due to the inclusion of many new or unusual songs, but also due to the long monologues on various themes. In 1974, Elvis’ main 'non-singing' interest was karate and he was awarded with an 8th black belt degree from the Korean karate master Kang Rhee. During many of these summer '74 concerts, he tried to explain his audience what karate mean to him. Nevertheless, he was also singing more than ever and his voice was in excellent shape - he gave many memorable performances.
This is a previously unreleased audience recording. An early generation copy of the original mastertape was obtained and completely restored using today's advanced technology. The sound quality is remarkable for an off-line audio source.
Just like all previous releases from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe package with a 16-page booklet, containing a collection of photographs taken in August / September 1974 as well as informative liner notes. This CD is set for release near the end of April 2010.


01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. It's Midnight - 07. Big Boss Man - 08. Fever - 09. All Shook Up- 10. Softly As I Leave You - 11. Hound Dog (with reprise) - 12. An American Trilogy - 13. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 14. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 15. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 16. Karate Monologue - 17. Until It's Time For You To Go - 18. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 19. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 20. Heartbreak Hotel - 21. How Great Thou Art - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Approximate running time: 79:01

Source: For CD Collectors Only / Updated: Apr 19, 2010 
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You Dont Know Me (profilecontact) wrote on May 7, 2010report abuse
Your VERY dissmisive about those labels Mr Snowman. What are you going to say when this release comes out and will be VERY WELL RECEIVED!~
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 20, 2010report abuse
I will not buy this, but I do like the cover.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 20, 2010report abuse
Snowman....tell us what you want..and we ask Santa...
SnOwMan (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 20, 2010report abuse
After the recent disastrous releases by Audionics and Straight Arrow,it's about time to let other new labels to do what they can. Audionics is history. Straight Arrow is still alive,but it's nearly not as good as it used to be. Their first few releases looked good,but most of their recent releases has weak front cover. Karate Fever,A Change Of Mind,Countdown To Christmas,Here Comes The Stars,High Sierra Fever,Kicking And Rolling,Red Hot In Vegas,Rock Back The Clock,Royal Gambit In Richfield,they are all the same!!!!! Only a picture of Elvis in white jumpsuit and with black background, Elvis' name & the title of the release and that's all! Nothing else! How boring.... Also the sound quality is very often not an improvement. In most cases it's the same or only 1% better. And one of them (Here Comes The Stars) sound worse than the first release of that concert. Goodbye,Straight Arrow! It's time to go.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 20, 2010report abuse
I dont buy any kind of live shows whatsoever, whether they are FTD soundboards or audience bootlegs, but I like this cover. Its different and better looking than those horrendous jumpsuit images especially the ones from 1975 onward. Smart looking cover!
elvis9865 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
I don't know why everyone is complaining about the cover. It looks pretty good to me. Also, i understand its just the show after "night fever in Vegas" but it's still Elvis. Also, it's a nice song lineup. His voice was also strong here and he seemed like he was in good spirits.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
We now know that you don`t like this disc and it is fine for us Geert.
GeertFromNl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
Not only the picture but the whole cover is bad. This picture should be ok inside the booklet but not on the front cover. The lettering is even worse. It's amateurish. And the title is weak,too. We have the previous show as NIGHT FEVER IN VEGAS. Now they used the word FEVER again for a show he gave on the following day. Not very original...
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
really don't understand what is wrong with that picture, elvis in action on stage since when is that a problem? if you don't like the cd for it's cover or it's content..fine, we don't need to hear it al the time,this is a elvis fansite right?
samcra (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
Agree. I do not like that cover picture !
Erika Freiburger (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
Sorry but i don't like this cover.... And this is only an audience recording. I'll give it a pass... Love,Erika
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
You cannot compare...apples with pears.
HangLoose (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
We already have enough WITHOUT this one:) A soundboard would be slightly different,but it's an audience recording. Too many crappy new releases flood the market recently. I'm Gonna Leave The Stage and now this one.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
Geert..ridiculous it is not..cause in the first place the show is not bad...if you already have enough..just skip it..if you like thios kind of stuff..get it..it`s easy..but I agree...with this one included we have enough for a while now..
GeertFromNl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
What a ridiculous choice... We have Black Angels In Vegas,If You Talk In Your Sleep,Desert Storm and a couple of FTD releases. Even the official BMG Live In Las Vegas box set covered this season as early as in 2001. Given that so many soundboards are available it's a ridiculous idea to release an audience recording from this season. "An early generation copy of the original mastertape" ? What does it mean? It means that they don't even now how low generation copy they have. I agree that for a hardcore fan it will be an O.K. release,but for me it's totally useless.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
I`d say..these shows weren`t bad but very similar..who likes things Vegas Variety or Black Angels will appreciate this one as well...better than most 71 or 73 Vegas shows in any case...the sound will be decent and the show is, too..the collector has to get it and it doesn`t hurt all others when you have it in your collection, too...
SnOwMan (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
An august 1974 audience recording is the last thing i need. I have all officially and illegally released soundboards from this season so an audience recording won't excite me... And the cover is rather amateurish. A very unusual thing from Straight Arrow.

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