The Last Vegas Opening Night

Straight Arrow label announced its 12th release near the end of December; a double CD with the famous December 2nd, 1976 opening night. The CD has a running time of 101 minutes and is due for release early April 2009.

From the press-release:

Some fans are asking, “Why is this release delayed and will it ever see the daylight?”. The answer is very simple: Straight Arrow is here to give you the best possible quality. We originally intended to use a 1978 first generation copy for this release, simply because we figured that the original tape was no longer around or could no longer be traced. But then, as the project was almost near completion, our search for the original tape finally paid off, and we got in touch with the person who recorded the concert and owns the original 120-minute master tape. The sound fidelity and overall quality of this tape is far superior to any copy in circulation, and unlike these copies is also 100% complete!

The negotiations took some time, but we came to an agreement, and the Straight Arrow team is now working its magic on the original tape. We can assure you that you will be impressed when you hear this; one of the King’s finest ’76 concerts in a remarkably clear and dynamic sound. The person who recorded the show also wrote the liner notes, a unique eye-witness perspective from a person who was THERE and describes the show in fascinating detail.


CD1: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. It's Now Or Never / Are You Sincere (excerpt) - 09. All Shook Up - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 11. Dialogue / Don't Be Cruel (excerpt) - 12. And I Love You So - 13. I Just Can't Help Believin' (by request / last live version) - 14. Fever - 15. Softly As I Leave You - 16. Polk Salad Annie.

CD2: 01. Band Introductions - 02. Early Mornin' Rain - 03. What'd I Say - 04. Johnny B. Goode - 05. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 06. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 07. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 08. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 09. Love Letters - 10. School Day - 11. Celebrity Introductions (Vikki Carr, Glen Campbell) - 12. Hurt #1 - 13. Hurt #2 - 14. Hound Dog (with false start) - 15. Hawaiian Wedding Song (with false start) - 16. Dialogue - 17. Blue Christmas - 18. That's All Right, Mama - 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 20. Introduction of Vernon Presley - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp.

Source: Email / Updated: Mar 27, 2009 
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HangLoose (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 9, 2009report abuse
In december 1976 there were 2 opening nights. One in Vegas and another one in Wichita. Both are good,esp. the Wichita show. Though he gave many bad concerts in 1976,these 2 opening shows are not among them.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 8, 2009report abuse
You may take it as a crude comment but its not too far from the truth!
HangLoose (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 2, 2009report abuse
What a stupid comment! How about Johnson City? How about Wichita?
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 1, 2009report abuse
This one I’ll pass. In December 1976 it shouldn’t have been any opening night at all! Elvis should be opening in Rehab...
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 30, 2009report abuse
I always ask myself, what is the reason for all these excerpt only songs. sometimes he did rehearsals. studio work. wasn't he intrested anymore in putting new songs on his setlist after the august 74 indicent during the opening?
Erika Freiburger (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 29, 2009report abuse
This is a strong and interesting concert. Is it a stereo audience recording?
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 29, 2009report abuse
I guess the excerpt of Are You Sincere, the 2 celebrity intros and the false start to the H Wedding Song would deem this as a different show by many.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2009report abuse
I know the is another winner by Straight Arrow....GREAT !!
John4126 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2009report abuse
The David briggs clavinet solo could be interesting.
Ronaldv (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2009report abuse
Am I right that I thought this release was earlier announced as: I just can't help believing??
Looking forward to this one!
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2009report abuse
well, the vegas-elvis connection will last asl long as this world goes round. the man and his music left his footprints there as others did on the moon. but what a difference in the setlist in comparison to '69. 1/3 of disc two is pure band intros...Would be great to provide the liner notes of the person who attended this last attempt...
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2009report abuse
I've got the feeling this is going to be a very special release..don't know why though, especcially because I am not a great fan of audience recordings..most opening nights have something special..

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