Coming soon from FTD is the official release of the soundboard recording that Joan Deary planned as a double album back in the late 1970s. It’s the earliest known professional recording from Elvis’ ’69 Vegas engagement. The original tape box has ‘Opening Night’ written on the back, but it’s not the real date. Some experts believe the show is from August 3rd, but the real date may never be truly known for sure. However, the arrangement seems to suggest that the show is definitely several days earlier than the shows RCA recorded from August 20th onwards. Why Joan Deary edited and mastered this show for releases is another mystery, since she had all the shows that RCA recorded on 8-track tape with audio in substantially better quality.
This release comes in a 7″ digipack with a 12-page booklet containing great photos and a foreword by Ken Sharp.
Blue Shuede Shoes / I Got A Woman / All Shook Up / Love Me Tender / Jailhouse Rock – Don’t Be Cruel / Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / Memories / Mystery Train – Tiger Man / Monologue / Baby, What’d You Want Me To Do / Are You Lonesome Tonight / Yesterday – Hey Jude / Suspicious Minds / What’d I Say / Can’t Help Falling In Love.