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RCA/Legacy Recordings to Release 40th Anniversary 2-CD Edition of "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis"

January 08, 2014


RCA Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" with an expanded 2-CD release of the monumental concert experience featuring tracks left off the original album (because of the spatial limitations of vinyl), plus a wealth of previously unreleased material.

Disc 2 of the newly remastered expanded "Legacy Edition of Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" presents, for the first time, a recently located recording of Elvis' complete concert "test-run" held for an ecstatic live audience on March 18, 1974, two days before his historic concert return to Memphis, where he'd last played live in 1957. The remarkable "test-run" performance was recorded in MONO, drenched in the reverb Elvis preferred, and provides new insight into the magic of Elvis.

As a special added bonus for Elvis aficionados, Disc 2 of "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" includes five intimate tracks (three of them previously unreleased) cut at the RCA Studios in Hollywood on August 16, 1974. Originally intended as reference recordings for an upcoming Las Vegas engagement, the performances—which include "Down In The Alley," "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues," "Softly As I Leave You," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "The Twelfth Of Never"—-provide a rare fly-on-the-wall glimpse into Elvis' consummate backstage artistry as he prepares these songs for concert.

The musicians backing Elvis on "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" include James Burton and John Wilkinson (guitars); Charlie Hodge (guitar and vocals); Duke Bardwell (bass); Ronnie Tutt (drums); Glen D. Hardin (piano); The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Kathy Westmoreland (vocals) with Joe Guercio and his orchestra.

"Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" will also include a 24-page booklet featuring rare photos, previously unseen memorabilia, new liner notes, press clips and more.

Following the artistic success of his 1973 Stax sessions and the global phenomenon of the "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" album and broadcast the same year, Elvis opened 1974 with a 15-city-tour routed to end in Memphis and a state-of-the-art concert recording.

"I wanted to record a live session in my hometown of Memphis," said Elvis at the time.  "After all, this is where it all started out for me."

Originally released on vinyl on July 7, 1974, "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" reached #1 on the country charts and featured "How Great Thou Art," the track that would bring Elvis his third (Gospel) Grammy win.



"Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis"

*Newly remastered album includes all concert tracks not included on original vinyl.

*Disc 2 premieres previously unreleased MONO "test-run" of entire concert recorded with a live audience at the Richmond Coliseum on March 18, 1974.


Disc 1
  • Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • See See Rider
  • I Got A Woman/Amen
  • Love Me
  • Trying To Get To You
  • All Shook Up (not included on original album)
  • Steamroller Blues (not included on original album)
  • Teddy Bear-Don't Be Cruel (not included on original album)
  • Love Me Tender (not included on original album)
  • Long Tall Sally-Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On-Mama Don't Dance-Flip, Flop And Fly-Jailhouse Rock-Hound Dog
  • Fever (not included on original album)
  • Polk Salad Annie (not included on original album)
  • Why Me Lord
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Suspicious Minds (not included on original album)
  • Introductions (not included on original album)
  • Help Me
  • An American Trilogy
  • Let Me Be There
  • My Baby Left Me
  • Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (not included on original album)
  • Funny How Time Slips Away (not included on original album)
  • Can't Help Falling In Love
  • Closing Vamp
Disc 2
  • The Richmond "Test Run" Concert - previously unreleased
  • Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • See See Rider
  • I Got A Woman/Amen
  • Love Me
  • Trying To Get To You
  • All Shook Up
  • Steamroller Blues
  • Teddy Bear-Don't Be Cruel
  • Love Me Tender
  • Long Tall Sally-Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On-Mama Don't Dance-Flip, Flop And Fly-Jailhouse Rock-Hound Dog
  • Fever
  • Polk Salad Annie
  • Why Me Lord
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Suspicious Minds
  • Introductions
  • Help Me
  • An American Trilogy
  • Let Me Be There
  • My Baby Left Me
  • Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  • Funny How Time Slips Away
  • Can't Help Falling In Love
  • Closing Vamp
Recorded live March 18, 1974 at the Coliseum, Richmond

  • The August 1974 RCA Rehearsal
  • Down In The Alley (previously unreleased)
  • Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues (previously unreleased)
  • Softly As I Leave You
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (previously unreleased)
  • The Twelfth Of Never