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

March 18, 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 complete concert experience featuring tracks left off the original album (because of the spatial limitations of vinyl).  The entire concert has been remixed and remastered.  "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" will be available on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Order your copy of the 40th Anniversary Edition of "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" by visiting ShopElvis.com.

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Disc 2 of the newly remastered expanded Legacy Edition of "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" presents a recently located recording of Elvis' complete concert "test-run" held for an ecstatic live audience at the Richmond Coliseum, on March 18, 1974, two days before his historic-concert-return to Memphis (where he'd last played live in 1961).  The remarkable "test-run" concert 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 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, Voice and 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 (and third Gospel) Grammy win.

Disc 1 - The Memphis "Homecoming" Concert

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)
Blueberry Hill-I Can't Stop Loving You
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

*Recorded live March 20, 1974 at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee

Disc 2 - The Richmond "Test Run" Concert

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
Blueberry Hill-I Can't Stop Loving You
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 Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia

The August 1974 RCA Rehearsal

Down In The Alley
Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues
Softly As I Leave You
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
The Twelfth Of Never