martes, 31 de mayo de 2011

'Elvis 77 - The Final Curtain

The imminent new Boxcar 'Elvis 77 - The Final Curtain' final details are now available.

Limited Edition Of Only 1,500 Copies Made.

Review : Elvis '77 : The Final Curtain

Elvis 77 - The Final Curtain
Elvis 77 - The Final Curtain
This comprises of a 400 page jam packed book with 6 CD'S and 6 DVD'swith hours of unreleased footage and new complete soundboards all housed in a large and heavy beautiful box set.

The book is packed with more than a thousand pictures mostly never before seen with reviews, full text featuring all the tours and rare facts etc and, a layout that made what most people thought impossible to do, a 1977 book finally look worthy of a release. Printed on beautiful silk paper this hard back edition is a must for any fan. In essence, the CD's feature mainly on the earlier tours where as the DVD's are on the later of 1977. The 6 CDcollection includes 3 new shows featuring the lost recorded performance of Orlando on February 15th, Saginaw's May 3rd and Madison's June 24th.

Also included on the CD's are highlighted show recordings from 1977 and has a new version of Elvis' last show in Indianapolis, which has had an updated transfer from the original dual audience reel tape and re-mastered to exceptional sound quality than ever before. This box could not be complete without having the last show, the final curtain, being in the final sound quality. All of the audio materials contained in the box are taken from 1st generation copies of original Soundboard/RCA tapes.

The Orlando show was recorded in binaural with the band and orchestra on the right channel and the piano on the left. Elvis' voice is inaudible on this recording and was considered by many, a lost recording. The most sophisticated re-mastering technique was used to bring Elvis' voice to the foreground; otherwise, this show would have been lost forever!

With Madison from June 24th, this is the only complete Elvis show from 1977 to exist on soundboard and to this day, is the last known soundboard recording concert of Elvis Presley to be released. The material for this show was taken from an original master tape. Although the tape suffered some minor damage, we are very pleased with the results. Also for the first time we have Jerome 'Stump' Munroe on drums instead of Ronnie Tutt.

On the many other recordings on the CD collection, fans will be pleased to know that all tracks previously released have been updated and, they will notice the difference. Some of the more recent single song releases from Abilene and Chicago have all now been corrected and there is even another bonus 'My Way' unreleased track from Chicago included.

The 6 DVD collection is an absolute must have, this includes 8mm footage with more than 2 hours of unreleased footage with the best sound possible on all footage. The 8mm DVD's are dual layered for maximum length with maximum quality and all have multi angle viewing. Included in this section is 36 minutes of unreleased footage from Indianapolis alone. Me you really can see Elvis, close!

The DVD set also includes the CBS TV Special and is a very special treat for fans. For the first time ever, using a 1st Generation digital copy of a TV Station tape, (originally used to broadcast 'The Special' in October 1977) it has been re-mastered frame by frame and now finally, released to fans after 33 years to watch this in all its glory! We also have the most up to date release of the last 2 professionally filmed Elvis shows taped for the CBS TV Special in 1977. These were the shows that were recorded in Omaha and Rapid City.

These come from a tape source four generations better than previously used before. Not only have these 2 shows been painstakingly restored and re-mastered frame by frame, but for the first time, it will include new unreleased footage from Rapid City, making this show practically complete. In fact all that is missing is just a few of the introductions. The new footage found from Omaha now makes this show 100% complete!

All DVDs are region free and in the PAL format.

This boxset is now sold out due to pre orders. Next release in February.


West Palm Beach, FL 
(February 13, 1977)

01. Little Sister
02. You Gave Me A Mountain
03. Blue Suede Shoes
04. O Sole Mio/It's Now Or Never
05. My Way
06. All Shook Up/Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
07. Elvis Presley MP3 Audio And I Love You So Pop Up Window (03:22)
08. Fever
09. Blueberry Hill 
10. Hurt
11. Hound Dog
12. Jailhouse Rock
13. Can't Help Falling In Love

St. Petersburg, FL (February 14, 1977)

14. If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
15. You Gave Me A Mountain
16. O Sole Mio*/It's Now Or Never
17. All Shook Up/Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
18. And I Love You So
19. Fever
20. My Way
21. Blueberry Hill
22. Love Letters
23. Introductions/Hail Hail Rock n' Roll
24. Hurt
25. Hound Dog
26. Can't Help Falling In Love
27. Closing Vamp


Orlando FL (February 15, 1977)

01. Love Me
02. If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
03. You Gave Me A Mountain
04. O Sole Mio*/It's Now Or Never
05. All Shook Up/Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
06. Elvis Presley MP3 Audio Help Me Pop Up Window (03:22)
07. Big Boss Man
08. My Way
09. Introductions
10. Hurt
11. Hound Dog
12. Can't Help Falling In Love

Columbia, SC (February 18, 1977)

13. Release Me
14. Tryin' To Get To You

Charlotte, NC (February 20, 1977)

15. Fairytale
16. My Way
17. Moody Blue
18. How Great Thou Art

Norman, OK (MARCH 26, 1977)

19. Blue Christmas

Abilene, TX (March 27 1977)

20. My Way
21. That's All Right
Alexandria, VA (March 29, 1977)

22. Bosom Of Abraham/You Better Run

Alexandria, VA (March 30, 1977)

23. And I Love You So
24. Fever
25. Hurt

Kalamazoo, MI (April 26, 1977)

26. Heartbreak Hotel
27. Blue Suede Shoes


Montgomery, AL (February 16, 1977)

01. You Gave Me A Mountain
02. O Sole Mio/It's Now Or Never 
03. Little Sister
04. Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
05. My Way 
06. Polk Salad Annie
07. Hurt
08. Hound Dog
09. Elvis Talks/Striptease
10. Where No One Stands Alone
11. Unchained Melody
12. Can't Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp

Charlotte, NC (February 21, 1977)

13. Are You Lonesome Tonight
14. Reconsider Baby
15. Love Me
16. Moody Blue
17. You Gave Me A Mountain
18. Jailhouse Rock
19. O Sole Mio/It's Now Or Never
20. Little Sister
21. Teddy Bear/Dont Be Cruel
22. My Way
23. Elvis Presley MP3 Audio Release Me Pop Up Window (02:32)
24. Hurt
25. Why Me Lord


Saginaw, MI (May 3, 1977)

01. That's All Right
02. Trouble
03. I Got A Woman/Amen
04. Love Me
05. Happy Birthday To You
06. Hound Dog
07. Trying To Get To You
08. Jailhouse Rock
09. My Way
10. Little Sister
11. Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
12. Help Me
13. O Sole Mio/It's Now Or Never 
14. Love Me Tender
15. Why Me Lord
16. Polk Salad Annie/Microphone Change Over
17. Elvis Presley MP3 Audio Polk Salad Annie Pop Up Window (04:19)
18. Mystery Train / Tiger Man
19. Can't Help Falling In Love

Toledo, OH (April, 23, 1977)

20. Polk Salad Annie

Duluth, MN (April 29, 1977)

21. Big Boss Man
22. Bridge Over Troubled Water

Chicago, IL (May 1, 1977)

23. My Way

Chicago, IL (May 2, 1977)

24. Fairytale
25. Elvis Presley MP3 Audio My Way Pop Up Window (03:51)


Madison, WI (June 24, 1977)

01. See See Rider
02. I Got A Woman/Amen
03. Love Me
04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
05. You Gave Me A Mountain
06. Jailhouse Rock
07. O Sole Mio/It's Now Or Never
08. Elvis Presley MP3 Audio One Night Pop Up Window (02:43)
09. Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
10. And I Love You So
11. Danny Boy
12. Walk With Me
13. Love Me Tender
14. Introductions
15. Early Morning Rain
16. What'd I Say
17. Johnny B. Goode
18. Introductions Continued
19. I Really Don't Want To Know
20. Introductions Conclusion
21. Hound Dog
22. Introduction of Vernon Presley
23. Can't Help Falling In Love
24. Closing Vamp


Indianapolis, IN (June 26, 1977) Elvis' last ever concert. (Audience recording)

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra
02. See See Rider
03. I Got A Woman/Amen
04. Love Me
05. Fairytale
06. You Gave Me A Mountain 
07. Jailhouse Rock
08. O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never
09. Little Sister
10. Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
11. Please Release Me
12. I Can't Stop Loving You
13. Bridge Over Troubled Water
14. Introductions
15. Early Morning Rain
16. What'd I Say
17. Johnny B. Goode
18. Introductions Continued
19. Elvis Presley MP3 Audio I Really Don't Want To Know Pop Up Window (01:37)
20. Introductions Conclusion
21. Hurt
22. Hound Dog
23. Special Thanks By Elvis 
24. Can't Help Falling In Love
25. Closing Vamp


May 22 1977 - Largo, MD - Capital Centre 
May 23 1977 - Providence, RI - Civic Center
May 24 1977 - Augusta, ME - Civic Center 
May 25 1977 - Rochester, NY - War Memorial 
May 26 1977 - Binghampton, NY - Broome County Veterans Memorial
May 24 1977 - Binghampton, NY - Broome County Veterans Memorial 
May 28 1977 - Philadelphia, PA - Spectrum
May 29 1977 - Baltimore, MD - Civic Center 
June 1, 1977 - Macon, GA - Coliseum


June 18 1977 - Kansas City, MO - Kemper Arena 
June 24 1977 - Madison, WI - Dane County Coliseum 
June 25 1977 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverfront Coliseum 
June 26 1977 - Indianapolis, IN - Market Square Arena

Bonus Footage:

February 20 1977 - Charlotte, NC - Coliseum
May 1 1977 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Stadium
May 2 1977 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Stadium 


Omaha, NB (June 19, 1977)

Also Sprach Zarathustra 
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
That's All Right 
Are You Lonesome Tonight 
Love Me 
Little Sister
Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel 
And I Love You So 
Jailhouse Rock 
How Great Thou Art 
Early Mornin' Rain 
What'd I Say 
Johnny B. Goode 
I Really Don't Want To Know 
Hound Dog 
0 Sole Mio*/It's Now Or Never
Can't Help Falling In Love 
Closing Vamp


Rapid City, SD (June 21, 1977)

Backstage Footage
Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider 
I Got A Woman/Amen
That's All Right 
Are You Lonesome Tonight 
Love Me 
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
You Gave Me A Mountain 
Jailhouse Rock 
0 Sole Mio/It's Now Or Never
Trying To Get To You 
Hawaiian Wedding Song 
Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel 
My Way
I Really Don't Want To Know 
Introduction of Vernon Presley & Ginger Alden
Hound Dog 
Unchained Melody 
Can't Help Falling In Love 
Closing Vamp


Elvis In Concert (The CBS-TV-Special)

Opening Credits Incl. Fans' Comments, 
Stage Setup and Elvis' Arrival At Airport
Also Sprach Zarathustra 
See See Rider 
That's All Right 
Are You Lonesome Tonight 
Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel 
Fans' Comments
You Gave Me A Mountain 
Jailhouse Rock 
Fans' Comments
How Great Thou Art 
Fans' Comments
Early Mornin' Rain 
I Really Don't Want To Know 
Introduction Of Vernon Presley & Ginger Alden
Hound Dog 
My Way 
Can't Help Falling In Love (Vernon Presley Interview Inserted)
Closing Vamp 
Special Message From Vernon Presley
Closing Credits


CBS TV Trailer 
(October 2, 1977)

DVD DVD 6 (Bonus DVD)

'Elvis Is Dead'

A collection of news reports from local and major TV on the passing of Elvis Presley, recorded August '77.

lunes, 30 de mayo de 2011

Blue Moon single

During its 17 weeks on the "Top 100," Elvis's version of Blue Moon never reached higher than #55.
Still it was on the chart longer than I Was the One and Blue Suede Shoes, both of which were top 25 hits for Elvis that year.
Elvis's rendition of Blue Moon is considered that song's first crossover into the rock 'n' roll genre.
The song's biggest splash in rock history, however, came in April 1961, when the Marcels' doowop
version sold a million copies and knocked Elvis's Surrender off the #1 spot on Billboard's "Hot 100."
A few years later, Elvis had one more obscure connection with the tune. In his 1964 film Viva Las Vegas,
while Elvis checks out the chorus girls at the Tropicana Hotel, about 10 seconds of an instrumental version
of Blue Moon plays in the background.


domingo, 29 de mayo de 2011

today in Elvis concert history

today in Elvis concert history

Tour Ref: On Tour number 31 - May 20th - June 2nd 1977
Date: May 29 1977
Venue: Civic Center
Location: Baltimore MD
Showtime: (8:30 pm)
Crowd: 12841
Article *:
Release: The Complete 1977 Films Vol.3
Suit: Mexican Sundial
Belt: Original belt

Sherrill Nielsen: Light Blue Sleeveless Jumpsuit

The Sweet Inspirations: Yellow Dress

Musicians: Light Blue Suit

© Keith Alverson

2001 Theme

C C Rider
I Got A Woman
- segued medley with -
Thats All Right
Are You Lonesome Tonight ?
Blue Christmas
Heartbreak Hotel
Love Me
Jailhouse Rock
You Gave Me A Mountain
Danny Boy (by Sherrill Nielsen)
Walk With Me
( above song performed by Sherrill Nielsen )
Teddy Bear
- segued medley with -
Dont Be Cruel
Elvis Leaves The Stage
Walk That Lonesome Road
( featuring JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet )
My Heavenly Father (by Kathy Westmoreland)
Band Introductions By Charlie Hodge
Early Morning Rain
( above song performed by Sherrill Nielsen )
Whatd I Say
( featuring James Burton )
Johnny B Goode
( featuring James Burton )
Drum Solo
Bass Solo
Piano Solo
Electric Organ Solo
Elvis returns to stage
School Day
Hound Dog
Help Me
Unchained Melody
Blue Suede Shoes
The Wonder Of You
( above song is just one verse )
One Night
O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen)
- segued medley with -
Its Now Or Never
Cant Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp

Import CD


© Keith Alverson


© Keith Alverson

© Keith Alverson

© Keith Alverson

© Keith Alverson

© Len Leech

© Len Leech

© Len Leech

CONCERT DATE: May 29, 1977. Baltimore, MD

Presley Has The Old Magic Still
by Earl Arnett

Baltimore Sun
May 30, 1977

Elvis Aron Presley, a 42-yer-old native of Tupelo, Miss, visited a packed house

at the Civic Center last night and generated the same excitement that has made

him an American household word for 20 years.

By the time he arrived on stage, the audience was clapping and stomping

the floor in nervous excitement over the appearance of the mythical "king of rock and roll."

The king is slightly paunchy now in his white spangled suit and the hair seems dyed.

But the main ingredients of the image are intact - the boyish, almost feminine face;

the sexual pelvic movements and the country voice that croons the rhythms of white

rock welded onto black soul.

Like his management, Elvis' show was intelligent and well-paced. A brassy, 10-piece

band began the evening with the the from "Rocky", followed by a white gospel

quartet in yellow suits. Then came a comedian and the Sweet Inspirations, a black female

trio that knows how to handle the contemporary disco-rock styles.

All these preliminaries were packed into an hour, followed by a 45-minute intermission,

which allowed the tension to grow before the ultimate arrival of the legend

What brings such an audience to struggle for tickets and jam an arena to see

Elvis Presley? The responses to this question were as varied as the people there.

One 25-year-old man had followed Elvis since he was 4 years old. Another woman

in her 20's had seen all his movies. Most of the women though he was "sexy".

There was no coherent response to the question. People weren't quite sure why

they loved Elvis. an enthusiastic group of women in the upper decks agreed

that he was "the perfect fantasy of every woman." They could enjoy the way he

moved and sang in much the same way that men enjoy a good belly dancer.

The illusion of sex is there, but there's also no danger. A clean-cut Elvis enables

women to loosen the puritan shackles in their lives without the messiness of any

genuinely human confrontation

One surprise in the Civic Center audience was its diversity. You could not characterize

it easily. Young people were there as well as old, men as well as women, including many

married couples. The most obvious fact about the thousands who filled the center

was the virtual absence of Afro-Americans.

There are great ironies here. Elvis began his recording career in 1954

in Memphis, then and now a melting pot for many country musics

including the blues, gospel and folk. Sam Phillips, the entrepreneur at

Sun Records who looms large in the history of rock and roll, had always

predicted that if a white man could sing the earthy black blues, fortunes

were to be made.

And along came Elvis, a truck driver who had graduated from high school in 1953

and worshipped the late James Dean. The young Elvis yearned for some kind

of release from his life and like many poor folks, music offered him a way out.

He assumed the rebellious stance of Dean and Brando, picked up the sensuality

of black music and walked into the Sun Records studio.

His first record was a tune called "That's All Right." He sang it at last night's

concert, a straightforward, bluesy tune that seemed innocuous in comparison

with all the stir it caused.

Within a year after Elvis released this tune, he had a contract with RCA,

and a new manager, Col. Tom Parker, carnival promoter and legitimate con

man of grand proportions. Under his guidance, the young Elvis who loved

music and his mother, became a sex symbol palatable to postwar America.

The remarkable thing is how Elvis has lasted so long. He remains an important

symbol. Little girls wore Elvis T-shirts last night, and teen-agers held up signs saying,

"Elvis, I Love You."

Women still screamed whenever he wiggled his hips, even when it obviously was a pose,

almost a caricature from the past. The myth of ELvis has become almost as large

as that surrounding the late Howard Hughes. Some even wondered, as they did

with Hughes, if the man on stage were really Elvis.

It was impossible for them to reconcile the legend in their minds to the spectacle

of a mere man showing the signs of middle age.

Of course, by this time Elvis is virtually impervious to all criticism. The media have

to buy tickets if they want to review him or take his picture, he doesn't need them

(The Sun's photographer, who didn't have a ticket, was not allowed in the

civic Center.) He doesn't even have to sing. People come just to see him as they

would visit a national monument.

To the thousands who cheered him last night, he is a symbol of innocence tinged

with just the right combination of sex, show business and country music. They

don't know why exactly, but they still love him.

Courtesy of Francesc Lope

The Event

Recorded live at Rapidas Parish Coliseum.
March 29, 1977. Alexandria, LA.

Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me /
If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / O Solo Mio (sung by Sherrill Nielsen)
- It's Now Or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / Blue Suede Shoes / Fever /
Band Introductions / Early Morning Rain / What'd I Say / Johnny B. Goode - Ronnie Tutt drum solo -
Jerry Scheff bass solo - Tony Brown piano solo - Bobby Ogdin electric / piano solo - School Days / Why Me Lord / Bossom of Abraham - You Better Run / How Great Thou Art / Hound Dog / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Theme
Recording: Audience

Label: Groti Records GR-CD 107 (released 1995)

Covers: [front] [back] [disc]

A May Day In Baltimore

Recorded live at the Civic Center
May 29, 1977 Evening Show. Baltimore, MD.


Recording: Audience

Highlights: That's All Right, Blue Christmas, Heartbreak Hotel, Early Morning Rain (performed by Sherrill Nielson), Hurt, Help Me, Unchained Melody, The Wonder Of You (one verse), One Night & Its Now Or Never. Elvis leaves the stage for 20 minutes. A rare setlist but a disaster of a show!!

Notes: See "Send Me The Light...I Need It Bad" in our CD section.

Sound: Contents:

Covers: [front] [back]



concerts in pictures May 29, 1976 (8:30 pm) Oklahoma City, OK.


May 29, 1976 (8:30 pm) Oklahoma City, OK.

(Click on the picture to enlarge)

(c) Sean Shaver

(c) Sean Shaver

May 29, 1977. (8:30 pm) Baltimore, MD.

(c) Keith Alverson

(c) Keith Alverson

(c) Len Leech