Elvis in Concert 1970

Innledning

1970 var det året Elvis måtte bevise at han var permanent tilbake som konsertartist. Den ene sesongen i Las Vegas i august året før hadde vært en uovertruffen suksess, og nå var alle spente på om dette kun var et blaff. Det skulle vise seg at det ikke var noen grunn til å uroe seg. 1970 er blant Elvis’ beste år på konsertscenen. Gleden ved å være tilbake på scenen etter å ha brukt årevis på uinspirerte Hollywood-produksjoner var fremdeles sterkt, og han hadde fremdeles viljen til å fornye repertoaret og hele tiden yte sitt maksimale. Når man oppsummerer dette året så hadde begge hans sesonger i Las Vegas, de 6 konsertene i Houston, og de to turnéene på høsten vært av ypperste klasse.

I motsetning til de to Las Vegas-sesongene dette året som er godt dokumentert med profesjonelle lydopptak, er Houston-konsertene og både September- og November-turnéene dårlig dokumentert med gode konsertopptak. Synd, da disse turnéene ville gitt oss magiske øyeblikk med Elvis på sitt beste.

Sesong 2 i Las Vegas; 26. Januar til 23. Februar

Da Elvis åpnet sin andre sesong i Las Vegas den 26. januar 1970, hadde han fremdeles gløden og entusiasmen fra åpningssesongen året før intakt. Showene under denne sesongen var generelt kortere enn de han gjorde under ’69-sesongen, men han fremførte omtrent tilsvarende antall sanger under et show da monologen om hans egen karriere ble utelatt (den ville uansett ha virket noe malplassert nå som han definitivt var tilbake på konsertscenen).

Flere nye sanger ble introdusert i repertoaret; «Blue Suede Shoes» ble erstattet som åpningslåt av «All Shook Up» (en sang han under denne sesongen fremdeles fremførte med en viss anstendighet – senere i karrieren blir tempoet på denne klassikeren så til de grader heseblesende at den mistet all snert).

Fra den fantastiske Memphis-sesjonen ett år tidligere hentet Elvis frem tre nye sanger i konsertrepertoaret; «Don't Cry Daddy», «Kentucky Rain» (som ble utgitt som single i januar, rett forut for denne sesongen) og «True Love Travels On A Gravel Road» (kun spilt ved et par anledninger). Det ble også introdusert en del sanger Elvis aldri gjorde studioinnspillinger av, der flere av dem skulle bli faste konsertinnslag under hele 70-tallet; «Let It Be Me», «Polk Salad Annie», «Proud Mary», «Release Me», «See See Rider», «Sweet Caroline», «The Wonder Of You» og «Walk A Mile In My Shoes».

I tillegg ble det børstet støvet av noen gamle klassikere som Elvis ikke hadde fremført under sin første sesong i Vegas; «Blueberry Hill», «It's Now Or Never», «Lawdy Miss Clawdy», «Long Tall Sally» og den etterhvert faste kombinasjonen av «(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear»/«Don't Be Cruel».

Kort oppsummert; En artist i toppform både fysisk og psykisk, en mengde sterke sanger og en nyvunnen entusiasme i godt behold. Dette kunne ikke bli noe annet enn en triumf! Elvis’ andre sesong i Las Vegas er blant høydepunktene i hele hans konsertkarriere.

RCA spilte inn flere show mellom 15. og 19. februar, og en samling av disse sangene ble senere utgitt på platen On Stage.

The On Stage Season: February 1970 – 2013 - FTD

Las Vegas, Nevada January 26, 1970 Opening Show (Soundboard Recording)

CD 1: 1. All Shook Up, 2. That's All Right, 3. Proud Mary, 4. Don't Cry Daddy, 5. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 6. Long Tall Sally, 7. Let It Be Me, 8. I Can't Stop Loving You, 9. Walk A Mile In My Shoes, 10. In The Ghetto, 11. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road, 12. Sweet Caroline, 13. Polk Salad Annie, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Kentucky Rain, 16. Suspicious Minds, 17. Can't Help Falling In Love

Rebooked At The International - 2011 - Backdraft

Las Vegas, Nevada January 26, 1970 Opening Show (Soundboard Recording)

1. Sammy Shore Comedy Act, 2. Opening Vamp, 3. All Shook Up, 4. That's All Right, 5. Elvis Talks, 6. Proud Mary, 7. Don't Cry Daddy, 8. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 9. Long Tall Sally, 10. Let It Be Me, 11. I Can't Stop Loving You, 12. Walk A Mile In My Shoes - In The Ghetto, 13. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road, 14. Sweet Caroline, 15. Polk Salad Annie, 16. Band Introductions, 17. Kentucky Rain, 18. Suspicious Minds, 19. Can't Help Falling In Love

Better Than Ever – 2013 – VV

Las Vegas, Nevada January 26, 1970 Opening Show (Soundboard Recording)

LP Side A: 1. Opening Vamp, 2. All Shook Up, 3. That's All Right, 4. Proud Mary, 5. Don't Cry Daddy, 6. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel - LP Side B: 1. Long Tall Sally, 2. Let It Be Me, 3. I Can't Stop Loving You, 4. Walk a Mile In My Shoes - In The Ghetto - LP Side C: 1. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road, 2. Sweet Caroline, 3. Polk Salad Annie - LP Side D: 1. Band Introductions, 2. Kentucky Rain, 3. Suspicious Minds, 4. Can't Help Falling In Love

Have Some Fun Tonight - 2002 - Memory Records

Las Vegas, Nevada February 3, 1970 Dinner Show (Audience Recording)

1. Orchestral Intro, 2. Opening Vamp - All Shook Up, 3. I Got A Woman, 4. Proud Mary, 5. Don't Cry Daddy, 6. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 7. Long Tall Sally, 8. Let It Be Me, 9. I Can't Stop Loving You, 10. Walk A Mile In My Shoes - In The Ghetto, 11. Kentucky Rain, 12. Sweet Caroline, 13. Polk Salad Annie, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Suspicious Minds, 16. Can't Help Falling In Love

International Earthquake - 2002 - Memory Records

Las Vegas, Nevada February 5, 1970 Dinner Show (Audience Recording)

1. Opening Vamp, 2. All Shook Up, 3. I Got A Woman, 4. Proud Mary, 5. Don't Cry Daddy, 6. Elvis Talks, 7. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 8. Love Me, 9. See See Rider, 10. Let It Be Me, 11. I Can't Stop Loving You, 12. Love Me Tender, 13. Elvis Talks, 14. In The Ghetto, 15. Sweet Caroline, 16. Polk Salad Annie, 17. Band Introductions, 18. Suspicious Minds, 19. Can't Help Falling In Love, 20. Comments by Rick Rennie

Polk Salad Annie - 2004 - FTD

Las Vegas, Nevada February 15, 1970 Midnight Show (Multitrack Recording)

1. I Got A Woman (incomplete), 2. Long Tall Sally, 3. Don't Cry Daddy, 4. Hound Dog, 5. Love Me Tender, 6. Kentucky Rain, 7. Let It Be Me, 8. I Can't Stop Loving You, 9. Walk A Mile In My Shoes, 10. In The Ghetto, 11. Sweet Caroline, 12 Polk Salad Annie, 13. Band Introductions, 14. Suspicious Minds, 15. Can't Help Falling In Love - Bonus Tracks: 16. Release Me, 17. See See Rider, 18. Proud Mary, 19. The Wonder Of You, 20. Release Me, 21. See See Rider, 22. The Wonder Of You (Track 16 & 18: Las Vegas, Nevada February 19, 1970 DS / Track 17: Las Vegas, Nevada February 17, 1970 MS / Track 19: Las Vegas, Nevada February 18, 1970 DS / Tracks 20-22: Las Vegas, Nevada Rehearsal February 18, 1970)

Live In Las Vegas Box Set - 2001 - RCA

Las Vegas, Nevada February 16 -19, 1970 Several Shows (Multitrack Recording)

CD 3: 1. See See Rider, 2. Release Me, 3. Sweet Caroline, 4. The Wonder Of You, 5. Polk Salad Annie, 6. Proud Mary, 7. Walk A Mile In My Shoes, 8. In The Ghetto, 9. Let It Be Me, 10. Don't Cry Daddy, 11. Kentucky Rain, 12. Long Tall Sally, 13. I Can't Stop Loving You, 14. Suspicious Minds (Tracks 1 & 4: Las Vegas, Nevada February 18, 1970 DS / Tracks 2,5 & 12: Las Vegas, Nevada February 18, 1970 MS / Tracks 3, 6, 8 & 14: Las Vegas, Nevada February 16, 1970 DS / Tracks 7 & 13: Las Vegas, Nevada February 19, 1970 MS / Tracks 9-11: Las Vegas, Nevada February 17, 1970 MS)

On Stage - 2012 - FTD

Las Vegas, Nevada February 15 -19, 1970 Several Shows (Multitrack Recording)

CD 1: 1. See See Rider (Feb. 18 DS), 2. Release Me (Feb. 18 MS), 3. Sweet Caroline (Feb. 16 DS), 4. Runaway (Aug. 1969), 5. The Wonder Of You (Feb. 18 DS), 6. Polk Salad Annie (Feb. 18 MS), 7. Yesterday (Aug. 1969), 8. Proud Mary (Feb. 16 DS), 9. Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Feb. 19 MS), 10. Let It Be Me (Feb. 17 MS), 11. Long Tall Sally, 12. Don’t Cry Daddy, 13. Kentucky Rain, 14. Let It Be Me, 15. I Can’t Stop Loving You, 16. Walk a Mile in My Shoes, 17. The Wonder of You, 18. Band Introductions, 19. Suspicious Minds, 20. Can’t Help Falling in Love  

CD 2: 1. Long Tall Sally, 2. Don’t Cry Daddy, 3. Walk a Mile in My Shoes, 4. Release Me, 5. Polk Salad Annie, 6. Long Tall Sally, 7. Don’t Cry Daddy, 8. Hound Dog, 9. Love Me Tender, 10. Kentucky Rain, 11. Let It Be Me, 12. I Can’t Stop Loving You, 13. Walk a Mile in My Shoes, 14. In The Ghetto, 15. The Wonder of You, 16. Release Me, 17. Polk Salad Annie, 18. Band Introductions, 19. Suspicious Minds, 20. Can’t Help Falling in Love

(CD 1 Tracks 1-10: Original “On Stage” Album / Tracks 11-20: Las Vegas, Nevada February 18, 1970 MS / CD 2 Tracks: 1-5: Las Vegas, Nevada February 18, 1970 DS / Tracks 6-20: Las Vegas, Nevada February 19, 1970 MS)

Rebooked At The International - 2011 - Backdraft

Las Vegas, Nevada February 15 -19, 1970 Several Shows (Multitrack Recording)

CD 2: 1. See See Rider, 2. Elvis Talks, 3. Release Me, 4. Sweet Caroline, 5. Elvis Talks, 6. The Wonder Of You, 7. Polk Salad Annie, 8. Elvis Talks, 9. Proud Mary, 10. Walk A Mile In My Shoes, 11. Let It Be Me, 12. I Can't Stop Loving You 

CD 3: 1. Long Tall Sally, 2. Elvis Talks, 3. Don't Cry Daddy, 4. The Wonder Of You, 5. Walk A Mile In My Shoes, 6. Release Me, 7. Polk Salad Annie, 8. Elvis Talks, 9. Proud Mary, 10. Elvis Talks, 11. Don't Cry Daddy, 12. Elvis Talks, 13. Kentucky Rain, 14. Let It Be Me, 15. I Can't Stop Loving You, 16. Walk A Mile In My Shoes, 17. Elvis Talks, 18. Release Me, 19. See See Rider, 20. Hound Dog, 21. Love Me Tender, 22. Walk A Mile In My Shoes - In The Ghetto, 23. Kentucky Rain, 24. The Wonder Of You, 25. The Wonder Of You, 26. The Wonder Of You, 27. Release Me, 28. See See Rider, 29. Walk A Mile In My Shoes

(CD 2 Tracks 1,5,6: Las Vegas, Nevada February 18, 1970 DS / Tracks 2,3,7: Las Vegas, Nevada February 18, 1970 MS / Tracks 4,8,9: Las Vegas, Nevada February 16, 1970 DS / Tracks 10 & 12: Las Vegas, Nevada February 19, 1970 MS / Track 11: Las Vegas, Nevada February 17, 1970 MS / CD 3 Tracks 1-7: Las Vegas, Nevada February 18, 1970 DS / Tracks 8-19: Las Vegas, Nevada February 19, 1970 DS / Tracks 20-22: Las Vegas, Nevada February 15, 1970 MS / Track 23: Las Vegas, Nevada February 16, 1970 DS / Tracks 24-29: Las Vegas, Nevada Rehearsal February 18, 1970)

Closing Strong – 2013 - VV

Las Vegas, Nevada February 23, 1970 Closing Show (Soundboard Recording)

LP Side A: 1. Opening Vamp, 2. All Shook Up, 3. I Got A Woman, 4. Long Tall Sally, 5. Elvis Talks, 6. Don't Cry Daddy, 7. Elvis Talks, 8. Hound Dog, 9. Love Me Tender - LP Side B: 1. Kentucky Rain, 2. Let It Be Me, 3. I Can't Stop Loving You, 4. See See Rider, 5. Sweet Caroline - LP Side C: 1. Polk Salad Annie, 2. Band Introductions, 3. Blueberry Hill - Lawdy Miss Clawdy, 4. Heartbreak Hotel - LP Side D: 1. One Night, 2. It's Now Or Never, 3. Suspicious Minds, 4. Elvis Talks, 5. Can't Help Falling Love

The On Stage Season: February 1970 – 2013 - FTD

Las Vegas, Nevada February 23, 1970 Closing Show (Soundboard Recording)

CD 2: 1. All Shook Up, 2. I Got A Woman, 3. Long Tall Sally, 4. Don't Cry Daddy, 5. Hound Dog, 6. Love Me Tender, 7. Kentucky Rain, 8. Let It Be Me, 9. I Can't Stop Loving You, 10. See See Rider, 11. Sweet Caroline, 12. Polk Salad Annie, 13. Band Introductions, 14. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 15. Heartbreak Hotel, 16. One Night, 17. It's Now Or Never, 18. Suspicious Minds, 19. Elvis Talks, 20. Can't Help Falling In Love

Rebooked At The International - 2011 - Backdraft

Las Vegas, Nevada February 23, 1970 Closing Show (Soundboard Recording)

1. Opening Vamp, 2. All Shook Up, 3. I Got A Woman, 4. Long Tall Sally, 5. Elvis Talks, 6. Don't Cry Daddy, 7. Elvis Talks, 8. Hound Dog, 9. Love Me Tender, 10. Kentucky Rain, 11. Let It Be Me, 12. I Can't Stop Loving You, 13. See See Rider, 14. Sweet Caroline, 15. Polk Salad Annie, 16. Elvis Talks, 17. Band Introductions, 18. Blueberry Hill (Elvis at the piano), 19. Lawdy Miss Clawdy, 20. Heartbreak Hotel, 21. Elvis Talks, 22. One Night, 23. It's Now Or Never, 24. Suspicious Minds, 25. Elvis Talks, 26. Can't Help Falling In Love, 27. Announcements

Houston Astrodome; 27. Februar til 1. Mars

Bare fire dager etter at Elvis hadde fullført sitt siste show, av i alt 57 show over 4 uker, i Las Vegas, var han booket og klar for seks konserter i Houston Astrodome, Texas. Dette var de første konsertene han holdt utenfor Las Vegas siden 1961. Fra 27. februar til 1. mars holdt Elvis 3 ettermiddagsshow og 3 kveldsshow. Foran tilsammen 207,494 elleville fans, gjør han 6 energiske konserter. Lyden skal dog ha vært elendig, da Rodeo-hallen på ingen måte var bygget for god akustikk.

Under det første showet den 27. februar var det kun 16,708 betalende tilskuere. I den store hallen opplevdes dette som ekstremt glissent blant publikum, og det ble spekulert i om konsertene ville bli en fiasko. Allerede på kveldsshowet kom det over 36.000 tilskuere, og alle de 4 siste showene tiltrakk seg horder av fans, der lørdag kveld (28. februar) samlet nesten 44,000 betalende tilskuere. Elvis’ konserter i Houston Astrodome slo alle tidligere publikumsrekorder i den grandiose hallen.

Naturlig nok fremførte Elvis de samme sangene han benyttet under siste Las Vegas sesong.

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Better Than Ever – 2013 – VV

Houston, Texas February 28, 1970 Afternoon Show (Audience Recording)

1. Opening Vamp, 2. All Shook Up, 3. I Got A Woman, 4. Long Tall Sally, 5. Don't Cry Daddy, 6. Heartbreak Hotel, 7. Hound Dog, 8. Love Me Tender, 9. Kentucky Rain, 10. Release Me, 11. Walk A Mile In My Shoes - In The Ghetto, 12. I Can't Stop Loving You, 13. Polk Salad Annie, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Suspicious Minds, 16. Can't Help Falling In Love, 17. Love Me Tender(Instrumental)

Closing Strong – 2013 - VV

Houston, Texas March 1, 1970 Afternoon Show (Audience Recording)

1. Opening Vamp, 2. All Shook Up, 3. I Got a Woman, 4. Blue Suede Shoes, 5. Don't Cry Daddy, 6. Heartbreak Hotel, 7. Hound Dog, 8. Love Me Tender, 9. Kentucky Rain, 10. Release Me, 11. Walk A Mile In My Shoes - In The Ghetto, 12. I Can't Stop Loving You, 13. Polk Salad Annie, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Suspicious Minds, 16. Can't Help Falling In Love, 17. Love Me Tender (Instrumental), 18. Closing Vamp

Elvis At The Dome - 2001 - King Crown Records

Houston, Texas March 1, 1970 Afternoon Show (Audience Recording)

1. All Shook Up, 2. I Got A Woman, 3. Blue Suede Shoes, 4. Don't Cry Daddy, 5. Heartbreak Hotel, 6. Hound Dog, 7. Love Me Tender, 8. Kentucky Rain, 9. Release Me, 10. Walk A Mile In My Shoes, 11. In The Ghetto, 12. I Can't Stop Loving You, 13. Polk Salad Annie, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Suspicious Minds, 16. Can't Help Falling In Love, 17. Love Me Tender (Closing Vamp)

Sesong 3 i Las Vegas; 10. August til 8. September

Den 10. august 1970 entrer Elvis scenen på International Hotel for å sparke i gang sin tredje sesong i Las Vegas. Et filmteam fra MGM var på plass for å dokumentere det hele. 

Filminnspillingen til det som skulle bli kinodokumentaren Elvis: That’s The Way It Is hadde allerede begynt over tre uker tidligere da filmteamet filmet øvelsene Elvis og musikerne holdt som forberedelse til denne sesongen i Vegas. Opptakene viste tydelig at Elvis var i storform, og stemmeprakten var bedre enn noen gang tidligere. Noe av den spontane og «rufsete» tolkningen av sangmaterialet som vi opplevde under de to foregående sesongene i Vegas var nok borte, men de hadde blitt erstattet med enda sterkere vokale prestasjoner. 

Dokumentarfilmen Elvis:That’s The Way It Is, som var regissert av Denis Sanders, hadde premiere 11. november 1970. Dette var den første dokumentarfilmen som var laget med Elvis, og de benyttede opptakene fokuserer mest på hans sceneopptredener de første dagene under denne sesongen; 10 til 13. august (totalt 8 show). I tillegg blir det benyttet opptak fra de forskjellige øvelsessesjonene han hadde før sesongstarten den 10. august; 14. og 15. juli i Culver City, California, 24. juli i Hollywood, 29. juli i Culver City, 4. og 7. august i Las Vegas. 

I begynnelsen av juni hadde Elvis gjennomført en svært god og effektiv innspillingssesjon i Nashville.  Flere av sangene som ble spilt inn under denne sesjonen ble introdusert i konsertrepertoaret under hans tredje sesong i Las Vegas; «I've Lost You», «You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’», «Bridge Over Troubled Water», «I Just Can't Help Believin’», «Patch It Up», «Just Pretend», «Twenty Days And Twenty Nights», «Something» og « There Goes My Everything».  De fleste av disse sangene ble senere samlet på albumet That’s The Way It Is; noen i konsertversjoner og noen i studioversjoner. I tillegg ble det børstet støv av «Tiger Man», en sang han hadde benyttet under TV-showet i 1968. De nye sangnumrene han introduserte under denne sesongen gjorde sitt til at konsertrepertoaret var blant karrierens aller beste, og flere av sangene understøttet med all tydelighet at Elvis hadde tatt steget fullt ut som en av de beste konsertartistene noensinne. 

Som en heller trist anekdote til den sesongen: Under denne tredje sesongen i Las Vegas mottok Elvis drapstrusler for første gang, og det skulle beklageligvis heller ikke bli siste gang. Den 26. august mottok en sikkerhetsvakt en telefon (Oberst Parker mottok en lignende telefon dagen etter) der det ble truet med at Elvis skulle kidnappes. Bare to dager senere, den 28. august, mottok Joe Esposito’s kone en telefon der det ble sagt at Elvis skulle skytes under midnattsshowet denne etterfølgende dagen. Innringeren ba om 50,000 USD for å avsløre hvem attentatmannen var. Elvis tok drapstruslene alvorlig, og det samme gjorde FBI. Han gjennomførte allikevel showet, med tallrike FBI-agenter til stede. Det psykiske presset på Elvis må ha vært enormt der han sto under spotlighten på scenen denne kvelden.

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) – 2014 – Sony/BMG

Las Vegas, Nevada August 10, 1970 Opening Show (Multitrack Recording)

CD 2: 1. That’s All Right, 2. Mystery Train - Tiger Man, 3. I Can’t Stop Loving You, 4. Love Me Tender, 5. The Next Step Is Love, 6. Words, 7. I Just Can’t Help Believin’, 8. Something, 9. Sweet Caroline, 10. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 11. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, 12. Polk Salad Annie, 13. Band Introductions, 14. I’ve Lost You, 15. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 16. Patch It Up, 17. Can’t Help Falling In Love

One Night In Vegas - 2000 - FTD

Las Vegas, Nevada August 10, 1970 Opening Show (Multitrack Recording)

1. Opening Vamp, 2. That's All Right, 3. Mystery Train - Tiger Man, 4. Elvis Talks, 5. I Can't Stop Loving You, 6. Love Me Tender, 7. The Next Step Is Love, 8. Words, 9. I Just Can't Help Believin', 10. Something, 11. Sweet Caroline, 12. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', 13. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, 14. Polk Salad Annie, 15. I've Lost You, 16. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 17. Patch It Up, 18. Can't Help Falling In Love - Bonus Tracks: 19. Words, 20. Cattle Call - Yodel, 21. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights, 22. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, 23. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Tracks 19-23: Las Vegas, Nevada Rehearsal August 4, 1970)

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) – 2014 – Sony/BMG

Las Vegas, Nevada August 11, 1970 Dinner Show (Multitrack Recording)

CD 3: 1. That’s All Right, 2. I Got A Woman, 3. Hound Dog, 4. Heartbreak Hotel, 5. Love Me Tender, 6. I’ve Lost You, 7. I Just Can’t Help Believin’, 8. Something, 9. I Can’t Stop Loving You, 10. Sweet Caroline, 11. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 12. Polk Salad Annie, 13. Band Introductions, 14. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 15. Suspicious Minds, 16. Can’t Help Falling In Love

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) – 2014 – Sony/BMG

Las Vegas, Nevada August 11, 1970 Midnight Show (Multitrack Recording)

CD 4: 1. That’s All Right, 2. I Got A Woman, 3. Hound Dog, 4. Love Me Tender, 5. There Goes My Everything, 6. Just Pretend, 7. I Just Can’t Help Believin’, 8. Something, 9. Men With Broken Hearts, 10. Walk A Mile In My Shoes, 11. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 12. Polk Salad Annie, 13. One Night, 14. Don’t Be Cruel, 15. Love Me, 16. Instrumental Intermezzo, 17. Heartbreak Hotel, Band Introductions, 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 20. Suspicious Minds, 21. Can’t Help Falling In Love

Live In Las Vegas Box Set - 2001 - RCA

Las Vegas, Nevada August 11, 1970 Midnight Show (Multitrack Recording)

1. That's All Right, 2. I Got A Woman, 3. Hound Dog, 4. Love Me Tender, 5. There Goes My Everything, 6. Just Pretend, 7. I Just Can't Help Believin', 8. Something, 9. Men With Broken Hearts, 10. Walk A Mile In My Shoes, 11. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin’, 12. Polk Salad Annie, 13. One Night, 14. Don't Be Cruel, 15. Love Me, 16. Instrumental Vamp, 17. Heartbreak Hotel, 18. Band Introductions, 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 20. Suspicious Minds, 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - Bonus Track: 22. When The Snow Is On The Roses (Track 22: Las Vegas, Nevada August 24, 1970 MS)

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) – 2014 – Sony/BMG

Las Vegas, Nevada August 12, 1970 Dinner Show (Multitrack Recording)

CD 5: 1. That’s All Right, 2. I Got A Woman, 3. Hound Dog, 4. Heartbreak Hotel, 5. Love Me Tender, 6. I’ve Lost You, 7. I Just Can’t Help Believin’, 8. Patch It Up, 9. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights, 10. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 11. Polk Salad Annie, 12. Band Introductions, 13. Blue Suede Shoes, 14. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, 15. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 16. Suspicious Minds, 17. Can’t Help Falling In Love

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (Legacy Edition) – 2014 – Sony/ BMG

Las Vegas, Nevada August 12, 1970 Dinner Show (Multitrack Recording)

CD 2: 1. That’s All Right, 2. I Got A Woman, 3. Hound Dog, 4. Heartbreak Hotel, 5. Love Me Tender, 6. I’ve Lost You, 7. I Just Can’t Help Believin’, 8. Patch It Up, 9. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights, 10. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 11. Polk Salad Annie, 12. Band Introductions, 13. Blue Suede Shoes, 14. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, 15. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 16. Suspicious Minds, 17. Can’t Help Falling In Love

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) – 2014 – Sony/BMG

Las Vegas, Nevada August 12, 1970 Midnight Show (Multitrack Recording)

CD 6: 1. That’s All Right, 2. Mystery Train - Tiger Man, 3. Hound Dog, 4. Love Me Tender, 5. Just Pretend, 6. Walk A Mile In My Shoes, 7. There Goes My Everything, 8. Words, 9. Sweet Caroline, 10. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 11. Polk Salad Annie, 12. Band Introductions, 13. Heartbreak Hotel, 14. One Night, 15. Blue Suede Shoes, 16. All Shook Up, 17. Little Sister - Get Back, 18. I Was The One, 19. Love Me, 20. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 21. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 22. Suspicious Minds, 23. Can’t Help Falling In Love

That’s The Way It Is 30th Anniversary Edition - 2000 - RCA

Las Vegas, Nevada August 12, 1970 Midnight Show (Multitrack Recording)

1. That’s All Right, 2. Mystery Train - Tiger Man, 3. Hound Dog, 4. Love Me Tender, 5. Just Pretend, 6. Walk A Mile In My Shoes, 7. There Goes My Everything, 8. Words, 9. Sweet Caroline, 10. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 11. Polk Salad Annie, 12. Heartbreak Hotel, 13. One Night, 14. Blue Suede Shoes, 15. All Shook Up, 16. Little Sister - Get Back, 17. I Was The One, 18. Love Me, 19. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 20. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 21. Suspicious Minds, 22. Can’t Help Falling In Love

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition) – 2014 – Sony/BMG

Las Vegas, Nevada August 13, 1970 Dinner Show (Multitrack Recording)

CD 7: 1. That’s All Right, 2. I Got A Woman, 3. Hound Dog, 4. Love Me Tender, 5. Don’t Cry Daddy, 6. In The Ghetto, 7. I Just Can’t Help Believin’, 8. Stranger In The Crowd, 9. Make The World Go Away, 10. Sweet Caroline, 11. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 12. Polk Salad Annie, 13. Band Introductions, 14. The Wonder Of You, 15. Heartbreak Hotel, 16. Blue Suede Shoes, 17. One Night, 18. All Shook Up, 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 20. Suspicious Minds, 21. Can’t Help Falling In Love

The Wonder Of You - 2009 - FTD

Las Vegas, Nevada August 13, 1970 Dinner Show (Multitrack Recording)

1. That's All Right, 2. I Got A Woman, 3. Hound Dog, 4. Love Me Tender, 5. Don't Cry Daddy, 6. In The Ghetto, 7. I Just Can't Help Believin', 8. Stranger In The Crowd, 9. Make The World Go Away, 10. Sweet Caroline (incomplete), 11. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', 12. Polk Salad Annie, 13. Band Introductions, 14. The Wonder Of You, 15. Heartbreak Hotel, 16. Blue Suede Shoes, 17. One Night, 18. All Shook Up, 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 20. Suspicious Minds, 21. Can't Help Falling In Love

Loose as a Goose – 2014 – Straight Arrow

Las Vegas, Nevada August 19, 1970 Dinner Show / August 19, 1970 Midnight Show (Audience Recording)

CD 1: 1. Orchestra Intro, 2. Opening Vamp, 3. Tiger Man, 4. I Got A Woman (with false start)/Ave Maria (excerpt), 5. Elvis Talks, 6. Love Me Tender (false start only), 7. I've Lost You, 8. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, 9. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', 10. Polk Salad Annie, 11. Band Introductions, 12. The Wonder Of You, 13. Heartbreak Hotel (with 4 false starts), 14. One Night, 15. Blue Suede Shoes, 16. Along Came Jones (excerpt), 17. Hound Dog, 18. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 19. Suspicious Minds, 20. Can't Help Falling In Love

CD 2: 1. Orchestra Intro, 2. Opening Vamp, 3. That's All Right, 4. I Got A Woman, 5. Tiger Man, 6. I Walk The Line (excerpt) – Elvis Talks, 7. Love Me Tender, 8. Instrumental Intermezzo #1, 9. I've Lost You, 10. I Just Can't Help Believin', 11. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', 12. Polk Salad Annie, 13. Instrumental Intermezzo #2, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Johnny B. Goode, 16. Band Introductions, 17. The Wonder Of You, 18. Heartbreak Hotel, 19. One Night, 20. All Shook Up, 21. Blue Suede Shoes, 22. Hound Dog, 23. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 24. Suspicious Minds, 25. Can't Help Falling In Love, 26. Closing Vamp

A Bright Midnight With Elvis - 2004 - Memory Records

Las Vegas, Nevada August 20, 1970 Midnight Show (Audience Recording)

1. Opening Vamp, 2. That`s All Right, 3. I Got A Woman - Ave Maria (one line), 4. Tiger Man, 5. Elvis Playing With Laughing Box, 6. Elvis Talks, 7. Love Me Tender (w/false start), 8. I`ve Lost You, 9. Sweet Caroline, 10. You`ve Lost That Lovin` Feelin`, 11. Polk Salad Annie, 12. Band Introductions, 13. Sweet Inspiration, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Johnny B.Goode, 16. Band Introductions, 17. The Wonder Of You, 18. Heartbreak Hotel, 19. Blue Suede Shoes, 20. Hound Dog, 21. More (one line), 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 23. Suspicious Minds, 24. Can`t Help Falling In Love, 25. Closing Vamp - Bonus Tracks: 26. Tiger Man (opening song), 27. I`ve Lost You, 28. You Don`t Have To Say You Love Me, 29. Polk Salad Annie, 30. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Tracks 26-30: Las Vegas, Nevada August 19, 1970 DS)

The Hillbilly Cat Live – 2011 - Graceland Records

Las Vegas, Nevada August 23, 1970 Dinner Show (Audience Recording)

1. That`s All Right, 2. I Got A Woman - Ave Maria (one line), 3. Tiger Man, 4. Elvis Talks, 5. Love Me Tender (w/false start), 6. I've Lost You, 7. I Just Can`t Help Believing, 8. You`ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin`, 9. Polk Salad Annie, 10. Band Introductions, 11. Johnny B. Goode, 12. Band Introductions, 13. The Wonder Of You, 14. Heartbreak Hotel (w/two false starts), 15. One Night (w/two false starts), 16. All Shook Up (false start) - Blue Suede Shoes (w/false start) - Whole Lotta Shakin Goin’ On - Blue Suede Shoes, 17. All Shook Up (false start) - Hound Dog, 18. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 19.  Suspicious Minds, 20. Can't Help Falling In Love

Vegas Variety Volume 5 - 2011 - Rainbow Records

Las Vegas, Nevada September 6, 1970 3 AM Night Show (Audience Recording)

1. Orchestral Intro, 2. Opening Vamp - That's All Right, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. I Walk The Line (one line) - Elvis Talks, 5. I've Lost You (false start), 6. Love Me Tender, 7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', 8. Polk Salad Annie, 9. Band Introductions, 10. Johnny B. Goode, 11. Band Introductions, 12. The Wonder Of You (w/false start), 13. Heartbreak Hotel (two false starts), 14. Blue Suede Shoes - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Blue Suede Shoes, 15. Hound Dog (false start) - I've Lost You (one line) - Hound Dog, 16. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 17. Can't Help Falling In Love, 18. Closing Vamp

Turné 1; 9. September til 14. September

Dette var Elvis' første egentlige turné på syttitallet, og hans første på over 12 år. Etter fremgangene i Las Vegas og i Houston tidligere på året var det en enorm etterspørsel blant fansen etter å se Elvis på scenen. En helt naturlig konsekvens av dette var at Oberst Parker begynte å booke konsertarenaer utenfor Vegas, på vegne av sin arbeidsgiver. September-turnéen besto av 8 konserter over 6 dager, med turnéstart i Phoenix, Arizona bare to dager etter avslutningsshowet i Las Vegas. Rett før konserten i Phoenix mottok arrangørene en bombetrussel, uten at det viste seg å være noen reell trussel. Konserten ble arrangert som planlagt, og utrolig nok fikk Elvis først vite om at det hadde vært en bombetrussel dagen etter.

Sammenligner vi denne turnéen med de som kom senere på 70-tallet, var denne langt dårligere organisert. Blant annet ble det brukt lokale orkestermusikere, og dirigent Joe Guercio, som kun hadde med seg en håndfull musikere fra eget orkester, hadde i prinsippet ikke tid til å øve sammen med de lokale musikerne mellom konsertene, noe som naturlig nok gikk utover samspillet.

Elvis holdt generelt knallgode konserter, og publikummet er blitt beskrevet som fullstendig ellevilt. Utenfor Las Vegas' formelle middagshaller tok Elvis-fansen helt av!

Etter Phoenix, fortsatte turnéen videre til St. Louis, Detroit, to konserter både i Miami og Tampa, og til sist et show i Mobile.

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Her finner du flere detaljer om denne turneen.

Better Than Ever - 2006 - Bootleg

Miami, Florida September 12, 1970 8:30 PM Show (Audience Recording)

1. Opening Vamp, 2. That's All Right, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Elvis Talks - I Walk The Line (one line), 5. Love Me Tender, 6. I've Lost You, 7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', 8. Polk Salad Annie, 9. Band Introductions, 10. Johnny B. Goode, 11. Band Introductions, 12. The Wonder Of You, 13. Heartbreak Hotel, 14. Blue Suede Shoes - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - All Shook Up - Blue Suede Shoes - Don't Be Cruel - Blue Suede Shoes, 15. Hound Dog, 16. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 17. Suspicious Minds, 18. Funny How Time Slips Away, 19. Can't Help Falling In Love, 20. Closing Vamp - Bonus Tracks: 21. Long Tall Sally, 22. Don't Cry Daddy, 23. Kentucky Rain, 24. Polk Salad Annie, 25. Suspicious Minds, 26. Johnny B. Goode, 27. The Wonder Of You (Tracks 21-25: Las Vegas, Nevada February 22, 1970 MS / Tracks 26-27: Las Vegas, Nevada September 4, 1970 MS)

14000 Fans Can’t Be Wrong! – 2014 - VV

Tampa, Florida September 13, 1970 8:30 PM Show / Miami, Florida September 12, 1970 8:30 PM Show (Audience Recording)

1. Opening Theme, 2. That’s All Right, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. I Walk The Line (excerpt), 5. Love Me Tender, 6. In The Ghetto, 7. I’ve Lost You, 8. You’ve Lost Than Lovin’ Feelin’, 9. Polk Salad Annie, 10. Band Introduction, 11. Johnny B. Goode, 12. Band Introduction, 13. The Wonder Of You, 14 Heartbreak Hotel, 15 Blue Suede Shoes - Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On, 16. Hound Dog, 17. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 18. Suspicious Minds, 19 Funny How Time Slips Away, 20. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Bonus Tracks: 21. I Walk The Line (except), 22. I’ve Lost You, 23. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 24. Polk Salad Annie, 25. Johnny B. Goode, 26. The Wonder Of You, 27. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 28. Suspicious Minds, 29. Funny How Time Slips Away, 30. Can’t Help Falling Love (Tracks 21-30: Miami, Florida September 12, 1970)

Turné 2; 10. November til 17. November

Etter å ha mottatt gode anmeldelser fra et samlet pressekorps i kjølvannet av September-turnéen, var det naturlig at Elvis og Oberst Parker arrangerte nok en turné. Dermed ble det booket 8 nye arenaer i 8 nye byer. Billettene ble revet vekk i løpet av timer. Elvis var i ferd med å gjøre et storslagent comeback over hele USA!

Den største konsertarenaen på denne turnéen var Inglewood Forum i Los Angeles, med 20,000 plasser. Elvis solgte ut denne stadion i løpet av timer (det hadde aldri skjedd tidligere at denne arenaen hadde blitt utsolgt for noen artist). Det ble besluttet å sette opp en ekstra konsert i denne store hallen, og i løpet av et par dager var også denne konserten utsolgt.

Turnéen startet i Oakland, og fortsatte videre til Portland, Seattle, San Fransisco, Los Angeles (som nevnt ovenfor med 2 konserter), San Diego, Oklahoma City, og ble avsluttet i Denver. Selve konsertene varte i cirka 50 minutter. 50 energiske og kompakte minutter!

Den grandiose gospelhymnen «How Great Thou Art» ble fremført for første gang «live» under denne turnéen. I tillegg ble «Blue Christmas» og «Tryin’ To Get To You» introdusert for første gang i konsertrepertoaret.

Flere detaljer rundt denne turnéen finner du her.

Storm Over Portland - 1991 - Live Archives

Portland, Oregon November 11, 1970 (Audience Recording)

1. That's All Right, 2. I Got A Woman, 3. Love Me Tender, 4. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, 5. Sweet Caroline, 6. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin’, 7. Polk Salad Annie, 8. Band Introductions, 9. Johnny B. Goode, 10. Blueberry Hill, 11. How Great Thou Art, 12. The Wonder Of You, 13. Heartbreak Hotel, 14. Blue Suede Shoes, 15. Hound Dog, 16. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 17. Suspicious Minds, 18. Funny How Time Slips Away, 19. Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

On The Road Again - 2004 - Memory Records

Portland, Oregon November 11, 1970 (Audience Recording)

1. Opening Vamp - That's All Right, 2. I Got A Woman/Amen - Elvis Talks, 3. Love Me Tender, 4. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, 5. Sweet Caroline, 6. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin’, 7. Polk Salad Annie - Band Introductions, 8. Johnny B. Goode - Blueberry Hill, 9. How Great Thou Art, 10. The Wonder Of You, 11. Heartbreak Hotel, 12. Blue Suede Shoes, 13. Hound Dog, 14. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 15. Suspicious Minds, 16. Funny How Time Slips Away, 17. Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp, 18. After Show Fans Comments - Bonus Tracks: 19. I Just Can`t Help Believin`, 20. Sweet Caroline, 21. Johnny B.Goode - Happy Birthday to James Burton, 22. Blue Suede Shoes, 24. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Tracks 19-24: Las Vegas, Nevada August 21, 1970 DS)

The Essence Of Enegy - 2010 - Rainbow Records

Seattle, Washington State November 12, 1970 (Audience Recording)

1. Opening Vamp, 2. That's All Right, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Love Me Tender (w/false start), 5. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, 6. Sweet Caroline, 7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', 8. Polk Salad Annie, 9. Band Introductions, 10. Johnny B. Goode, 11. Band Introductions, 12. How Great Thou Art (w/false start & reprise), 13. The Wonder Of You, 14. Heartbreak Hotel, 15. Blue Suede Shoes, 16. Hound Dog, 17. Funny How Time Slips Away, 18. Can't Help Falling In Love, 19. Closing Vamp

Sources; Elvis Files Vol. 5 (Erik Lorentzen – 2012) - Elvis In Concert 1945-1977 (Sebastiano Cecere – 2012) - Elvis: The Concert Years 1969-1977 (Stein Erik Skar – 1997) – Flaming Star Magazine #50 «Fashion For A King» (Tommy Edvardsen/ Atle Larsen – 2008) - Elvis On Tour 1970: Volume 1 (Kieran Davis - 2013) - Elvis Presley In Concert (www.elvisconcerts.com) – elvis-in-concert.com (www.elvis-in-concert.com)