Elvis In Concert 1977

Innledning

Elvis hadde avsluttet året 1976 med en fantastisk konsert nyttårsaften i Pittsburgh. Hvis man dog ser på året 1976 under ett, så hadde hans 99 konserter, 15 lake Tahoe Show, og 15 Las Vegas Show vært preget av både oppturer og nedturer. Mest nedturer! Mange håpet at den gode avslutningen på fjoråret skulle antyde en varig forbedring i Elvis’ generelle form - noe det beklageligvis ikke skulle bety. 1977 regnes av de fleste som det dårligste året sett under ett. Vi kjenner jo til de nærmest tragiske episodene fra tidligere år, spesielt i 1974, men det hadde alltid vært i kortere perioder. 1977 hadde få lyspunkter, og er vi litt kritiske må vel konklusjonen være at de beste konsertene dette året, kun var de beste fordi de var bedre enn de dårligste. Noen få lyspunkter var der, og da kan vi godt bruke konsertene i Ann Arbor den 24. april og Rapid City den 21. juni som gode eksempler.

New Year’s Eve - 2003 - FTD

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania December 31, 1976 (Audience Recording)

CD 1: 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Big Boss Man, 5. Love Me, 6. Fairytale, 7. You Gave Me A Mountain, 8. Jailhouse Rock, 9. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 10. My Way, 11. Funny How Time Slips Away, 12. Auld Lang Syne, 13. Introductions, 14. Blue Suede Shoes, 15. Trying To Get To You, 16. Polk Salad Annie

CD 2: 1. Band Introductions, 2. Early Morning Rain, 3. What'd I Say, 4. Johnny B. Goode, 5. Band Solos, 6. Love Letters, 7. School Days, 8. Fever, 9. Hurt, 10. Hound Dog, 11. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 12. Reconsider Baby, 13. Little Sister, 14. Unchained Melody, 15. Rags To Riches, 16. Can't Help Falling In Love,  17. Closing Vamp

Turné 25; 12. Februar til 21. Februar

Årets første turné besto av 10 konserter. Denne første ‘77-turneen, må nok karakteriseres som årets beste. De første showene var gode, og vi kan faktisk føle at noe av den energien Elvis hadde i desember året før, fremdeles var intakt. Men allerede etter noen show, surnet det hele til. Avslutningen på turnéen må sies å være elendig, og Elvis fremsto som sliten og umotivert. Han innrømmet også etter den siste konserten at han var sliten, og Obersten foreslo at Elvis skulle unne seg et ferieopphold på Hawaii. Hviletiden på paradisøya ble avsluttet 13. mars, og Elvis påsto at han hadde sovet bedre enn på lenge og at han følte seg i fin form, noe også folkene rundt han kunne bekrefte. Om alt var regelrett sprøyt vet vi ikke, men det skulle vise seg at denne rehabiliteringen langt fra var nok. Batteriene hadde kanskje blitt ladet en gang for mye?

En ting som kommer til å kjennetegne alle turnéene i 1977 er hvor omfattende introduksjonene av bandet etter hvert blir. Det er ikke uvanlig at denne sekvensen tar 12 til 15 minutter. Et tydelig tegn på en skrantende helse, da dette i praksis betød at Elvis fikk lagt inn hviletid midt under konsertene.

Flere detaljer rundt denne turnéen finner du her.

The Final Curtain CD1 - 2011 - Boxcar

West Palm Beach, Florida February 13, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

CD 1: 1. Little Sister, 2. You Gave Me A Mountain, 3. Blue Suede Shoes, 4. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 5. My Way, 6. All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel, 7. And I Love You So, 8. Fever, 9. Blueberry Hill, 10. Hurt, 11. Hound Dog, 12. Jailhouse Rock, 13. Can't Help Falling In Love

Coming On Strong - 1993 - Resurrection

West Palm Beach, Florida February 13, 1977 / Montgomery, Alabama February 16, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

1. Little Sister (incomplete), 2. You Gave Me A Mountain, 3. Blue Suede Shoes, 4. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 5. My Way, 6. All Shook Up, 7. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel, 8. And I Love You So, 9. Fever, 10. Blueberry Hill, 11. Hurt, 12. Hound Dog, 13. Jailhouse Rock, 14. Can't Help Falling In Love, 15. You Gave Me A Mountain 16. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 17. Little Sister, 18. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel, 19. My Way, 20. Polk Salad Annie, 21. Hurt, 22. Hound Dog, 23. Where No One Stands Alone, 24. Unchained Melody, 25. Can't Help Falling In Love (Tracks 1-14: West Palm Beach, Florida February 13, 1977 / Tracks 15-25:  Montgomery, Alabama February 16, 1977)

The Final Curtain CD1 - 2011 - Boxcar

St. Petersburg, Florida February 14, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

CD 1: 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 - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel, 18. And I Love You So, 19. Fever, 20. My Way, 21. Blueberry Hill, 22. Love Letters, 23. Band Introductions - School Days, 24. Hurt, 25. Hound Dog, 26. Can't Help Falling In Love, 27. Closing Vamp

Hot Love In A Long, Cold Winter - 2013 - Straight Arrow

St. Petersburg, Florida February 14, 1977 (Audience Recording)

CD 1: 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Love Me, 5. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 6. You Gave Me A Mountain, 7. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 8. Guadalajara (one line) - All Shook Up, 9. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 10. And I Love You So, 11. Fever, 12. My Way, 13. Band Introductions, 14. Early Morning Rain, 15. What'd I Say, 16. Drum Solo, 17. Bass Solo, 18. Piano Solo, 19. Blueberry Hill (w/two false starts), 20. Love Letters, 21. School Days, 22. Hurt, 23. Hound Dog, 24. Can't Help Falling In Love, 25. Closing Vamp - Announcements

The Final Curtain CD2 - 2011 - Boxcar

Orlando, Florida February 15, 1977 (Soundboard recording)

CD 2: 1. Love Me, 2. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 3. You Gave Me A Mountain, 4. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 5. All Shook Up – (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel, 6. Help Me, 7. Big Boss Man, 8. My Way, 9. Band Introductions, 10. Hurt, 11. Hound Dog, 12. Can't Help Falling In Love - Bonus Tracks: 13. Release Me, 14. Tryin' To Get To You, 15. Fairytale, 16. My Way, 17. Moody Blue, 18. How Great Thou Art, 19. Blue Christmas, 20. My Way, 21. That's All Right, 22. Bosom Of Abraham - You Better Run, 23. And I Love You So, 24. Fever, 25. Hurt, 26. Heartbreak Hotel, 27. Blue Suede Shoes (Tracks 13-14: Columbia, South Carolina February 18, 1977 / Tracks 15-18: Charlotte, North Carolina February 20, 1977 / Track 19: Norman, Oklahoma March 26, 1977 / Tracks 20-21: Abilene, Texas March 27, 1977 / Track 22: Alexandria, Virginia March 29, 1977 / Tracks 23-25: Alexandria, Virginia March 30, 1977 / Tracks 26-27: Kalamazoo, Michigan April 26, 1977)

The Final Curtain CD3 - 2011 - Boxcar

Montgomery, Alabama February 16, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

CD 3: 1. You Gave Me A Mountain, 2. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 3. Little Sister, 4. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 5. My Way, 6. Polk Salad Annie, 7. Hurt, 8. Hound Dog, 9. Elvis Talks, 10. Where No One Stands Alone, 11. Unchained Melody, 12. Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

Never-Ending Demand - 2010 - Rainbow Records

Montgomery, Alabama February 16, 1977 (Audience Recording)

1. Great, Great Morning (The Stamps), 2. Gone At Last (The Stamps), 3. Get Me Jesus On The Line (The Stamps), 4. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (The Stamps), 5. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 6. See See Rider, 7. I Got A Woman/Amen, 8. Love Me, 9. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 10. You Gave Me A Mountain, 11. O Sole Mio - It‘s Now Or Never, 12. Little Sister, 13. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don‘t Be Cruel (w/ two false starts), 14. My Way, 15. Polk Salad Annie, 16. Band Introductions, 17. Early Morning Rain, 18. What‘d I Say, 19. Johnny B. Goode, 20. Drum Solo, 21. Bass Solo, 22. Love Letters, 23. School Days, 24. Hurt, 25. Hound Dog, 26. Intermission, 27. Where No One Stands Alone, 28. Unchained Melody, 29. Can‘t Help Falling In Love, 30. Closing Vamp

Hot Love In A Long, Cold Winter - 2013 - Straight Arrow

Columbia, South Carolina February 18, 1977 (Audience Recording)

CD 2: 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Love Me, 5. Fairytale, 6. You Gave Me A Mountain, 7. Jailhouse Rock, 8. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 9. Tryin' To Get To You, 10. Little Sister, 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 12. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 13. That's All Right, 14. My Way, 15. Release Me, 16. Band Introductions, 17. Early Morning Rain, 18. What'd I Say, 19. Johnny B. Goode, 20. Drum Solo, 21. Bass Solo #1, 22. Bass Solo #2, 23. Piano Solo, 24. Love Letters, 25. School Days, 26. Hurt (w/reprise), 27. Introductions of Billy Smith and Jo Smith, 28. Can't Help Falling In Love, 29. Closing Vamp - Announcements

Unchained Melody - 2007 - FTD

Charlotte, North Carolina February 20, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

1. Love Me, 2. Fairytale, 3. You Gave Me A Mountain, 4. Jailhouse Rock, 5. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 6. Little Sister, 7. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 8. My Way, 9, Moody Blue (intro only), 10. How Great Thou Art, 11. Hurt, 12. Hound Dog, 13. Unchained Melody, 14. Can't Help Falling In Love - Bonus Tracks: 15. Moody Blue, 16. Blueberry Hill, 17. Love Letters, 18. Where No One Stands Alone, 19. Release Me, 20. Trying To Get To You, 21. Reconsider Baby, 22. Why Me Lord (Tracks 16-17: St. Petersburg, Florida February 14, 1977 / Track 18: Montgomery, Alabama February 16, 1977 / Tracks 19-20: Columbia, South Carolina February 18, 1977 / Tracks 15,21,22: Charlotte, North Carolina February 21, 1977)

The Final Curtain CD3 - 2011 - Boxcar

Charlotte, North Carolina February 21, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

CD 3: 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. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Dont Be Cruel, 22. My Way, 23. Release Me, 24. Hurt, 25. Why Me Lord?

Moody Blue & Other Great Performances - 1995 - Fort Baxter

Charlotte, North Carolina February 21, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

1. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 2. Reconsider Baby, 3. Love Me, 4. Moody Blue, 5. You Gave Me A Mountain, 6. Jailhouse Rock, 7. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 8. Little Sister, 9. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, 10. Don't Be Cruel, 11. My Way, 12. Release Me, 13. Hurt, 14. Why Me Lord? - Bonus Tracks: 15. Polk Salad Annie, 16. Where No One Stands Alone, 17. Unchained Melody, 18. Can't Help Falling In Love, 19. Elvis Telephone Conversation (Tracks 15-18: Charlotte, North Carolina February 20, 1977 / Track 19: 1971)

Turné 26; 23. Mars til 3. April

Som nevnt ovenfor hadde Elvis nettopp returnert hjem etter et 2 ukers opphold på Hawaii. I løpet av denne turnéen, hans 26. i rekken, er det tydelig at det nok måtte betydelig mere til enn en liten ferie for å finne tilbake til svunnen storhet. Nå er det blitt tydelig for alle og enhver at Elvis trenger hjelp til å finne veien hjem gjennom en labyrint av piller, mat og depresjoner. Etter 8 av de 12 planlagte konsertene kaster Elvis inn håndkleet. Rett i forkant av konserten i Baton Rouge 31. mars legges han inn på sykehus. Totalt utslitt! Publikum hadde allerede rukket å fylle salen, og kveldens oppvarmingsakt var i full gang da den sørgelige beskjeden ble gitt til publikum.

Felton Jarvis hadde tatt med seg en 8-spors opptaksmaskin på denne turnéen i håp om å feste noe til spolebånd som kunne brukes til neste album (siden studioinnspillingene i januar fullstendig gikk i vasken), uten å lykkes. Allerede på vei til første konsert i Tempe, Arizona var Elvis’ helse skrantende, og i ettertid innser vi vel at hele denne mars-turnéen burde ha vært avlyst.

Billy Smith forteller; «Vi var klar for turné i mars, og det så virkelig ikke ut som om han kunne gjennomføre det. Planen var at de skulle forlate Graceland samme natt, men sykepleieren Tish Henley proklamerte at Elvis burde ha vært innlagt på sykehus. Billy Smith fortsetter med å si; hele veien til flyplassen, satt Elvis nedsunket med hatten over øynene. Han sa ikke et eneste ord. I det han ankom flyet, var han groggy og snakket utydelig og usammenhengende. Vi tenkte at denne gangen klarer han det ikke. Når vi endelig kom frem til garderoben på Colosseum, sa jeg til min kone Jo; dette ikke kommer til å gå! Rett før han gikk ut på scenen, stoppet han, så på oss og sa; dere trodde ikke jeg skulle klare det, gjorde dere vel?» (Hentet fra boken Elvis Aaron Presley: Revelations from the Memphis Mafia av Alanna Nash, oversatt av undertegnende).

Det er også interessant å konstatere at Elvis ikke hadde med seg noen kjæreste på denne turnéen, noe som ikke hadde skjedd tidligere.

På denne turnéen varierte Elvis sceneantrekket mellom Mexican Sundial Suit og King Of Spades Suit.

Flere detaljer rundt denne turnéen finner du her.

Amarillo ’77 - 2011 - FTD

Amarillo, Texas March 24, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

1. That’s All Right, 2. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 3. Reconsider Baby (intro only), 4. Love Me, 5. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 6. You Gave Me a Mountain, 7. Jailhouse Rock, 8. O Sole Mio - It's Now or Never, 9. Little Sister, 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel, 11. My Way, 12. Band Introductions - Early Morning Rain, 13. What’d I Say - Johnny B. Goode, 14. Band Introductions, 15. School Days, 16. Hurt, 17. Hound Dog, 18. Can’t Help Falling in Love, - Bonus Tracks: 19. And I Love You So, 20. Fever, 21. Love Me Tender, 22. Blue Suede Shoes, 23. Steamroller Blues, 24. Help Me, 25. Why Me Lord, 26. Bosom Of Abraham, 27. You Better Run, 28. How Great Thou Art, 29. Trying to Get to You (Tracks 12-15 & 29: Abilene, Texas March 27, 1977 / Tracks 19-22: Alexandria, Louisiana March 30, 1977 / Tracks 23-24: Austin, Texas March 28, 1977 / Tracks 25-28: Alexandria, Louisiana March 29, 1977)

By Special Request! From Loisiana To Tennessee - 1997 - Acum RL

Alexandria, Louisiana March 30, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

1. Love Me, 2. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 3. You Gave Me A Mountain, 4. Jailhouse Rock, 5. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 6. Little Sister, 7. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 8. And I Love You So, 9. Fever, 10. Love Me Tender, 11. Hurt, 12. Hound Dog, 13. Danny Boy (Sherrill Nielsen), 14. Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen), 15. Blue Suede Shoes, 16. Can't Help Falling In Love

Spring Tours 77 - 2002 - FTD

Norman, Oklahoma March 26, 1977 / Abilene, Texas March 27, 1977 / Austin, Texas March 28, 1977 / Alexandria, Virginia March 30, 1977 (Multitrack Recording)

1. That’s All Right, 2. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 3. Blue Christmas, 4. Trying To Get To You, 5. Lawdy Miss Clawdy, 6. Fever, 13. Blue Suede Shoes, 15. Jailhouse Rock (Tracks 1-3 & 13: Norman, Oklahoma March 26, 1977 / Tracks 4-5: Abilene, Texas March 27, 1977 / Track 6: Alexandria, Virginia March 30, 1977 / Track 15: Austin, Texas March 28, 1977)

Turné 27; 21. April til 3. Mai

Etter sykehusoppholdet i månedsskiftet mars-april hadde Elvis bare 3 uker fri fra scenen før han åpnet årets tredje turné, hans 27. i rekken, i Greensboro, North Carolina. Mesteparten av ferietiden hadde Elvis tilbrakt på soverommet sitt hjemme på Graceland. Hviletiden hadde ikke forbedret helsetilstanden i nevneverdig grad, og turnéstarten i Greensboro, North Carolina viste med all tydelighet at han ikke var i form. Han var fremdeles overvektig, pløsete i ansiktet, ufokusert og pillepåvirket. Selv for en svoren fan begynner det å bli irriterende at Elvis ikke lærer seg teksten til «My Way». Utrolig nok så er det denne låten, som hver eneste gang ble innledet med en beklagelse over at han ikke husket teksten, han gjør best under konsertene i 1977.

Gjennom hele ’70-tallet hadde Elvis fått mange strålende anmeldelser i pressen, og konsertene hadde ofte blitt karakterisert som rene festforestillinger. Dette endret seg i løpet av hans siste turnéer. Vi som beundrer Elvis som konsertartist kan ikke annet enn å være enig i at nivået hadde fallert stygt i løpet av noen måneder. Pressen fokuserte mest på den tilsynelatende skrantende helsen, overvekten og de ufokuserte forestillingene. Noen journalister antydet faktisk at Elvis så ut som om han var døden nær. De skulle bare visst! Etter konserten i Detroit 22. april skrev en avis; «Selv om Elvis stod i hagen min og sang, så hadde jeg ikke giddet å titte ut. Presley er gammel, feit og apatisk. På sitt beste er han en parodi av seg selv, på sitt verste er han en dårlig imitasjon av Burt Ives…» («Even if Elvis was singing in my backyard I wouldn't bother looking out.  Presley is old, fat and doesn't move. At his best he is a parody of himself, at his worst a bad imitation of Burl Ives»).

Under denne turnéens 13 show brukte Elvis som oftest Mexican Sundial Suit… den eneste drakten som egentlig passet den korpulente superstjernen. Ved 5 tilfeller benyttet han drakten som ble kalt King Of Spades Suit.

Under konserten 2. mai i Chicago etter å ha fremført «I Got A Woman» forsøker Elvis å fortelle alle han var i god form; «Til tross for alt dere har hørt… rykter.  Jeg er i god form og jeg er glad for å være her» («In spite of everything that you've heard… rumors, I'm in good health and happy to be here»).  Ingen trodde på han! (ref CD; Chicago Double Strike listet nedenfor)

Kort oppsummert; denne april-turnéen seg godt inn i rekken av de heller svake, selv om det fantes noen få lyspunkt her og der. Blant annet konserten i Ann Arbor 24. april må regnes for å være blant de bedre. (ref CD; A Profile – The King On Stage listet nedenfor)

Flere detaljer rundt denne turnéen finner du her.

A Profile – The King On Stage – Ann Arbor April 24, 1977 - 1996 - Fort Baxter

Ann Arbor, Michigan April 24, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

1. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 2. You Gave Me A Mountain, 3. Trying To Get To You, 4. It's Now Or Never - Blue Hawaii (one line), 5. Little Sister, 6. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 7. Help Me, 8. My Way, 9. Polk Salad Annie, 10. Hurt (w/reprise), 11. Blueberry Hill, 12. Danny Boy (Sherrill Nielsen), 13. Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen), 14. Unchained Melody, 15. Little Darlin', 16. Can't Help Falling In Love (Track 11: St. Petersburg, Florida February 14, 1977 / Tracks 12-13: West Palm Beach, Florida February 13, 1977)

Memories From Kalamazoo - 2001 - Vavavoom Records

Kalamazoo, Michigan April 26, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

1. Love Me, 2. Fairytale, 3. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 4. You Gave Me A Mountain, 5. Jailhouse Rock, 6. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 7. Big Boss Man, 8. Heartbreak Hotel, 9. Blue Suede Shoes, 10. And I Love You So (w/false start), 11. And I Love You So, 12. My Way

And I Love You So – The King Rocks Milwaukee - 2006 - Bootleg

Milwaukee, Wisconsin April 27, 1977 (Audience Recording)

1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Love Me, 5. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 6. You Gave Me A Mountain, 7. Jailhouse Rock, 8. O Sole Mio - It's Now or Never, 9. Little Sister, 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 11. And I Love You So, 12. My Way, 13. Polk Salad Annie, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Early Morning Rain, 16. What 'd I Say, 17. Johnny B Goode, 18. Drum Solo, 19. Bass Solo, 20. Piano Solo, 21. Electric Keyboard Solo, 22. School Days, 23. Hurt (w/reprise), 24. Hound Dog, 25. Can't Help Falling In Love

Duluth Revisited - 2010 - Mangement

Duluth, Minnesota April 29, 1977 (Audience Recording)

1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. Elvis Talks, 4. I Got A Woman/Amen, 5. Love Me, 6. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 7. You Gave Me A Mountain, 8. Jailhouse Rock, 9. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 10. Elvis Talks, 11. Little Sister, 12. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 13. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 14. Big Boss Man, 15. My Way, 16. Band Introductions, 17. Early Morning Rain, 18. Lady Delta (instrumental), 19. Drum Solo, 20. Bass Solo, 21. Piano Solo, 22. Electric Keyboard Solo, 23. Band Introductions, 24. School Days, 25. Hurt, 26. Hound Dog, 27. Can't Help Falling In Love, 28. Closing Vamp - Announcements

Chicago Double Strike - 2012 - Straight Arrow

Chicago, Illinois May 1, 1977 / Chicago, Illinois May 2, 1977 (Audience Recording)

CD 1 (May 1, 1977): 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider - When The Saints Go Marching In (one line), 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Love Me, 5. Fairytale, 6. You Gave Me A Mountain, 7. Jailhouse Rock, 8. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 9. Tryin' To Get To You, 10. Little Sister, 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 12. And I Love You So, 13. My Way, 14. Band Introduction,s 15. Early Morning Rain, 16. What'd I Say, 17. Johnny B. Goode, 18. Drum Solo, 19. Bass Solo, 20. Piano Solo, 21. Electric Piano Solo, 22. School Days, 23. Hurt (w/reprise), 24. Introduction of Joe Esposito, 25. Hound Dog, 26. Can't Help Falling In Love, 27. Closing Vamp - Announcements

CD 2 (May 2, 1977): 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Love Me, 5. Fairytale, 6. You Gave Me A Mountain, 7. Jailhouse Rock, 8. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 9. Little Sister, 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 11. My Way, 12. Polk Salad Annie (w/false start), 13. Band Introductions, 14. Early Morning Rain, 15. What'd I Say, 16. Johnny B. Goode, 17. Drum Solo, 18. Bass Solo, 19. Piano Solo, 20. Electric Piano Solo, 21. School Days, 22. Hurt (w/reprise), 23. Hound Dog, 24. Can't Help Falling In Love, 25. Closing Vamp - Announcements

The Final Curtain CD4 - 2011 - Boxcar

Saginaw, Michigan May 3, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

1. That's All Right, 2. Trouble, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Love Me, 5. Happy Birthday To You, 6. Hound Dog, 7. Trying To Get To You, 8. Jailhouse Rock, 9. My Way, 10. Little Sister, 11. (Let Me Be Your) 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, 17. Polk Salad Annie, 18. Mystery Train - Tiger Man, 19. Can't Help Falling In Love - Bonus Tracks: 20. Polk Salad Annie, 21. Big Boss Man, 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 23. My Way, 24. Fairytale, 25. My Way (Track 20: Toledo, Ohio April 23, 1977 / Tracks 21-22: Duluth, Minnesota April 29, 1977 / Track 23: Chicago, Illinois May 1, 1977 / Tracks 24-25: Chicago, Illinois May 2, 1977)

Elvis In Concert - Trouble In Saginaw - 2011 - Groove Masters

Saginaw, Michigan May 3, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

1. That’s All Right, 2. Trouble (incomplete), 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Love Me, 5. Happy Birthday - Big Boss Man (intro only), 6. Hound Dog, 7. Trying To Get To You, 8. Jailhouse Rock, 9. My Way, 10. Little Sister, 11. (Let Me Be Your) 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? (w/false start), 16. Polk Salad Annie (w/false start), 17. Mystery Train - Tiger Man, 18. Can’t Help Falling In Love (incomplete) - Bonus Tracks: 19. Polk Salad Annie, 20. Big Boss Man, 21. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 22. My Way, 23. Fairytale, 24. My Way (Track 19: Toledo, Ohio April 23, 1977 / Tracks 20-21: Duluth, Minnesota April 29, 1977 / Track 22: Chicago, Illinois May 1, 1977 / Tracks 23-24: Chicago, Illinois May 2, 1977)

Spring Tours 77 - 2002 - FTD

Ann Arbor, Michigan April 24/ Saginaw, Michigan April 25/ Kalamazoo, Michigan April 26/ Milwaukee, Wisconsin April 27/ Duluth, Minnesota April 29/ St.Paul, Minnesota April 30/ Chicago, Illinois May 2/ Saginaw, Michigan May 3, 1977 (Multitrack recording)

7. Heartbreak Hotel, 8. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 9. O Sole Mio/ It’s Now Or Never, 10. Little Sister, 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel, 12. Help Me, 14. Hound Dog, 16. Polk Salad Annie, 17. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 18. Big Boss Man, 19. Fairytale, 20. Mystery Train - Tiger Man, 21. Unchained Melody, 22. Little Darlin', 23. My Way (Tracks 7 & 23: Saginaw, Michigan April 25, 1977 / Tracks 8 -9: Kalamazoo, Michigan April 26, 1977 / Tracks 10-12 & 21-22: Ann Arbor, Michigan April 24, 1977 / Track 14: St.Paul, Minnesota April 30, 1977 / Track 16: Milwaukee, Wisconsin April 27, 1977 / Tracks 17-18: Duluth, Minnesota April 29, 1977 / Track 19: Chicago, Illinois May 2, 1977 / Track 20: Saginaw, Michigan May 3, 1977)

Turné 28; 20. Mai til 2. Juni

Nest siste turné startet opp i Knoxville den 20. mai. Turnéen besto av 14 konserter. I utgangspunktet var det planlagt 10 show, men de 4 konsertene som ble avlyst i månedsskifte mars-april ble også lagt til denne turnéen. Mange mener nok at denne, hans 28. turné, er karrierens dårligste. Her varierer prestasjonene fra middelmådig til elendig.

Konserten i Baltimore 29. mai, må kunne oppsummeres som det absolutte bunnpunktet i et år der Elvis’ prestasjoner generelt var svake i utgangspunktet. Under denne forestillingen forlot Elvis scenen i over 20 minutter. Da han plutselig dukket opp etter det som publikum må ha opplevd som en evighet, unnskyldte han seg med at «naturen kallet». Sjokkerte fans ble, tro det eller ei, opplyst av selveste «Kongen av Rock’n’Roll» at han hadde vært på toalettet i 20 minutter! Svært urovekkende! Historikere forteller oss at Elvis kollapset i heisen rett etter denne konserten, og basert på det vi har av dokumentasjon fra dette showet høres ikke dette helt usannsynlig ut. Under denne turnéen benyttet han kun Mexican Sundial Suit. (ref. CD; A May-Day In Baltimore listet nedenfor)

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Augusta – Once And For All - 2008 - Rainbow Records

Augusta, Georgia May 24, 1977 (Audience Recording)

1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. Never Been To Spain, 4. I Got A Woman/Amen, 5. Love Me, 6. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 7. You Gave Me A Mountain, 8. Jailhouse Rock, 9. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 10. Little Sister, 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 12. My Way, 13. Heartbreak Hotel, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Early Morning Rain, 16. What'd I Say, 17. Johnny B. Goode, 18. Drum Solo, 19. Bass Solo, 20. Piano Brown Solo, 21. Electric Piano Solo, 22. School Days, 23. Hurt, 24. Hound Dog, 25. Can't Help Falling In Love, 26. Closing Vamp - Final Announcement

Last Time In Spectrum - 2012 - Memory Records

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 28, 1977 (Audience Recording)

1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Love Me, 5. My Way, 6. Jailhouse Rock, 7. You Gave Me A Mountain, 8. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 9. Little Sister, 10 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 11. And I Love You So, 12. Polk Salad Annie, 13. Band Introductions, 14. Early Morning Rain, 15. What'd I Say, 16. Johhny B. Goode, 17. Drum Solo, 18. Bass Solo, 19. Piano Solo, 20. Electric Piano Solo, 21. Hail Hail Rock’n’Roll, 22. Hurt, 23. Walk That Lonesome Road (Stamps), 24. Hound Dog, 25. Can't Help Falling In Love, 26. Closing Vamp

A May-Day In Baltimore - 2000 - Crown Electric

Baltimore, Maryland May 29, 1977 (Audience Recording)

CD 1: 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. That's All Right, 5. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 6. Blue Christmas, 7. Heartbreak Hotel, 8. Love Me, 9. Jailhouse Rock, 10. You Gave Me A Mountain, 11. Danny Boy (Sherill Nielsen), 12. Walk With Me (Sherill Nielsen), 13. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 14. Walk That Lonesome Road (The Stamps)

CD 2: 1. My Heavenly Father (Kathy Westmoreland), 2. Band Introductions, 3. Early Morning Rain, 4. What'd I Say, 5. Johnny B. Goode, 6. Drum Solo, 7. Bass Solo, 8. Piano Solo, 9. Electric Piano Solo, 10. School Days, 11. Hurt, 12. Hound Dog, 13. Help Me, 14. Unchained Melody, 15. Blue Suede Shoes, 16. The Wonder Of You, 17. One Night, 18. O Sole Mio, 19. It's Now Or Never, 20. Can't Help Falling In Love, 21. Closing Vamp

I Really Don't Want To Know - 2012 - Memory Records

Jacksonville, Florida May 30, 1977 (Audience Recording)

1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Love Me, 5. Fairytale, 6. You Gave Me A Mountain, 7. Jailhouse Rock, 8. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 9. Trying To Get To You, 10. Little Sister, 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 12. And I Love You So, 13. My Way, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Early Morning Rain, 16. What'd I Say, 17. Johnny B. Goode, 18. Drum Solo, 19. Bass Solo, 20. Piano Solo, 21. I Really Don't Want To Know, 22. Electric Piano Solo, 23. Hail Hail Rock’n’Roll, 24. Hurt, 25. Hound Dog, 26. Can't Help Falling In Love, 27. Closing Vamp

Turné 29; 17. Juni til 26. juni

CBS hadde planlagt å gjøre filmopptak for en kommende TV-spesial i løpet av juni-turnéen, den som skulle bli hans siste. Blant turnéens 10 show hadde man valgt ut Omaha 19. juni og Rapid City 21. juni som innspillingslokasjoner. Begrunnelsen for å gjøre opptak på nettopp disse to stedene skal ha vært en teori om at publikum ville reagere mindre negativt på at Elvis hadde lagt på seg så mye i vekt, siden han ikke hadde turnert der tidligere.

Man kunne vel ikke valgt et dårligere tidspunkt for filmopptak. Elvis var foruroligende pløsete i ansiktet, uttalt overvektig, og periodevis snøvlete og groggy. Store deler av sangmaterialet hans fremsto som geriatrisk og utdatert, og det kunne virke som om viljen til å gjøre et musikalsk godt show var borte. Det eneste som fremdeles var intakt var et ellevilt publikum og Elvis’ gudgitte sjarm.

Her er det virkelig på sin plass å stille spørsmålet; hva tenkte Obersten, Elvis og RCA egentlig på? Hadde de blitt både blinde og døve? På grunnlag av det man hadde sett og hørt under de siste måneders show, var det vel strengt tatt ikke en eneste ting som kunne tilsi at dette planlagte TV-programmet skulle yte Elvis rettferdighet på noen som helst måte. Nok en gang kan man mistenke at Oberstens enorme spillegjeld i Vegas var den egentlige drivkraften bak prosjektet. Det at EPE nå nekter å gi ut opptaket på nytt (fantes på VHS i starten av 80-tallet) sier vel det meste. Begrunnelsen er enkel og forståelig; «vi ønsker ikke at Elvis skal huskes slik».

Første innspillingsdag i Omaha må da også karakteriseres som rene katastrofen. Denne konserten er beskrevet som en av de dårligste konsertene Elvis holdt noensinne! Elvis fremsto som ufokusert og neddopet. Fra det øyeblikket han entret scenen var det tydelig for alle og enhver at han var fullproppet av piller. Han glemmer teksten til «Are You Lonesome Tonight?», han synger surt på «I Really Don’t Want To Know», og er generelt langt under par under hele konserten. Jeg lurer virkelig på hva som gikk rundt i hodet på Felton Jarvis og CBS guttene etter denne konserten. Jeg tviler sterkt på at de sov godt den natten. (ref. CD; Candid Elvis On Camera / The CBS Concert Recordings listet nedenfor)

Neste opptak ble gjort 2 dager senere i Rapid City. Heldigvis fremsto Elvis som en helt annen denne kvelden, og han gjennomførte en av sine beste konserter for året. Det er vel da heller ingen bombe at mesteparten av programmet er hentet fra denne konserten. Riktignok er det noe utydelig tale, og tilfeller der Elvis sliter med å fullføre de setningene han startet. Allikevel, mange hakk bedre enn i Omaha.

26. juni går Elvis på scenen for siste gang, i Indianapolis, og han gjennomfører en av sine beste konserter for året, og en av sine lengste for året!

Med unntak av showet i Kansas City 18. juni, benyttet Elvis Mexican Sundial Suit under hele denne turnéen.  18. juni benyttet han King Of Spades Suit.

«Elvis has left the building!»

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Candid Elvis On Camera - 1998 - Captain Marvel Jr.

Omaha, Nebraska June 19, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

1. Introduction by Felton Jarvis, 2. Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. That's All Right, 5. Are You Loneseome Tonight?, 6. Love Me, 7. Fairytale, 8. Little Sister, 9. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 10. And I Love You So, 11. Jailhouse Rock, 12. How Great Thou Art, 13. Band Introductions, 14. Early Morning Rain, 15. What'd I Say, 16. Johnny B. Goode, 17. Band Introductions, 18. I Really Don't Want To Know, 19. Band Introductions, 20. Hurt, 21. Hound Dog, 22. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 23. Can't Help Falling In Love, 24. Closing Vamp

The CBS Concert Recordings – 2013 - Gravel Road

Omaha, Nebraska June 19, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

1. CD 1: 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. That's All Right, 5. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 6. Love Me, 7. Fairytale, 8. Little Sister, 9. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 10. And I Love You So, 11. Jailhouse Rock, 12. How Great Thou Art, 13. Band Introductions, 14. Early Morning Rain, 15. What'd I Say, 16. Johnny B. Goode, 17. Drum Solo, 18. Bass Solo, 19. Piano Solo, 20. I Really Don't Want To Know, 21. Electric Piano Solo, 22. School Days, 23. Hurt, 24. Hound Dog, 25. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 26. Elvis Talks, 27. Can't Help Falling In Love, 28. Closing Vamp

The CBS Concert Recordings – 2013 - Gravel Road

Rapid City, South Dakota June 21, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

CD 2: 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. That`s All Right, 5. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 6. Love Me, 7. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 8. You Gave Me A Mountain, 9. Jailhouse Rock, 10. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 11. Trying To Get To You, 12. Hawaiian Wedding Song, 13. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 14. My Way, 15. Band Introductions, 16. Early Morning Rain, 17. What'd I Say, 18. Johnny B. Goode, 19. Drum Solo, 20. Bass Solo, 21. Piano Solo, 22. I Really Don't Want To Know, 23. Electric Piano Solo, 24. Orchestra Solo, 25. Introduction of Vernon and Ginger Alden, 26. Hurt, 27. Hound Dog, 28. Unchained Melody, 29. Elvis Talks, 30. Can't Help Falling In Love, 31.  Closing Vamp

Elvis In Concert - 1977 - RCA

Omaha, Nebraska June 19, 1977 / Rapid City, South Dakota June 21, 1977 (Multitrack Recording)

1. Elvis Fans' Comments, 2. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 3. See See Rider, 4. That's All Right, 5. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 6. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel, 7. Elvis Fans' Comments II, 8. You Gave Me A Mountain, 9. Jailhouse Rock, 10. Elvis Fans' Comments III, 11. How Great Thou Art, 12. Elvis Fans' Comments IV, 13. I Really Don't Want To Know, 14. Introduction of Vernon, 15. Hurt, 16. Hound Dog, 17. My Way 18. Can't Help Falling In Love, 19. Closing Vamp - Special Message From Elvis' Father, 20. I Got A Woman/Amen, 21. Elvis Talks, 22. Love Me, 23. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 24. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 25. Trying To Get To You, 26. Hawaiian Wedding Song, 27. Fairytale, 28. Little Sister, 29. Early Morning Rain, 30. What'd I Say, 31. Johnny B. Goode, 32. And I Love You So (Tracks 6,11,18,27,28,32: Omaha, Nebraska June 19, 1977 / All Other Tracks: Rapid City, South Dakota June 21, 1977)

The Final Curtain CD5 - 2011 - Boxcar

Madison, Wisconsin June 24, 1977 (Soundboard Recording)

1. See See Rider, 2. I Got A Woman/Amen, 3. Love Me, 4. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 5. You Gave Me A Mountain, 6. Jailhouse Rock, 7. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 8. One Night, 9. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel, 10. And I Love You So, 11. Danny Boy (Sherill Nielsen), 12. Walk With Me, (Sherill Nielsen) 13. Love Me Tender, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Early Morning Rain, 16. What'd I Say, 17. Johnny B. Goode, 18. Band Introductions, 19. I Really Don't Want To Know, 20. Band Introductions, 21. Hound Dog, 22. Introduction of Vernon Presley, 23. Can't Help Falling In Love, 24. Closing Vamp

The Final Curtain CD6 - 2011 - Boxcar

Indianapolis, Indiana June 26, 1977 (Audience Recording)

1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Love Me, 5. Fairytale, 6. You Gave Me A Mountain, 7. Jailhouse Rock, 8. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 9. Little Sister, 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 11. Release Me, 12. I Can't Stop Loving You (w/false start), 13. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Early Morning Rain, 16. What'd I Say, 17. Johnny B. Goode, 18. Drum Solo, 19. Bass Solo, 20. Piano Solo, 21. Band Introductions, 22. I Really Don't Want To Know, 23. Band Introductions, 24. Hurt, 25. Hound Dog, 26. Elvis Talks, 27. Can't Help Falling In Love, 28. Closing Vamp

Adios: The Final Performance - 1992 - A.J. Records

Indianapolis, Indiana June 26, 1977 (Audience Recording)

1. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 2. See See Rider, 3. I Got A Woman/Amen, 4. Love Me, 5. Fairytale, 6. You Gave Me A Mountain, 7. Jailhouse Rock, 8. O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never, 9. Little Sister, 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, 11. Release Me, 12. I Can't Stop Loving You (w/false start), 13. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Early Morning Rain, 16. What'd I Say, 17. Johnny B. Goode, 18. Drum Solo, 19. Bass Solo, 20. Piano Solo, 21. I Really Don't Want To Know, 22. Electric Piano Solo, 23. School Days, 24. Hurt, 25. Hound Dog, 26. Introductions of Vernon, Bruce Jackson, Felton Jarvis, Bill Porter, Ginger Alden, Jo Alden, Rosemary Alden, Terry Alden, Patsy Gambil and Joe Smith, 27. Can't Help Falling In Love, 28. Closing Vamp

Sources; Elvis In Concert 1945-1977 (Sebastiano Cecere – 2012) - Elvis: The Concert Years 1969-1977 (Stein Erik Skar – 1997) - Flaming Star Magazine #58, #59, #60, #62 «Fashion For A King» (Tommy Edvardsen/ Atle Larsen – 2010) - Elvis Presley In Concert (www.elvisconcerts.com) – elvis-in-concert.com (www.elvis-in-concert.com) – Elvis i Norge