17. nov, 2014

New 2CD set; Lightning Strikes Twice In Portland!

Straight Arrow has announced yet another release; Lightning Strikes Twice In Portland! (From „The Rick Rennie master tapes“ Vol. 2). This 2-CD contains audience recordings of the shows in the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon on November 11, 1970 and April 27, 1973.

Straight Arrow har annonsert enda en ny utgivelse; Lightning Strikes Twice In Portland! (From „The Rick Rennie master tapes“ Vol. 2). Denne 2CD inneholder publikumsopptak av showene i Memorial Coliseum i Portland, Oregon den 11. november 1970 og 27. april 1973.

From The Label; Coming out soon is the new Straight Arrow's double-digipak CD release, called "LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE IN PORTLAND!", featuring the November 11th, 1970 and April 27th, 1973 Portland shows. These shows may well represent some of best of Elvis Presley live in the 70s. The Nov. 11th, 1970 recording really captures the raw excitement and electricity of those early tours. Elvis delivers a high octane performance that drives the audience in a frenzy. In parts he sounds a bit unfocused, but overall both Elvis and his audience are having such a ball that any criticisms of his performance are nothing more than nitpicking. The April 27, 1973 concert in the same city may well be his best show of the year, and is a serious contender for "Elvis' best concert performance in the 70's". Compared to the '70 show, his performance here is tighter, more focused and far more varied. Elvis is vocally strong and he delivers the goods in a knock-out performance.

Both shows were first released by the Live Archives label (1991) using slightly incomplete and inferior sounding copies of original Rick Rennie tapes. Memory Records issued those shows in 2004 („ON THE ROAD AGAIN“ and „SHINING IN PORTLAND“ CDs). Those Memory Records releases were engineered and mastered using now obsolete hardware and software. 10 years have passed, and it is right time for the ultimate re-release of these special recordings - in a new, crisp, dynamic sound. Straight Arrow’s release of the November 11th, 1970 show appears - for the first time - totally complete. The Opening Vamp and the famous "Elvis has left the building" announcement at the end of show were restored. The 1970 show is taken directly from the original stereo master tape. The 1973 show is taken from better of two existing 1st generation copies made back in 70s (the master tape got lost thru the years). Original tape transfers made in March 2004 have been used. Every second was digitally restored from scratch to achieve optimal listening pleasure. Ask your local dealer for samples. As with every Straight Arrow’s release, this beautifully designed double-digipack edition is limited to 500 copies. If you enjoyed „A NEW DECADE, A NEW SOUND“, you will enjoy "LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE IN PORTLAND!" too. These shows never sounded better!

Tracklist: CD1November 11th, 1970; 01. Opening Vamp - 02. That's All Right - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Monologue (incl. „I Walk The Line” and „Tiger Man” excerpts) - 05. Love Me Tender (with false start) - 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. Sweet Caroline (short version) - 08. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 09. Polk Salad Annie (short version, with impersonations) - 10. Instrumental Intermezzo - 11. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 12. Johnny B. Goode - 13. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra continues (incl. „Blueberry Hill” excerpt) - 14. How Great Thou Art - 15. The Wonder Of You (short version) - 16. Heartbreak Hotel (with 2 false starts, and „How Great Thou Art” fragment) - 17. Blue Suede Shoes - 18. Hound Dog - 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water (with 4 false starts) - 20. Suspicious Minds - 21. Funny How Times Slip Away - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements - 24. Rick Rennie & friends „after” show chat.

CD2 April 27th, 1973; 01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. You Gave Me A Mountain - 06. Steamroller Blues - 07. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 08. Love Me - 09. Blue Suede Shoes - 10. Heartbreak Hotel - 11. Little Sister / Get Back - 12. Help Me Make It Through The Night - 13. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - 14. I'm Leavin' - 15. Hound Dog - 16. Fever - 17. What Now My Love - 18. Suspicious Minds - 19. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 20. I'll Remember You - 21. I Can't Stop Loving You - 22. An American Trilogy - 23. A Big Hunk O' Love - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp / Announcements

Source; FECC