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Before Darkness Falls

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Title: Before Darkness Falls
Label: Straight Arrow
Label Number: SA/SP 2011-04-02
Release Date: 2012
Recording Type: Live Audience Recording
Location: Las Vegas, Hilton Hotel
Date: CD 1: August 26, 1973 - Dinner Show
CD 2: August 26, 1973 - Midnight Show
Sound: Very Good ! / Excellent !
       
Track Listing:
August 26, 1973 - DS
01 Also Sprach Zarathustra 00:54
02 C.C. Rider 03:26
03 I Got A Woman / Amen 02:54
04 Love Me 01:33
05 Steamroller Blues 02:43
06 You Gave Me A Mountain 03:17
07 Blue Suede Shoes 01:01
08 Rock' n Roll Medley 02:42
09 Love Me Tender 01:34
10 Fever 03:39
11 Bridge Over Troubled Water 03:56
12 Suspicious Minds 04:11
13 Introduction of vocalists, musicans 01:43
14 Introduction of daughter Lisa 00:33
15 Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 01:50
16 I Can't Stop Loving You 01:59
17 An American Trilogy 03:55
18 A Big Hunk O' Love 02:35
19 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 03:23
20 Can't Help Falling In Love 01:33
21 Closing Vamp / Announcements 00:35
           
August 26, 1973 - MS
01 Also Sprach Zarathustra 01:03
02 C.C. Rider 03:16
03 I Got A Woman / Amen 03:06
04 Love Me 01:28
05 Steamroller Blues 02:47
06 You Gave Me A Mountain 03:13
07 Blue Suede Shoes 01:00
08 Rock' n Roll Medley 02:42
09 Love Me Tender 01:39
10 Fever 03:06
11 What Now My Love 02:56
12 Suspicious Minds 03:49
13 Introduction of vocalists, musicans 01:42
14 Release Me 01:58
15 An American Trilogy 03:58
16 Introduction of daughter Lisa 00:23
17 Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 02:45
18 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 03:12
19 Johnny B. Goode 01:36
20 How Great Thou Art 03:46
21 Can't Help Falling In Love 01:32
22 Closing Vamp / Announcements 00:54
           
Notes: CDs come in a fold out digipak.
        
Sound Sample:

Bridge Over Troubled Water (CD 1: August 26, 1973 - Dinner Show)

Steamroller Blues (CD 2: August 26, 1973 - MS)

        
Notes´: Press announcement:
Elvis' 1973 "Summer Festival" was his ninth month-long stand in Las Vegas since July-August 1969. Reviews noted his excess weight and half-hearted performances. But, despite bad press, health issues and a 1967 marriage that would soon end in divorce,
Presley slowly warmed to his always-thrilled fans. The songs here, from his Sunday shows on August 26th, 1973, are a good example of this warmth.

At both shows Elvis welcomed the presence of Lisa, his beloved daughter, then just five and-a-half years old.
Obviously, she provided additional inspiration for her dad. In fact, there are several rare highlights, including "A Big Hunk O' Love," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "Release Me" and "How Great Thou Art." And for fans of legendary bass player Emory Gordy, Jr., these would be among the last dates he would ever do with Presley.

Both the Dinner and Midnight sets are taken from a 24-bit digital transfer of the first-generation copy of a privately-recorded 120-minute cassette. The sound was painstakingly restored for your listening pleasure.

The August 26th, 1973 Dinner show is previously unissued, while the Midnight show was released in substandard mono by Memory Records in 2002 ("Caught In The Act"). Straight Arrow presents both shows in superb, "two-mike live ambience" stereo sound.
Like its predecessors from Straight Arrow Special Products mini series, this new release will be presented in a beautiful digipack with all the necessary information as well as a collection of photos taken during the September 1st, 1973 dinner show.


Concert:

CD2: See comments for "Las Vegas Fever Vol.3"

Both shows are pure entertainment with interesting set lists. The sound is really good throughout cause the concerts were recorded with 2 mikes near the stage creating an enjoyable stereo effect. This captures all the atmosphere which makes a "live" concert. Well done ! (Ciscoking)