Enhanced sound quality|
he new Straight Arrow release “Hot Love In A Long, Cold Winter” contains the St.
Petersburg and Columbia 1977 concerts from newly obtained original audience
recorded cassettes which both have surprisingly good sound. The Elvis tour in
February of that year was affected in various ways by the weather conditions,
which sometimes resulted in delays at airports and illness among the musicians
and crew members. Presley himself was in less than stellar condition, and
complained of a sore throat on some nights. Elvis gained some weight since the
last tour, and the manic feel of those final December nights was now gone, but
from February 14, he was in good voice for all remaining shows of his tour, and
he even included rarities like ‘Release Me’ and ‘Blueberry Hill’.
A large chunk of the February 14 show and 2 tracks from February 18 were
released from a soundboard sources, but we feel that these audience recorded
tapes makes for a more entertaining and exciting listening experience. Note: The
February 18, 1977 show was released in 1992 („ELVIS RELEASE ME IN CONCERT“) by
the Peaf label, which was taken from an inferior source.