The STRAIGHT ARROW release is called “BREAKDOWN IN BALTIMORE”. It is a new
double CD dedicated to Elvis' May '77 tour. This recording was taken directly
from a recently found original audience recorded mastertape, taped by Elvis fan
Linda from Washington.
The Baltimore, May 29th, 1977 show was first released in 1994, on the poor
sounding, incomplete CD ”SEND ME THE LIGHT… I NEED IT BAD!” In 2011, it was
released again in better sound on the 2CD-set ”BALTIMORE NIGHTFALL”. Now
STRAIGHT ARROW is coming with the ultimate release of this historic night. This
concert was never before available in such good sound quality!
When The King made his last visit to Baltimore 40 years ago, no one knew he
would be dead less than three months later. But many suspected that something
The Elvis Presley who took to the stage at the Civic Center on May 29, 1977, was
not the Elvis most of his fans knew. Presley was no longer the sexy, virile,
electric presence that revolutionized both the recording industry and live
performing in his heyday. Still, his voice and charisma were present.
As usual, Elvis opened the show with “See See Rider,” kicking off a set that
included many of the classics, including “That’s All Right”, “Are You Lonesome
Tonight,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” a rare attempt at “The Wonder of You”
and “It’s Now or Never.” It was reported that Elvis left the stage for 30
minutes, actually it was barely 20 minutes and after his return, Elvis performed
knock-out versions of “Help Me”, “Hurt” and THE SONG of the evening: a fantastic
version of “Unchained Melody”.
The liner notes are taken from recent article, published on Aug. 10th, 2017 in
the Baltimore Sun. This new release will be presented in a beautiful 4-panel
double digipak that includes rare photos taken in Baltimore. Another essential
SA release, providing a fresh insight into what must have been a difficult night
for Elvis. Despite obvious health issues, Elvis does his best to ‘deliver the
goods’ to the fans, and especially the final part of the concert is both moving
and heart-warming… He must have felt terrible, but still he pulled out all the
stops to be Elvis Presley for his audience. A must, and a unique insight into
the man’s will-power and love for his fans.
4 panel Digipak