Thursday, 23 December 2010

Good To Be Back

Gravel Road is back again. They will soon deliver a fantastic release that is every bit as good as their highly acclaimed Return of the Prodigy. The December 13th 1975 is widely accepted as one of the finest later-period Presley shows available on soundboard. Yes, the punk lounge rock feel of the ’69 shows was now gone, but in its place were a warmth and an intimacy that were just as captivating in their own way.

Our man was in top form vocally in late ’75 (just listen to his sensational vocals on How Great Thou Art), and the December 13th ’75 midnight show stands out as one of the finest from this engagement. This show was the first soundboard to be released on bootleg back in ’91, causing quite a sensation at the time. The technology used for working on vintage recordings have improved greatly in the years since then, and Gravel Road has used the latest version of the renowned Oxford / ProTools technology to work on this show.

The results are it’s an obvious sound upgrade that makes this remarkable show shine that much more - Just like you’ve come to expect from us with Prodigy. It’s also interesting to point out that this release is more complete than the aforementioned ’91 release (which had several edits).

Good To Be Back is a title that really captures the sentiment of the show, since Elvis clearly enjoyed being back on stage again following his August ’75 hospital stay and subsequent three months of rest. He’s relaxed and in a great mood, and he delivers several fantastic performances, with one of the highlights being a beautifully sung Just Pretend.

This new Gravel Road release is a true keeper. Presented in a stunning digi-pack with numerous photos from the actual show, memorabilia related to this engagement, intelligently written liner-notes packed in a 28 pages booklet. As an extra, a special limited “Concert Tour ’75 Photo Folio” as it was available during the tours and Vegas shows in the 70's with some totally new colour photos in high quality from the '75 tours. This album is one of those rare releases that you just got to have.

It’s made with great professionalism and love for Elvis, and this shines through in every single detail of this release. ‘Prodigy’ was sold out within weeks of its release. Order Good To Be Back now to avoid disappointment.

Tracklist: CC Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / Tryin To Get To You / And I Love You So / All Shook Up / (let me BeYour) Teddy Bear - Dont Be Cruel / You Gave Me A Mountain (with false start) / Help Me Make It Through The Night / Polk Salad Annie / Band Introductions / Johnny B. Goode (by James Burton) / Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (by Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) / School Day / School Day (Reprise) / Just Pretend / How Great Thou Art (with reprise) / Burning Love / Hound Dog / Welcome To My World (partly) / Softly As I Leave You (with Sherril Nielsen) / America, The Beautiful / Its Now Or Never / O Sole Mio (sung in Italian by Elvis) / Little Darlin' / Little Sister / Cant Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp.

Approximate running time: 76:08