San Francisco Bay Blues CD : November 28th, 1976 from Audionics
San Francisco Bay Blues
As recorded at the Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Avenue , Daly City, CA, Sunday, November 28th, 1976
14 years after the first release of this show, Audionics delivers a slightly more complete version of Elvis Presley's San Francisco November 28th, 1976 show, as taken from the mixing desk.
Elvis first played San Francisco on October 26th, 1957, two shows on one day, near the very end of his final fifties tour. He would not return to the legendary 'City by the Bay' until almost exactly 13 years later, on November 13th, 1970, at the legendary Cow Palace. Elvis Presley made his final two appearances in the same building on November 28 and 29, 1976. Unlike most tour shows earlier in the year, Elvis was in fine form, and the shows were well received by the San Francisco crowd.
For the San Francisco Bay Blues reissue, Audionics worked directly with a first generation, DAT copy of the original soundboard tape and made some improvements to the audio. It was a painstaking process of repairing and enhancing the original binaural recording, and then the sound was mixed down to genuine stereo.
Originally, the left channel consisted of all vocals and nearly all the instruments, while the right channel featured only piano (Tony Brown) and rhythm guitar (John Wilkinson). To give the listener an idea of how this sounded, four digitally-restored, binaural bonus tracks are included.
Unfortunately, the original tape ends during 'Hound Dog' (previously unreleased), missing the show's closing tracks 'Hawaiian Wedding Song', 'Blue Christmas', 'That's All Right' and 'Can't Help Falling In Love'.
San Francisco Bay Blues is presented in a neat-looking digipack filled with photographs. Here's your chance to listen to San Francisco Bay Blues - for the first time as complete as originally recorded.
All photos are from this November 28th Cow Palace concert.
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C.C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. It's Now Or Never - 09. All Shook Up - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 11. And I Love You So - 12. Fever - 13. America The Beautiful - 14. Polk Salad Annie - 15. Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, band - 16. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - 17. What I'd Say? (James Burton) - 18. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 19. Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 20. Bass solo (Jerry Scheff) - 21. Piano solo (Tony Brown) - 22. Electric piano solo (David Briggs) - 23. Love Letters - 24. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 25. Hurt - 26. Hound Dog (incomplete).
27. America The Beautiful - 28. Polk Salad Annie - 29. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - 30. Hurt.
Approx. running time: 72:30
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.