Set for release on February 21st is the latest archival Elvis Presley vault release. The upcoming double-disc Elvis In California is available now for pre-order through the official FTD (Follow That Dream) collectors series, and features tracks culled from “The King’s” May 1974 concerts in Fresno and San Bernardino, California.
Both shows feature the same setlist: “See See Rider,” “I Got A Woman / Amen,” “Love Me,” “Trying To Get To You,” “All Shook Up,” “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Steamroller Blues,” “Hound Dog,” “Fever,” “Polk Salad Annie,” “Why Me Lord,” “Suspicious Minds,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Help Me,” “American Trilogy,” “Let Me Be There,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Big Boss Man,” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”
Elvis’ drummer, the great Ronnie Tutt, backed him on nearly every gig he played between 1969 until his 1977 death. He explained that for the most part, taking the stage with Elvis was a blast: [“We had a lot of fun. Elvis loved to laugh and make fun of himself and everybody (laughs) else around him. He had his serious side, of course, but we never knew what he was gonna do next, so it made it fun, (laughs) y’know?”] SOUNDCUE (:11 OC: . . . it fun laughs y’know)
The late-Lamar Fike, who met Elvis in 1954 and began working with him three years later, was considered by many as being the backbone of the “Memphis Mafia.” He shed light on Elvis during the final years: [“I think Elvis saw things we didn’t see. He saw problems that we didn’t see, because he looked beyond a certain point we didn’t look. Because he was really the sole supporter of everything and everybody. And I think all the medications and things he was involved in changed his personality. I think it made him a little meaner. But the difficulty really was that Elvis really, sometimes, became his own worst enemy. He didn’t take care of his health, like he should of. Signs would pop up and I would see his health decline.”] SOUNDCUE (:30 OC: . . . his health decline)
SOURCE: Press release
- Set for release on February 21st is the latest archival Elvis Presley vault release, Elvis In California.
- The upcoming double-disc Elvis In California is available now for pre-order through the official FTD (Follow That Dream) collectors series, and features tracks culled from “The King’s” May 1974 concerts in Fresno and San Bernardino, California.
- According to the press release, on Elvis In California, tracks one through 17 on Disc One were recorded on May 12th, 1974 during the 3:00 PM show at Fresno’s Selland Arena.
- Tracks 18 through 21 were recorded on May 10th, 1974, at the 8:30 PM show at San Bernardino’s Swing Auditorium. This is a soundboard recording.
- The two shows have been combined as that the last songs on the Fresno tape are damaged, and only the second half of the San Bernardino show was recorded.
- Disc Two was recorded on May 13th, 1974, at the 8:30 PM show in San Bernardino at Swing Auditorium.