March 13, 2012 – 4:30 am

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Leaving Jackson On Fire [Venus Productions VP2011-01, 1CD]

Live at the State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, Mississippi; June 9, 1975 (evening show). Excellent soundboard.

It’s always a treat to come across a soundboard Elvis, even if it is from the later part of his career. For this show, Elvis is in fine form, sounding great and joking with the audience. And when he spoke out for those girls/women(?) wanting a free scarf from the stage, something of the man comes through and, at moments like these, it’s not hard to see why his fans are so loyal.

From the CD booklet, here’s the foreword by Johnny Cash:

For years and years I’ve been singing that I’m going to Jackson, to mess around and no one ever cared or noticed.

But on this particular evening in 1975, something very strange happened.

In the 1950s, I was touring and singing throughout the South and occasionally I met with Elvis. We liked each other a lot, although we never understood what the other was singing about. After the show we frequently visited a bar and got drunk. At least I got, I don’t know about Elvis as he and the girls were always gone when I woke up… what the heck!!

So, when I heard Elvis would perform in Jackson, I decided to arrange some tickets. I was in tourn anyway. I got on the phone and called that guy, Joe… what’s his name?… Esplosito [Guercio?], or something like that. So I said to the guy: “Hi, I’m Johnny Cash…!” when he answered “I know it’s you Elvis” and hung up… smartass!!

Anyway I managed to gt in and through James Burton I was promised to see Elvis after the show. Needless to say this never happened. Elvis was better than ever and he burned the house down. He was hotter than a pepper Sprout. We’ve been talkin’ about Jackson, ever since the fire went.

Years later Pepsi tried to do the same with Jackson, they only choose the wrong Jackson.

Thanks to Tizzy for sharing the tracks at HungerCity.

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Track 01. Introduction/Also Sprach Zarathustra (2.1MB)
Track 02. See See Rider (6.8MB)
Track 03. I Got A Woman/Amen (6.4MB)
Track 04. Love Me (6.7MB)
Track 05. If You Love Me, Let Me Know (4.5MB)
Track 06. Love Me Tender (false start)/All Shook Up (1.9MB)
Track 07. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel (3.1MB)
Track 08. Hound Dog (2.3MB)
Track 09. The Wonder Of You (3.4MB)
Track 10. Polk Salad Annie (6.4MB)
Track 11. Introductions (2.5MB)
Track 12. Johnny B. Goode (1.5MB)
Track 13. Drum solo (1.7MB)
Track 14. Bass solo (1.4MB)
Track 15. Piano solo (1.6MB)
Track 16. Introductions Continued (1.7MB)
Track 17. School Day (1.6MB)
Track 18. T-R-O-U-B-L-E (5.6MB)
Track 19. Why Me Lord (4.2MB)
Track 20. Let Me Be There (4.3MB)
Track 21. An American Trilogy (7.9MB)
Track 22. Funny How Slips Away (4.5MB)
Track 23. Mystery Train/Tiger Man (4.0MB)
Track 24. Help Me Make It Through The Night (3.1MB)
Track 25. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp (3.0MB)

Tracks 1 and 2 : June 10, 1975.
Track 3 : June 10, 1975 with ending spliced from June 9, 1975.

Elvis Presley - vocals
James Burton - electric guitar
John Wilkinson - rhythm guitar
Charlie Hodge - acoustic guitar
Jerry Scheff - bass
Glenn D Hardin - piano
Ronnie Tutt - drums
The Joe Guercio Orchestra

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  1. 10 Responses to “ELVIS PRESLEY - JACKSON 1975”

  2. Thanks, Big O. This is a strong show and a great soundboard recording. Elvis in ‘75 is not the same as Elvis in ‘57, (or ‘54, his greatest year) but there is still something great about this show.This is the sound of a big train that’s already gone by.

    By Eric on Mar 13, 2012

  3. Excellent share. The wonder of BigO, yeah you, BigO.

    By JALtheImpaler on Mar 13, 2012

  4. It’s always a treat indeed. My listening these days is skewed to black metal, Improv, free jazz and modern composition. But I will never–never–pass up a great listen with the King.

    He’s part of that line that starts with Charley Patton and runs straight through Muddy Waters, the Rolling, Sex Pistols and Motorhead. The quintessential “unh!” that makes rock and roll what it is.

    And latter period stuff is always welcome. “Stranger In My Home Town”, “Suspicious Minds”, “In the Ghetto”…I’m down man.

    By kingpossum on Mar 13, 2012

  5. Gotta love Johnny Cash and his twisted sense of humor…

    By YogaforCynics on Mar 13, 2012

  6. Great boot!
    Thank you very much.

    By Bob on Mar 14, 2012

  7. Thanks for more Elvis. Most of my shopping is done on the internet, except for grocery items like fresh imitation crab meat and pimento yogurt onion rings. I still try to listen to a big variety of music, except for Pat Boone and all of his impersonators, ‘Dietetic Acid Funk’ “Folk Rap” or ‘Polka Fusion Jazz Waltzes’. I like to read technical data manuals featuring the Hardy Boys, Non-Euclidean and geometrically opposed integrated detective romance novels, and politically inspired books with a non-parmesan attitude and a hint of religious fervor.

    By George Martini on Mar 15, 2012

  8. George, Sorry but I disagree. But it may just be ’cause I’ve been honking up hairballs lately after giving the cat a bath I can’t seem to clean my tongue. Where we are at odds is perhaps the leather clad Pat Boone and his heavy metal ballads. Gotta go and see if I fed the kids or if I left them in the car again. Mums the word.Monopoly is so much fun I’d hate to break the game. Call for orange moose!

    This is not working. I can’t beat Georges comment.
    Barnaby Wild

    By sking on Mar 15, 2012

  9. While Elvis is still here it reminds me. Anybody who might be interested. There is a album from 2004 called Alvin Lee In Tennessee where Lee is backed by Scotty Moore and D J Fontana from Elvis’ old band. Here is a review-


    You can play some samples there. Those with money should check it out. Or here it is at Amazon-


    Sorry to use BigO for a commercial but I just remembered how much I like this album.
    And Sluggo, It’s Rock & Roll!

    By sking on Mar 21, 2012

  10. I have it …[wink]

    By sluggo on Mar 21, 2012

  11. I have many Elvis shows already but I don’t think I have this one. Sounds like it might be good. Thanks

    By Matt on May 4, 2012

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