February 24, 2011 – 10:00 am

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The Final Curtain [Boxcar, CD3/4]

Disc 3 - Live at the Garretti Coliseum, Montgomery, AL, February 16, 1977; Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, February 21, 1977. Disc 4 - Live at Saginaw, MI, March 3, 1977; Toledo, OH, April 23, 1977; Duluth, MN, April 29, 1977; Chicago, IL, May 1/2, 1977. Very good soundboard.

Recently, an Elvis boxset of 1977 shows, The Final Curtain - featuring six DVDs and six CDs, was released by Boxcar. While fans appreciated the sumptious packaging, it was the soundboard quality of the shows that was the main attraction. Five of the CDs were sourced from soundboards and Disc 6, featuring the Indianapolis June 26, 1977 show, came from an original audience master, and as a fan commented, “with better clarity and depth than ever before”.

The following review was written by David Troedson and David Adams and posted at elvis.com.au.

CD3 is the best of the six CDs in this set, and not only does it contain two separate concerts, these two concerts are arguably the best two concerts not only for 1977 but for several years. I state this based on its excellent sound quality and abundance of ultra rare performances, some sheer fun, and Elvis importantly is in good vocal form.

With songs such as Where No On Stands Alone, Moody Blue, Unchained Melody, Reconsider Baby, My Way (x2), Little Sister and an hilarious start to Are You Lonesome Tonight? this CD is Gold. (As is customary in 1977, Elvis forgets the words to Are You Lonesome Tonight? but this time he asks ‘good grief, what are the words to that song’, and the Sweet Inspirations help him - and this exchange is hilarious to listen to.)

The contents of CD 3 have been released previously. The February 16 show was partly released on the famous bootleg, Moody Blue And Other Great Performances (four tracks only but including the ultra rare Where No On Stands Alone.) This same CD first released the February 21 concert.

Then the Official Elvis Presley Collectors Label, Follow That Dream (FTD) released the February 21 show as Unchained Melody and to their ever lasting shame they used a tape that has a bad screeching noise running through it, totally spoiling what is a very special show. They could easily have copied the above mentioned bootleg release…

CD4 features a concert from May 3 and several excellent bonus tracks from different concerts in April and May. The sound on the May 3 concert is a bit flat, not as good as discs 1 and 2, but from track 18 - Mystery Train/Tiger Man which has a slightly unusual sound combined with a rocking performance to make it the highlight of the disc, with big apologies to Big Boss Man - we are back to top notch sound. Other highlights are; an excellent Bridge Over Troubled Water, My Way (In Sinatra’s hometown), Fairytale and another version of My Way.
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Disc 3
Garretti Coliseum, Montgomery, AL (February 16, 1977)
Track 301. You Gave Me A Mountain (5.3MB)
Track 302. O Sole Mio/It’s Now Or Never (6.0MB)
Track 303. Little Sister (3.1MB)
Track 304. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel (4.1MB)
Track 305. My Way (5.9MB)
Track 306. Polk Salad Annie (6.9MB)
Track 307. Hurt (3.4MB)
Track 308. Hound Dog (2.4MB)
Track 309. Elvis Talks/Striptease (1.9MB)
310. Where No One Stands Alone - Omitted*
Track 311. Unchained Melody (4.0MB)
Track 312. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp (4.0MB)

Coliseum, Charlotte, NC (February 21, 1977)
Track 313. Are You Lonesome Tonight (6.1MB)
314. Reconsider Baby - Omitted*
Track 315. Love Me (5.2MB)
316. Moody Blue - Omitted*
Track 317. You Gave Me A Mountain (5.3MB)
Track 318. Jailhouse Rock (3.3MB)
Track 319. O Sole Mio/It’s Now Or Never (7.0MB)
Track 320. Little Sister (2.9MB)
Track 321. Teddy Bear/Dont Be Cruel (3.7MB)
Track 322. My Way (6.3MB)
Track 323. Release Me (4.0MB)
Track 324. Hurt (3.3MB)
Track 325. Why Me Lord (4.7MB)

* Available on Unchained Melody (FTD 60)

Disc 4
Saginaw, MI (March 3, 1977)
Track 401. That’s All Right (2.5MB)
Track 402. Trouble (751k)
Track 403. I Got A Woman/Amen (12.0MB)
Track 404. Love Me (5.6MB)
Track 405. Happy Birthday To You (1.6MB)
Track 406. Hound Dog (2.8MB)
Track 407. Trying To Get To You (3.9MB)
Track 408. Jailhouse Rock (2.4MB)
Track 409. My Way (6.4MB)
Track 410. Little Sister (3.1MB)
Track 411. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel (3.6MB)
Track 412. Help Me (4.3MB)
Track 413. O Sole Mio/It’s Now Or Never (8.0MB)
Track 414. Love Me Tender (2.9MB)
Track 415. Why Me Lord (4.6MB)
Track 416. Polk Salad Annie/Microphone Change Over (2.7MB)
Track 417. Polk Salad Annie (6.9MB)
418. Mystery Train/Tiger Man - Omitted**
Track 419. Can’t Help Falling In Love (524k)

University of Toledo, Toledo, OH (April 23, 1977)
Track 420. Polk Salad Annie (6.5MB)

Duluth Arena, Duluth, MN (April 29, 1977)
421. Big Boss Man - Omitted**
422. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Omitted**

Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL (May 1, 1977)
Track 423. My Way (6.2MB)

Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL (May 2, 1977)
424. Fairytale - Omitted**
Track 425. My Way (6.1MB)

** Available on Spring Tours ‘77 (FTD 17)


Readers can order FTD’s Spring Tours ‘77 and Unchained Melody here and here.

  1. 9 Responses to “ELVIS PRESLEY - FINAL CURTAIN 1977 (DISC 3/4)”

  2. Hi
    What’s the chance of seeing Rolling Stones ‘Sympathy for the Collector’ parts 1 & 2 here?


    By daij on Feb 24, 2011

  3. Hey! Why not do Brian Jones Final Curtain?

    By Timmy on Feb 24, 2011

  4. Hmmmm … thanks. I would put it an appeal to hae Reconsider Baby reinstated … Now, that is ELVIS WRIT LARGE … if only he had done more to the blues … cheers.

    By Canute on Feb 25, 2011

  5. Thank you for this. It is almost sad the way Elvis disrespected his early hits and played them as a joke. On another note, if there is such a thing as a Brian Jones Final Curtain, I would be intrigued.

    By Mackster on Feb 26, 2011

  6. Historic and wonderful sound. Thanks BigO.

    By Jaltheimpaler on Feb 26, 2011

  7. It’s one thing when you omit officially-released tracks to avoid piracy, but now you’re going to omit tracks that are available on OTHER unofficial releases? I don’t get it.

    By Jeffro on Mar 1, 2011

  8. ftd releases are not “unofficial”

    By glimr2win on Mar 2, 2011

  9. I was lucky enough to see this tour in Madison, WI while in college. I went with a friend, the great “Wazoo”, who owned a used record store at the time. We had great seats and really built up the show by playing the King non-stop for days in advance of the show. I still have the scarf I bought before the show (no, I didn’t get the King’s sweat on mine). A few minutes after Elvis hit the stage, I looked at Waz. He had tears in his eyes. Not because he was realizing a dream come true but because the King sucked! We all know now that E was likely wacked out of his skull. Still, I can’t listen to the King without thinking of Waz and that night of utter aural suffering.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Mar 9, 2011

  10. This was well worth the purchase! the footage is great.

    By Elvis Impersonator on Apr 5, 2011

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