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Depending on the quality of the original recording, these can often be made to sound almost like commercial recordings - but of course I can't guarantee that for every show. What I can guarantee is it will sound far better than the original files available which have been floating around the internet and on bootleg recordings for many years.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Show 37: Elvis Presley - Robinson Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas - 16 May 1956


The earliest recording its been my pleasure to come across so far. Clearly its not comparable to an FM radio or soundboard recording as such but is a wonderful snapshot of a historic moment in musical history. Elvis Presley live in concert after the release of his huge hit single Heartbreak Hotel. Recorded by a radio DJ (who you can hear on the recording here and there), the recording was rather muddy and DJ Fontana on drums was almost unheard - I've done what I can to bring out the instruments and reduce noise and its certainly very listenable.

As you can see Hound Dog appears twice, once as the normal speed version and once as a slower reprise - which was probably an excellent excuse for Elvis to gyrate his hips, judging by the amount of screaming from the girls in the audience! As a bonus, the recording closes with a brief interview with Elvis backstage after the show - hardly in depth but certainly an interesting historical piece.

The show is available for download HERE as 1 MP3 file. Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s, or even lossless files in FLAC format, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.


Incidentally, when I originally broadcast this show, a listener sent me this photo which was actually taken at the same show. Helps bring the recording to life a little!

Setlist
Heartbreak Hotel
Long Tall Sally
I Was The One
Money Honey
I Got A Woman
Blue Suede Shoes
Hound Dog (fast version)
Hound Dog (slow version)

The Little Rock Interview

5 comments:

  1. I got this show about ten years ago, but you've improved it a lot with your clean-up.

    Here's some stuff I found out about the show :

    First ever full length recording of Elvis Presley, live in concert. Features only the 2nd public performance (and earliest recording) of Hound Dog.

    Fascinating, rare, early boot of 21 year-old EAP travelling the south on a grinding concert tour. He tries to keep up his spirits in the nightly shows by throwing little jokes in the lyrics. For example, in "Blue Suede Shoes":
    "You can steal my wife, burn my car" becomes, "You can burn my wife, steal my car".
    In "I was the One", "She broke my heart" becomes, "She broke my leg".
    Especially interesting because Hound Dog is the earliest recorded performance of the song, and in fact, this was only the second time he had performed HD, the first being the previous night's show.
    A couple of weeks later he sang Hound Dog on the Milton Berle Show, complete with bumps & grinds, and EP became famous nation-wide. The studio version of HD was to be about 6 weeks in the future.
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  2. Arkansas Times
    Published 8/11/2005

    Elvis preserved

    On May 16, 1956, Elvis Presley performed at Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock. Accidentally preserved by a local DJ who thought it wasn’t good enough for airplay, the recording is now regarded as the best-preserved of Presley’s early career. Tickets were $1.50 in advance and $2 at the door. There were 7 and 9:30 p.m. shows and both were packed. Presley had been in the public eye for less than two years and was 21 years old. His single “Heartbreak Hotel” had hit No. 1 just weeks before. In fact, the announcer identifies the song as “Heartbreak Motel.” This concert was not Presley’s first Little Rock performance, nor maybe even his strongest, but there is a cornucopia for Presley fans. Presley’s set is nearly complete, and the sound quality — which was probably a single microphone pointed at Robinson’s PA system — is surprisingly good. There’s also a brief backstage interview: “This makes my third visit here. [Little Rock]’s really wonderful, especially tonight,” he said. Asked about his genre, Presley said: “Rock ’n’ roll has been in for about five years. ... It might change, like years ago when the Charles-ton was real popular, or the vaudeville acts, stuff like that. You could have told those people maybe it was going to die out, and they wouldn’t have believed you. But it’s dead now, see? Maybe four or five years from now, rock ’n’ roll will be dead.” Under a headline reading “Elvis Cools Cats Down to a Dungaree Delium,” the Arkansas Gazette reported Presley wore a “purple coat and black silk slacks.” Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana played the show with Presley, and vocal group the Jordanaires also backed him. Eight acts appeared on the bill that night in Little Rock besides Presley, who was billed as “the Nation’s Only Atomic Powered Singer.” According to Central Arkansas radio historian Pat Walsh, the DJ on the Elvis-live-in-Little Rock tape was Ray Green, who worked for North Little Rock’s KXLR. Walsh said Green told him he thought the recording was so bad he didn’t submit it and it never aired. ”How does it feel to be right up there on top, right with the best of them, since you are one of that class?” Green asks. “It feels pretty good,” Presley replied. “It all happened so fast. I’m afraid to wake up, afraid it’s liable to be a dream, you know?” Had the tape been on the air, it likely would have gotten recorded over later. Instead, Green discovered it decades later in a box. Walsh said Green got permission to market the concert from the Presley estate in the 1990s and issued a hologram CD. In 2002, the Little Rock concert was issued as part of a Presley box set — and it remains an integral document of the most important figure in what was then called “the rock ’n’ roll craze.” “As far as rock ’n’ roll goes, I really like it, I enjoy doing it. And the people have really accepted it great,” Presley said on the tape. “And it just makes me want to say a vow to keep giving them something they enjoy.”

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  3. Greil marcus
    A twenty-one-year-old Elvis Presley takes the stage of the Robinson Memorial Auditorium in Little Rock, Arkansas. It’s May 16, 1956, and local disc jockey Ray Green is on the air for a live broadcast: “He’s winding up his legs, and here he goes with—‘Heartbreak Motel’!” “Here’s a song that’s real hot around the nation and some parts of Africa,” Presley says to introduce the next number. “A song here recorded by a—friend of mine,” he says, bending the last three words with an odd affection, almost twirling them. The friend is Little Richard (“I never met him”), the song is “Long Tall Sally,” and Elvis is instantly ripping it to shreds, rushing far out ahead of his band. Little Richard told a funny story, watching from the alley as Uncle John chased Sally out of her wig and Aunt Mary caught them; Elvis makes it clear that it’s the man singing and no one else who’s got his hands all over Sally, and who’s not letting go.

    “We’ve been doing this song for about twenty-five, thirty years, around the country,” Elvis says to introduce “Blue Suede Shoes”—a riff he would use from the beginning of his career to the end (“One of the first records I recorded, back in 1927, I think it was,” he says in 1969 in Las Vegas, “just before the stock market crashed”), as if it signified that the music he was making was nothing new, that it had always been present—or that he had. “You can burn my wife, steal my car, drink my liquor from an old fruit jar,” he laughs in the middle of Carl Perkins’s “Blue Suede Shoes”—and with a momentum that stops you cold: did he just say that? For the Drifters’ “Money Honey”—in the original, as explosive a record as early rock ’n’ roll produced—the shouts that Elvis shoots over the dark guitar chords that start the tune clear the ground, and with a looseness, a confidence, that is so strong it hardly makes sense. It’s a moment that comes from the place Bob Dylan found when he read Peter Guralnick’s Last Train to Memphis: “Elvis as he walks the path between heaven and nature in an America that was wide open, when anything was possible, not the whitewashed golden calf but the incendiary atomic musical firebrand loner who conquered the western world.” “Very good, Elvis,” the disc jockey shouts as Presley leaves the stage.

    An aura of unlikeliness comes through the rough performance and the holes in the sound. You hear a young man taking steps that did not have to be taken; you hear him communicating pleasures for which there was no language but his own. You hear the screams from the crowd, and in a certain mood you can hear the person behind each scream, and you wonder: Did she know? Did she understand? Was she changed? Did she change back?

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  4. Thanks for the EAP LR pic. Here's some artwork for the Bilko boot; I like how they change Life to Live:

    http://www.elvis.net/disco/bootlegcd/live50s/elvisrockslittlerock.html

    And here's a list of EAP concerts 1956. Pretty gruelling, though I think '55 was even more so:

    http://www.elvisconcerts.com/liv1956.htm

    So, thanks for the cleaned-up concert and pic, and I hope you find something useful here.

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    1. Eric - it was a thrill to find this recording originally, and a privilege to do my best to improve it. Glad you enjoyed it and many thanks for the extra information - its great to "fill out the picture" a bit more. There will probably be another Elvis show from late 60s/very early 70s at some point over the next few months (not quite as unique as this one though, perhaps!). Thanks for taking the time to write.

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