The sound quality is both noisy, hollow, and loaded with crowd noises, but this is a historic moment and probably the best quality we are ever going to get.
While Pittsburghers rang in the New Year Friday night in front of their TV sets with Guy Lombardo, 16,409 others scorned 1977 with Elvis Presley at the Civic Arena. After three opening acts and a lengthy intermission, Presley unded on stage 35 minutes before midnight, but you would rethought the clock had struck 12. He received an ear-deafening ovation punctuated by thousands of blasts from flash bulbs and a patchwork of 'We-Love-You-Elvis' signs hoisted aloft. Presley had perhaps the most captive audience since Johnny Cash played Folsom Prison. And rarely did he lose his iron grip on the crowd during his 90 minutes on stage.
At the stroke of midnight, the house lights went up and Elvis led the crowd in singing 'Auld Lang Syne'. There were some brief huzzahs from the crowd but in a few minutes Presley was back singing. Overall, it was a fine show, though Presley seems to have lost some of the spark that turned his concerts of yesterday into events. He worked hard, but underneath it all one could see that age is taking its toll on the singer.
1. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 1:09 ; 2. See See Rider - 3:51 ; 3. I Got A Woman/Amen - 8:12 ; 4. Big Boss Man - 2:55 ; 5. Love Me - 2:28 ; 6. Fairytale - 2:47 ; 7. You Gave Me A Mountain - 3:20 ; 8. Jailhouse Rock - 1:41 ; 9. O Sole Mio/It's Now Or Never - 4:32 ; 10. My Way - 4:44 ; 11. Funny How Time Slips Away - 1:51 ; 12. Auld Lang Syne - 1:13 ; 13. Introductions - 0:46 ; 14. Blue Suede Shoes - 1:07 ; 15. Trying To Get To You - 2:34 ; 16. Polk Salad Annie - 4:08
1. Band Introductions - 1:42 ; 2. Early Morning Rain - 2:22 ; 3. What'd I Say - 0:48 ; 4. Johnny B. Goode - 0:54 ; 5. Solos - 4:07 ; 6. Love Letters - 2:44 ; 7. School Days - 1:19 ; 8. Fever - 3:07 ; 9. Hurt - 2:39 ; 10. Hound Dog - 1:41 ; 11. Are You Lonesome Tonight? - 2:50 ; 12. Reconsider Baby - 2:53 ; 13. Little Sister - 2:12 ; 14. Unchained Melody - 3:40 ; 15. Rags To Riches - 2:25 ; 16. Can't Help Falling In Love - 1:40 ; 17. Closing Vamp - 1:52
Musicians: James Burton: Lead Guitar, John Wilkinson: Rhythm Guitar, Jerry Scheff: Bass, Ron Tutt: Drums, Tony Brown: Piano, David Briggs: Electric Piano, Charlie Hodge: Acoustic Guitar & Harmony Vocal, Kathy Westmoreland: Vocals, Shaun Nielsen: Vocals, The Sweet Inspirations: Vocals, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps: Vocals, The Joe Guercio Orchestra.