Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year, everybody!

What could be a more suitable way to spend New Year's Day than to listen to Elvis Pittsburgh concert from the 31th of December, 1976? At least that's what I did on the train back home after celebrating New Year's Eve with friends and family.

It really is a great show, and Elvis gives one of his best performances in a long time. The explanation for this, according to most authorities on Elvis, is the presence of his new girl friend Ginger Alden.

Whatever the reason, the 16 409 people in the audience must have had their best New Year's Eve ever. Listening to the audience recording from that night it's apparent that Elvis is in high spirits, singing songs such as "Reconsider Baby", "Unchained Melody" and "Rags To Riches."

If you want to see how much Elvis is enjoying himself, you can do that too, over 30 years later. Fortunately, some of the best super 8 mm concert footage available on DVD is from this show. Here's an example:

Finally, let me borrow Elvis own words from that legendary concert in Pittsburgh: I would like to wish you a very happy and prosperous new year!

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