Tuscon 76 may well have been no. 6 on the then still fairly new FTD collectors label, however, it was the first officially released live Elvis Presley show since the composite Dallas 75 show made it's debut on the RCA labels 'Silver Box Set' some 20 years previously !
It was an Elvis fan and collectors dream come true in many respects, an officially released soundboard, yet at the same time it seemed somewhat of a strange first choice.
Subsequently of course we have had many more live shows both on the FTD collector label as well as on the main BMG label and Tuscon 76 seems a long time ago now, but, it really did seem to open the floodgates to the treasure chest of live shows we enjoy today on the official labels, and I for one am very grateful for that.
So, back to the show at hand.................
Tuscon 76 presents us with a June 1, 1976 (evening) Elvis Presley show, recorded from the soundboard at the Community Center Arena, Tucson, Arizona.
There would be a staggering total of 9 tours as well as both Tahoe and Vegas engagements during the year of 1976, the Tuscon performance being show 7 of Tour number 18 (Elvis' 3rd Tour of the year so far and the 14 show Tahoe engagement already completed).
The Tuscon show itself includes some nice interplay with the crowd and a
couple of not so often performed songs sprinkled between the set list standards of 1976. We also get two complete versions of Hurt and a few lines of Welcome To My World.
Someone requests For The Good Times and Elvis instead offers them a very nice version of Help Me Make It Through The Night (a much better selection perhaps).
However, it is following the request for him to perform The Last Farewell from his, at the time recent Elvis Presley Boulevard album, to which he replies "I wish I knew it", that the biggest surprise on this CD comes.
Instead of the requested song (which I personally would have loved to hear) he gives the crowd a very rare live performance of Danny Boy......beautifully performed and spontaneous and presumably the main motivation for making this the first FTD live release (it was not even know that a live performance of Danny Boy existed on soundboard up until this point and in that respect it makes this CD a true collectors release)
In short a nice enough 1976 performance where the varied set list makes for a pleasing show. It should be noted that See See Rider and Love Letters were actually recorded live on stage in Odessa, Texas at the afternoon and
evening shows respectively and not Tuscon Arizona.
(adapted from a review I first did at the time this CD came out)