Elvis Shocker: 1974 Richmond concert is a multi-track recording

Elvis Australia and others reported yesterday that 48 Hours To Memphis, capturing Elvis’ March 18, 1974, concert at the Richmond Coliseum in Virginia, will feature a recently discovered 16-track recording of the event.

48 Hours To Memphis (concept cover art)

48 Hours To Memphis (concept cover art)

Instead of the typical soundboard recording most fans expected, it turns out that this is actually a fully mixed, professionally-recorded show. “Taken from a tape copy (2 channels mix-down) of a 16-track recording, the show is complete (with some tape damage that has been fixed/altered),” notes the Elvis In Norway site.

Two days after the Richmond concert, Elvis closed out his tour with a live appearance in Memphis. RCA also recorded that performance at the Mid-South Coliseum in multi-track. It appeared in an edited form a few months later as the album Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis.

Questions abound. Did RCA record Richmond as preparation for that Memphis concert album? Or did RCA originally conceive the album as a tour compilation? How did RCA seemingly lose this multi-track recording and any record that it ever existed?

As a Richmonder, this was already a huge release for me when I thought it was just going to be a soundboard. Now, 48 Hours To Memphis has become a huge release for the rest of the Elvis world as well.

Sony’s Follow That Dream collectors label will release the CD in September, packaged in an oversized, 7-inch digipack and including a 16-page booklet with photographs from the show. You can get more details over on Elvis Australia.

See below for the tracklisting. Is it September yet? Elvis is coming to town!

Live At The Richmond Coliseum: March 18, 1974
01) Also Sprach Zarathustra/
02) See See Rider
03) I Got A Woman/Amen [edited with Memphis, March 20, 1974]
04) Love Me
05) Tryin’ To Get To You
06) All Shook Up
07) Steamroller Blues
08) Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
09) Love Me Tender
10) Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On/Your Mama Don’t Dance/Flip, Flop & Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog
11) Fever
12) Polk Salad Annie
13) Why Me
14) Suspicious Minds
15) Introductions By Elvis
16) I Can’t Stop Loving You
17) Help Me
18) An American Trilogy
19) Let Me Be There
20) Funny How Time Slips Away
21) Can’t Help Falling In Love/
22) Closing Vamp

Bonus Songs
23) Sweet Caroline [Tulsa, March 1, 1974]
24) Johnny B. Goode [Memphis, March 17, 1974]
25) That’s All Right [Memphis, March 17, 1974]

FTD releases are official products and available from various online stores. They originate in Denmark and then ship to retailers, so there is sometimes a two or three week delay after the release date before the CDs arrive for those of us in the US.

Read more about Elvis in Richmond in a post from 2010.

9 thoughts on “Elvis Shocker: 1974 Richmond concert is a multi-track recording

    • Definitely. As I said, I was already excited if it was a soundboard . . . but a previously unknown professional multi-track? How cool is that?!?


  1. Definitely exciting news about 48 HOURS TO MEMPHIS! Not only do we get the Richmond show, which is a great show to start with, but now we get it in professionally recorded quality!! I’m with you Troy…is it September yet??

    I am also curious about why the Richmond show was recorded…even more curious about the bonus tracks being included from Tulsa and Memphis on the 17th. I wonder if these tracks are also 16-track recordings or just regular soundboard recordings?? If they indeed turn out to be 16-track professional recordings, then you may be on to something with your theory that several shows during this tour were recorded for a “best of” tour compilation.

    AWESOME NEWS for sure!! If you need me, I’ll be watching my mailbox… (-:

    TCB my friend!!

    P.S. I must also commend you on your ability to wait for the Richmond show to be officially released. I know you mentioned previously that you held off picking up this show on one of the import releases because you were waiting for it to be officially released. Needless to say, with the news of this show being professionally recorded, your patience has paid off quite nicely!! (-:


    • Hey Mike, I’m with you. Between the releases of this Elvis CD and Star Wars on Blu-ray, I have a feeling I’ll be spending most of my time at my mailbox in September.

      Regarding the bootlegs, it was definitely tough to avoid those Richmond CDs all these years. I’ve had the same mantra about That’s The Way It Is and Elvis On Tour outtakes, by the way. Good things come to those who wait.

      As long as the universe is answering my wishes, maybe next year we’ll get a Blu-ray release of the 1972 Richmond concert filmed for Elvis On Tour. A man can dream, can’t he?

      Thanks for reading.


    • Tom, welcome aboard The Mystery Train, and thanks for commenting.

      Yes, that is definitely a possibility. The truth is, it seems no one really knows. As much as I love Richmond and am excited about this release in 2011, I can certainly see that it would have made more sense in 1974 to release a concert recorded in Memphis than Richmond.

      I imagine the story behind all of this will eventually be revealed. Someone out there has to know.


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