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Sold Out 17

September 17, 2022 | Video

The Pyramid import label announced the release of volume 17 in their 'Sold Out!' fan shot concert footage series. 

Publicity stated: Now that you’ve seen the Luhrmann movie, it’s time to see the real Elvis again! And you get plenty of that on 'Sold Out volume 17'. 

Once again we’ve amassed three hours of rare 8mm footage from concerts ranging from 1970 to 1976, and again there are plenty of surprises, even for hardcore fans. 

We know that the July ’75 shows are a big favorite, and we have found a 25-minutes from one of the shows early on in that tour. His voice was unbelievable, and the energy levels at these shows were amazing. It’s always cool to see him joke with the band, like Voice (“I call them a lot of things!”), and his interaction with the female members of the audience shows us again why he is still remembered so fondly. High energy versions of songs like ‘Big Boss Man’ and ‘Burning Love’ are some of the highlights.

There’s also three films from the December ’76 tour, and once again he was brimming with energy. The Atlanta footage especially is great to see. You really get the feel of a great Elvis Presley show. The audience goes apeshit! Elvis even includes rarities like ‘Such A Night’ and ‘Reconsider Baby’, as well as a spirited ‘That’s All Right Mama’, the latter two while accompanying himself on the acoustic. His stance and attitude during the last song especially captures the very essence of rock & roll. He’s cooler than a fridge here! 

At the other end of the spectrum, there’s a lackluster Vegas ’75 performance where he’s clearly not into it.  But that too is part of the history, and even in those situations he could still surprise people with a masterful performance of a song like ‘My Boy’.

There’s also two interesting pre-show clips, which show the band tuning their instruments, Al Dvorin testing his microphone, Charlie Hodge center stage and more. This is a lot of fun to see, and it really gives you the feeling of being there, moments before the concert. You can almost sense the excitement that people felt at the time. Elvis’ girlfriend Linda Thompson is also visible in the footage.

From 1973, there’s neat footage of him performing in the Aloha outfit. It’s interesting to note that he is far more dynamic that during the Aloha show. By this time, he had developed a routine for ‘Steamroller Blues’, which brought forth a lot of screams from the ladies in the audience! ‘American Trilogy’ is performed with lots of passion by Elvis, and at one point he is actually marching to the beat. Goosebumps! There’s much more to enjoy on the new 'Sold Out', way too much to list all of it here.

Source:Elvis Day By Day
Gladyslove wrote on September 17, 2022
It is definitly to me that I buy this set. I got all of them. Even thos who paid a lot of money, thousands of euros, one of my buddies paid it and I knew more fans who did. They moan and moan and moan about these releases. I warned my buddy but he didn´t listen to me, paid thousands euros. Now when I told him about a new sold out release he moans and moans for hours. Strange fan world.
Zarathustra72 wrote on September 19, 2022
This is just a loose comment as well as to say, this has been a fantastic Series of Releases. Yes, some things, we've seen and wondered "Why is that even included in a DVD at all" because the quality has been bad on some. But, we've seen some Gem's also I suppose. But, I recall saying before that I would love to see more of Elvis in Vegas 1974 where he is wearing the Karate GI and doing Kata routines. Low and behold, Vol. 16 gave us some of that. I think back to all of the 8mm films I have seen over the years, and I don't think I have ever seen a good quality piece of footage of Elvis wearing the Indian Chief Suit...... That would be nice to see some day. And, I guess I'd really personally like to see more quality footage of Elvis During August 1972 wearing the Two-Piece white Suit. In these shows, we also see Elvis with the Coat off and wearing the infamous Paisley Shirts and Concho Belt.
Zarathustra72 wrote on September 19, 2022
To add to my previous comment, It would also be very cool to someday see more rare footage of the very Rare, Long Winged Fringe suit and Elvis in Vegas wearing the various styles of Cisco Kid Outfits. There has been some good quality footage already that most everyone has seen in the Bud Glass Films But, it would be cool to see even more. These might be the absolute coolest suits that Elvis ever wore.
Gorse2 wrote on September 19, 2022
Hi, Gladyslove and Zarathustra72 , Have either of you seen Los Angeles 1974 on Volume 16. If so, is it an improvement on the halo that blights the film copies I have in my possession and have seen elsewhere. Thanks
Zarathustra72 wrote on September 20, 2022
Hi @Gorse2, I have not yet seen it. I will find some time to watch it. My guess is, Elvis' is wearing the 1974 Eagle suit in that one?
Gorse2 wrote on September 20, 2022
Hi Zarathustra72. It is the Peacock suit and the concert filmed lasts over 25 minutes. His performances of Fever, and Polk Salad Annie here on May 11th 1974 showed what an absolute top rate performer he still was at this time.
Gladyslove wrote on September 23, 2022
Believe me there is more to come. And another label will bring unreleased film material too. So give it to me straight I need it bad ! Hihihi !