Monday, 11 May 2015

Inherit The Wind - 26 August 1969 Dinner Show

The studio master of 'Inherit the Wind' was recorded on 15 January 1969 and was the twelfth song that Elvis recorded during those landmark recording sessions at American Sound Studios in Memphis. 

The only live recording of the song first appeared on the 1991 RCA/BMG box set Collectors Gold on disc #3 which was titled 'Live In Las Vegas' and also featured the first official releases of the only live performances of 'This Is The Story' and 'Rubberneckin'.

In 2005 FTD released the entire 26 August 1969 Dinner Show, titled 'Live In Las Vegas 1969', from which this song was performed and finally placed the song into it's proper context.
26 August 1969 was a strange night as far as the setlist was concerned as that evening also produced the only live performances of Rubberneckin' and 'This Is The Story' at the Midnight show. Considering August 69 probably had the most rigid setlist that Elvis would employ with rarities at a premium those in attendance at these shows probably didn't appreciate how lucky they were that evening.

Considering this was Elvis' first live performance in eight and a half years the rigid setlist was understandable with band and singers all new and a tight setlist keeps any problems with unfamiliarity at a minimum and creates a comfort zone. As Elvis' confidence increased the rarities appeared,and as such this track was performed a full four weeks into the engagement.
The actual reason for performing this 'Memphis trio' was actually for inclusion in what would become 'Elvis In Person' a fact Elvis tells the audience before singing 'Inherit The Wind' at the Dinner Show, odd therefore that all three were ommited from the album and were only officially released 24 years later!

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