This is great archival, historic, recordings of Elvis, performing on the Louisiana Hayride Radio Show. The main location of this show was the Historic Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, built in the 1920's as a memorial to WWI veterans. They changed the name of the street it is on, and renamed it Elvis Presley Blvd, and that's what it's named today. It's a museam now, and has a statute of Elvis Presley and James Burton in front of the building. I'm been there several times, it's a museam now. It seats 3,800 people.
Now on with my review of this double disc CD. Overall, I really like it, but I do think it is a bit "over-narrated", by Frank Page. This collection does not contain all of Elvis's performances on the Hayride, but only selected performances. The reason Elvis' last performance was held at the Youth Building at the Louisiana state fairgrounds, is because it would seat more people.
The performances are as follows:
2 performances from his first Hayride show on 10/16/54, 2 performances from 1/15/55, 5 performances from 1/22/55, 3 performances from 4/19/55, 1 performance from 7/15/55, 3 performances from 8/20/55, and 3 performances from his last Hayride Show, on 12/15/56, held at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds in Shreveport. Also, there is the announcement that "Elvis Has Left the Building", made by announcer, Horace Logan.
I was a little disappointed that many of these performances were not held at the official home of the Hayride, the Historic, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. Many were held on "Louisiana Hayride" Tours, at High School auditoriums in Texas.
The actual performances are great, they have not been edited and polished, and I like that. I like to hear the stage announcements, the dialog, and etc., as it actually ocurred, and you get that here.
Overall, yes this is definitely worth the purchase in my opinion.