HOT AUGUST NIGHT (Madison CWP 020) (Released 2008)
||Las Vegas, August 12 1972 (M.S.)
Also Sprach Zarathustra (*) [Summer Festival]
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Proud Mary [Summer Festival]
Never Been To Spain [Summer Festival]
Until It's Time For You To Go
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Polk Salad Annie
What Now My Love
Blue Suede Shoes
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
For The Good Times [Summer Festival]
A Big Hunk O'Love [Summer Festival]
Tiger Man (opening only) [Summer Festival]
Can't Help Falling In Love
(*) Las Vegas, August 11 1972 Dinner show
Content: 4+ Sound: 4+ Artwork: 5+
|A nice one, but still...
(Review by Oven Egeland)
Madison has become one of the long term quality bootleggers. There are not many of them nowadays. This new release is a fine one, but also displays another attempt from Madison to brighten the truth!
"Hot August Night" features the Las Vegas midnight show from August 12 1972. We have already heard four shows from this season in good soundboard quality, three from August and one from September.
BMG released the dinner show from August 11 on their FTD release Summer Festival, while Fort Baxter released the midnight show from August 11 on their At Full Blast. Blazing Into The Darkness covered the dinner show from August 12, while Rock Legends took care of the dinner show from September 4 1972 (I'll Remember You). All are good releases in both sound quality and content.
Madison states that 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' comes from the main concert... Sure it doesn't! It is taken from the August 11 dinner show (featured on Summer Festival by FTD). A not so clever edit from 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' to "Opening Riff"/'See See Rider' is the first sign of a patch; a closer listen is a giveaway! Why bother to do it this way? Why not just state on the cover that it is missing from the tapes. Bootleggers trying to fool fans should be ashamed...even though this is not the worst of sins (after all...)
Sure other bootleggers try this all the time, but respected labels like Madison should stay well clear. History, however, shows that it is not the first time, actually far from it (*). Thankfully it is not the main rule, though!
This is a concert in the same vein as the others we have from this season. Elvis concentrates on singing, talks very little and the repertoire is good. 'Proud Mary' and 'Never Been To Spain' was released as bonus tracks on Summer Festival, but here they fit in more nicely as a part of the "full" show. How many have noticed that the version of 'Never Been To Spain' was actually released several years ago on Bilko's Gold Cuts? There it was labeled as coming from February 1972 and in a much different sound.
'See See Rider' and 'Heartbreak Hotel' have also been out on a Madison CD before. On A Legendary Performer Vol. 8 they have a different "mix", a better one in my point of view, but that is all a matter of taste. They are most likely taken from the same source, just worked on differently.
This is in general a good - yet standard - 1972 concert. I like them much better now than earlier. After being fortunate enough to listen to a large numbers of soundboards coming from later 70's, it is a relief to hear a concert that is focused and concentrated on the main; singing.
This release is recommended for all Elvis fans. A good show in good sound in perfect wrapping, not much else to be desired...a-ah except for correct information on the content!
(*) Other bummers by Madison:
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Fake long version of title track)
A Legendary Performer Vol. 6 (Three fake tracks from Kissin' Cousins)
A Legendary Performer Vol. 7 (One fake track from Kissin' Cousins)
A Legendary Performer Vol. 7 (Said to contain 'If You Love Me' from Spring 1977! Try Las Vegas, March 1975!)
A Legendary Performer Vol. 8 (Said to contain unreleased version of 'Kismet' already available officially.)
A Legendary Performer Vol. 8 (Said to contain 'American Trilogy' from Las Vegas, August 1972. More likely March 1975!)
Let It Roll (Said to contain unreleased versions of both 'It's Midnight' and 'Bosom Of Abraham')
, Norway, February 2008