Electrifying (Bilko 5100) (Released 1997)

1. Review by Ken Jensen
Rehearsal and live takes 1970

That's All Right (slow) (Reh. July 15)
Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (Reh. July 15)
Patch It Up (Reh. July 15)
Love Me (Reh. July 15)
Yesterday (Reh. July 15)
Hey Jude (Reh. July 15)
I Can't Stop Loving You (Reh. July 15)
It's Your Baby, You Rock It (Reh. July 15)
Ghost Riders In The Sky (Reh. July 15)
Peter Gunn Theme (Reh. July 15)
Hound Dog
Don't Cry Daddy
Let It Be Me
Polk Salad Annie

The Lord's Prayer (Reh. July 29)
My Country This Of Thee (Reh. July 29)
Havana Gila (Reh. July 29)
My Baby Left Me (Reh. July 29)
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Reh. July 29)
Stranger In The Crowd (Reh. July 29)

Blueberry Hill/Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Elvis on piano)
Heartbreak Hotel
One Night (Elvis on guitar)
It's Now Or Never (Elvis on guitar)

Las Vegas, February 23, 1970 C.S.

Content: 4+  Sound: 4  Artwork: 4-

1. Review by Ken Jensen

The title says it all, really, and so does the cover shot. This CD contains eight tracks from Elvis's February 23, 1970 Closing Show in Las Vegas, and it's pure dynamite with an enigmatic, fun-loving artist in great mood. Elvis plays the piano on an excerpt of 'Blueberry Hill' and on a full version of 'Lawdy, Miss Clawdy', which is a killer. He then plays the guitar on a raw 'One Night' and a lovely 'It's Now or Never'. This must have been one hell of a show to attend. Unfortunately, this is the closest I'll ever get to a time machine. Well, I'm not complaining, not complaining at all. The rest of the tracks are taken from rehearsals in Culver City July 15 and July 29, 1970, both of which were filmed by the MGM crew. These tracks are laid-back and cool, with some great lyric changes. I love rehearsals, because they show a different side to Elvis. This is the unguarded King.

Although all of the tracks here are now available elsewhere, this is still a more than worthy addition to anyone's collection, so make sure to track down a copy if you can.

© Ken Jensen, Norway, August 2005

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