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I'M LEAVIN' - (Silly Billy Records) (Released 2003)

1.  Review by Crister Berge

This is a CD-R production
Las Vegas, August 23 1974 (M.S.)

See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Story About The Black Angel
Love Me
If You Love Me
It's Midnight
Big Boss Man
All Shook Up
The Wonder Of You
I'm Leavin'
As I Leave You
Hound Dog
You Gave Me A Mountain
Polk Salad Annie
If You Talk In Your Sleep
Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
Happy Birthday
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Let Me Be There
Talk About Diamonds
Can't Help Falling In Love
You Can Have Her (May 11 '74)
Oh, Happy Day (Aug. 14 '70)
With Out You (Pete Hallin, Sept. 2 '74)
I'm Leavin' (Dec. 15 '75)

Review by Crister Berge

I just got this CD as a gift from a friend a few days ago. Thank God I didn't pay for it! It's an audience recording of a Vegas show, August 23, 1974... yep, THAT season! Since the sound quality is absolutely awful, I won't comment on the content. There are four bonus tracks, 'Oh Happy Day' is given a date, but not a year. 'Without You' (isn't the correct title 'I Couldn't Live Without You'?) is a song written and performed by Swedish keyboardist Per-Erik "Pete" Hallin at the infamous closing show in Vegas, September 2. For some reason, it's not included on Fort Baxter's DESERT STORM. It's a good song and Hallin's pronunciation is excellent, but unfortunately, sound quality is hideous.

Allegedly, the guy behind this joke of a record is from my home country Sweden. On a little piece of paper folded in the middle, a short text is printed. It's scattered with all kinds of mistakes. If you ask me, it could've been written by a ten-year-old. Among many strange things, Sweden is spelled "sweden" and in the track list, 'Teddy Bear' is coupled with a song called 'Don't Be Crue'. Also, on the back cover it says, "Las Vegas Hilton, August 23, MS Show 1974". Hey, Mr. Bootlegger: in the dictionary, under redundant, see redundant!

And just look at the brief passage about Mr. Hallin:

"He become a member of the gospel group Voice that Elvis had on his Concerts 1974-75. Per Erik leave's the Voice and the USA in 1974."

Lord have Mercy!

On a scale from 1 to 5, I give this pathetic excuse of a record a turd!

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