OPENING NIGHT 1969
(Fort Baxter A.S. CD 731-69) (Released 1993)
1. Review by R. Hege
|Las Vegas, August 3 (?) D.S. 1969
Blue Suede Shoes
I Got A Woman
All Shook Up
Love Me Tender
Jailhouse Rock/Don't Be Cruel
Mystery Train/Tiger man
Life Story (dialogue)
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Are You Lonesome Tonight
In The Ghetto
What'd I Say
Can't Help Falling In Love
Content: 6 Sound: 4+ Artwork: 2
|1. Review by R. Hege
Everybody who knows Elvis' album "Elvis In Person At The International Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada" from 1969, knows how powerful and dynamic his performances were at that time. A very good example is this bootleg-album. Here we hear Elvis and his band in an unbelievably great concert. Elvis' voice sounds so rich and beautiful; it's just a pure pleasure to listen to him. Apart from the great concert one remarkable thing about this CD is also the excellent sound quality. The mix is a little different than usual: The drums are more in the background and you hear more of the background-vocal-groups.
The show begins with a short intro played by the band. The first song is 'Blue Suede Shoes'. Elvis sings this song with a rock-like voice. It's a very good version! Next is a superb, relaxed sounding version of 'I Got A Woman'. Then comes 'All Shook Up' and it's pure Rock 'n' Roll! After that he welcomes the audience. A very lovely version of 'Love Me Tender' follows. After that Elvis begins with 'Jailhouse Rock' and it sounds just great! Right in the middle of this song he continues with an excellent version of 'Don't Be Cruel'. The show goes on with a bluesy 'Heartbreak Hotel'. It sounds incredibly good here! The "Message Song" follows, an energy-loaded, rock-like and superb-wild 'Hound Dog'.
'Memories' is next. It sounds just marvelous here. A superb Medley of 'Mystery Train' and 'Tiger Man' is the next song. Then Elvis starts to talk about his life: He tells the audience about his beginning as a singer, his first record, his first TV-appearances and the reasons for his Comeback. He continues the show with a pretty cool and rhythmical 'Baby, What You Want Me To Do?'. Also this song is great!
'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' is next. It sounds wonderfully with a beautiful solo-violin in the background. Elvis sings it very sincerely. A marvelous 'Yesterday' follows. Right at the end of the song he continues with the chorus of 'Hey, Jude'. 'Hey, Jude' sounds very "rock-like". After that Elvis introduces the members of his band to the audience. The version of 'In The Ghetto', which follows, is very good. He goes on with a strong 'Suspicious Minds'. The next song is 'What'd I Say'. It's a rock-like version, full of energy and almost four and a half minutes long.
The finale of the show is 'Can't Help Falling In Love'. This version is lovely and sung wonderfully by Elvis.
This concert really shows 'Elvis At His Best'!
You'll love it!
© R. Hege, Germany (September 8, 2000)