(Fort Baxter 161095) (Released 1995)



Content: 4   Sound: 4   Artwork: 5+

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Las Vegas, August 20 1973

Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman/Amen - Love Me - Steamroller Blues - You Gave Me A Mountain - Trouble - Blue Suede Shoes - Rock Medley - Love Me Tender - Fever - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds - Band introductions - My Boy - Release Me - American Trilogy - Mystery Train/Tiger Man - Help Me Make It Through The Night - How Great Thou Art - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

Content: 3+   Sound: 4   Artwork: 4

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Kansas City, June 29 1974

Rehearsal, July 15 1970:
Stagger Lee - I Got My Mojo Working - A Spanish Folksong - Cotton Fields

Kansas City, June 29 1974:
See See Rider - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Blue Christmas - I Got A Woman - Love Me - Trying To Get To You - All Shook Up - Love Me Tender - Hound Dog - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Why Me, Lord - Suspicious Minds - Band introductions - I Can't Stop Loving You - Help Me - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Let Me Be There - Johnny B. Goode - Can't Help Falling In Love (Oct 6, 1974, Dayton (E.S.))

Content: 4+   Sound: 4-   Artwork: 4-
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Lake Charles, May 4 1975

Jambalaya - Love Me - If You Love Me - Love Me Tender - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel - The Wonder Of You - Polk Salad Annie - Band Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - Steamroller Blues - T-R-O-U-B-L-E - I'll Remember You - Why Me, Lord - Let Me Be There - American Trilogy - Hound Dog - Funny How Time Slips Away - Little Darlin' - Can't Help Falling In Love

Content: 4   Sound: 4-   Artwork: 4-
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Ann Arbor, April 24 1977

If You Love Me - You Gave Me A Mountain - Trying To Get To You - It's Now Or Never (and a few lines of Blue Hawaii) - Little Sister - Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel - Help Me - My Way - Polk Salad Annie - Hurt (with reprise) - *Blueberry Hill - **Danny Boy - **Walk With Me - Unchained Melody - Little Darlin' - Can't Help Falling In Love

*St. Petersburg, February 14 1977
**Sung by S. Nielsen in West Palm Beach, February 13 1977

Content: 4   Sound: 4-/4+   Artwork: 4-

Review of disc one, Las Vegas August 20 1973. Written by Espen Krømke.

The sound:

Taken under consideration that this is an audience recording, the sound is good. That said, I have nothing against good audience recordings, I consider these kind of recordings to be a somehow different and interesting documentation of Elvis' live performances. It's refreshing to get a more realistic impression of the response in the audience, for a change.

You still have the hall-effect on the audio, typical of this kind of recording, but it's not that dominant. So this recording should be of interest also to those more critical to audience recordings than me.

The performance:
It's August 1973. He's still got a professional attitude towards his audience, thus giving a decent vocal performance and no real disappointments. However, between the songs a bored and uninspired Elvis is revealed: He's just repeating yesterdays words, not even attempting to pretend like this is anything else than the regular drill. Even the introduction of Bob Hope in the audience is done in a way that it sounds like Bob is a regular feature... This lack of spirit is particulary noticeably on the ending of Amen, where he wants JD to do that bass-part again: After mumbling "I think you can do it better... You know" with a bored voice, he lets JD do his thing again. Obviously a total waste of time without the proper intro.

The band is tight and professional, and I must say on a general note, that the TCB band this early in the 70's did a much better job than later that decade. However, on this evening they reflect Elvis' own (lack of) enthusiasm: Precise and well performed, but I miss that extra spirit making this evening special.

The highlight:
'My Boy'. A very nice (and quite rare) performance of this beautiful song. In my opinion this is the only song on this concert that he performs, rather than just sings. When he almost whisper the words "sleep on" on the beginning of last verse too early, it's theatrically perfect. I've not heard many live performances of this song, and this *may* be just a routine from this period as well. But in that case he fooled me, and thats what acting is all about, huh? ;-)

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