|1. The Wonder Of...Vic Anesini
(Review by Oven Egeland)
BMG has released several multi-track recordings from the Las Vegas engagement in August 1970, both on the main label and on the collectors label, FTD.
The Wonder Of You covers the last concert recorded professionally, in other words the dinner show from August 13. We have already had several tracks from this show on previous releases as it includes a highlight or two. The only known live version of 'Stranger In The Crowd' is found here, as is a nice combination of 'Don't Cry Daddy' and 'In The Ghetto'. Also a rare version of 'Make The World Go Away' comes in glorious sound on this CD.
Otherwise it is a so-so show, giving the period. Elvis is less focused than found on the other recorded shows in August 1970. Perhaps he was a little tired? 'Just Can't Help Believing' is a shadow of other versions; it just ends where it otherwise would start up again. 'Polk Salad Annie' was first issued back in 1980 on Elvis Aron Presley and is a good and fun rendition.
What makes this CD shines - even though Elvis is a little below par - is the magnificent mix created by Vic Anesini. Mixed in the old fashioned style, Vic has used the same approach as on CD-2 on Elvis In Person (CD-2). It works very well with this kind of material!
All in all a very welcomed release!
, April 2010