Excuse us while we forgot what we were doing - because I lost control hours ago! This is not a Greatest-Hits kind of collection, instead it contained twelve tracks of extraordinary variety - it is one of my favourite early Elvis albums.
Raiding the Rock Vault at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
Most of the selected tracks were Elvis' Master versions with some but not all of the overdubs removed - and were unique. And what a great concept it is. The publicity promised hundreds of photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished and new and exclusive interviews.
Go here as EIN contributor Ian Garfield examines this new release, as well as looking carefully at each of the four songs take by take to see what this CD has to offer. As the Memphis Commercial Appeal commented … "It didn't seem to matter what Elvis sang, the audience went wild every time he moved and he made if clear he knew what was turning them on.
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A hardback book containing pages it includes first-hand accounts from people who were there, newspaper articles from the time and numerous photographs over of which have never been published before. However with only ten tracks taken from just five singles it reached a disappointing 31 in the US charts. Another difference is that nearly all these tracks have already been remastered by Vic Anesini and have previously been released elsewhere.
Instead he spent nearly the whole year on Tour performing an incredible concerts. The vast majority of the session outtakes however have been previously released, so can this FTD Classic Album really offer anything new? Packaged in 7" format with a full colour page memorabilia booklet, it contains some previously unreleased material. Blues would not be released until the end of the year Elvis must have hoped that the fluffy singing-travelogues were behind him and now, at last, he had a Western that would test his acting skills and give him another real chance to prove himself.
The original session took place on the MGM soundstage and the recordings flooded in echo sounded terrible. The main disc is the Dinner Show from August 12, and the second disc is culled from the rehearsals on August 4th, the date of the opening of the engagement.
The March 22 Midnight show is considered one of the best concerts of the season and was first released on the Fort Baxter bootleg 'A Profile Vol. The setlist at Lake Tahoe this season was fine, and while the May 25, Tony slot Show has been out as an audience recording, the May 26, Dinner Show is totally unreleased.
This November Tour was also the first time Elvis used J. For the first time ever, at last FTD have released Elvis' complete performance - but do these songs stand out when listened to as part of this familiar Las Vegas season? After the success of the iconic '68 Comeback Special - Elvis signed on the dotted line for a pretty penny - a cool million to perform a two week engagement in Las Vegas at the newly built International Hotel.
Specials & Promotions
Even the cover pretended it was a live concert album - the Colonel must have been desperate! This was his sixth season singing to the Las Vegas casino audiences, still doing two shows a night, and he was really feeling the loss of Priscilla.
Unfortunately the book has not arrived in Australia yet so I have not seen the final product!