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Big Boss Man

Elvis Presley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Mar 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Follow That Dreams
  • ASIN: B0007XTOKM
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Also Sprach Zarathustra
2. See See Rider
3. I Got A Woman/Amen
4. Love Me
5. If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
6. And I Love You So
7. Big Boss Man
8. It's Midnight
9. Promised Land
10. Burning Love
11. Introductions
12. Introductions Continued Including What I'd Say & School Days
13. My Boy
14. I'll Remember You
15. Let Me Be There
16. Hound Dog
17. An American Trilogy
18. Can't Help Falling in Love
19. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Bonus Track)
20. The Wonder Of You (Bonus Track)
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(2005/FTD) 26 tracks March 1975 Las Vegas Hilton - Top SoundMedium 1
  1. Also sprach Zarathustra
  2. See See Rider
  3. I Got A Woman/Amen
  4. Love Me
  5. If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
  6. And I Love You So
  7. Big Boss Man
  8. It's Midnight
  9. Promised Land
  10. Bruning Love
  11. Introductions
  12. Introductions continued including What'd I
  13. Say & School Days
  14. My Boy
  15. I'll Remember You
  16. Let Me Be There
  17. Hound Dog
  18. An American Trilogy
  19. Can't Help Falling In Love
  20. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
  21. The Wonder Of You
  22. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  23. Little Darlin'
  24. Hawaiian Wedding Song
  25. Green, Green Grass Of Home
  26. Fairytale
  27. You're The Reason I'm Living

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern album from the 70s 14 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
Recorded largely on March 30th 1975, this features an Elvis in good health and sounding great, running through a surprisingly 'modern' repertoire. One of the common (and justified) criticisms of Elvis post '72 is that he doesn't seem interested in his RCA output, meaning his shows seemed soly focused on his output pre '61, throwing in some stuff from '69 and '70 for fun. I realise part of the magic is worked by FTD, by choosing the real highlights of shows on March 22nd and 31st they get to discard the predictable hits, but Elvis seems far more enthusiastic about tackling his current releases around this time.
It's a struggle to find low moments, but the opening numbers are tiresome and his version of "Promised Land" - such a true Presley classic - is both tiered (from Elvis) and bloated (by the band). But that shouldn't worry us, when Elvis belts out "My Boy" (truly inspiring), Burning Love (getting somewhere near the great original) and Fairytale (far outclassing the original).
And then there's the real surprises. "It's Midnight" and "I Love You So", resent hits at this time, are sung with genuine passion, really touching. "Hawaiian Wedding Song", hardly a Presley classic, is sung with such care that it feels almost a waist.
But this album has two real selling points. Elvis cuts lose on his '67 classic "Big Boss Man", and while the results do not touch the inspired original, it's a great track, working especially well with the sparse backing at the start slowly fleshing out later. "You're The Reason" is a song I've never heard Elvis sing before. Elvis does an excellent job on a strong song, it's not well rehearsed, but it is well sung. This makes this album a must of the die hard fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Sings Out !!! 5 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
This was the first tour of 1975 and this concert was recorded at the Las Vegas Hilton. Elvis had not performed for 5 months prior to this tour. Perhaps this was due to the unpredictable quality of performance from the 7th tour of 1974, much has been written about the performances at College Park, Baltimore on the 27th and 28th September, and they are often referred to as Chaos at College Park! I feel that with this first tour of the year perhaps Elvis had something to prove and that he was right back on track.

The introduction and C.C Rider are delivered confidently and energetically by both Elvis and his band and I have not heard better versions. With most concerts the level of performance of C.C Rider is usually a good indication of what is to follow. After a focused version of I Got Woman/Amen, Elvis introduces his former co-star Ann Margaret who is in the audience that evening and they have some very funny banter.

Elvis fools around when casually singing Love Me although the ending is very powerful indeed. If You Love Me (Let Me Know)is performed very well by Elvis and his band, and much more energetic and fun than later live versions. And I Love You So is the best live version I have heard so far, it is faultless, although his voice is not quite as rich and rounded as in the 1977 In Concert version. Big Boss Man and Promised Land are both performed raw, fast and enthusiastically, I prefer these to the studio versions.

It's Midnight shows Elvis in perfect voice and this is my favourite version. Burning Love is like a very fast runaway train it comes very close to the studio version and this is also delvered with amazing energy. Elvis goes on to introduce the band members, he sounds razor sharp and confident without any of the slurring of some later concerts.
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Elvis sounds good but it's not a high energy show. Promised Land is a bit disappointing because he holds back on the vocals a bit, sound quality ok but not brilliant. Overall a must have for Elvis fans. Glad I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Boss Man?? Yes, indeed!! 25 Sep 2013
By Bruce H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This FTD concert CD from 2005 features the dinner show from March 30, 1975 at the Las Vegas Hilton. Elvis is in fine voice and makes every effort to put on a good show for the audience--which he does! He is in a good mood and displays his humor from the stage in a couple of places (even introducing himself towards the beginning of the show as another (female in this instance!!) entertainer, which he was known to do on occasion. One gets the feeling, and I'm speculating here, that part of the reason may be that his set list consists primarily of songs that he liked, rather than those he felt he "had" to do because of audience expectations. He does only three of his fifties songs (I Got a Woman, and Love Me, which I believe he enjoyed doing over the years, and Hound Dog, which I seem to remember reading that he tired of doing at certain points in the seventies). Elvis includes a number of songs which he didn't do that often, including It's Midnight, Promised Land, My Boy, I'll Remember You, and Burning Love (the latter of which he does on request of an audience member and in spite of the fact that reportedly he didn't especially love the song). There is no indication that he is burned out with performing in Las Vegas or is on any kind of a general downhill slide.

Following the main concert, we get eight bonus songs from that Vegas run, five recorded the next night (3-31-75) and three recorded a week earlier, most likely on 3-22-75. These include Little Darlin', You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Green Green Grass of Home, Hawaiian Wedding Song, Fairytale, The Wonder of You, and You're the Reason I'm Living. The last one was the first and only time Elvis sang it, and it's interesting how it came about. In response to fans in the showroom yelling for him, instead of his more frequent "I'll be up in a minute, baby!", or the like, he replies "I'll be there!", which reminds him of the Bobby Darin song, for which he then proceeds to sing the first line. Through association, Elvis then asks the band to give him a C chord, and he begins to sing another Darin song which he doubtless liked (You're the Reason..), and the band follows him along beautifully, even through the bridge of the song and into a full conclusion with his backup singers. Unlike some other impromptu concert efforts, the rendition of this song is most satisfying, despite Elvis' acknowledging slightly (and unnecessarily) apologetically to the audience afterwards that "we've never done this song before in our natural lives". A nice ending to the CD.

This CD and the packaging has an interesting green colored motif, which one assumes is related to St. Patrick's Day being in the month of March. The show along with the bonus tracks is nicely recorded, and Elvis himself lives up to the title song, performed in the main show. I'm giving this the top 5 star rating and can endorse acquiring it for your collection.
3.0 out of 5 stars Whatcha got on? Your mind? 17 April 2013
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a soundboard recording of an Elvis Presley concert in Las Vegas from March 30, 1975. It is a typical concert from the era. There are eight bonus tracks, which are from different concerts from the same month. The most unusual of these is Bobby Darin's "You're the Reason I'm Living", which was an off the cuff, unrehearsed performance.
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