- 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: 349,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Big Boss Man
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(2005/FTD) 26 tracks March 1975 Las Vegas Hilton - Top Sound
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See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
And I Love You So
Big Boss Man
Introductions continued including What'd I
Say & School Days
I'll Remember You
Let Me Be There
An American Trilogy
Can't Help Falling In Love
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
The Wonder Of You
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Hawaiian Wedding Song
Green, Green Grass Of Home
You're The Reason I'm Living
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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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.