Live in L.A. is based around Elvis' Los Angeles 11th May 1974 performances, particularly the evening show. It contains most of Elvis' 11th May 1974 evening show, plus a rare performance of 'You Can Have Her' from an audience recorded source.
As a complete show for the period, it's decent enough with a standard set list for the time. Pretty similar to the 19th June 1974 show we had with the Rockin' Across Texas 2CD set. The last 3 tracks come from opening night of the tour in San Bernardino on 10th May 1974.
From the opening notes, I could tell the sound quality wasn't the best. Throughout the CD, Elvis' voice is clear, with the bass sounds dominating. Elvis extends 'Love Me' to feature J.D. Sumner's voice and really starts putting out from 'Steamroller Blues' onwards.
A nice touch happened as Elvis begins 'Funny How Time Slips Away', which he starts again while mentioning that Led Zeppelin are in the audience so they (the band) have to get it right. Unlike the afternoon show, Elvis changes words during the 'An American Trilogy' performance which lessens its quality. Otherwise, this routine show is pleasant enough to hear...that is until the 'premiere' performance of 'BIG BOSS MAN' from San Bernardino. This has a nice slow pace that is ultimately SO COOL, that it becomes my immediate favourite track and justifies my listening straight away - what a highlight! The 'bonus' audience recorded track from the A/S in the same venue is nice to have, but at the same time sounds exactly like bootleg sources and appears to have no audio restoration.
-- Geoffrey McDonnell, Elvis Australia