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Live In Las Vegas
Live In Las Vegas

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright Lights City Gonna Set My Soul On Fire, 7 Mar 2002
This review is from: Live In Las Vegas (Audio CD)
Elvis and Las Vegas are almost synonymous, yet all too many percieve Elvis "decline" with his years in Vegas........not true.
This is a fabulous set, although a tad dissapointing; no songs from 73 or 76, not enough rarities and too many songs that have been released before. That said, this is worth every penny, disc 1 & 4 are very special indeed, with disc 2 being almost a continuation of "That's The Way It Is."
So what do we have? Definately a set for not merely the Elvis fan, but essential for any fan of great music, from, of course, the greatest.
Starting with the packaging; it's great, quite like a book with CDs inside, just like the "Platinum: A Life In Music" set, with 90+ tracks, over 50 are unreleased.
Starting with a concert from 1969, this is stunning. Absolutely Elvis at his finest, pure rock 'n' roll, almost like a mix between the "68 Special" and "That's The Way It Is." Songs like "Jailhouse Rock" and "Heartbreak Hotel" sparkle with attidute, like the 50s all over; whilst new hits like "Suspicious Minds" and "In The Ghetto" are breathtaking, then and now.
Disc two treats us to another show from August 1970 and "TTWII"; Elvis is more polished that a year previous, still rockin hard, but now with the big time show-stoppers like a mesmorising "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "I Just Can't Help Beleivin'" almost steal the show from the likes of the legendary "That's Alright" and a really beautiful version of thr Beatles "Something." Tagged on at the end is a poor recording, but beautifully sung version of "When The Snow Is On The Roses", ultra-rare, listen as he tries to get the key right; it's unrehearsed, he gets it and it's so good that its a pity he never took this to the studio.
Disc 3 is basically a combination of the "On Stage" album from 1970, and the "Burning Love" album of songs from 1972 released a couple of years ago.
The songs from 70 compliment "TTWII", and are excellent, although they are from February as opposed to August. The tracks from 72 are very very impressive.
Here Elvis is tackling the big ballads plus some folk and rock. Songs like "It's Impossible", "You Gave Me A Mountain" and "It's Over" are dramatic and show of the power of Elvis amazing voice, whilst "Never Been To Spain" is a nod in the folk-direction. "A Big Hunk O' Love" is exhillerating, fast and unrelenting with great guitar and piano solos, whilst "Little Sister/Get Back" is a medley of Elvis own classic with a Beatles masterpiece.
Disc 4 is very special indeed, as RCA have a wealth of live material from 74/75/76 that they fail to release. Firstly, the live show from 56 is here also. It's excellent, early Elvis and can't be faulted, even though he bombed.
Forward to 1974, and The King is arguably a better live performer than he had ever been. It's a huge shame that the sound here is inferior to the rest of the set. The sound is fine and listenable, but not high quality; like a good tape, maybe.
Anyway, this and disc 1 are the "cream of the crop." "Promised Land" rocks, both Elvis and the band, especially gutarist James Burton are superb. "It's Midnight" is a country ballad, he sang this a lot in 74, and simply he sings this song; just listen to the words, phrasing and emotion; this guy gets to your soul. "If You Talk In Your Sleep" is a highlight; southern and funky, close your eyes at the bridge and picture him kicking the air, shaking and striking poses during this most excellent song.
The entire disc is superb, and a real eye opener to those who foolishly dismiss Elvis in the mid-late 70s.
Best song here; "I'm Leavin'" always blows me away, this slice of folkish rock is mesmorising both live and the studio cut that must be heard. Why was this never a huge million seller. "How Great Thou Art" must be heard; this is huge, whilst "America The Beautiful" is amazing, no one has ever sung this patriotic American anthem as powerfully, soulfully and convincing as Elvis.
This is a great set, I can't recommend it enough and look forward to the 2002 set "Today, Tomorrow and Forever."

The Frank Sinatra Show - Welcome Home Elvis [1960] [VHS]
The Frank Sinatra Show - Welcome Home Elvis [1960] [VHS]

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King and Ol Blue Eyes, 4 Mar 2002
This is a great video of the 1960 tv special filmed when Elvis just got out of the army.
Elvis sings Fame and Fortune plus the fabulous Stuck On You and a duet of Witchcraft/Love Me Tender with Sinatra. Watch as Sinatra tries to outsing Elvis, but no one, no even Sinatra can hold his on next to the King.

Follow That Dream [VHS]
Follow That Dream [VHS]

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vey Very Funny, 3 Mar 2002
This review is from: Follow That Dream [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Follow That Dream is a great comedy film; definately among Elvis best films, dramatic roles included.
Elvis plays Tobey Kwimper, a young homesteader, who along with his paw, a young girl and a couple of adopted kids, try to settle near a new road in the Florida Keys.
When the local government tries to have them moved, it is discovered that the part of land that they are on is governed by no-one.
What follows is one laugh after another. Elvis does a great job as the plain dumb Tobey, who accidentally holds up a bank and beats up some tough gangsters.
Folllow That Dream is very easy going and funny, really deserving a look. In fact Elvis at one point considered it his best acting job.

Pot Luck
Pot Luck
Price: 5.45

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master of Song, 27 Feb 2002
This review is from: Pot Luck (Audio CD)
Pot Luck was a big seller on its initial release in 1962, and deservedly so this digitally re-mastered re-release with bonus tracks is excellent.
The critics review states that several top nothch song-writing teams were on board, which is true; but they fail to mention that Elvis wrote two of the songs on this disc. The Latin-esque 'You'll Be Gone' is as dramatic as it is infectious, whilst 'That Someone You Never Forget' is one of the most beautiful, haunting ballads he ever sung.
Pot Luck is, what the title says; from the rockin' 'Gonna Get Back Home Somehow' to the excellent pop that is 'Suspicion', this is stellar stuff.

Long Lonely Highway
Long Lonely Highway
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 50.95

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Masters, 27 Feb 2002
This review is from: Long Lonely Highway (Audio CD)
This is an excellent CD, full of alternate takes, recorded in Nashville during the 60s.
The standout is the excellent 'Too Much Monkey Business' which is different to the original. An alternate of 'Fools Fall in Love' tops the master, plus a rare alternate of 'Its Now or Never' highlights a great CD.

Blue Hawaii [DVD] [1961]
Blue Hawaii [DVD] [1961]
Dvd ~ Elvis Presley
Price: 3.75

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Help Falling in Love With This Classic, 26 Feb 2002
This review is from: Blue Hawaii [DVD] [1961] (DVD)
Blue Hawaii is a great film, if there was ever such a genre as paradise cinema, Blue Hawaii would be the definitive flick.
Chad Gates (Elvis) has just left the army, and is living it up on the beautiful Hawaiin beach, lovin' his girl, surfin' and singing.
But he soon has to get a job, and refuses to work for his rich parents which causes all sorts of priblems as he sets out as a tourist guide.
Blue Hawaii of course features the classic song 'Can't Help Falling in Love', magnificent scenery, plenty of laughs and two hours of sheer enjoyment.
A huge, huge film on it's release and still one of Elvis most popular and well known movies.

From Elvis In Memphis
From Elvis In Memphis
Price: 6.96

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Just So Good, 15 Feb 2002
This review is from: From Elvis In Memphis (Audio CD)
From Elvis In Memphis is an amazingly good album, full of excellent performances by Elvis Presley at his very best.
It is the best album ever made, God knows why it's not 10 or 15 times platinum.
Of course the songs are outstanding, plus bonus tracks from Elvis other 1969 album 'Back in Memphis' and 'Suspicious Minds' which was never on an original album?
But this is just such a great album, thoughourly deserving a push at the charts or being more prominently sold/placed in shops.
The likes of 'Gentle On My Mind' far eclipses Dean Martin and Glen Campbells versions as does a superior performance of 'Without Love' again much much better than the excellent Platters version and Tom Jones's.
But the lesser known 'Wearin' That Loved On Look' is stuuning rock music with a tinge of rythm and blues; 'Stranger In My Own Home Town' is blues; blues the equivelant of his 1960 'Reconsider Baby' and of course from one of the greatest blues performers that ever lived.
I can't fault this CD, one reviewer said that this is the Casablanca of music; son, thats an understatement, this is Elvis f*~#><ng Presley the King of Rock 'n' Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Live a Little.../Trouble With Girls/Change of Habit/Charro [SOUNDTRACK]
Live a Little.../Trouble With Girls/Change of Habit/Charro [SOUNDTRACK]

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT YOU NEED!, 13 Feb 2002

An Afternoon In The Garden
An Afternoon In The Garden
Price: 6.83

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Concert He Ever Gave, 8 Feb 2002
Quite simply, this is the best concert Elvis ever gave. This is the King at his very best, in the middle of an amazing tour, that was filmed for the documentary Elvis On Tour.
Elvis is unrelenting for the entire concert as he moves at a breakneck pace with aplomb.
The opening Thats Alright is faster than he ever sang this song, its riveting as he moves into Proud Mary with hardly a pause for breath.
This is perhaps the best live CD ever released, crank it up loud and listen to 20,000 crazy, wild fans scream their lungs out as if God himself had just walked on stage.
The highlights, well the whole CD, but Polk Salad Annie is wild southern funk, listen as he digs deep into the drop in speed during Suspicious Minds before exploding back into the chorus at a mesmerising pace.
There is a few slower songs too, Reconsider Baby is a great blues performance whilst the beautiful Willie Nelson song Funny How Time Slips Away is fabulously performed as is Kristofferson's For The Good Times.
This will be played over and over again, and for an idea of what the concert was like, buy the On Tour video and be amazed by the King.

Elvis Presley Live on Stage in Memphis
Elvis Presley Live on Stage in Memphis
Price: 12.49

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Concert, But Incomplete, 8 Feb 2002
This excellent concert was recorded in Memphis during Elvis march tour of 1974.
On this tour Elvis played in Memphis for the first time since 1961, giving a tremendous show from start to finish.
The problem here is that many of the songs from the concert were edited out and still have never put put in place.
Songs like suspicious minds and a tremendous steamroller blues that is funky and better than the Aloha version should be released.
But what we do have is excellent, Elvis really exciting the crowd with home-town favourites and all-time classics.
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