on 5 September 2007
Well..Viva Las Vegas!
With such 'attractive' and 'original' title one might think we 're back in 1964, for a joy ride through Vegas with Ann Margaret & Elvis! Daddy would love that too, but this is another messed up Wooly Booger release from GREAT 1969 concert season(on disc 2) backed up with another unnecessary compilation from 1970(on disc 1). Music is great, but we had it before so many times. What doesn't belong here is studio version of Viva Las Vegas opening on disc 1, so 'dont you be nobodys fool' to think this is some rare live version!
Another sad moment is that booklet contains Elvis picture from 1970 season and Colin Escott liner notes for 1969 season, and Vice Versa for second disc. (Vice Versa is not some Italian critic working for BMG)Well, even amateur fans from rest of the world know facts better then those who are payed to take care of the business. Idea for front cover was the same as for 'Live at International' but they painted it in gold, just like on '30 No1 Hits', and used B&W photos for booklet but with Elvis mike color altered to...you guessed it, gold, the same trick like for 'That's the way it was' 3CD box.
And now finaly some facts about what sales this messed-up product. First dics is previously released - simply a filler, but second one is a thriller.
This is first recorded concert in 1969 - not first performed. Could this be the reason for strange, messy sound, especially on first five tracks?
One could think that poor ole Elvis is some harum-scarum tambourine player, and he doesn't need no guitars around. I would like to point
out that this is NOT THE BEST SOUNDING CONCERT, as some people suggested, and sound differs from, for example, 'Live at International' or 'All shook Up' cd's. On this one production changes from song to song, sometimes it works great, sometimes not. However, this concert cd contains probably some of the best renditions of his standard 1969 repertoire, and Elvis & TCB band sound realy raunchy on some rockin' numbers like I got a Woman, Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, What'd I say ,and even Hey Jude is as raw as bloody steak. Once again, thanks to Elvis, BMG had no sneaking suspicion about our money marching up in their direction, even with obvious ill deserved confidence in their marketing abilities and careless love for our sadly departed King of Rock& Roll.
on 19 March 2016
Like all the other reviewers say, the first CD isn't worth having unless you're astonishingly missing these tracks from your collection. However, the second CD contains mostly previously unreleased performances from the first properly recorded show of Elvis' return to the stage. Unfortunately the tape was damaged so some of the tracks have had to be spliced with performances from another show but this only applies to a few of the tracks. In all the years I've listened to Elvis the 1969 In Person album was something that didn't get very many outings but that was because I never thought the sound quality was that good (and the original CD release of that album seemed to emphasise this) but these days the sound has been remastered on all the shows from this period to provide a warm resonant sound. It may not be the best sound reproduction you'll ever hear but what the heck, it's another (almost) complete live show in stereo. The monologue could have been left off as this is one of the tracks that had to be taken from another show (I think it's from the FTD 2-CD In Person set) but apart from that it's another welcome addition to my collection.
on 10 January 2011
This Album is made up of two CD's. The first is a collection of songs from various concerts going from 1969 to 1972. It's pretty good but most of the recordings have been already heard before by Elvis fans. The second CD is the masterpiece. A concert which took place in Las Vegas in 1969 and where, although you may think all Elvis's songs are the same, here you can notice the difference. His voice was great and "scratchy", he talks, jokes and messes around a lot. It shows you Elvis in his best form. A must for Elvis fans and non.
Lenny de Pinto