Vegas Variety CD Volume 10 : September 5, 1971 Dinner Show
By: Elvis Australia
March 29, 2013 - 1:57:29 PM
When Rainbow Records released their first volume in the 'Vegas Variety' series in 2007, they had the dream about presenting at least one Vegas-Show from each year. The goal was to not only share great music and concerts but they soon learned that each show has at least one special highlight that deserves to be heard by fans worldwide. Although the package of a vinyl album is more impressive and collectable they tried their best in presenting the fans a booklet with show reviews, newspaper articles, ticket stubs (yes, even Vegas had ticket sales for Elvis shows, see 'Vegas Variety Vol.2') etc.
During the research they found rare and never before seen photos of Elvis in Vegas and also had the chance to track down some nice memorabilia and unreleased shots of the International / Hilton Hotel.
During the production of Vol. 5 luck was definitely on their side when they were able to get the hands on a taped show that no-one had ever known to exist. Being fans and collectors themselves, their priority was always to give the fans something 'nice & new'.
With this 10th release in the 'Vegas Variety' Rainbow Records presents an unreleased recording of the September 5, 1971 Dinner Show performance. 'It‘s Impossible', 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy', 'Sweet Caroline' - it‘s your choice which song you call your personal highlight this time. With the release of a show from 1971 Rainbow Records has accomplished their goal to cover each year from the Vegas Years 1969-1976.
So today, more than 5 years later after the initial release it‘s time to look back: 10 Volumes of 'Vegas Variety' means also a total of 10 unique shows on 12 silver factory pressed CDs. Both shows featured on Volume 1 + 2 had a running time that exceeded the capacity of a single disc, so these releases had to become a 2 disc-set. With the releases Rainbow Records was able to present you ultra rare versions of songs like 'Until Then', 'You Better Run', 'Rock My Soul', 'Aubrey', 'Cryin‘ Time' and 'Just Pretend'.
Each release features an extensive booklet of 16-20 pages with background information and great photos of our man in action. With a total of nearly 200 pages these ten booklets are all combined no longer a booklet, but can be called a book! Rainbow Records likes to thank you for your loyalty and the support through the years.
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra
02. That's All Right, Mama
03. I Got A Woman / Amen
04. Proud Mary
05. Sweet Caroline
06. Polk Salad Annie
07. Johnny B. Goode
08. It's Impossible
09. Love Me
10. Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
11. Heartbreak Hotel
12. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel
13. Hound Dog
14. Love Me Tender
15. Suspicious Minds
16. Band Introductions
17. I'm Leavin'
18. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
19. Can't Help Falling In Love
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.