Walkin' Talkin' Glitz City Blues CD from Straight Arrow
April 17, 2014
It's unlikely that anyone who saw Elvis Presley on stage during the Summer '72 engagement came away disappointed. Presley looked fabulous: he had a nice tan, he was slim, and both the jumpsuit and the jacket / pants combinations that he was experimenting with looked rather good on him. His shows that season were tight and highly professional, and truly offered something for everybody. The setlist was largely based on the MSG one, with new additions like 'What Now My Love' and 'My Way' adding extra spice to the show. The dinner show from August 23rd, 1972 is a topnotch performance. He's right in the middle of the engagement, with still about two weeks left, but he delivers the goods and puts his soul especially into the power ballads. It's not unlikely that he may have wanted to impress journalist Joe Delaney, a reviewer for the Las Vegas Sun and an old friend of the Colonel's, who was in the audience that night.
It should be noted that the August 23, 1972 Dinner show is completely new, even for die-hard Elvis fans. This concert has never been in circulation in any form. Unfortunately the tape ran out before the finale of „My Way“. The producers decided to use (great sounding) original tapes of the August 22nd, 1972 M/S and the August 23rd, 1972 M/S from their vaults, to fill out the missing part.
This release is presented in Straight Arrow's traditional deluxe digipack, designed by one of the best graphic artists in the Elvis world, rare photos from this engagement (he actually wore the blue swirl at this show) as well as intelligent liner-notes that give you the low-down on this show. No need for us to toot our own horn really, since you all know it by now: Straight Arrow delivers.
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Johnny B. Goode - 04. Until It's Time For You To Go - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - 07. Polk Salad Annie - 08. Instrumental Intermezzo / Monologue - 09. What Now My Love - 10. Fever - 11. Love Me - 12. Blue Suede Shoes - 13. Heartbreak Hotel - 14. Little Sister / Get Back - 15. All Shook Up - 16. Love Me Tender - 17. Hound Dog - 18. I'll Remember You - 19. Walk That Lonesome Road (J. D. Sumner and The Stamps) - 20. Suspicious Minds - 21. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 22. Introduction of journalist / reviewer Joe Delaney - 23. My Way* - 24. A Big Hunk O' Love** - 25. Mystery Train*** / Tiger Man** - 26. Can't Help Falling In Love** - 27. Closing Vamp**
* spliced with August 23, 1972 D/S version
** recorded on August 23, 1972 D/S
*** spliced with August 22, 1972 M/S version
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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.
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