From Down Under

 

Elvis: 1975 A Delightful Pre-Christmas Season at the Hilton 

    Part Two

 by Geoffrey Mc Donnell (Australia)

 

Michael Orchs © Las Vegas,NV. December 2nd 1975 opening show

Las Vegas December 7, 1975 (10:00 pm) r/t 70 minutes  (Jerome Monroe plays Drums tonight) 

TRACKLIST

2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen x 2 /dialogue/ Love Me / intro of little boy onstage-Hound Dog / Fairytale / And I Love You So / Trying To Get To You / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / One Night / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions & Solosj.b.goode-Elvis ‘off’ mike / I'll Remember You / How Great Thou Art-with reprise / Early Morning Rain / It's Now Or Never / Softly, As I Leave You / America, The Beautiful / dialogue / Can't Help Falling In Love.  

JUMPSUITS

Elvis Presley: V-Neck suit with puff sleeves / Original belt

This is another good show and one where Elvis makes reference to his plane during Early morning rain where he changes the lines to:-“Big 880 set go..”Also after introducing Kathy tonight he makes some extra comments about last night. Interestingly he gets a little boy on stage before performing hound dog and does a slightly different version with a Polk Salad Annie styled ending. Jerome Monroe replacing Ron tonight gets introduce as ‘‘ THE STUMP ” I’ll remember You seems to be a highlight song tonight and a 2nd version of early morning rain this season is a bit fast, but still a very good full version. The most noticeable difference in drumming is during fairytale and Polk Salad Annie.The best sung part of this show is from the intros onwards.  

Las Vegas December 8, 1975 (10:00 pm).(Ron Tutt back tonight) r/t 80 minutes 

TRACKLIST

2001 Theme / See See Rider / Monday, Monday- 1 line /( Dialogue about Ron Tutt having a new baby )I Got A Woman - Amen /  Love Me / Fairytale / And I Love You So / Dialogue/Trying To Get To You / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / Until It's Time For You To Go / You Gave A Mountain / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions & Solos / Just Pretend / It's Now Or Never / One Night / How Great Thou Art –with reprise/ Softly, As I Leave You / America, The Beautiful / Mystery Train - Tiger Man/Dialogue /Fever/Dialogue /Can't Help Falling In Love.  

JUMPSUITS

Elvis Presley: Blue Rainfall suit / Original belt  

Michael Orchs © Las Vegas,NV. December 2nd 1975 opening show 

Another excellent show with Elvis taking requests ( Fever ) plenty of jokey chat and good performances as well. In the early part of the show he does a one liner of Monday, Monday ( and even later in the show mentions the Mamas n’ Papas! ) then jokes about Ron Tutt being back with a new baby. Fairytale gets the first stronger performance tonight before pretty casual run of songs up to a Jokey version of Until It’s Time For You To Go which he starts “ Take my Band ” The show REALLY gets good from ‘ You Gave Me A Mountain’ onwards where the in between song chatter stops and he simply sings song after song after song and WELL!. Pretty much all the performances after the intros ( where you can hear a bit of J.B.Goode off mike ) are excellent!. After a lot of chat following Tiger Man about people from Japan and a Japanese look-alike Wayne Newton he takes a request for ‘ FEVER ’ and performs it. A long show nearly 80 minutes and a great start to the week!. Just Pretend for instance sounds as if he’s singing it to fans who may have arrived in Vegas last August and missed him. 

Las Vegas December 9, 1975 (10:00 pm).r/t 70 minutes 

TRACKLIST

2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman-f.start - Amen / dialogue- Love Me / dialogue / Fairytale / And I Love You So / Trying To Get To You / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / Love Me Tender / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions & Solos; J.B.Goode-Elvis ‘off’ mike / Just Pretend / How Great Thou Art-with reprise / Burning Love / Softly, As I Leave You / America, The Beautiful / It's Now Or Never-with reprise / One Night / Mystery Train - Tiger Man /dialogue/ Can't Help Falling In Love.  

JUMPSUITS

Elvis Presley: Aztec Suit. 

There is plenty of chat from Elvis tonight during this show and it’s another good show-not quite as good as last nights VERY GOOD show, but still well sung and long. LOVE ME TENDER is included in tonight’s show and makes for yet another different show! During the intros he goes on at length about himself and J.D meeting way back in the early days. This show too Elvis appears to be loosing weight now and he does a real ‘hunka burning love ‘ending tonight to that song. America doesn’t receive such a fine ending as usual, yet JUST PRETEND is yet another outstanding version. Just before closing tonight he mentions bill porter and that he’d had 3 months off. During the final song Elvis changes the lyrics to “ wise men know when it’s time to go ” version. Quite a surprise is the reprise to the end of “ It’s Now Or Never “.  

Las Vegas December 10, 1975 (10:00 pm).r/t 85 minutes 

TRACKLIST

2001 Theme / See See Rider - Can't Help Falling In Love / When My Blues Moon Turns To Gold Again (short) / I Got A Woman - Amen x 2/ dialogue / Love Me / Fairytale / And I Love You So / Trying To Get To You  / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / dialogue / Until It’s Time For You To Go-false start only / You gave me a Mountain /Polk Salad Annie / Introductions/ Just Pretend (with 2 false starts) / intro of Rex Humbard / How Great Thou Art / America, The Beautiful / Mystery Train - Tiger Man / My Way-false start ( part duet with S.Neilson) / Blue Christmas /dialogue/ Can't Help Falling In Love.  

JUMPSUITS

Elvis Presley: V-Neck suit with puff sleeves / Original belt

Compact Disc; Neon City Lights released in 1992, but wasn’t the complete show and ‘ bonus ’ tracks filled the disc up. Also his version here of ‘Just Pretend’ with 2 false starts appeared first on the Album ‘ Long lost songs ’.

Michael Orchs © Las Vegas,NV. December 2nd 1975 opening show

This actually is a very good and interesting show and really gives us ‘ proof ’ of the Elvis ‘ Magic’ still being with him! How Great Thou Art is dedicated to Rex Humbard (whom Elvis introduced before singing it ) Ron Tutt gets some hilarious ‘ jokes ’ about the new Daughter of his from Elvis and the whole spirit of the show is ‘ good; ’ Just Pretend is sung so convincingly and with Kathy’s vocal reaching for the skies at the end of the song-you’d almost believe they were making love up on stage! The 1970’s versions of the same song just lack that CONVICTION – that 5 years later Elvis was able to convey during this season!. Opening this show with C.C. Rider you wouldn’t guess anything out of the ordinary was about to happen!. Then the band are very slow at picking up when Elvis starts singing his usual closing number (as Elvis starts ‘off’ mike anyhow–slowly! There is just a light band drum beat accompaniment and Elvis asks J.D. to find the key before ending this shorter version and going into the closing vamp. You can hear fans present completely laughing their heads off as they are amazed by what is happening. Elvis comes back on pretty quickly though and it’s obvious he planned this –just to keep his band on their toes!. He even says ‘ what happened-I thought the show was over ’ Welcome to the show-I guess your wondering what’s happening so far. “ We start slow and then taper off ”. After a few verses only of ‘ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again ’ Elvis actually says ‘ see these guy’s never listen to my records ’. Certainly from “ Fairytale ” onwards Elvis is really singing well in this great show. Before performing Polk Salad Annie Elvis talks about meeting Telly Savalas and Yul Brynner whilst making movies like Sesame street. MY WAY is interesting because he really hasn’t sung  it for well over 2 years and he says he ‘ plays it by ear ’ the last part features a Sherrill/Elvis duet as Elvis asks Sherrill to sing it too. Just before finally closing this show Elvis says how good it is to be back working again after a 3 month break .This 2nd version of his closing number tonight he changes the lines to ‘ wise men know when it’s time to go ’.   

Las Vegas December 11, 1975 (10:00 pm).r/t 65 minutes. 

TRACKLIST

2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen x 2  /dialogue/ Love Me /dialogue/ Fairytale /dialogue/ And I Love You So / Trying' To Get To You / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog / Happy Birthday (dear Emma) / Until It's Time For You To Go / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions / Just Pretend / How Great Thou Art / Burning Love / Softly, As I Leave You / America, The Beautiful / It's Now Or Never / Can't Help Falling In Love

 

Sue McCasland © Las Vegas,NV. December 13th 1975 dinner show

JUMPSUITS

Elvis Presley: Blue Rainfall Suit?  

Another ‘good’ show from Elvis with a hilarious intro of a little girl called ‘ Bridget ’ whom Elvis thought was ‘ Midget ’ before Love Me! Then after Fairytale a little boy is put on stage who DEMANDS that Elvis sign his book! Patience from the boy was exhausted ( whilst Elvis was getting a pen from the front row ) and he finally said ‘sign it!” The boy pointed to a page in his book.” sign it right here” Elvis asked , ‘ it’s got to be right here? ’ to which the boy replied’ it could be anywhere’ now confused Elvis asked ‘ anywhere? ’ The boy replied ‘ that’s what you said!’. By now the crowd where rolling on the floor and finally Elvis said ‘ I like this boy-he’s as crazy as I am!’. Finally Elvis signed the boy’s name Tony spelling out all the letters and his surname PREZLEY! It’s a real funny part of this show and shows Elvis’s charm with kids. Apart from singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a girl called Emma no new songs this show, but already enough happened on stage to make this show memorable and unique. Until It’s Time For You To Go Is Very Good version and Just Pretend also is ‘ outstanding ’ Just before closing this show Elvis mentions that he’d like to dedicate this show to Mr. & Mrs. Thompson who had flown into Vegas for this show. Before the intros tonight Elvis receives 4 requests for songs:- One Night; My Boy; Welcome To My World and Rip It Up.

Part Three