Tracks 1-10: July 16, 1970 Culver City, CA rehearsal
1. "That's All Right": the CD opens with Elvis doing a rehearsal of his
first commercial release. This is a slower "bluesy" version that seems
to drag a bit because it is slower then what we are used to. But, at
the same time, it is nice to hear this song done a little differently.
Elvis' vocal is very high in the mix and is slightly distorted in some
spots, as I supposed the sound guys were still fooling around getting
levels. But after this song, the levels are very good.
2. "Twenty Days and Twenty Nights": Elvis isn't taking this song very
seriously. If you have headphones on, you can hear someone in the
background talking to Elvis, and Elvis seems to be laughing at what the
guy is saying (though I couldn't make out what the guy was saying).
Elvis is laughing a lot during this song, and he changes the lyrics
around at the end.
3. "Patch It Up": Again, Elvis messes with the lyrics in his usual
manner. This songs totally falls apart at the end as it just stops,
which is pretty funny.
4. "Love Me": Elvis just starts singing this song and the band falls in
behind him. At one point, Elvis changes a line to "oh so horny". This
song ends really great, and you can tell everyone is having fun!
5. "Yesterday": Elvis version of this Beatles song is pretty straight
forward. It is a good rehearsal...even with Elvis snorting at the end
of the song.
6. "Hey Jude": Elvis just goes into this song so it is short and doesn't
really get going. Elvis changes one line to "let it out, and shove it
7. "I Can't Stop Loving You": this is a solid rehearsal.
8. "It's Your Baby, You Rock it": Elvis starts this song but doesn't
get into, so it is short.
9. "Ghost Riders In the Sky": Now this is interesting. Though this is
all instrumental, you have to wonder how this ended up at an Elvis
10. "Peter Gun Theme": Again, instrumental, and again how this ended up
at an Elvis rehearsal is interesting, but it is cool!
Tracks 11-14: Feb. 23 1970 International Hotel
11. "Hound Dog": Elvis' dialogue is included before this song, though
it is not listed as part of the track time. This version isn't very
different than any other version from this time period, but it is good.
12. "Don't Cry Daddy": This is a straight forward version of this song,
which is always very good live in my opinion.
13. "Let It Be Me": Again, another straight forward version of this
song. It is very pretty, and powerful...as only Elvis could do.
14. "Polk Salad Annie": Simply a "thumping" version!
Tracks 15-20: July 29, Culver City, CA rehearsal
(this rehearsal is in better "live stereo" then the rehearsal from the
15. "The Lord's Prayer": this is just the ending, probably the sound
guys had just started rolling tape. This is very short and obviously
16. "My Country Tis of Thee": This is also incomplete, as you can hear
where it was spliced together.
17. "Havana Gila": This is a perfect example of how versatile Elvis'
band was! They are just fooling around figuring this out!...not bad!
18. "My Baby Left Me": This is a very good jam!
19. "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me": For whatever reason, this song
is done twice. Elvis completes one, then goes into it a second time. I
think Elvis really liked this song.
20. "Stranger In The Crowd": This is one of my ALL time favorite Elvis
songs! And it is a thumping rehearsal version. The band obviously
knows this song well, as you can tell by the clean ending...everyone is
in time! It is VERY nice to hear Elvis rehearse a song that he didn't
seem to do live very often!
Tracks 21-25: Feb. 23, 1970 International Hotel
21. "Blue Berry Hill": Elvis is at the piano, he starts but can't figure
it out at first...plays a little more, then goes into...
22. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy": With Elvis at the piano. This is a great
23. "Heartbreak Hotel": This is a regular version, noting we haven't
24. "One Night": Elvis is playing electric guitar here (you can hear him
ask for his electric guitar if you listen closely). This is a rocking
version, and Elvis changes a line to "I'll be right by your side you
dirty slut"!...pretty funny
25. "It's Now or Never": Elvis is again playing guitar. This song has a
great Latin feeling, his voice is very powerful, and what a killer
ending!...accept that the horn section comes in a little out of time and
drags it out a bit...but it is still a very good version
Well, there you have it. By the way, the CD runs over a good hour (64+
minutes if I remember correctly). If you like this type of Elvis
material, this is definitely a must for your collection. Bilko
continues their tradition of releasing great stuff.
Reviewed by Ernie Boyes, USA
Sound rating **** -