Just got done with this one. and reviewed it.
Elvis In Lake Charles - May 4 1975. Review written while listening.
The sound is good but the instruments (Except piano) are quite low in the mix.
Elvis introduces himself as Wayne newton, and jokes that they are gonna run for a few minutes. and goes straight into the first track on this cd
Jambalaya - Great version it only runs for about 40 seconds but it's fun to hear!.
Without any introduction or talking elvis goes straight into
Love Me - The audience go nuts. Elvis seems to be in good voice. However this version is passable as there's to much joking.
If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Always liked this song, At this point it was still fresh in elvis setlist. Elvis is in great voice, and performs a great version. Sadley the band is to low. Elvis and his backround singers are more prominent. First highlight. Great version!.
Love Me Tender - ''I like to do a little bit of my first movie called love me tender.'' Elvis jokes alot, Elvis voice is good, but instead of singing he's busy fooling around and interacting with the audience, not neccesarily a bad thing. But this is really a trowaway version.
All Shook Up - Not much, elvis sings most of the lines altough it almost becomes a duet with charlie hodge, as elvis flubs some lyrics, but this song became a trowaway already by 1970. So got not much to say about this
Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel - Instead of elvis charlie calls out for this medley, Elvis responds by saying ''Yeah i know''. Just like all shook up this is a trowaway version, The only difference to other versions is that it's in a slower tempo then usual. Elvis does the ''Kick your A..'' part during don't be cruel.
The Wonder Of You - Back to business, A suprise return of this song, having only been performed a few times in march/april. Elvis delivers a good version. Singing all lines serious.
Another Highlight of this show.
Polk Salad Annie - A song elvis couldn't do no wrong to. Always performed with some Enthusiasm. This is a great version. Sadley we can't hear the band to good except of james his guitar. And far into the distance you can sometimes hear the trumpets by the orchestra. Great version nonetheless. ronnie's drum becomes more hearable near the end. Certainly a highlight
It's time for the band introductions. Elvis jokes around saying the sweets have been with him for the long and he thinks they are sweet ''The great.. ah Sweet inspirations''. ''The gentleman here in the back when they're together'' JD Sumner and The Stamps. He jokes around multi-ple times, I gotta say this time the introductions aren't dragging, They are actually fun. James plays a funky what'd i say and elvis sings the lines ''I wanna know, I wanna know right now'' something he didn't do to often. Ronnie gives a short but kickass drum solo. Jerry gives a great blues solo. I'm glad jerry returned to playing bass for elvis only a few weeks earlier. Glen does his Lawdy Miss Clawdy piano solo. Funny in the same year Jerry comes back, Glen would eventually leave playing with elvis on stage after the December tour. School Day/Hail Hail Rock And Roll/Long Live Rock and Roll is always something i enjoyed.
Johnny Be Goode - Elvis delivers a full version ala Aloha. Elvis is in great voice. Great version. Another highlight.
Steamroller Blues - If only the band was more prominent here, elvis delivers a great version of steamroller, either the mixing or elvis standing closer to james, make his guitar solo sound louder in the mix.. which is great!. Another highlight of this show, worth hearing!.
T-R-O-U-B-L-E - Elvis says if you get behind on the words,you might as well hang it up. However gives an inspired performance. always liked the live outtings of this song. Instead of walking like glory, and looking like a dream elvis sings ''Looking like glory, walking like a dream!''. Great version nonetheless. Another highlight! it has quite a long ''Hey hey'' part!.
I'll Remember You - ''This next song is a song we did from the aloha from hawaii special called ''I'll remember you''. No alfie here. Elvis harmonizes with his backing vocals on the '''oooooh'' line. Your sweet laughter elvis does a giggle and says he gotta go back there. Most of the song is done seriously. the audience reaction is nuts. ''Till then... hahaha wait a minute''.
Why Me Lord - Time for some gospel. Elvis makes some jokes to tease JD. something he would often do after august '74. Elvis actually sings ''So Help Me, JD''. It's a nice version, ''That's out of sight JD, you laughed really good'' Elvis mission was accomplished.
Let Me Be There - Elvis sings a great version of one of my favourite songs, Always enjoyed it no matter which show. Elvis does a reprise, And for me atleast it's a highlight.
An American Trilogy - Elvis jokes when the stamps sing ''Oh i Wish i Was in Dixie'' he says ''You are you fools'' when they sing ''To live and die in dixie'' he says you can do that to!. and misses his que.. Elvis quickly picks up and is serious for the rest of the song. the vocals when he sings are good, but the joking takes away from the performance. when elvis sings ''So hush little baby don't you cry'' he gets a round of applause. I'm glad that the flute solo was still there, As i don't really like it when they replaced it with the trumpet.
Hound Dog - Starts of strong, but it's a trowaway version for the most part. I don't have much to say about this performance.
Elvis asks for the house lights to be turned up and says ''Hi baby, hi'' and talks and jokes for about a minute before goin into
Funny How Time Slips Away - Always liked this song, It's ofcoarse nothing like the studio master or even the On Tour version. One can imagine elvis handing out scarfs and kisses to the audience members, It's not really an inspired version elvis jokes by doing an accent and singing ''Dawn na when thou''.
Little Darlin - Always liked this, never get bored with it. a lightweight and fun song, which i think the audience liked hearing to.
Can't Help Falling In Love - ''If you want to hear us again, just give us a buzz'' Elvis delivers an okay version, singing most of the lyrics.
A fun show, sometimes a bit to much joking, and the 50's songs are like usual trowaways, however there is still enough performances that are enjoyable. Again i say.. if only the band was a bit better in the mix. Sometimes it seems like it's a Elvis Piano concert with his backing vocals.
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