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Engelbert Live, Casino Rama

Wed Oct 19, 2005 7:52 am

My wife and I saw Engelbert last week, Oct.13th at a sold out Casino Rama engagement in Orillia, Ontario.
He still performs about a hundred shows per year, mostly in Europe and the US.
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His show definitely reminds me that Elvis could've found a comfortable niche in his senior years ... Eng is 69, and paces his voice with songs like The Last Waltz and After The Lovin', mixed in with 3 octave showstoppers like Release Me, Too Young, and a showstopping version of Johnny Ray's Cry. You've got to hear Cry to believe it ... he zings up and down the octave scale in full voice ... no falsettos for this guy.

Twenty years ago you couldn't have convinced me to attend this concert. As I age, I've gained an appreciation for some of the same balladeers that Elvis counted as his contemporaries. To spend an evening with a singer who has honed his craft for 5 decades is a distinct pleasure.
Eng certainly has chosen a tight show band ... a great drummer, horn section, two keyboards, percussion, lead guitar, rythm guitar, arranger, sexy background singers, and a very fine female pianist.

Its not Elvis, but still a very charismatic, talented balladeer in the twighlight of his career.

Re: Engelbert Live, Casino Rama

Wed Oct 19, 2005 8:00 am

TCB TED wrote:Its not Elvis, but still a very charismatic, talented balladeer in the twighlight of his career.


Wouldn't it be nice if it was? I could see the Elvis of today wearing something like E.H. is wearing in your photograph.

Yes, he still sounds very good. Glad you enjoyed the show.

Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:06 pm

A great voice indeed. Some of my favourites; The Shadow Of Your Smile, CanĀ“t Take My Eyes Off Of You, A Man Without Love, For Eternity (all from "A Man Without Love 1968) and The Last Waltz. I have tried to find A Man Without Love (the album) on cd, was it ever released on cd?


Sincerely MB280E

Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:41 pm

Yes

Wed Oct 19, 2005 4:20 pm

Do you by any chance know where I can get it on cd then?


Sincerely MB280E

Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:05 pm

Sorry...this only shows that it has been released on cd... http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ ... ct-details

Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:08 pm

Thanks man! It says releasedate 1967, which of course should be 1968, different cover, too, no big deal. I will definately buy this one if available! :D


Sincerely MB280E

Wed Oct 19, 2005 8:05 pm

Enjoyed reading your story.

I never get tired of telling my story. Elvis signs his portrait and says that it looks like Engelbert Humperdinck. When I saw that TTWII scene for the first time I was like "Engelbert I know. But who is this Humperdinck guy?" You see I didn't know that it is the same person, because I only knew him by Enge, my late Grandfather had been giving his records quite a spin. So the point of this story is that Elvis informed me about his last name, which only happened because of my ignorance. End of story. Still an odd thing to recall and especially finding out the truth. Whenever the scene comes on I recall that moment and laugh out loud.... Nevermind...I'll shut up now.

Thu Oct 20, 2005 5:11 pm

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Nice post, Ted.

Like Tom Jones, I know Englebert is too "slick" and "MOR" ("middle of the road") for
fans who otherwise like rock and edgier stuff, but I grew up appreciating
my mother's taste for Englelbert...I 've always seen the similarities
in their material and Elvis obviously liked both of them to the point
of considering them peers...

I bet it would be a surprisingly good show for many skeptics here.
You might even come back a convert. He's no Elvis but he's pretty
damned good in his way. The folks who wish Elvis only did "Reconsider,
Baby" or "Good Rockin' Tonight" and never touched "My Boy" or "My Way" need not apply... :lol:

P.S. Good to see he's grown back his old 'chops from the '60s!!
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Thu Oct 20, 2005 7:32 pm

Those are some serious freakin' sideburns.

Thu Oct 20, 2005 9:20 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:

I agree...Back to the future for him!
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Fri Oct 21, 2005 4:52 pm

Just as an aside, Engelbert announced that the concert was being filmed for the making of a new dvd ... hence, the inclusion of new songs from his "Let There Be Love" cd. I also thought the band was working exceptionally hard.

A long time ago, Eng was asked if crooning wasn't just an easy form of singing. Eng said that there are different styles of crooning, and that he hits notes so high that a bank wouldn't cash them :lol:

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Fri Oct 21, 2005 5:16 pm

That may be a leap for me, but, maybe an Englebert DVD would be
fun.

Yes, crooning is the word I was looking for.

It seems many still (here on FECC, too) are uncomfortable with "crooning"
even though Elvis did as well as any...

"Crooning" still doesn't have the critical and street respect it
deserves, save maybe for a master like Sinatra and belatedly
for Crosby.