I had the opportunity to listen to my latest audience recorded show this morning. I'm not going to give an in-depth review like Mike does, but here are a few brief comments pertaining to this CD.
Recorded on December 6, 1975, it was Elvis' next to last appearance in Las Vegas. He wouldn't be back for an entire year. We all know that he was long tired of playing Vegas by December 1975, but you couldn't tell it by this particular show.
There are better sounding audience recordings, but there are also much worse. There is no 16-page booklet and the cover art is nothing to write home about. The show, however, is a good one.
After the usual opening song, Elvis confesses that he was stuck in the elevator. There was obviously an announcement of some sort that the show would be delayed due to a technical difficulty. Elvis made it clear ofter the opening song that being stuck between the third and fourth floor was
the techincal difficulty. Much to my delight, there was no "Well, well, well" routine prior to "I Got A Woman." He just goes right into the song after telling the elevator story.
He then talks with the audience a little and sings "Happy Birthday" to an audience member named Lisa. He then finds out it is David's birthday (another audience member) and sings to him as well. After the 2nd version, he asks if there is anyone else having a birthday, anniversary, Bar Mitzvah or pregnancy. He seems to be in high spirits and the crowd is loving him.
There are strong performances of "Fairytale" and "Just Pretend." The highlight of the show is "How Great Thou Art." He reprises the climax and obviously receives a standing ovation, which is greatly deserved.
A funny moment is when James Burton kicks off "Sweet Caroline" and butchers the intro. It was obviously an unscheduled song and James wasn't prepared. He hits a wild chord on the guitar and Elvis and the rest of the gang seemed to get a kick out of it. "Can't Help Falling In Love" is not the usual 1975 version as he hits the high note at the end.
This CD is not for everyone, but it is not for hardcore collectors only. I'll be listening to it again in the near future. I'm glad I decided to get it.
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/ Amen
Happy Birthday Lisa
Happy Birthday David
And I Love You So
Tryin' To Get To You
All Shook Up
Teddy Bear/ Don’t Be Cruel
Polk Salad Annie
Johnny B. Goode
Hail Hail Rock’n’Roll
Elvis Introduces Mrs. Parker, Lisa Marie & Vernon Presley
How Great Thou Art
Softly, As I Leave You
America The Beautiful
Can’t Help Falling In Love