Live In Las Vegas

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Like bacon and eggs -- or bacon and peanut butter, if you prefer -- Elvis and Las Vegas turned out to be a perfect match, one that would sustain the King for much of his later career. This four-disc box set compiles several complete shows that capture Elvis onstage at some of Sin City's glitziest rooms and, despite some redundancy between the various performances, often at his best. Much like his comeback special, the set's first disc concentrates on Elvis's early classics, including energized versions of "All Shook Up," "Don't Be Cruel," and "Blue Suede Shoes." Most of the material from this disc 53 of the 86 tracks -- including a fascinating seven-minute monologue --...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Like bacon and eggs -- or bacon and peanut butter, if you prefer -- Elvis and Las Vegas turned out to be a perfect match, one that would sustain the King for much of his later career. This four-disc box set compiles several complete shows that capture Elvis onstage at some of Sin City's glitziest rooms and, despite some redundancy between the various performances, often at his best. Much like his comeback special, the set's first disc concentrates on Elvis's early classics, including energized versions of "All Shook Up," "Don't Be Cruel," and "Blue Suede Shoes." Most of the material from this disc 53 of the 86 tracks -- including a fascinating seven-minute monologue -- has never been released before. The succeeding discs chronicle Presley's attempt to gain contemporary credibility, sometimes to good effect versions of the Beatles' "Something" and Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie" and sometimes not leaden takes on Three Dog Night's "Never Been to Spain" and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water". The bulk of the collection dates from Presley's 1969 and 1970 residencies in Vegas, so there are multiple, interchangeable renditions of several songs e.g., "Suspicious Minds", but the compilers make up for this by including two never-before-released tracks: "When the Snow Is on the Roses" and "You're the Reason I'm Living." One of the set's more fascinating bits is a four-song mini-suite culled from the King's very first visit to the town back in 1956. That snippet, highlighted by a ripping spin through "Long Tall Sally," and a smattering of previously unheard end-of-career songs a nice "Burning Love" and a powerful "How Great Thou Art" among them, will probably be enough to convince fans to spring for this nicely appointed set.
All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Just as there is only one Elvis Presley, there is only one Las Vegas. The two have become synonymous with indulgence and ironically with each other. The seeming love-hate relationship that Presley shared with Sin City is documented on this four-disc collection -- which contains 53 previously unissued concert performances. Although fans and critics alike have inferred that Vegas became Presley's ultimate graveyard, these recordings prove otherwise. A vibrant and overwhelmingly energetic Presley is the focus of the first two discs -- containing complete performances from August 24, 1969, and August 11, 1970, respectively. More than half of the material from these two shows is being issued here for the first time. As one may well anticipate, the sets feature a healthy sampling of Presley's voluminous back catalogue. "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," and "I Got a Woman" are given a workout during each performance. As were the more current hits such as "Suspicious Minds," "In the Ghetto," and "Can't Help Falling in Love." Presley's knack for inimitable remakes is also displayed as he gains inspiration from concurrent chart-toppers such as "Hey Jude," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and "Polk Salad Annie." Unlike the first two discs, the final pair do not contain complete performances and likewise are not presented chronologically. For the sake of contrast, the four song mini-set documenting the final performance of Presley's first Vegas stand on May 6, 1956, begins disc four. What remains consistent -- in both the brief 1956 set as well as on the remainder of the mid-'70s recordings -- is Presley's impeccable taste in cover material. These include stunning readings of "Kentucky Rain" and "Never Been to Spain."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2001
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • UPC: 078636935423
  • Catalog Number: 69354

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Suede Shoes (2:38)
  2. 2 I Got a Woman (2:54)
  3. 3 All Shook Up (1:48)
  4. 4 Elvis Welcomes the Audience (1:08)
  5. 5 Love Me Tender (2:37)
  6. 6 Jailhouse Rock/Don't Be Cruel (2:50)
  7. 7 Heartbreak Hotel (2:00)
  8. 8 Hound Dog (3:22)
  9. 9 I Can't Stop Loving You (2:42)
  10. 10 Johnny B. Goode (3:15)
  11. 11 Baby, What You Want Me to Do (2:36)
  12. 12 Runaway (2:15)
  13. 13 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (3:03)
  14. 14 Yesterday/Hey Jude (4:05)
  15. 15 Introduction (2:33)
  16. 16 In the Ghetto (2:47)
  17. 17 Suspicious Minds (6:32)
  18. 18 What'd I Say (3:46)
  19. 19 Can't Help Falling in Love (2:11)
  20. 20 Elvis Talks About His Career (6:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 That's All Right (2:47)
  2. 2 I Got a Woman (2:34)
  3. 3 Hound Dog (3:58)
  4. 4 Love Me Tender (2:56)
  5. 5 There Goes My Everything (3:56)
  6. 6 Just Pretend (4:18)
  7. 7 I Just Can't Help Believin' (4:53)
  8. 8 Something (3:38)
  9. 9 Men With Broken Hearts (0:40)
  10. 10 Walk a Mile in My Shoes (2:12)
  11. 11 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (4:31)
  12. 12 Polk Salad Annie (5:10)
  13. 13 One Night (1:59)
  14. 14 Don't Be Cruel (1:34)
  15. 15 Love Me (1:56)
  16. 16 Instrumental Vamp (0:58)
  17. 17 Heartbreak Hotel (2:19)
  18. 18 Introductions (2:25)
  19. 19 Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:13)
  20. 20 Suspicious Minds (6:04)
  21. 21 Can't Help Falling in Love (2:08)
  22. 22 When the Snow Is on the Roses (1:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 See See Rider (2:34)
  2. 2 Release Me (3:09)
  3. 3 Sweet Caroline (2:52)
  4. 4 The Wonder of You (2:29)
  5. 5 Polk Salad Annie (5:27)
  6. 6 Proud Mary (2:41)
  7. 7 Walk a Mile in My Shoes (2:49)
  8. 8 In the Ghetto (2:31)
  9. 9 Let It Be Me (3:26)
  10. 10 Don't Cry Daddy (2:53)
  11. 11 Kentucky Rain (3:07)
  12. 12 Long Tall Sally (1:29)
  13. 13 I Can't Stop Loving You (3:10)
  14. 14 Suspicious Minds (5:01)
  15. 15 Never Been to Spain (3:27)
  16. 16 You Gave Me a Mountain (3:14)
  17. 17 It's Impossible (2:51)
  18. 18 It's Over (2:19)
  19. 19 Hound Dog (1:06)
  20. 20 Little Sister/Get Back (1:55)
  21. 21 A Big Hunk O' Love (2:03)
  22. 22 The Impossible Dream (The Quest) (2:26)
  23. 23 An American Trilogy (4:27)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Heartbreak Hotel (2:55)
  2. 2 Long Tall Sally (2:15)
  3. 3 Blue Suede Shoes (5:16)
  4. 4 Money Honey (2:58)
  5. 5 Promised Land (2:41)
  6. 6 It's Midnight (2:52)
  7. 7 If You Talk in Your Sleep (3:03)
  8. 8 I'm Leavin' (3:58)
  9. 9 Why Me Lord? (3:02)
  10. 10 Help Me (2:40)
  11. 11 Softly, As I Leave You (2:27)
  12. 12 My Baby Left Me (2:10)
  13. 13 It's Now or Never (3:18)
  14. 14 Hawaiian Wedding Song (1:57)
  15. 15 Trying to Get to You (2:38)
  16. 16 Green, Green Grass of Home (3:36)
  17. 17 You're the Reason I'm Living (2:45)
  18. 18 Big Boss Man (2:29)
  19. 19 Burning Love (2:48)
  20. 20 My Boy (3:49)
  21. 21 And I Love You So (3:20)
  22. 22 Just Pretend (3:44)
  23. 23 How Great Thou Art (4:12)
  24. 24 America the Beautiful (2:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Guitar
Bill Black Bass
James Burton Guitar
Scotty Moore Guitar
The Sweet Inspirations Background Vocals
Duke Bardwell Bass
Glen D. Hardin Piano
D.J. Fontana Drums
Charlie Hodge Vocals
Millie Kirkham Vocals
Larry Muhoberac Piano
Jerry Scheff Bass
J.D. Sumner Vocals
Ron Tutt Drums
John Wilkinson Guitar
The Stamps Vocals
Kathy Westmoreland Vocals
Sherrill Nielsen Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmy Reed Composer
Mac Davis Composer
Ray Charles Composer
John Lennon Composer
Little Richard Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Joe South Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Sonny Charles Composer
Phil Coulter Composer
Larry Gatlin Composer
Armando Manzanero Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Jimmie F. Rodgers Composer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Dennis Ferrante Mastering
Wally Gold Composer
Hugo Peretti Composer
Al Pachucki Engineer
Doc Pomus Composer
Curly Putman Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Jean-Pierre Bourtayre Composer
Mae Boren Axton Composer
Lene Reidel Mastering
Al Hoffman Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell Composer
Tommy Durden Composer
Enotris Johnson Composer
Sid Wayne Composer
Dick Manning Composer
Claude Fran├žois Composer
Renald Richard Composer
Hal Shaper Composer
Giorgio Calabrese Composer
Eduardo DeCapua Composer
Antonio de Vita Composer
Dub Williams Composer
Robert Yount Composer
Traditional Composer
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
Michael Jarrett Composer
Charlie Singleton Composer
Bill Martin Composer
Charles E. King Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FOR EVERY ELVIS FAN

    THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST WELL PUT TOGETHER CD OUT YET. IF YOU WERE ONE OF THE UNLUCKY ONES THAT DIDN'T GET THE CHANCE TO SEE ELVIS IN PERSON GET THIS CD, YOU WILL FEEL LIKE YOU ARE RIGHT THERE.GOOD CHOICE SONG SELCTIONS TOO.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    Elvis is energetic and charismatic as always. It proves more than ever the kind of entertainer he was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Positively spellbinding

    CD's 1,2 and 3 come in at such a breathless pace, and highlight so many different singing styles that one has to be extremely concious that is he, after all, and ONLY HIM, Elvis Presley, behind that mike. How can it be possible that the same person who hammers us with a blistering version of say, ''What'd I say'', sang at about thrice, yes, thrice the normal speed, is the same one who, only 36 months later, soothes the listener, and keeps the audience totally within his rapture with say, ''It's impossible''. Dazzling showmanship, and an ability to capture the imagination of both those in attendance, as well as even the most casual CD listener. Buy it, or lose the chance of a lifetime to have close to 20 years' worth of Las Vegas live performances from the man who, even 24 years after his death, is as ''alive'' as when he first shattered the music world with imagination, showmanship, and endearing vocal power.

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