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Live in Vegas

Live in Vegas

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by Elvis Presley

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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,


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.

Editorial Reviews

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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Disc 1

  1. Blue Suede Shoes
  2. I Got a Woman
  3. All Shook Up
  4. Elvis Welcomes the Audience
  5. Love Me Tender
  6. Jailhouse Rock/Don't Be Cruel
  7. Heartbreak Hotel
  8. Hound Dog
  9. I Can't Stop Loving You
  10. Johnny B. Goode
  11. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
  12. Runaway
  13. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  14. Yesterday/Hey Jude
  15. Introduction
  16. In the Ghetto
  17. Suspicious Minds
  18. What'd I Say
  19. Can't Help Falling in Love
  20. Elvis Talks About His Career

Disc 2

  1. That's All Right
  2. I Got a Woman
  3. Hound Dog
  4. Love Me Tender
  5. There Goes My Everything
  6. Just Pretend
  7. I Just Can't Help Believin'
  8. Something
  9. Men With Broken Hearts
  10. Walk a Mile in My Shoes
  11. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  12. Polk Salad Annie
  13. One Night
  14. Don't Be Cruel
  15. Love Me
  16. Instrumental Vamp
  17. Heartbreak Hotel
  18. Introductions
  19. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  20. Suspicious Minds
  21. Can't Help Falling in Love
  22. When the Snow Is on the Roses

Disc 3

  1. See See Rider
  2. Release Me
  3. Sweet Caroline
  4. The Wonder of You
  5. Polk Salad Annie
  6. Proud Mary
  7. Walk a Mile in My Shoes
  8. In the Ghetto
  9. Let It Be Me
  10. Don't Cry Daddy
  11. Kentucky Rain
  12. Long Tall Sally
  13. I Can't Stop Loving You
  14. Suspicious Minds
  15. Never Been to Spain
  16. You Gave Me a Mountain
  17. It's Impossible
  18. It's Over
  19. Hound Dog
  20. Little Sister/Get Back
  21. A Big Hunk O' Love
  22. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
  23. An American Trilogy

Disc 4

  1. Heartbreak Hotel
  2. Long Tall Sally
  3. Blue Suede Shoes
  4. Money Honey
  5. Promised Land
  6. It's Midnight
  7. If You Talk in Your Sleep
  8. I'm Leavin'
  9. Why Me Lord?
  10. Help Me
  11. Softly, As I Leave You
  12. My Baby Left Me
  13. It's Now or Never
  14. Hawaiian Wedding Song
  15. Trying to Get to You
  16. Green, Green Grass of Home
  17. You're the Reason I'm Living
  18. Big Boss Man
  19. Burning Love
  20. My Boy
  21. And I Love You So
  22. Just Pretend
  23. How Great Thou Art
  24. America the Beautiful

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Guitar
Bill Black   Bass
James Burton   Guitar
Scotty Moore   Guitar
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
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
Wally Gold   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
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
Hoffman   Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Enotris Johnson   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
Dick Manning   Composer
Claude François   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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Live In Las Vegas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elvis is energetic and charismatic as always. It proves more than ever the kind of entertainer he was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago