The latest regular FTD is a 2 CD set that contains the rehearsals for the Las Vegas engagement in August 1974, filled up with some live tracks from that gig. Is it worth buying?
I can’t say pink and purple are my favourite colours, but together with the orange it looks very “seventies”. By the way, the title changed compared to the announcement and spread cover... The pictures used in the fold out case are all very unclear, the one on the front is the best. Well at least they are taken during this particular engagement. I wonder if FTD will ever learn from the bootleggers, but I’m afraid they never will.
Most of us will know the rehearsals. I have to admit that I loved them when they first came out, but didn’t play them at all the last years. To compare I picked up my DAE release and didn’t hear much improvement (if any at all). It is fun to hear Elvis direct the band and background singers. To me the biggest con for these rehearsals is that there is too much Sherrill Nielsen (alias The Singing Saw). I never liked the guy's voice and the more I hear him, the more I dislike him.
This brings me immediately to the second CD… how on earth could they put Bringin’ It Back and Aubrey by this singing tool on it? Just because Elvis is mumbling on the background? I can understand they leave it in a complete show, but on a collection like this?? There were more than enough good performances by Elvis during this engagement…. I’d rather hear Elvis’ rambling on karate than that eerie squeezing sound of Nielsen… If I want to hear the beautiful Aubrey, I’ll pick up my Bread CD and for the other track… we have it by Elvis, so why listen to this version? To me it really spoils the second CD with an otherwise nice and fun compilation of live tracks.
It’s obvious that the presence of mr. Nielsen doesn’t make me happy, but if you can stand him and don’t have the rehearsals this might be an interesting buy.