Gravel Road Music released another remake of a classic bootleg, again a 1971 show (Jan 27, MS) from Las Vegas. This time it’s turn to DAE’s All Things Are Possible.
It gets boring by now, but again GRM delivers a top notch product. In “On Stage” style the compiled a 3 panel fold out with booklet “to lick your fingers for” as we say over here in Holland. Both contain a complete photo shoot of Elvis in his “Now” suit that are actually taken at January 1971. Some newspaper clippings and liner notes complete a beautiful release.
I was never too fond of DAE’s reverb/delay (whatever you call it) which caused an echo. Gladly that is gone now, it gives (me) especially with the quiet songs much more listening pleasure. I start to repeat myself that Elvis still had “it” in this first engagement of 1971. A varied set list with a lot of dedication makes a pretty good show. Highlights to me are There Goes My Everything, Polk Salad Annie and Make the World Go Away, I even dig the “withdrawn” version of How Great Thou Art. The title track is fun to have live, but it doesn’t really belong to my favourites. It is a pity the tape didn’t contain the complete show, but it is “completed” nicely with Suspicious Minds and The Impossible Dream from the Midnight Show of the 28th.
A slight minor to me are the bonus tracks from the opening night. Of course I have a stop button on my player, but these additions only give a messy ending to an otherwise perfect CD, especially the distorted Can’t Help Falling In Love.
A great remake of a classic bootleg. Those who have that one… try this, it really sounds better (at least in my ears) and has a beautiful package. To all other fans: this is a must!