The latest Straight Arrow "Red Hot" release is out, does it live up to its name?
As with their previous releases, the design part of the release is top notch again. A 16 pages booklet with a catching picture on the cover and inside action shots from the 1972 Las Vegas Summer festival and additional concert shots from 1972 and memorabilia. Well written liner notes on Elvis in 1972 and a to the point review of the concert. So get this release for the booklet with a complete review.
An opening with “C C Rider”, “Johnny B. Goode” - getting a full song treatment, not just a quicky during the introductions - and “Proud Mary” shows you the King is on the stage. With songs like “Until It’s Time For You To Go”, “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me”, “What Now My Love” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” the showman in Elvis shows his personal emotions and vocal capabilities. These songs, along with recent studio recordings like “Separate Ways”, fit his personal situation and probably emotions from his divorce from Priscilla. This must have added to good performances of these songs.
Some of the older rockers and classics like “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Heartbreak Hotel” which our man “had” to perform get the quicky treatment, but by now I have accepted that as just a standard part of an Elvis show. Luckily a five minute version of “Suspicious Minds” makes up for that. “Fever” deserves special mention, as it is sung almost acapella with snapping fingers. “My Way” isn’t as touching as the versions from 1976 and 1977 where you hear the pain, but the performance is good. The concert ends with three tracks from August 8, 1972, probably to complete the complete concert experience. Unfortunately there is a big difference in the soundquality.
As a bonus the additional Q&A with John Wilkinson is interesting, you don’t hear the man in the background talk that much.
The release is an audience recording, but a very good quality, the show sounds fresh, not too much bass and Elvis up front.
Most of the rockers “rock” and the ballads are performed like they should, with emotion. This release will get a few spins in the near and more distant future.
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. Johnny B. Goode - 04. Proud Mary - 05. Until It's Time For You To Go - 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 09. Polk Salad Annie - 10. Instrumental Intermezzo / Monologue - 11. What Now My Love - 12. Fever - 13. Love Me - 14. Blue Suede Shoes - 15. Heartbreak Hotel - 16. All Shook Up - 17. Little Sister / Get Back (medley) - 18. Love Me Tender - 19. Hound Dog (slow & fast) - 20. I'll Remember You - 21. Suspicious Minds - 22. Band Introductions - 23. Celebrity Introductions - 24. My Way - 25. A Big Hunk O' Love - 26. For The Good Times (spliced with Las Vegas 13.08.1972 Dinner Show) - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love (Las Vegas 13.08.1972 Dinner Show) - 28. Closing Vamp (Las Vegas 13.08.1972 Dinner Show).
Special bonus: ?
29. An "after season" interview with John Wilkinson, by Tony Prince from Radio Luxembourg, held in Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, September 8, 1972.