The latest bunch of FTDs contains a complete “new” FTD, bringing us Stage rehearsals for Vegas gigs in 1970, 1972 and 1973.
The cover is simple but tastefull. With some nice shots of Elvis on stage in 1970 (red shirt). The only minor is that the tracklisting at the back is about unreadable, thanks to the dark red text on a black background.
The first part (1970) is recorded with professional equipment and you can hear that. According to the liner notes there was some repair necessary because the intros were missing. Still it’s a very listenable collection of songs (when you’re able to ignore a huge feedback). Despite a hole in Elvis’ memory regarding the lyrics, I Just Can’t Help Believin’ really stands out and Patch It Up is worth mentioning too.
For the second part I was hoping for a miracle – Ernst finding new sources – but unfortunately the quality is still inferior. It’s nice to have them “officially” now, but I don’t get any listening pleasure out of it, unfortunately. Especially Any Day Now and True Love Travels On A Gravel Road would have been great in good quality, it would be even better if we had an actual live recording of them.
A real FTD that fits in the collection, but it doesn’t really offer anything new.