Released on the Audionics/2001 import label cooperation is the CD “Talk Of The Town”, should it be the talk of the town?
This CD is one of the better designs from this label; although black is the main color again the total look and feel is still fresh. The booklet hoplds some really great shots of our man and nice memorabelia. The con is the small printing on the black background which is a bit hard to read. The liner notes are well written and place the concert in the proper historical perspective.
This release features a soundboard recording as recorded January 26, 1972 in Las Vegas which was previously released on the 2001 label in 1997 as “Opening Night”. The main goal of the cooperation is to re-issue classics from the before mentioned label with remastered sound and a new design.
This disc contains the same concert as the original release, but not the bonus tracks. Oddly enough the 2001 theme that gave one of the labels behind this release it’s name is missing so we fall straight into the set. The audio quality of this CD is good, it sounds more dynamic with Elvis more up front than the original. There is not too much audience audible, but that’s normal with soundboard recordings.
This CD received a very good review when it came out, I copied one that below. At the time of the release it was a special one; "a new season, a new outfit and lotsa new songs" as the cover says. I gave it a few spins but could not really get exited. It was pleasant background music but didn’t make me turn up the volume for a special moment very often. "Hound Dog" with the bluesy slow start is funny and the showstoppers are well worth a listen. Elvis is pretty solid, still shows some spunk but isn't 100%. For the details and a different opinion, read the review below as it was – especially at the time of the original release - a special release as not much material from that engagement was available.
A nice re-issue when you don’t have the original or want an audio-upgrade of a show from an engagement from which not that much - soundboard - material is available. The show itself is special as Elvis brought a lot of new material, but it didn't grab me 100%.
This 3rd CD on the 2001-label presents us the nearly complete opening show from Elvis' 6th engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Jan. 26th - Febr. 23th, 1972; (57 shows). It's the very first time that a show from this engagement is released on CD or LP (only a few audience recordings on MC do exist). The sound on this mixing-desk-recording is not as good as the fans expect, but it's a better quality as Baxters „Walk A Mile In My Shoes" or DAE's „All Things Are Possible". According to Tunzi's book „Elvis Sessions II" this is the only existing complete mono-tape from the first 1972 Las Vegas engagement. Later this engagement RCA recorded various songs from several shows on 16track tapes but no complete shows.
Unfortunately the recording begins in the middle of „C.C. Rider" (the first part of the song and „Also Sprach Zarathustra" are missing). It was the first time that this song substituted „That's Allright Mama" as the opening song. It's a beautiful mixture of his live-versions from February 1970 and the fast versions that he did later in 1972. A typical version of „Proud Mary" is followed by the first première for the evening, „Never Been To Spain", written by Hoyt Axton (Hoyt's mother Mae Born co-wrote „Heartbreak Hotel" for Elvis). Second new song is „You Gave Me A Mountain", which is introduced by Elvis as a song from Frankie Laine. The song is perfect but it's the slowest version I've heard Elvis doing. Song No. 5 is also a highlight, „Until It's Time For You To Go". To my knowledge it's the first live version of this beautiful song and the longest too (3'48''!). It's very similar to his hit-single.
A usual power-version of „Polk Salad Annie" is followed by some oldies. „Love Me" is slower than the usual '72 live-version, while „Litte Sister/Get Back" has a guitar-solo between the two songs. This version is not to compare to his well-known live-recording from 1970 (Aug. 13th, DS). After „All Shook Up", „Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel" and „One Night" follows the message song for the night, „Hound Dog". Elvis begins slow („...it's an old hound dog....") and continues fast. Just like the '69 live-versions there is a guitar solo by James Burton right in the middle of the song. The most famous Elvis song is followed by the first live-version of „A Big Hunk O'Love", which is great and perhaps better than the officially released two different live-tunes from this season. „Bridge Over Troubled Water" and „Lawdy Miss Clawdy" are also great versions but not as great as the third new song for the evening „An American Trilogy". Although the first time that Elvis did this song live on stage it's really perfect. Even the Stamps-part („...oh I wish I was in Dixie...") is sung by Elvis. Really a great version for which he gets the biggest applause of the evening. During the following introduction of the musicians James Burton and co. plays an instrumental version of „Never Been To Spain". „I'll Remember You" (after „Until It's Time For You To Go" and „A Big Hunk O'Love" the third well known Elvis song for the first time live) follows and after „Suspicious Minds" Elvis closes with his traditional closing-song „Can't Help Falling In Love".
The bonus tracks 22-24 are taken from Elvis closing-show from Sept. 3rd, 1973. The complete show was released years ago on a CD called „The Funny Side of Elvis" (audience recording). The sound quality of these soundboard-recorded songs is a little bit better than the show from Febr. 26th, 1972. „Mystery Train/Tiger Man" is a very good version. While singing the medley Elvis dedicates „Tiger Man" to the staff of the Hilton Hotel. „Help Me Make It Through The Night" is longer than other '73 live-versions. Last song on this CD is another première, a very special version of „Softly As I Leave You". Elvis gives only the introduction and speaks the words without vocal accompaniment by Shaun Nielsen and without music. It's a very soft version. It would take one year till Elvis insert this song with a different arrangement in his stage shows.
This CD contains the whole opening-show and some additional songs from another show in an acceptable sound quality. It should not miss in an Elvis collection, even if some fans are tired to listen to Elvis perfect (but sterile - compared to his later concerts in 1974 and 1975) 1972 performances.
Original review by Thomas D. Weiß, Mannheim (Germany) on the For Elvis CD Collector's website.
- See See rider
- Proud Mary
- Never been to Spain
- You gave me a mountain
- Until it's time for you to go
- Polk salad Annie
- Love me
- Little sister/ get back
- All shook up
- Teddy bear/ don't be cruel
- One night
- Hound dog
- A big hunk o' love
- Bridge over troubled water
- Lawdy miss Clawdy
- An American trilogy
- Band introductions
- I'll remember you
- Suspicious minds
- Can't help falling