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That's All Right Any Way You Do

Dec 3, 2005
With a release entitled "That's All Right Any Way You Do", we can only wonder, is it?

Design

The design is very homemade, and the best photo is used on the back cover, we would have switched them, but that could be a matter of taste. The most interesting about the cover is the copy of a newspaper article on the Elvis bootleg release "Pleas Release Me" which the "older" fans will probably remember from the early days.

Content

This CD contains the unreleased Elvis' Dinner Show at the International Hotel In Las Vegas from August 25, 1971. Straight after the standard opening Elvis' does a few unexpected songs, starting with a fair version of "Proud Mary", followed by half a line of "I Walk the Line". Reading the track listing we had hoped on a few lines more, why else bother to mention it.

"Love Me tender" is o.k., but more interesting is "Sweet Caroline", a shame he didn't keep this classic Neil Diamond track on his repertoire. "Polk Salad Annie" gets a good raw performance, exactly what the song needs. Unfortunately he laughs a bit too much about his own interpretation. After a short break the band breaks into "Johnny B. Goode", which still rocked in 1971. Why didn't Chuck Berry write longer songs, this one could have lasted much longer. "Love Me" is really basic, nothing special. "Blue Suede Shoes gets the same treatment as "Johnny B. Goode", and "Heartbreak Hotel" has some of the original feel, but it is done too fast.

During "Suspicious Minds", which rocks, there is a lot of tape distortion, but you can hear Elvis make his moves on the stage, just listening to the band. This is an audience recording and amateur release, so the audio quality isn't good, but not bad for an audience either. The tape slips at moments, and there is some audible editing. After Elvis introduces Brenda Lee, he does an o.k. performance of "I'm Leaving", "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" gets a slow treatment, a nice version. But with "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" we are already at the end of the show. With his standard theme, still performed as a song on it's own, the concert is over.

Conclusion

It would have been an above average audience release if it hadn't it been for the many faults in the tape. Elvis enjoys himself (sometimes a bit too much) and so does the audience with a diverse set list and upbeat performances by our man. Again a concert we hope to hear as a soundboard.

Track listing:

Also Sprach Zarahustra / That's All Right / Proud Mary / I Walk The Line / Love Me Tender / Sweet Caroline / Polk Salad Annie / Johnny B. Goode / Love Me / Blue Suede Shoes / Heartbreak Hotel / Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog / Suspicious Minds / Band Introductions / I'm Leaving / Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp
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Reactions

Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 25, 2005report abuse
Sure..the show isn´t bad but it is just as good as the other ones from this season. Compared to the year before it definitely shows that Elvis had lost that energy..that pure will of giving power performances....he slowly began being fed up with Las Vegas shows.

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