Just before the weekend this CD arrived. It brings an extended version of a classic vinyl bootleg with the dinner show of August 23, 1970. Is it a treat as hoped for?
The fold out sleeve is done in a very tasteful way. It’s very well to read and decorated with memorabilia and live pics of Elvis in his prime. The only minor is that I folded the sleeve open, started to read and found out that I read the second part of the comments of the producer of the original first. In the wallpaper section you can get a good impression of the artwork.
With so many soundboards from this engagement one might say “who needs an audience recording of yet another show”. I for one can answer that question positively. I don’t listen to audience recordings very often anymore, but if I do it’s either the Asheville show or one of the shows from this engagement. Of course jokes and talking is often more or less the same, but at least Elvis did take his music still seriously.
The sound quality is as good as I hoped for. I had a copy of the original album on tape back in the 80s of the previous century and that was already one of the best audience recordings I had during those days. I would certainly put this in a row with Gyrating Asheville and Double Dynamite sound wise, so very good for an audience recording.
Great rockin’versions of Tiger Man, Polk Salad and beautiful versions of I Just Can’t Help Believin’ and You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ are amongst my favourite tracks on this silver disc.
A must for die-hard fans, give me an audience recording like this instead of 99% of the 1976/77 soundboard recordings!
01. That's All Right 02. I Got A Woman / Ave Maria (excerpt) 03. Tiger Man 04. Monologue 05. Love Me Tender (with false start) 06. I've Lost You 07. I Just Can't Help Believing 08. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 09. Polk Salad Annie 10. Band Introductions 11. Johnny B. Goode 12. Band Introductions 13. The Wonder Of You 14. Heartbreak Hotel (with 2 false starts) 15. One Night (with 2 false starts) 16. All Shook Up (false start only) / Blue Suede Shoes (with false start) / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Blue Suede Shoes 17. All Shook Up (false start only) / Hound Dog 18. Bridge Over Troubled Water 19. Suspicious Minds 20. Can't Help Falling In Love.