Vegas Rhythm

By ElvisNews.com / KeesJan 27, 2007
Vegas Rhythm
Vegas Rhythm is a reissue of Fort Baxter’s “A Matter Of Time” … with all the reissues coming out, this release perhaps was “a matter of time”. Is it worth getting? Design This release comes in a bright white design with a touch of sentiment through the use of the Hilton logo. The booklet is a small souvenir photo album with a lot of pictures by Ed Bonja from the same series used for the 1973 “Raised On Rock” album. The pictures were taken a few days prior to the show. The short liner notes contain an enthusiastic review from February 1973 and a word from the producers on the reason for this release and the effort they made. The producers give the credit to the Fort Baxter label for discovering and releasing the show; they added a sound improvement and corrected some edit errors according to the booklet. Content The announcement of this released caused some commotion as it contains the same concert as the “A Matter Of Time” Ford Baxter import release from 1993. That CD received both rave reviews on audio quality and content but also remarks that Elvis delivered a mediocre show with some gems like “What Now My Love” and “I'll Remeber You”. The original release was wrongly dated February 5, it contains the February 3, 1973 concert. The producers of this release were not completely sure about the date either because the front cover mentions February 3 while the back mentions February 5, 1973 :-). But what we got is the first date. The show itself has been reviewed extensively over the years. If you like the “Aloha From Hawaii” show from three weeks earlier, you will enjoy this show since only a few alterations were made to the set list. Elvis himself is entertaining, but not top notch and 100% focussed on all songs; partly due to some health problems and partly due to the “Vegas Rhythm” of the engagement. From the original review on the For Elvis CD Collector’s Only website: “What can be said of this concert except one word - Awesome! … Elvis had just completed his "Aloha from Hawaii" Special 3 weeks earlier, and was still in top form ... An absolutely beautiful version of “Until It's Time for You to Go” …”You Gave me a Mountain” … was performed with a lot of emotion, especially during this time period where Elvis was particularly saddened by his divorce from Priscilla ... then goes into “What Now my Love”, it almost seems as if just him and Priscilla are in the room, and he is singing it directly to her. You can feel this emotion just from the speakers of your Stereo system. Elvis does another treat, “I'll Remember You”… To me this song is one of the most beautiful that Elvis performed live, especially during this time period in his life.” So far all is covered except the most important part of this review, the audio quality. Playing the two CDs back to back my conclusion is that the producers created a brighter sound from the soundboardtape and I actually like the improvement since it sounds more widely than the original Fort Baxter edition. Listening to the concert, you hear more and the musicians have their own spot on stage and in the room listening to this concert almost 34 years to date. Even in 5.1 surround the CD sounds good. Altering, remastering or improving the sound is always a topic for discussion among fans, my thoughts; you like it or not. I for one enjoyed listening to this concert twice. Conclusion Reissues are not everyone’s cup of tea, but this one is not a cheap reissue making a quick buck over somebody else’s work. The producers improved both the design and – more important of course – the sound. For those who missed the original release 14 years ago, you’re lucky this time
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Ronaldv (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2007report abuse
I would be very pleased if Ftd finally releases the July 31 opening night 1969. it is in the vaults for sure! Somebody know if rehearsals for vegas season 1 exist?? I've never heard or read about it before. Maybe somebody does.
Anton (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2007report abuse
Benny, Peter and Greg are right on Vegas Rhythm. This is great stuff. But why not ask BMG to release a double CD of ELVIS IN PERSON of 1969 on the FTD label with all the "live" songs during that month that are available at NO COST at the vaults and on many different CDs for General Public and also on FTD label. 450,000 hardcore fans will buy that material, rather than hear our King on Unchained 77 melody. The cost to produce such edited double CD on FTD would be less than one dollar and a half for BMG and Ernst could be editing this material while being asleep boys. He is that good by now, but they don't let him at BMG. Instead, they bring out the wrong re-releases of non-good-sellers like Let's be Friends, Fl Star and Y'll walk alone. Your comments are welcomed by all of us.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 14, 2007report abuse
I for one am not going to start updating every import release that comes along, the one exception ive made was on the boston show from 71,but this show already doesnt excite me, just another vegas show!
EspenK (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 13, 2007report abuse
Excellent artwork! But is it released in 5.1 surround?
Peter@EM (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 3, 2007report abuse
I agree 100% - this is a GREAT release. My hat's off to the guys behind 'Gravelroad Music'. A must-have and a keep-sake all in one.
benny (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 31, 2007report abuse
i have just recieved this & the sound on it is alot better than on IAMOT. the artwork is also very good.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2007report abuse
I have it and I like it..no cheap re-issue at all. Fine booklet, fine sound, fine show. Also for newcomers an excellent item.
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2007report abuse
Interesting review, Kees. I've liked the Fort Baxter reissues, but having someone else tackle this show with a new title and what have you must rub people the wrong way. I take it that "It's A Matter of Time" (a lo-fi bonus cut from another show, as I recall) is no longer on this release? I'm all for reissues and improvements (better booklets, improved sound) but the more classic import titles deserve to have their original version respected, although I won't miss some of the covers of my favorite late '76 shows... As for the music, I remember really liking to hear what is essentially another "Aloha" show. However, I was struck when I first "It's A Matter of Time" by the very "smallness" of hearing Elvis back on comparably small Vegas stage after the worldwide spectacle of "Aloha." He needed a long vacation and the sadness of his voice betrays this as you listen to this show. I will probably pass on this reissue for now.

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