Event Number Eight

The latest release from the Madison label is "Event Number Eight" (after "The eight wonder of the world" the nickname of the Houston Astrodome when it was build) is a pretty good CD of an unusual performance given by Elvis at the Houston Astrodome in front of 43 974 peoples (he broke that record at the evening show with 44 175). This show is unusual because the Joe Guercio's orchestra wasn't there, it's only Elvis, his rhythm band and his back-up singers. Given the above this soundboard recording has a warm feeling of a very small venue since you can't hear the crowd too much (they were quite far from the stage). You'll certainly understand that when listening to "Help Me" which sounds almost like an undubbed studio version. You can also feel James Burton, Ronnie Tutt and the other members giving little extras for making it a fuller sound. Most of the performances are excellent but some of the highlights would be; "Trying To Get To You", "Johnny B. Goode", "I Can't Stop Loving You", "Help Me" and "Let Me Be There".The packaging is well done with an eight-page booklet and a CD looking like a record. Tracklisting; Opening riff (no 2001) - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Trying to Get to You - All Shook Up - Love Me Tender - Johnny B. Goode - Hound Dog - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Why Me Lord? - Suspicious Minds - Band Intros - I Can't Stop Loving You - Help Me - How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - Let Me Be There (with reprise) - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can't Help Falling In Love - Exit Riff.
Source: For CD Collectors Only / Updated: Jul 27, 2000 
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