Memory Records will soon release the CD "Let Me Be There". Here you have excerpts from the booklets and track listing.
In early 1974, after the indespensable rehearsal sessions, a new Las Vegas season began on January 26 with a very good, if somewhat sedate opening night (released in 2002 as "Something Old, Something New", Memory Records CD MR 2028-2). With the exception of some short jokes, Elvis restricted his on stage monologues to a minimum and unlike September 1973, he paid full attention to his vocal control. He strengthened the repertoire with recent Stax Studio recordings "Help Me" and "Spanish Eyes" in which he added an extra "Old Mexico" verse not found in his studio version. Also, older songs i.e. "Sweet Caroline" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" were revived and performed on a regular basis once again. Other “newies” included the beautiful gospel song "Why Me Lord", sung as a duet with bass singer J. D. Sumner, and his very favorite Olivia Newton-John tune "Let Me Be There" where Elvis reprised the ending often due to terrific audience response.
The midnight concert from February 8 was chosen for this release to illustrate the atmosphere of the season’s progression. After three somewhat predictable opening cuts, "Trying To Get To You" is the first excellent performance and it's nice to hear Elvis giving a full effort to this old Sun Studio song. "Suspicious Minds" is performed with the power, but the real enthusiasm as heard in 1969 and 1970 is missed here. "Help Me" can be considered the very best song of the show. It's pure joy to listen to the magic of Elvis’ voice during this song.
Track listing :
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. C. C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) 04. Love Me 05. Tryin' To Get To You 06. Sweet Caroline 07. Love Me Tender 08. Johnny B. Goode 09. Hound Dog (with reprise) 10. Fever 11. Polk Salad Annie 12. Killing Me Softly (by Voice) 13. Spanish Eyes (incomplete) 14. Why Me Lord 15. Suspicious Minds (with false start) 16. Band Introductions 17. Celebrity Introductions 18. Blueberry Hill (false start only) 19. I Can't Stop Loving You 20. Help Me 21. An American Trilogy 22. Let Me Be There (with reprise) 23. Can't Help Falling In Love 24. Closing Vamp.
Bonus tracks (recorded in Las Vegas 27.01.1974 Dinner show):25. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 26. Sweet Caroline 27. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mama Can't Dance / Flip, Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog (medley) 28. Spanish Eyes.