Elvis In Person At The International Hotel Las Vegas

Elvis In Person At The International Hotel Las Vegas (cover)
Released: 1969/11 by BMG ND 83892
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Successful registration of Elvis' return to live performances.

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The ElvisNews Review

From Memphis To Vegas / From Vegas To Memphis was a double album by Elvis Presley released in November of 1969. It was a huge pop hit and also reached number 5 on the country charts. It was also an odd album.

The first disc is Elvis’ performance at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. The second disc consisted of material recorded during the sessions at American studios in Memphis but not used on his last album, From Elvis In Memphis.

I remember receiving this album as a Christmas present and I am assuming it was in 1969. I have always considered the live disc to be the superior of the two halves. In addition to being his initial live album, it was also a chronicle of his first live performance in 8 years. When I think of Elvis’ post movie comeback, there may have been a television special and studio albums, but it was his return to performing in front of his fans that was the true comeback. It should also be noted that this performance marked the debut of guitarist extraordinaire, James Burton, who would remain with Elvis until his death.

Elvis looked good on the cover. He was smiling and dressed in a leather jacket. The album also retained the feel of an actual concert. His patter with the audience seems sincere and showed that he was a little nervous.

The song selection is safe. “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and “All Shook Up” kick the concert in gear and give it some energy. Elvis quickly proves that his voice is in fine form as the crowd becomes engaged which allows him to relax. “Are You Lonesome Tonight” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You” form an intimacy with the audience. He gives an excellent presentation of “My Babe.” It is a heartfelt vocal that allows a little strutting on the part of Elvis. The only miss in the first half of the concert is “Hound Dog” which is basically a pop throwaway but does satisfy his fans.

The second half of the concert leads off with the rocking medley of “Mystery Train/Tiger Man.” This is about as hard as Elvis can rock at this point in his career. The rest of the performance would foreshadow the live shows of the 1970’s. I could do without his interpretation of the Bee Gees “Words.” I would have preferred something from his vast catalogue. “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds” are performed just like the single releases. Elvis closes with the usual “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”

This live performance was not only an excellent outing; it also allowed millions of fans to share this historic event as Elvis proved he was really back.

The studio half of this release is fine but not spectacular. That was as expected as these were the tracks that were not used on his last album. My favorites were “From A Jack To A King” which Elvis takes in a country direction and the subtle but superb vocal of “The Fair Is Moving On.” He manages to acquit himself well with a smooth vocal on Neil Diamond’s “And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind.” The rest of the album comes across as average. Songs such as "Stranger In My Home Town," "A Little Bit Of Green" and "Do You Know Who I Am" have disappeared from the Elvis catalogue.

All in all, From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis is a satifying album. The live part is essential and the studio half is average.

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Sandman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 1, 2010report abuse
4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 StarsThis album is essential, especially the seven-minute run at "Suspicious Minds".
OtisBlue22 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 16, 2008report abuse
4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 StarsTo be honest, I prefer Memphis '74. At least on that, there's a better set list and Elvis isn't on speed. The performances on here are strong ones, don't get me wrong, but it just seems that with 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' and 'Words', for instance, the performances are perhaps over-rehearsed and there isn't as much feeling as there was one year prior. Also, since it's a compilation, I don't think it holds as much interest as a complete live show (where's the famous monologue and banter with the audience?). As far as the throaty recitations of hits go, it's kind of like "Bob Dylan's 'Before The Flood' syndrome" -- almost the opposite problem to that which emerged over the course of the early seventies.
marco31768 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2007report abuse
4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 StarsThis album includes the greatest version of "Johnny B. Goode", an explosive medley "Mystery train/Tiger man" and a great powerful version of "My babe". A MUST!!!
Mystery Rider (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 11, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsThis album upon its original release showed Elvis' fans what he could really do. The comeback show was like an opening act compared to this. The king returns to Vegas and becomes its conqueror, and when he was playing the Las Vegas hilton he was selling out all the shows,and the Hilton is way off the main strip. Just amazing.
Colonel (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 11, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsDoesn't get any better than this ! One of the best live-albums in history if not THE best !
Aarons (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 23, 2007report abuse
4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 StarsMy Babe, great song.
JimmyCool (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 24, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsAnd the best live version of "Suspicious Minds", and the best live version of... and so on :P
Elvisuperman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2007report abuse
4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 StarsThis is a great live album, his version of "Words" is probably the best I've ever heard (Even better than the original by the BeeGees) and this version of "Are You Lonesome Tonight" is the best live version I think he ever recorded on stage.
Colonel (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 9, 2006report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsBest live album by Elvis and one of his best albums overall. Painfull to hear "Elvis in concert" right after this one and think about it only being 8 years between these two...
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 25, 2005report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsMy favorite of all the officially released "Live" albums(even if it is a comp). With a comp you get only the inspired perfomances and don't have to suffer through the sloppy, half-hearted ones. An outstanding album in need of an upgrade.
ger (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 5, 2005report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Starsoutstanding
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 5, 2005report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsIndeed very good and better than most post 1970 stuff.
Tina S (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 1, 2005report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Starsthis is elvis's beast live album hard to belive how bad the 70's would become when you play this cd