Go to main content

Once Upon A Time At The Hilton

May 19, 2005 | Music
One of those CDs that suddenly popped up is “Once Upon A Time At The Hilton. Are we glad it did?


A dark design with just Elvis and the title are pretty much all the design there is. On the back of the booklet some pictures of Elvis and memorabilia. Inside the booklet just white paper. On the back a better looking picture of our man, but a track listing that’s not easy to read (for the older fan).


This release contains a previously unreleased recording of Elvis December 6, 1976 performance at the Las Vegas Hilton. But that is about all the good we can say about this release. This is another “let’s stick a microphone in the air” recording. As for Elvis, well we don’t know what he is doing, but singing is not his main way of entertaining his audience. He is having fun on stage, the audience is having fun in the showroom, and we ... are we listening to a cabaret? Would we have attended this concert we’d asked our money back. As for the performances by our man, well he interacts, has fun but too much fun, so we get no real decent performance.


Get this only if you want to complete your concert collection, but even then, you probably won’t play it more that the 10 minutes you’ll listen to this one.


Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman/Amen - TipToe Through The Tulips - Blue Christmas - That's All Right - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Jingle Bells - Love Me - You Gave Me A Mountain - Jailhouse Rock - O'Sole Mio/It's Now Or Never - And I Love You So - Blue Suede Shoes - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Band Introductions] - Early Morning Rain - What'd I Say - Johhny B. Goode - Love Letters - Hail, Hail Rock'n'Roll - Help Me Make It Through The Night - Danny Boy/Walk With Me (S. Nielsen) - Heavenly Father (K. Westmoreland) - Can't Help Falling In Love
Way Up wrote on May 21, 2005
Well first of all this show is not as bad. It is just under average concert for Vegas 1976, along with 05.12.1976, 07.12.1976 shows. There are definitely some nice performances, i.e. And I Love You So, Help Me Make It Through The Night, You Gave Me A Mountain or Polk Salad, to name a few. But the show is sloppy overall and Elvis voice fair only. I am missing one very important thing in the review: How about the sound quality? I mean... with audience recordings it is always essential to know the sound quality to decide buy it / stay away. So how is the sound?
Cro@kie wrote on June 13, 2005
Good enough for you buddy ! Meaning: if you've bought the previous and the following nights, which are bad shows with a bad sound, this one is for you too. And that's because you're a collector ! Now any fan of decent music in a decent quality should stay away, as one can get far better by our man...