Released in a long line of Audience recordings from the Czech Republic is this "Las Vegas Moonlight" with Elvis December 10, 1975 midnight concert. This time a complete concert, contrary to the 14 year old “Neon City Lights” release of this concert.
Is this Elvis on the cover ... the fan club used to hire a good designer, but this Elvis looks more like an imposter or a cheap plastic doll. We know our man wasn't in the best shape, but you could have used one of the more attractive pictures used inside the booklet. The liner notes, usually to the point, are way too optimistic for what we hear on this CD.
"Can't Help Falling In Love" is the first song after the standard opening "2001 / See See Rider". Regarding the audio quality of the tape .... not a bad choice sound wise (although the CD isn't too bad for an audience, we simply heard too many of these lately). But the audience loved it, and so did we, the song sounded totally different from the standard closing theme it usually is. Because his joke turned out well Elvis picks up the show with energy. He does a short version of "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" before he returns to his standard set list, joking with the audience some more before doing a good version of "I Got A Woman" but losing it all on the "Amen" part of the medley messing around with JD and our speaker set again ... and again.
There is a mediocre version of "Trying To Get To You", too much on the auto pilot for our liking. On his favorite "You Gave Me A Mountain" we hear some of the Elvis we know. On "Just Pretend" he corrects the band on their performance. The audience reacts with "tell them Elvis" to which he says "I will". But listening to the performance, it wasn't the band messing up. On "America The Beautiful" he tries, but he can't really deliver. From here we browsed the remaining of the concert in fast forward, but nothing special remains, only "My Way”, partly as a duet with Sherill Nielsen is worth mentioning. The second version of "Can't Help Falling In Love" closes the show definitely.
We got several interesting releases from the Czech republic, but this isn't one in that line, especially because it was released before on "Neon City Nights" 14 years ago (in worse quality, we must admit). But we guess the Czech fan club scratched the bottom of the barrel here stepping away from releasing completely previously unreleased concerts.
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (A 2001 Space Odyssey Theme) - 02. See See Rider - 03. Can't Help Falling In Love (No.1) - 04. Closing Vamp (No.1) - 05. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - 06. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 07. Love Me - 08. Fairytale - 09. And I Love You So - 10. Trying To Get To You - 11. All Shook Up - 12. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 13. You Gave Me A Mountain - 14. Polk Salad Annie - 15. Band Introductions - 16. Johnny B. Goode - 17. Drums Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 18. Bass Solo (Blues by Jerry Scheff) - 19. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) - 20. School Day (No.1) - 21. School Day (No.2) - 22. Just Pretend (with 2 false starts) - 23. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 24. Softly As I Leave You (duet with Sherrill Nielsen) - 25. America (The Beautiful) - 26. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (medley) - 27. My Way (with false start, duet with Sherrill Nielsen) - 28. Blue Christmas - 29. Can't Help Falling In Love (No.2) - 30. Closing Vamp (No.2).
Note: reading the reactions we gave this release a second spin and corrected the "Dixie" title, thanks for the correction "Way Up".
Las Vegas MoonlightNovember 10, 2005 | Music
You Dont Know Me wrote on November 11, 2005
I havn't heard this exact release-yet, but have the unedited and complete show.This is NOT a 'proper' review because 'Neon City Lights' wasn't at ALL complete nor in this review do some songs even get a mention(such as the ultra 'rare' My Way duet!) Guess you 100% formed your opinion upon the booklet cover and skipped through(without even bothering to do a review?
Way Up wrote on November 11, 2005
What to say. It is real Elvis in December 1975 on the cover. Actually there is very little shots from this season and Elvis was obviously puffy on majority of them. So why to write that he look like "imposter or a cheap plastic doll". He was looking like this at the moment. The photo is correct. The photo on Elvis Presley Boulevard LP present 'fat' Elvis too and not too many complained. Concerning the songs... do you think that songs like Fairytale, And I Love You So, Polk Salad Annie, How Great Thou Art, Softly As I Leave You are 'small spark' performances? And what the hell you mean by "On "Dixie" he tries"? There's a "Dixie" on setlist? Neon City Nights was an awful CD with big parts of the show edited out, with no proper tracking and in bad sound. So I think that this upgraded release is not that bad thing.
DenMik wrote on November 24, 2005
In my believe this is a far better release then Neon City Nights. More complete and much better sound quality. If you release a concert in a better and more complete state then you have my blessing. Keep up the good work.