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An American Trilogy - Las Vegas Concert Recordings

February 21, 2007 | Music
Due for release on the Follow That Dream label on April 1, 2007 is the CD "An American Trilogy"with Las Vegas Concert Recordings from the January/February 1972 Engagement.

This quarter's regular 5” digipack release covers Elvis’ engagement at The Las Vegas Hilton in January-February, 1972. RCA did not record entire shows, and several of the new songs Elvis had added to his shows were only recorded once. The consequence is that the main body of the CD – the RCA recordings – feature several previously released versions. Soundboard (informal) recordings of other song performances during the envagement were added to the end of the disc in order to make this as representative as possible of Elvis’ repertoire at that time.

1. Also Sprach Zarathustra (15/Midnight) 1:13
(Richard Strauss – P.D.)
2. See See Rider (15/Midnight) 2:47
(Traditional; Arr. By Elvis Presley)
3. Proud Mary (15/Midnight) 2:34
(John Fogerty)
4. Never Been To Spain (15/Midnight) 3:29
(Hoyt Axton)
5. You Gave Me A Mountain (15/Midnight) 3:11
(Marty Robbins)
6. Love Me (15/Midnight) 1:43
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)
7. All Shook Up (15/Midnight) 1:01
(Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley)
8. Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel (15/Midnight) 1:57
(Kal Mann/Bernie Lowe) / (Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley)
9. Hound Dog (15/Midnight) 1:57
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)
10. Little Sister / Get Back (14/Midnight)* 1:53
(Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman) / (Lennon/Mccartney)
11. It’s Impossible (16/Midnight)* 4:15
(Sid Wayne/A. Manzanero)
12. It’s Over (17/Dinner)* 2:23
(Jimmie Rodgers)
13. The Impossible Dream (16/Midnight)* 2:34
(Mitch Leigh/Joe Darion)
14. A Big Hunk O’ Love (14/Midnight)* 2:06
(Aaron Schroeder/Sid Wyche)
15. An American Trilogy (14/Midnight) 4:33
(Mickey Newbury)
16. Can’t Help Falling In Love (15/Midnight) 1:39
(Hugo Peretti/Luigi Creatore/George Weiss)
17. Closing Riff (15/Midnight) 0:25
18. Until It’s Time For You To Go 3:50
(Buffy Sainte-Marie)
19. Polk Salad Annie 3:02
(Tony Joe White)
20. One Night 1:28
(Dave Bartholomew/Pearl King)
21. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4:15
(Paul Simon)
22. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy 2:07
(Lloyd Price)
23. I’ll Remember You 2:47
(Kuiokalaani Lee)
24. Suspicious Minds 5:31
(Mark James)

*Previously released
Recorded at The Hilton, Las Vegas.
Tracks 1-17: RCA recordings. February 14-17, 1972.
Tracks 18-24: A soundboard recording of the opening show January 26, 1972.
Source:EPE - Elvis Presley Enterprises

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Dan The Man wrote on February 21, 2007
Great News! What a spring we Elvis fans will have.
Tony D. wrote on February 21, 2007
I wonder if "Never been to Spain" will be the 'master' version or the one that was released on the '70's box set?! The 'master' version is still only available on the bootleg "The legend lives on" and "From Burbank to Vegas". Looks like the message board on elvis-collectors.com has been closed down!?
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on February 21, 2007
So does this mean this is all songs they have from feb recordings in multi track ? Glad to have multi track recordings,will buy this one!
thenexte wrote on February 21, 2007
Looks like a great release. In addition, these four Feb '72 tracks were released on "Writing for the King" last year: # Never Been to Spain (1972/02/14 Midnight show) # Love Me (1972/02/14 Midnight show) # Teddy Bear (1972/02/14 Midnight show) # Don't Be Cruel (1972/02/14 Midnight show) # A Big Hunk o' Love (1972/02/14 Midnight show)
MR61 wrote on February 21, 2007
not abad cd elvis at the hilton 72 well done ftd its a shame that afull concert wasnt taped but this will do me.
You Dont Know Me wrote on February 21, 2007
Hmm obviously here incomplete shows makes it pretty difficult to give us a whole 'new and unreleased CD' pity as 50% will have been heard before-thankfully they have a lot of the 15th Feb M/S unreleased here and few unheard versions of songs from 14th M/S. Given the lack of complete show i guess this is as good as we could expect and i look forward to this one because half i havn't heard at all and the rest fleshes out the release like a full concert with bonus tracks-should be another great release!
JerryNodak wrote on February 21, 2007
Multi track recordings from '72. Some unreleased. Release padded with soundboard recordings. Hmmm. I'll probably buy this one someday.
shaneleebrown wrote on February 22, 2007
There are only five previously released tracks here, folks. That's not bad going. If it was a classic albums series release you would be getting at least ten previously released tracks in order to get unreleased ones - and you'd still buy it. I'm assuming there is a lot of dialogue featured under "It's Impossible" - I don't fancy an extended version of that song, I have to say!
You Dont Know Me wrote on February 22, 2007
The other 'interesting' thing i'm noticing about Vegas concert recordings is the FTD running time...look how often we get it running for 64 minutes!!! certainly consistant running time to expect!
Tony D. wrote on February 22, 2007
You can't make a concert longer than it originally was!!?? Some of Elvis' shows were barely 50 minutes in lenght! The guys at FTD always include bonus tracks to boost the playing time, but they can't be expected to make every cd last for exactly 80 minutes!
Renan Augusto wrote on February 22, 2007
The soundboard tracks are in better sound than that we have in the bootleg Opening Night '72?
Rob Wanders wrote on February 22, 2007
definitely going to buy this one.
Ton Bruins wrote on February 22, 2007
Can't go wrong with this ! Early 1972 Elvis still good.
You Dont Know Me wrote on February 22, 2007
Yes its quite obvious that very similat to 'POLK SALAD ANNIE ' and on that release getting as much as possible of the 15th Feb M/S once again we are getting as much as possible that is 'new from 15th Feb 1972 M/S! proof being that we get all up to when tape recorder was 'stopped' and the recorder was obviously started again for An American Trilogy-thus 12 out of maybe 16 tracks that show WERE RECORDED! Quite simply we cannot get better than that, ok sessions 3 DOES indicate parts of 'help me make it through the night' were also recorded this season but whether we get to hear these 'parts' is uncertain.Fleshing out with ALL other different tracks-albeit heard before makes a tremendous release from this season-until now forever had been partially represented! I thoroughly support and recommend this release! Renan- how did you hear that the 26.1.72 tracks will be in better sound? certainly this would be most welcome!
FLY-TROUBLE! wrote on February 23, 2007
Finally we'll get a 'complete' show from february 1972,most likely in very good sound quality. The cover is simple,but tasteful. I will buy this definitely. Elvis was in great form during this Vegas stand and it's always great to get some unreleased multi-track live recordings,especially from an engagement like this. Otherwise,it's quite surprising that Felton recorded 'Also Sprach Zarathustra'. I don't think he thought then that RCA will release it. They wanted to release only a few 'new' tracks and not a complete show. It's a shame that they didn't record at least a few complete shows in that february. Just to save a few bucks. They were sooooooo cheapskate.... And stupid,too.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on February 23, 2007
Now for those of you (greg) who think im all about negative or not likeing something, i like this release ,i like the cover art,i will buy this for sure, great sounding multitrack recordings,i still say there should be a booklet with these releases,if the classic series gets them, these(the regular releases that few seem to pay attention too,cause they love them classic series disc)should also, notise greg didnt respond on this one,greg dont u like this release, greg greg, (joking, have fun all !
You Dont Know Me wrote on February 26, 2007
I agree FLY TROUBLE..i think it was David Briggs said about RCA -that they were the cheapest label ever for re-using tapes etc, well just think how much now they would be worth if heaps MORE tracks had been recorded in multi-track!!why they didn't even get common songs like 'help me make it through the night' from this season in multi-track, what a real shame!