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The Spirit Of Sin City

June 18, 2007 | Music
Here is the press release on the new Czech Memory Records label release "The Spirit Of Sin City" which contains the August 13, 1972 Dinner Show as recorded from the audience in Las Vegas.

Word from producers

The forthcoming "Memory Records" label CD release is entitled "The Spirit Of Sin City". Over the 8 years that Elvis played stints in Las Vegas, his view of these engagements changed noticeably. His initial enthusiasm, so evident in 1969-70, developed into solid concert routines thru 1971-73. In August 1974 the boredom began to set. In 1975-76 Elvis had been heard often to say: "I hate Las Vegas". This sentence unfortunately summarizes all the missed artistic opportunity of Elvis’ last years. He called Las Vegas "The Sin City". This CD presents Elvis at his very best during that Summer of '72. Taken from a high quality audience recorded tape, this August 13th recording shows the unbelievable versatility and vocal ability of this 37 year old singer. After an energetic opening with three fast songs in row, the pace slows to include ballads like "Until It's Time For You To Go" and "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" which is performed just as well as in the 1970 "That's The Way It Is" movie. "For The Good Times" is one of Elvis' most "personal songs" and he always performs it well, this show is no exception. Another highlight of this concert is "My Way".

Several bonus tracks taken from the August 26, 1972 dinner show was added. None of these tracks were performed in the main concert presented on this CD. We hope that Elvis fans will catch a glimpse of Elvis Presley in August 1972 from this CD not only as the world's biggest star but also in the REAL performing spirit of Las Vegas, with the intensity of the spirit of both the loved and hated Sin City.

All these recordings were taken from early generation copies of the original master tapes recorded by members of the audience. All tracks were digitally restored in June and July 2006 for your best possible listening pleasure. All accompanying photographs were taken during August 1972 Las Vegas engagement.

Tracks: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C.C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman /Amen (medley) - 04. Proud Mary - 05. Until It's Time For You To Go - 06. You've Lost That Loving Feeling - 07. Polk Salad Annie- 08. Monologue - 09. What Now My Love (with false start) - 10. Fever - 11. Love Me - 12. Blue Suede Shoes - 13. One Night (incomplete) - 14. All Shook Up (with 2 false starts) - 15. Heartbreak Hotel - 16. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 17. Hound Dog (incl. excerpt of "Ave Maria") - 18. For The Good Times - 19. Suspicious Minds - 20. Band Introductions - 21. My Way - 22. An American Trilogy - 23. A Big Hunk Of Love - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp.

Bonus tracks (recorded in Las Vegas, August 26, 1972, Dinner show): 26. Johnny B. Goode - 27. I'll Remember You - 28. Little Sister / Get Back (medley) - 29. You Gave Me A Mountain - 30. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (medley).

Approx. running time: 73:06
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on June 19, 2007
Vegas Vegas Vgegas,yawn!
Santa Claus wrote on June 19, 2007
1972, 1972, 1972, yawn!
Santa Claus wrote on June 19, 2007
audience, audience, audience, yawn!
PaulFromFrance wrote on June 19, 2007
Audience, 1972, Vegas, Yawn !
Harvey Alexander wrote on June 19, 2007
Who buys these things?
wayup wrote on June 19, 2007
Well not me ... but these MEMORY CDs are still different league, compared to other audience CDs released. The sound is always restored, there are nice booklets and design attempts. So such CDs are welcomed by many, I understand this. Pls Elvis in 72 from good sounding audience tape is more than ACCEPTABLE too. Also I see NOTHING WRONG with Elvis in Vegas, Mature.
Taprik wrote on June 19, 2007
Come on people! I visit this site on a daily basis – it’s simply the best when trying to keep up with the news in the Elvis world. What makes me sad and angry, are all of those unncessary comments from people who obviously have no business at a site like this. I mean ”Vegas…yawn”. ”1972…yawn”. Shape up, and take your negativity somewhere else!
Jerome wrote on June 19, 2007
Elvis was steamrolling in 72, real solid concerts.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on June 19, 2007
If people want every vegas recording including audiance then knock yourself out,theres more exciting material too get in my oppion, whats sad is its just peoples oppions no more .no less,why be angry? lol
Harvey Alexander wrote on June 20, 2007
But we've already had much better recordings of '72 concerts. Why would anyone need more? Same songs in the same order recorded by someone in the audience - no thanks. I've never been impressed by any of these Memory CDs. Flashy covers but boring audience recordings on the CD. Not for me.