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Grand Roulette At The Sahara

November 23, 2008 | Music

The next release from the Czech Memory Records will be "Grand Roulette At The Sahara". It contains a previously unreleased audience recording of Elvis' May 6, 1973 midnight show. The accompanying photographs in the booklet were taken between February and July 1973. The approximate running time is 56:54 minutes.

The press release:

As recorded live in Lake Tahoe, Nevada; at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel showroom, May 6th, 1973 - Midnight show. The forthcoming "Memory Records" label CD release is entitled "Grand Roulette At The Sahara".

In 1973, Elvis appeared at Del Webb‘s Sahara Tahoe hotel for the second time since July/August 1971, and his concerts were an even bigger succes this time, with all tickets being sold out in advance. This CD features the previously unreleased Midnight show from May 6th, 1973. It’s a rather typical set with no real surprises, but nevertheless Elvis is in fine fettle and gives a strong and entertaining show for an enthusiastic crowd.

The setlist is fairly similar to "Aloha From Hawaii", with flawless performances of "Steamroller Blues", "You Gave Me A Mountain", "What Now My Love" and "I'll Remember You" being particular highlights. Other strong performances include a haunting "I'm Leavin'", a majestic "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and the surprising addition of "It's Over", just before the show’s conclusion. Even if this not the greatest concert ever by 'The King', it is nevertheless much more than just a professional "casino show routine" – it’s the world's greatest entertainer running his grand roulette at the Sahara Tahoe hotel.

This previously unreleased recording was taken from an early generation copy of the original master tape, as recorded by a member of the audience. All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure. All accompanying photographs were taken between February and July 1973.


  1. Also Sprach Zarathustra
  2. C. C. Rider
  3. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley)
  4. Love Me Tender
  5. Steamroller Blues
  6. Surrender (excerpt) / You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
  7. You Gave Me A Mountain
  8. Love Me
  9. Blue Suede Shoes
  10. Heartbreak Hotel
  11. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (medley)
  12. Hound Dog
  13. I'm Leavin'
  14. Fever
  15. What Now My Love
  16. Suspicious Minds
  17. Band Introductions
  18. I'll Remember You
  19. I Can't Stop Loving You
  20. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  21. A Big Hunk O'Love
  22. It's Over
  23. Can't Help Falling In Love
  24. Closing Vamp.
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Ronaldv wrote on November 23, 2008
Nice cover from our Czech friends! An unreleased show from 1973 is welcome to me, too bad it is not a tour concert. Maybe next time guys? I hope it is comparable to the released cd high sierra fever, may 7th 1973 (in 2007). He did great shows in lake tahoe.
Jerome-the-third wrote on November 23, 2008
yes! Surrender is on it! What a rarity! Oh no, it's just an excerpt..
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on November 23, 2008
He did play vegas and tahoe alot didnt he,wow i would have been bored also,i am not interested in this release,and the artwork is not so great in my view!
Ciscoking wrote on November 23, 2008
The sound is o.k....the show is average but still on a high level....it`s a nice addition to any collection..
Coronel Parker wrote on November 23, 2008
benny scott wrote on November 23, 2008
Ciscoking, in the past I had a couple of disappointing experiences with audience recordingson imports. How come you know the sound of this CD is ok, as it still has to be released? I'd appreciate any information. Thanks in advance. Always El.
You Dont Know Me wrote on November 24, 2008
This is a very 'worthwhile' to your Elvis collection-listenable and ok sound and nice art-work-great!
Ciscoking wrote on November 24, 2008
I happen to know the source.....
benny scott wrote on November 24, 2008
Ciscoking and You Dont Know me : thanks for the info ! Always El.
Greg Nolan wrote on November 24, 2008
I've been fortunate enough to hear a sample from this new "Grand Roulette" of a rip-roaring rendition of "Steamroller Blues"! Sounds fantastic ! Guess this will be on my Christmas Wish List for Santa! And, no, it never ends, people! Or at least it seems like that! Keep 'em coming, importers!
BBManTwo wrote on November 26, 2008
What do others think of this CDs quality? How about Steve? MaturePal? Greg?Nathan?Lynda? Elvislives72? Lex? Ton? Jerome ? Obviously 73 was not a bad show year with some new songs E added but it remains to be seen. Was EP in a good mood that day ? Did he do the excerpt of Surrender like in Vegas 69 before singing Reconsider Baby or Lonsome Tonite? And yes, many of us are wondering what to expect from FTD next year. Is it so complicated for the norwegian guy to send out a informative letter to fan clubs and mags? Lynda is right, the man is not up to commercial worlwide standards when it comes to communication. Somebody pays him too much for sometimes lousy and sloppy work. But so are his bosses, I'm afraid ! Obviously, the only way this can change for the better is when Sillerman steps in and CKXE acquires Elvis' complete music catalogue and let experienced marketing people who are elvis fans, run it !