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Vegas Variety Volume 9

March 19, 2012 | Music

Just released is Rainbow Records' Vegas Variety Volume 9, bringing the complete performance of December 11, 1976 Dinner Show at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Nevada.

Rainbow Records is able to deliver the third to last Las Vegas performance Elvis ever did. This time the guys from RR managed to obtain the original cassette tape with a recording from this very evening. The fan who recorded the show in 1976 knew exactly how to do it and used two microphones and a very good recorder – so you can expect to hear the show in really good sound. Probably even listenable for the “I don´t like audience recordings” guys out there, who knows?
Anyhow - it is important for many Elvis-Fans to have just about every show Elvis ever did in their collection. Unfortunately there is no soundboard or professional recording available for every show. But still we are fortunate enough to hear most of the concerts because of the private recordings many fans did when they visited Elvis in Las Vegas and on his many tours. Those recordings might sound a bit rough to some ears but they are what they are: A document of Elvis´ big output of live performances.
As usual a very high quality booklet comes with this release. It has a lot of rare pictures from exactly this show (Dec. 11, 1976 DS) and information covering the magic of Elvis and Las Vegas back in December of 1976 on its 16 pages.

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra
02. C. C. Rider
03. I Got A Woman/Amen
04. Love Me
05. You Gave Me A Mountain
06. Rip It Up (part)
07. O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never
08. Blue Suede Shoes
09. Help Me (with false start)
10. Elvis dedicates 'My Way' to Mr. & Mrs. Beaulieu
11. My Way
12. Introduction of Mr. & Mrs. Beaulieu
13. Band Introductions
14. Early Mornin' Rain
15. What'd I Say
16. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt)
17. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff)
18. Piano Solo (Tony Brown)
19. Happy Birthday to Tony Brown
20. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs)
21. Love Letters
22. School Day
23. School Day (reprise)
24. Hurt
25. Dialogue
26. Hawaiian Wedding Song
27. Can't Help Falling In Love
28. Closing Vamp

Ciscoking wrote on March 19, 2012
Heaven thanks a decent release after turkeys like Blue Owl In Greensboro, Elvis Rocks Auburn, Elvis Rocks Montgomery.. International Tiger Man..etc...one of the best shows from this Vegas stand..
Lefty wrote on March 20, 2012
What a weird press release! This show is from close to the end of the Vegas era. I read that by the time Elvis left Vegas for good, he hated the town. No wonder, being that he was enslaved to it. I trust Ciscoking's assessment. Too bad it's an AR because I am one of those "I don't like audience recordings" guys.
Ciscoking wrote on March 20, 2012
Prissy`s parents were in the audience..a reason for Elvis to forget the Vegas boredom... the MS of this day was even better..
japio wrote on March 20, 2012
Cisco can yo tell me what's the sound of this. Thanks in advance. It's woth to buy?
Ciscoking wrote on March 20, 2012
The sound is not bad..there are worse..but there are also better ones ..of course. All in all it`s o.k..
You Dont Know Me wrote on March 21, 2012
Yes i got a HURT sound sample and this release is 'ok' show 'ok' and sound 'ok' BUT i felt the earlier Vegas variety#2 or whatever of this days M/S was a much more interesting release. This release is 'ok' but NOT essential.
Ciscoking wrote on March 21, 2012
MS from this day is probably the best of this stand...yes..but the DS was not bad either..
Jerome wrote on March 21, 2012
How many volumes will they release? Hopefully they aren't half way yet!!..
Boxcar wrote on March 22, 2012
Cisco .. a little off topic ... why are Auburn and Montgomery turkeys?
Ciscoking wrote on March 22, 2012
Compare it with quality..and you know what I mean..