Heavy Times

By ElvisNews.com / KeesJun 21, 2007
Heavy Times
Released on the young MFX label are two concerts from January 1971. Their previous release wasn’t very memorable, will this one be remembered? Design Like their previous release the artwork looks “home made”, you can see the cutting of the images, low quality of printing and the liner notes, although entertaining and informative, are presented using several hard to read fonts on a dark background. On the plus side, the producers found some great images. Content For this fourth season in The International in Las Vegas Elvis added the now famous 2001 theme to the show and deleted “Can’t Help Falling In Love” in favour of “The Impossible Dream” as the closing theme. This Vegas season was the first that showed Elvis losing interest. The shows were fast and short. Short on the hotel management's order, since Elvis kept the audience from the gambling tables. This enables this release to capture two of these shows on one disc, the January 28, 1971 midnight show and the January 29, 1971 dinner show. Both shows are pretty identical with the exception of a handful of songs Elvis performed only at one of the two shows. Although Elvis may have lost his drive these two shows show him full throttle, he blasts through his set list, with his band setting the tempo. Due to the fact that he sounded strong this isn’t really a problem listening to these shows. The rockers rock and the ballads, like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” are a nice resting point along the way. The trip is not a quality ride, but it gets you there in a pretty entertaining way. The “Teddy Bear” is too fast and a “Snowbird” tries to keep up but Elvis slows it down, but he needs three attempts to get it started and get away with it. Still the shows contain enough of my personal favourites like "Sweet Caroline", "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me", "Something" and "Johnny B Goode" to enjoy this ride. The January 28, 1971 MS was previously released on "Lean, Mean And Kickin' Butt"while the January 29, 1971 DS previously saw the light on the import release entitled "Snowbird". See our reviews of those releases for details on the shows. Conclusion The audio quality is surprisingly good, but it is not a top notch soundboard. Together with the tempo of the show it wasn’t a punishment to listen to this release for a review. The new MFX label improved their output considerably with this release. This set will get another spinin the CD player. Track listing: 01. 2001 Theme / 02. That's All Right / 03. I Got A Woman / 04. Love Me Tender / 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me / 06.Sweet Caroline / 07. You've Lost That Loving Feeling / 08. Polk Salad Annie / 09. Johnny B Goode / 10. Something / 11. The Wonder Of You / 12. Heartbreak Hotel / 13. Blue Suede Shoes / 14. Hound Dog / 15. One Night / 16. Teddy Bear / 17. Suspicious Minds / 18. The Impossible Dream / 19. That's All Right / 20. I Got A Woman / 21. Love Me Tender / 22. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me / 23. Sweet Caroline / 24. You've Lost That Loving Feeling / 25. Polk Salad Annie / 26. Johnny B Goode / 27. Something / 28, Heartbreak Hotel / 29. Blue Suede Shoes / 30.Teddy Bear /31.Hound Dog /32.Snowbird /33.The Impossible Dream.
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Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 13, 2007report abuse
Due to lack of space they edited out the Opening Vamp and the intros before and after Johnny B.Goode on the second show. At least they could have mentioned it somewhere. Bad style.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 22, 2007report abuse
Knowing the labels of the originals, I would rather go for a CDR copy of those if I couldn't lay my pawns on them (and I didn't have them already :-)). Well... it serves a market obviously, otherwise they wouldn't be here. Gladly we still have quality labels like Madison and Southern Comfort.
FLY-TROUBLE! (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 22, 2007report abuse
Interestingly the reviewer forgot to mention,that both shows are slightly incomplete on this CD. It's a cheap crap. If you buy CD's like this,then we'll get almost only below average releases in the future.
B_H (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 22, 2007report abuse
"Wayup" - maybe the name is referring to the bored attitude Elvis seemed to have during this 71' Vegas season? I'm not sure, but there are a lot more wicked titles out there =)
wayup (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 21, 2007report abuse
Ehm... what exactly "heavy times" term mean? I checked the dictionary and there is no such connection of word HEAVY and TIMES. Was Elvis fat or "heavy" already in 71? Just curious...
Dorulet (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 21, 2007report abuse
Well... i found the CD quite good... of course, it could have been better if the would of released a new concert (or two new concerts), but i'll settle with these two (although i already had the bootlegs with these 2 shows).

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