Live In Vegas

By LexMar 13, 2011
Live In Vegas

The recent “normal” FTD contains the August 26, 1969 Dinner Show. Is it something special?


Fasten your seatbelt, so you’re secured against falling from you chair: this regular FTD has a booklet!
The booklet contains various live shots from The King in action and very interesting liner notes by an eye-witness, Ann Moses Marino. Furthermore the booklet is decorated with memorabilia and a couple of shots from the press-conference late July.
Although the pictures are not of the best quality, it’s nice to have them all together like this.


What can I say about the show? I thought the whole week of something witty, but can’t come up with it. The 1969 shows are so similar to each other that it is hard to notice something special, except the obvious: the live version of Inherit The Wind.

We have many false starts in numerous Elvis-shows, but this one has a false end: just when you think Elvis finishes (a very short) Heartbreak Hotel, he raises his voice and does some more. Also the intro of Hound Dog is a bit different (and actually funny).

The show is, like most of this engagement, great, although I wish Elvis was a bit more serious, especially Memories gets less than it deserves.

The fact that Vic Anesini mixed the whole thing says enough about the sound quality: that is superb.


Live In Vegas brings another very entertaining show, but I can understand when people say that they think it is enough, since they are all more or less the same (too much).


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eric c (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 9, 2011report abuse
fantastic of the very best FTD has released.The sound is great....Elvis' voice was awesome and he wasn't bored with vegas was still a challenge.A Great CD.
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2011report abuse
I understand you Steve v and Jerry nodak maybe i should have said it earlier, well then now i did..better late than never huh?, to each his own.
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2011report abuse
Ehh Jamie , it's clear to me that you didn't understand my point of view towards JerryNodak, it was not even meant to attack JerryNodak , at some point i do understand what he's was trying to say, only thing is that i do not fully agree with him, but i however do respect his opinion because everyone is entiteld to his own opinion ,before you judge about someone's opinion Jamie i suggest you read it better if you would, and i was not even speaking to you.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2011report abuse
1969 at the time was great, especially RCA's album from Nov. 1969. I just played the August 21, 1969 show that was part of a 2 cd set sold only by Walmart. Walmart!, not FTD, so the price was very cheap. I couldn't get through it. The show was so similar to the other ones, you knew the jokes & dialog & song intros that were coming. Also too much clowning during songs. All in all, I really dont want another 1969 show, especially at FTD prices. Enough!
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2011report abuse
Hello Jesse Garon, if you really must dismiss another writer's views as "Hogwash!" it's probably best not to conclude by saying that you respect their opinion.
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2011report abuse
Yes your loss, i just simply do not agree with you what kind of sentence is :"It's just another '69 Vegas gig that's almost a mirror image of the previously released concerts from that time" hogwash! i can hear the diffrence, you can't..i can however... another date , another concert ,nothing is the same..period.But i do respect your opinion , to each his own.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 4, 2011report abuse
Jesse Garon: My loss? What have I lost? It's just another '69 Vegas gig that's almost a mirror image of the previously released concerts from that time. Pass!
Adams (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 4, 2011report abuse
Steve V - the other time Elvis was singing second verse of Hound dog is Las Vegas, February 15 1970 M.S. released by FTD as Polk salad Annie back in 2004.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 3, 2011report abuse
There was one 1969 show I had on cassette tape, I think it was very early on like Aug 2nd or 3rd. Elvis actually sang in Hound Dog, 'Well they said you were high class, well that was just a lie'. That is the only time (other than the 50's or 1961) I know of where I heard him sing this lyric. Now that IS different and a show I would buy. I love the 1969 shows but they are so similar I cannot tell one from another. If the sound and packaging are that good on this show, I may sell some of the other ones to buy this and just make it my representative 1969 play show.
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 3, 2011report abuse
Hello, I really like this CD. It is very similar to the other Las Vegas 1969 concerts. But that's no reason to keep it in an archive - if people find these concerts repetitive and don't want to buy this one then it's their prerogative to skip it. Unless my ears deceive me, the recent Elvis releases have as much sonic clarity as ever but they also seem to have a warmth that hasn't always been present. For example, the 'Elvis at the International' FTD release is in scorching hot sound but lacks the nuanced timbre of this latest release. I first noticed the change on the 'From Elvis in Memphis' legacy CDs. Ernst hinted in an interview that the engineers are now processing Elvis's masters using era-specific pre-amplifiers. Whatever the technicalities, I think the King's CD's are sounding pretty damn wonderful these days. Regarding Elvis's performance at the 26/8/69 dinner show, he's excellent. He's in very good humour and gives every impression of wanting to be on that stage performing. (Either that or he's acting way better than he did in 'Clambake' etc. ). His voice is arguably at its peak - rich, full of body, expressive and seemingly effortless. IMHO all of Elvis's 'Vegas performances are infected by the showroom setting and this show is no exception - so I'm afraid there are cheesey backing vocals and trite brass arrangements here. But if you know what the rules are with these August '69 gigs I think you'll find this is a top drawer sample of where Elvis's voice and career were at that time.
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 3, 2011report abuse
your loss i'm sure
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 2, 2011report abuse
I've got all the Elvis '69 Vegas I need. Pass.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 31, 2011report abuse
i had my doubts to buy this one, but i did and i must say; the show is really awesome and the soundquality is very very well. I dont like to listen to the same monologues anymore though, so I burned my own cd from this one without them; and put it in my ipod.
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 31, 2011report abuse
I will never get tired of Elvis buddy,not any show is the same,to each his own
James69 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 30, 2011report abuse
Jesse, I have listened to it, great release, but I am tired of shows from 1969, they are all the same! You like it? More power to you. If at least the 69 shows were different, I would be praising this cd too!
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 30, 2011report abuse
Did you listen to this cd at all Mr.James69? what's your point anyway, your comment makes no sense, and i don't need god to help to listen to this cd, this new FTD is allready in my favorite playlist,and why did you buy this cd if you expected the same?..which is not true, it's an unreleased concert.I agree with Tornado and others who praise this release.
James69 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 30, 2011report abuse
Tornado, did you actually listen to it??? How many 69 shows do we need to have??? Monologues more accurate??? Did you listen to the monologue on this cd??? Same thing word for word on the all the monologues of previous 69 cds.....God help all us all....
Dan The Man (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2011report abuse
Hi There. This is my BEST buy for a long time!!! This is Rock'nRoll at the Most.
lray (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 24, 2011report abuse
Good for you Orion. The Rick Nelson set is outstanding. I recently wrote a review on Amazon USA about it.
Orion (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 21, 2011report abuse
I recently picked up a two-CD of Rick Nelson live at the Troubador that was also recorded in 1969. It's a great show that I highly recommend, but what amazed me was the sound. It sounds amazing for a non-digital recording from 40+ years ago. Then this CD by our man arrived, and I must say that Vic has done this up right. This is a top notch release from start to finish. It's a great show, in amazing sound, and includes the booklet we've all been ripping on FTD for their lack of all these years. This one is a good as it gets. I cannot recommend it enough. Ernst, you can be proud of this one.
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 21, 2011report abuse
well said Tony and Santa. The bottom line is these recordings were not meant for release. we're lucky to have them.
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2011report abuse
Thnx benny scott,your reaction was the one i was hoping to get from you,i appreciate it very much, i always respect and enjoy your reactions, and indeed to each his own,it's my motto too ; ) you take care too my friend
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2011report abuse
Hey Jesse Garon, of course I didn't include you ! There is a big difference between giving an opinion and using strong language or attacking someone directly. I consider you as one of the guys who respect another's point of view. As for LIV : I bought it because I like the 1969-performances, but once again : I have no problem at all with fans who are not so keen on this material . It can't be said enough : to each his own !!! Take care Jesse . Al ways El.
tornado (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2011report abuse
The best sound for a 1969 live show so far. Classics not as rushed as in others, monologues a bit more accurate too in terms of datas... Wish we could get all the August 1970's shows soon.
Santa Claus (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2011report abuse
Steve V: Not everthing he did was Wow. But a 1969 multitrack show with an unique live-version of "Inherit The Wind" is one of the last Whows there are. And if you even skip this there are not much Whows for you in the can I'm afraid. So as I said .. you better switch to a stamp-collectors site to get away from the many disapointments in the years to come. And no, I won't bring it next christmas cause you are ... naughty :-). I'll keep it myself, listening to it over and over again on my sleigh-audio while I'm on my way to bring you some coal.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2011report abuse
Of course I understand that every Elvis concert was not the same in monologue way or dialogue way. Every Elvis show was different in some way, I understand that. The 69 shows are very good. By the way, those shows were not supposed to be released anyway. But now it's 2011 and we are happy to have the FTD label that will release every 69 show they have, no problem. For Elvis in 69 Vegas every day there was a "new" audience, so he did the same tracklist more or less every show. For a new audience no problem. I wish I could have been to one of those shows myself...but now, we look back in time and see that every show was more or less the same. So it's not the quality of the 69 shows I have problems with, only that we all can hear NOW that they were all the same. That counts for other shows in other years too. I think that's is just a missed change of Elvis to do different tracklists during his concert years. He knew and could sing so many different songs, but he just didn't. I don't blame him, but now we can see back in "history", it's a shame he didn't do much of a different tracklist. Of course I know he did sometimes, but surely not in 1969. That's my point. So, when a new release from another 1969 show is coming out, I am not so excited as I used to be...too much of the same for me...not saying it's bad....understand me well....
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2011report abuse
Ton Bruins you have the right to your opinion like everyone else and i do respect that,like is said i do understand you i wasn't attacking you( not even close) I see this concert like a another day out of Elvis's life, so therefore not every concert is the same to me, it's just how you look at it...To each their own.
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2011report abuse
benny scott in your last reaction i trusted you didn't mean to include me in the section of always's attacking or burst into a dispute or something like that,i Do respect anybody me..but if you don't agree on somebody reaction,you are free to express that,but it's not my intention to attack anyone unlike some others (hardly see them here anymore)
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2011report abuse
Geez dgirl you will not ever understand either,it's sure is an open( free) dialog,anybody can say whatever he thinks,just like Ton Bruins for example or santa Claus.. anybody..but if somebody's doesn't agree he or she can express that here and that is just exactly what i's allowed and not by any means to attack somebody.. it's just an opinion,and i do agree with santa claus and some other fans over here on this topic.And btw i did not attack anyone,everyone can say what he wants.And i understand you Ton Bruins.A great review of this cd can be read on the Official australian website.
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2011report abuse
Hi Natha, you described perfectly what ( probably) must have been Our Man's state of mind and I absolutely second your posting. As for FTD, we both are on the same track (once again): I purchased almost every FTD that was released so far, but, indeed :no doubles . Just like you I bought the book + Cd, so no need to buy the CD a second time . I gladly repeat one of my previous postings : it's great to communicate via this site with a lot of members and fans who respect each others points of view without bursting into disputes and strong language, and you sure are one of them ! There are (luckily) some others and and I know who they are . Wishing you and the other buddies all the best. Always El.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2011report abuse
Benny Scott, a very good reaction indeed. As usual! I like to listen to a series of performances as complete as possible. It gives me a full view of the time frame and the way Elvis was at that time. Right, he was human. And that makes it all the more important. In his early performances after his come back he was quite talkative. The reason for this, in my humble opinion, is to hide his insecurity. After all he was facing new crowds every day and he was not sure whether or not he could meet their expectations. Let's not forget he sort of remained the shy country boy/man. Later on he realized his value, but got easily bored as the real challenge was gone. And as you may be aware of, people need inspiration and challenge to perform at peek performance. I also support the FTD as long as they don't double things. Like the newest release that escaped: I bought the book + cd. So I don't buy that one. However, others dont have the book. They of course know that we don't buy double. So no news here. Have a nice Elvis sunday!
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2011report abuse
Steve : you're absolutely right, not everything was "wow" ! After all, he was human wasn't he ? with ups and downs like every human being . Tony C : I'm pretty sure Frenchy-2 wasn't aiming at you, but at least he/she could post a short answer to clear this matter . Ton Bruins : absolutely understandable point of view from you. Always El.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2011report abuse
I don't blame anybody and I am not negative. Those 69 shows are great I guess, but I always skip the "hits" and make a compilation CD'R of the highlights of those 69 shows. (the few surprises in the tracklist) like "Inherit The Wind", "Rubberneckin", "Words", "My Babe", "Runaway", "Reconsider Baby", "This Is The Story".. don't hate those shows, I only stated that all the shows are the same most of the time. But I like the songs I named before especially 69 Live..."I Can't Stop Loving You" is great too..My opinion is just that I have enough of those 69 shows in my cabinet now..I am still a fan...hahahahaha....for the record: I support the FTD label; I have most of them...
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2011report abuse
I do hope that Frenchy is not referring to my posting as always being negative, because if he/she is, then the point of everything I have wriiten has been missed or has simply being read in a completely different way. Whenever I complain, it is about the people who constantly ask for recordings that no longer exist or put every release down. If I do not want to buy something I never feel the need to post the information here, I don't think anybody is interested in what I don't buy.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2011report abuse
Santa Claus- please send it to me for Christmas. I promise I wont ever speak ill of anything ever gain regarding Elvis. All is great, every release is new & exciting. He never did wrong. Just please send it to me.
Santa Claus (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2011report abuse
Having an opinion is great. But if I don't have money to buy a record I don't feel like I have to express this here. If I'm bored by Elvis' shows or outtakes I don't feel like I have to express that here. This is a site for people who love our man and want to enjoy the music that's left for release. People who enjoy their hobby. If you are tired of outtakes and shows why don't you guys switch over to a stamp-collectors site and argue there how boring it is to pay for stamps over and over again and never get any postal service for it. This is silly and you probably would never do that. So why bothering us fans here? If you are poor or unsatisfied in your everyday life .. go somewhere else. If you are no longer able to enjoy a multi-track 1969 show in top-remastered sound with the addition of 'Inherit The Wind', go somewhere else. This site here is for those interested in the music and enjoying the music and not for those who already closed the Elvis-case. If you don't have the money to buy a CD don't disturb the joy of others. If you have the right to speak free this doesn't mean you always and constantly have to.
Dazman (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2011report abuse
Forgot to mention the BCD boot wrongly dates 'I Got A Woman' as the 22nd. Ah well glad it's out now.
Dazman (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2011report abuse
Frenchy-2 Ton's preference against buying this shouldn't stop any interested would be buyer. It wouldn't have stopped me because of the too many positives on LIV. In fact I just picked up my copy today. Generally speaking it is basically the same but specifically Elvis does seem more focused here with his banter somewhat less tedious than other shows before. My highlights are tracks 2, 7, 10 & 13 and they're just the unreleased tracks. Production-wise there's a welcome change in the track splicing with each track change commencing right on the first note of each song so no more embarrassing waffle to cringe at before the songs start. Interestingly this 'I Got A Woman' first appeared on the 'Behind Closed Doors' bootleg box many years ago. As a side note it's hard to know what show Anne Moses was reviewing. When she mentioned the songs "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "Johnny B. Goode" I thought it might've been the 24th D/S until she mentioned the "Mystery Train/Tiger Man medley which wasn't sang at either show that night. Just because the show might be basically similar doesn't always make it a cabinet filler. Go on treat yourselves!
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2011report abuse
Geez, a person is not 'wrong' because he has an opinion. If someone thinks these 69 shows are too similar, he/she is not wrong, thats an opinion. Thats what an open dialog is all about and thats what some Elvis fans will never understand. As for me, I love the 1969 shows, but may not buy this. They ARE all similar despite what one Elvis site review says. I cannot take hearing the monolog anymore and I cant take the Beatles medley anymore. As for Inherit The Wind and S Minds, well they are already available. My Babe is the only song of interest for me and not worth a full purchase price. As for FTD going out of business, please dont blame the fans that watch their money and dont feel its necessary to buy every release. Nothing lasts forever. Another insane comment.
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2011report abuse
Hi Frenchy-2, are you referring to Tony C or Ton Bruins ? I suppose you mean Ton Bruins ? Writing "Tony" could cause some misunderstanding . Tony C's posting are always worth reading, they alway give prove of common sense.
As for Ton Bruins : he absolutely has the right to express his opinion. If the '69 shows are not his cup of tea, well , that's OK with me, nothing wrong with it. It's a good thing we all don't have the same preferences and /or taste don't you think ? Nothing personal, let this be clear ! Have a nice weekend . Always El.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2011report abuse
Well Jesse Garon, I am not wrong, it's just my opnion. I am aware of the policy of the FTD label, nothing wrong with that and I understand that they will release every 69 show they can get their hands on. But again, 69 shows are not my cup of tea, that's all.
Santa Claus (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2011report abuse
Give me a Elvis song-list of an unreleased show and I date the show with a time-span of +/- one week. I can not guarantee that with any other artist. If you catalogue his shows and look closely, Elvis changed so much from engagement to engagement. Only because we already know everything for 30+ years and we are very familiar with most of the tapes doesn't mean Elvis was boring. That's the impression I get from some of those comments. Well, if you meant to stop collecting only because Elvis didn't sang 20 unreleased songs in every show just to get your bootleg-needs satisfied .. well, just stop collecting.
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2011report abuse
Anybody that has had enough 1969 live material could always take advantage of the opt-out policy that FTD offer. Take a look at the small print in the contact between fans and the FTD people and you will find that anybody is able to opt-out of a release by merely not buying it. Yes, it really is that simple! As for me, I want them all, even the snippets that were recorded to test the equipment before the recordings started properly.
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2011report abuse
Wrong you are Ton Bruins this i read on the Australian Elvis ( Official) Website :
" If you believe some fans, surely we've already heard enough 1969 Las Vegas concerts. Now that Live In Vegas: August 26, 1969 Dinner Show is available from FTD, let's take a closer look at their claims. Claim : If you've heard one 1969 show, you've heard them all"..... Verdict: FALSE" ...and then read the whole article that goes with it and then speak far as i'm concerned you don't listen or hear that good to this concert i hear new things, his dialogue is diffrent , the sound on those on this one is magic, don't trash this concert into the grond,because it doesn't deserve it,thank you.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2011report abuse
We must say another great show, but I have enough of those 69 shows..sorry...all the same...
You Dont Know Me (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 16, 2011report abuse
I agree as Lefty said its a marvelous release and i will make SPECIAL mention of the BEST Booklet ever produced by FTD so far...tremendous pleasure owning this great release!~
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 16, 2011report abuse
Humm, what did PT Barnum say?
Martin DJ (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 15, 2011report abuse
Don't hold your breath - no soundboards exist from this period...
Smile:-) (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 15, 2011report abuse
Oooops.......:-/ I did not se the mentioned Aug. 26 date... Thanks Tony:) I don't know why, but from the announcement of this release up until now, I was sure FTD was going to release the Aug. 3 concert (previously bootlegged by other labels). Anyway, someday the Aug. 3 soundboard must be released by FTD!
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 15, 2011report abuse
I agree, I would like to eventually be able to own all of the concerts that RCA recorded regardless of the track listing. Every performance is different, even if the songs are the same. It was mentioned earlier this this particular concert was recorded very early in the season, but it actually comes from very near the end. The 1969 engagement started on July 31st and ended on August 28th, RCA started taping on August 21st and finished on the 26th. This one is the first of two recorded on the 26th, the last day of taping.
FLASHBOY (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 15, 2011report abuse
The same or not i don't care i want all 1969 and 1970 concerts, bring them all hehe
Herman (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 14, 2011report abuse
Great release, thanks FTD ! I love the '69 live shows a lot and I will wait for the rest.
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 14, 2011report abuse
def on my list!
Smile:-) (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 14, 2011report abuse
People are right about the standard setlist during this triumphant return to LV, but this show actually stands out as somewhat DEFFERENT! Simply due to the fact that it is one of the first shows of the season. He had an slightly differnet approach to the songs and the arrangements were different than later in the season. If you are tired of the nearly identical (high quality) shows documented towards the end of the season, this show is a pleaser! An important concert since it is the first recorded manifest of Elvis' live-return. A mandatory official FTD release. I will surely buy this, but I would like to hear a more precise comparasion between this release and the latest import relase soundwise.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 14, 2011report abuse
Lefty,thank you for your appreciated comments. I also enjoyed it. Who cares that the story line is similar to the others. Let's not forget, Elvis was not playing in a soap series. He was performing for the audience present. Maybe a few people back then heard it a couple of times, yet the shows must have been overwhelming. It is very different when we hear those recordings 40+ years later.
Lefty (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 14, 2011report abuse
It's hard to fault such an excellent CD. For the Elvis fans that enjoy collecting his concert recordings, this is about as good as it gets! I'd have to say this one of the best FTD releases to date! The sound has been expertly mastered by Vic Anesini. You can clearly hear every single instrument. The show has punch and a lot of energy. The packaging is top notch. The booklet and overall artwork is fantastic. I really like this CD. I have all of the other official label 69 releases, and everyone is correct, the song list and monologue is virtually the same. Gator-Aid, Wa-Wa, the hound dog story, Ed Sullivan saying "som-bitch" and so's all there. However, the show as a whole is worth listening too, and when I'm in the mood to hear Elvis rock out in 1969, this CD will get a frequent spin in my player.
tigerpawl (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 13, 2011report abuse
All Shook Up Midnight Show and Collectors Gold Disc 3 same material. Like the photo on cover but I also like the original title but we have to politically correct now a days not to offend anyone.

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