FTD just released the August 3, 1969 D.S., yes the one that has been bootlegged a zillion times. Was it worth the effort?
With Elvis in this shape no-one can really mess up (just kidding, just look at some covers in the import list). FTD didn’t this time either. The booklet contains the necessary background information and is decorated with great live shots from the engagement and some beautiful color pics of the press conference.
This is what I wrote about the best outing of the show so far (The Return of a Prodigy):
“Since the FB (Fort Baxter) release was one of my favourite live shows, I first compared the sound of the two discs. This new outing sounds clearer than the Baxter disc, which sounds a bit muffled every now and then. Sometimes the new one sounds a bit too clear, especially when the Sweets are upfront (Hey Jude and What’d I Say sound a bit hard on the ears because of it).
Content wise this is one of my favourites because Elvis is very tight, he has a lot of fun between songs, but he hardly messes up lyrics with jokes or otherwise. Also the arrangements are a bit different from the later shows that were recorded by RCA. The orchestra is not that prominent, and I always liked just Elvis with the band the most.”
The sound of this FTD wins hands down. The balance between lows and highs is better and it appears that you can make out the different instruments better.
A great attempt by FTD, and certainly not only for those that missed the bootleg(s).