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I'll Remember You


I'll Remember You
Rock Legends CD 1006
Show date:
1972/09/04 D.S.
Las Vegas


Opening Theme
See See Rider
Johnny B. Goode
Until It's Time For You To Go
You Don't Have Tto Say You Love Me
Polk Salad Annie
Elvis walk and talks
What Now My Love
Love Me
Blue Suede Shoes
Heartbreak Hotel
All Shook Up
Love Me Tender
Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel
Little Sister/ Get Back
Hound Dog
I'll Remember You
Walk That Lonesome Road (by J.D. Summer & the Stamps)
Suspicious Minds
Band introductions
For The Good Times
A Big Hunk O' Love
You Gave Me A Mountain
Can't Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp
(Live, September 4th, 1972, Dinner Show)
Bonus songs:
Rock My Soul
You Better Run
(Live, March 29, 1977, Alexandria)


The year "1972" did not come with great happiness for Elvis. Around the Christmas holidays, Priscilla had announced she was leaving him, and it showed in his songs and in some cases like this one, his performances. Don't take me wrong, this is not a bad performance, just not as much energy is felt here, as in past shows. With all of this in mind, it is a pretty good show from his Sept. 4, 1972 booking in Vegas. The show starts with a good version of "C.C. Rider", and keeps up the pace with a great rendition of "Johnny B. Goode" right after it. This is unique when considering Elvis didn't do these two songs back to back very often.
Then comes a decent version of "Until It's Time For You To Go, a "Buffy Sainte-Marie" song he had picked up during his June sessions at Nashville's "Studio B". Next, he does a rundown of songs that were to become staples of the "Presley show" in years to come. "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me", and "Polk Salad Annie" are done well, but nothing to compare to the "Madison Square Garden" versions, of that year. A bright spot in this concert is the song "What Now My Love", which he does a great job on, and didn't do that often in concert . I think it is almost as good as the "Aloha from Hawaii" version. Of course, the sound of this disc is nowhere near the quality of others we have grown used to. Sometimes during songs you are overcome with too much piano, guitar, bass guitar, or drums. There was not a very good job done on the engineering of this recording. After "What Now My Love", we go back to the usual song lineup which includes "Fever", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Heartbreak Hotel", etc. Pretty much the normal rundown of the ‘72 Presley shows by now.

One of the exciting aspects of this concert is the song "Walk that Lonesome Road", which features "J.D. Sumner and The Stamps", This is a song JD wrote and he really gets to "work out" his bass vocals on this. Next up is a "routine" version of "Suspicious Minds", nothing special on this song. Just "Business" as usual. After this, Elvis introduces his group of musicians and singers, and then acknowledges a fan club from England, that is in the audience. He then does his version of the "Ray Price" hit "For the Good Times". It is a fair version, but nothing here to get excited about. A great version of "A Big Hunk of Love" follows, and after this he does one of his first renditions of "You Gave Me a Mountain" a "Marty Robbins" song he had picked up back at the beginning of the year. He closes, of course with "Can't Help Falling in Love", from "Blue Hawaii". This is not as flashy as most of his 1972 shows, but clearly not a bad show.

I think this just shows that maybe Elvis was already getting bored with his "private" and "public" life, maybe even as far back as ‘72. But, overall this is a decent show, and I would recommend it to the true collector. After all, it is a soundboard recording and I have heard some concerts with far less quality(some in my own collection) that received better reviews. So it all boils down to what you like, and if you like Elvis from ‘72, then get this one! I don't think you'll be disappointed!

Review by Andy Norman

8 / 10