"Elvis 'Live in Las Vegas' Set Is Simply Sensational"
Live In Las Vegas
- Lavish New BMG 4CD Box Set
Reviewed by Nigel
In the past few years we have seen so many releases
around Elvis' Vegas years (particularly 1969-70) that it is hard
to believe that BMG could come up with anything new or interesting.
BUT THEY HAVE!
This release is a lavish affair. A stunning silver,
black and white cover is complemented by 89 recordings and a superbly
detailed 32 page booklet. Of the 89 recordings, 53 are released
for the first time and many are classic Elvis.
On disc 2, for example, are great renditions of 'There
Goes My Everything', 'Just Pretend' and 'You've Lost That Lovin'
Feeling', while on disc 4 some of the stand-out tracks are 'My Boy',
And I Love You So' and 'I'm Leavin'. Disc 1 is simply full of great
The inclusion of several versions of the same song (eg.
Suspicious Minds, Love Me Tender and Hound Dog) allows the listener
to compare versions and pick up differences in Elvis' delivery and
mood on different nights. Elvis' humour is apparent on several tracks
and his banter with the crowd is always worth listening to.
Tracks of historical interest include 'When The Snow
Is On The Roses', 'You're The Reason I'm Living', 'Trying' To Get
To You', 'Money Honey', 'Elvis Talks About His Career' and 'Men
With Broken Hearts'. The inclusion of the New Frontier recordings
from 1956 will please many fans.
Admittedly, several of the tracks suffer from not being
of first rate audio quality but this is a small nuisance considering
the vast breadth of great material on this box set.
The 32 page booklet is full of rare photos, a great
history lesson on Elvis and Vegas by Colin Escott and detailed recording
date for all tracks on the box set.
If you don't have any of the new The Way It Is material
this is a must buy box set. Collectors will relish it also.
Verdict: Live In Las Vegas - another fitting
tribute from BMG to the world's greatest entertainer!
Copyright EIN - April 20, 2003