FTD - Elvis Las Vegas Hilton 1973

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In the 5 "format, the FTD-Label released this double CD in june 2021. This set includes two shows recorded at the Las Vegas Hilton: the midnight show on August 20 and the additional show on September 2. 1973 at 3:00 in the morning (!) Because of the enormous demand for tickets, it was decided to add an extra show to the schedule.

It was season No. 9 for Elvis, in the summer of 1973. With no less than 58 concerts. On bass this time not Jerry Sheff but Emory Gordy. He was already working in the studio with Elvis in March 1972. Jerry had some personal problems in 1973 and put himself on hold for a while. Hence, Emory came into the picture to take Jerry's place. He would be on stage with Elvis from April to September 1973, after which Duke Bardwell would take over until Jerry returned. Furthermore, it was during this season that Elvis decided to stop wearing a cape. Some fanatic fans almost pulled Elvis off the stage by clinging to the cape ...

As for Elvis' repertoire, there were many times when Elvis was in a very humorous mood. Even had the giggles several times. Just listen to the CD released some years ago on the FTD label "Closing Night". Yes, closing night of this season, of which FTD is now releasing two extra shows. Despite these crazy moods, Elvis brings songs brilliantly several times. As there are The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Steamroller Blues, Trouble, Help Me Make It Trough The Night, a steamy version of Mystery Train / Tiger Man etc. A song that really stands out this season is My Boy. Elvis really does this in a sublime way. But very different things were going on behind the scenes. Elvis expressed on stage his displeasure with the fact that the Hilton management was going to fire Mario. An employee of the Hilton. The Colonel did not accept that, this open criticism of the Hilton management, after which Elvis became extremely frustrated and informed the Colonel that he had been fired and started looking for another manager. It wasn't until weeks later that Elvis reconsidered his decision. Much to the delight of Vernon, who feared massive damage claims from Parker. Photos of these shows were released in 2002 in the excellent book Caught In A Trap, taken by Laurens Van Houten. By the way, the photo on the cover of this CD is by his hand. A photo showing Elvis carrying a toy monkey on his back. The stage suits Elvis wore during this period were The Black Spanish Flower Suit, The Light Blue Flowers Suit and the suit that would later become known as the Memphis 1974 Suit. After Elvis ended his series of gigs at the Hilton, he stayed in Las Vegas with his new girlfriend Linda Thompson, among others, for a few weeks to enjoy themselves. He was spotted at a Tom Jones show during that period.

So again a great CD-set on the beloved FTD Label: Elvis Las Vegas Hilton 1973

 

Disc 1 - August 20, 1973 (midnight show)

 

1. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)

2. See See Rider

3. I Got A Woman / Amen

Love Me

5. Steamroller Blues

6. You Gave Me A Mountain

7. Trouble

8. Blue Suede Shoes

9. Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lot-ta Shakin 'Goin' On / Mama Don't Dance / Flip, Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog

10. Love me Tender

11. Fever

12. What Now My Love

13. Suspicious Minds

14. Introductions by Elvis

15. My Boy

16. Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)

17. American Trilogy

18. Mystery Train / Tiger Man

19. Help Me Make It Through The Night

20. How Great Thou Art

21. Can't Help Falling In Love

 

Disc 2 - September 2, 1973 (3AM show)

 

1. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)

2. See See Rider

3. I Got A Woman / Amen

Love Me

5. Steamroller Blues

6. You Gave Me A Mountain

7. Trouble

8. Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lot-ta Shakin 'Goin' On / Mama Don't Dance / Flip, Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog

9. Love me Tender

10. Fever

11. What Now My Love

12. Suspicious Minds

13. Introductions by Elvis

14. Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)

15. American Trilogy

16. Mystery Train / Tiger Man

17. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

18. How Great Thou Art

19. Can't Help Falling In Love

 

 

 

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