The Return To Vegas 1969 Soundboard Concert CD from FTD
This is the official release of the soundboard recording that Joan Deary planned as a double album release back in the late seventies. It's the earliest known professional recording from Elvis' 1969 engagement in Las Vegas. The original tape box has 'opening night' written on the back, but that's not the real date. Some experts believe it's from August 3, but we have no information whatsoever to suggest a certain date.
However, the arrangements seem to suggest that this show is definitely several days earlier than the shows RCA recorded from August 20 and onwards. Why Joan Deary edited and mastered this for release is another mystery, since she of course had all the shows RCA recorded on 8-track tape with audio in substantially better quality. This release comes in a 7" digi-pack with a 12-page booklet, featuring great photos from the collections of Steve Barile & Jim Patino, and a foreword by Ken Sharp.
'The Return To Vegas' CD
FTD 128 (506020-975071) BAR CODE: 5060209750712
01 Blue Suede Shoes 2:20
02 I Got A Woman 3:20
03 All Shook Up 3:07
04 Love Me Tender 2:38
05 Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel 2:44
06 Heartbreak Hotel 2:22
07 Hound Dog 4:48 3:57
08 Memories 3:12
09 Mystery Train / Tiger Man 5:26
10 Monologue 3:59
11 Baby, What You Want Me To Do 3:04
12 Are You Lonesome Tonight? 3:15
13 Yesterday / Hey Jude 5:11
14 Introductions 4:39
15 In The Ghetto 4:14
16 Suspicious Minds 8:21
17 What'd I Say 4:30
18 Can't Help Falling In Love 2:30
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.