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Las Vegas Dinner Show Feb. 15 1973

Published by Elvis CD Collectors Gold in CD · 1/10/2019 09:18:00
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As recorded at the Hilton Hotel showroom in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 15th, 1973, Dinner Show.

These concerts were recorded using a 1972 portable Sony high-end cassette recorder equipped with two microphones. The microphones were placed apart from each other in the balcony seating, behind the mixing desk of sound engineer Bill Porter. Usually, such tapes are called a booth recordings" and often are used for mixing in with a multi-track recording to obtain full depth of the sound. However, we call them "TWO-MIKE AMBIENCE LIVE RECORDINGS" - because that's precisely what they are!

February 15th, 1973 Dinner show. Elvis had the flu and appeared on stage against his doctor's advice. There was no Midnight show on this day. He was trying hard, but after seven songs he called the Stamps to the spotlight to sing a couple of gospels, and left the stage. During that time Charlie Hodge - true professional as always - introduced each song, adding a couple of jokes too. Elvis returned after some 20 minutes, and apologized for his voice problems. He finished with "Can't Help Falling In Love" and he was about to leave the stage, but he suddenly decided that this would disappoint his fans. To the audience's surprise, he continued the show and tried to make up for his restricted vocal abilities with several rare performances. "Faded Love" is the very first known live-performance of his 1970 country-rocker, while country weeper "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is sung on stage for the last time. "Polk Salad Annie" was performed only twice in 1973 (listen to the only other live-version on 2009's Straight Arrow's release "A Change Of Mind"!). During "An American Trilogy" Elvis changed the lyrics to: "Oh I wish I was - in the doctor's office" but otherwise sung a straight version of the song. Finally "Can't Help Falling In Love" was performed for the 2nd time and that made this show even more special. We decided to add an edit of post-concert fan's comments related to this show for historic reasons, too.

[01] Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:00
[02] See See Rider 3:09
[03] I Got A Woman - Amen 3:11
[04] Love Me Tender 2:34
[05] You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 2:10
[06] Steamroller Blues 2:51
[07] You Gsve Me A Mountain 3:29
[08] Fever 2:47
[09] Walk That Lonesome Road (by JD and The Stamps) 3:19
[10] Sweet Sweet Spirit (by JD and The Stamps) 3:15
[11] When It's My Time (by Bill Bass) 4:07
[12] How Great Thou Art (by JD and The Stamps) 5:18
[13] Crucified (by JD and The Stamps Quartet) 4:47
[14] Can't Help Falling In Love 2:32
[15] Faded Love 3:08
[16] I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 2:58
[17] Polk Salad Annie 3:14
[18] An American Trilogy 5:09
[19] Can't Help Falling In Love 1:41
[20] Closing Vamp/td 1:15

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