IPB

Welcome Guest ( Log In | Register )


 
Reply to this topic Start new topic
 BLAZING INTO THE DARKNESS, Released by Premier in 1999
 
Tigerman
post May 27 2005, 10:24 PM
Post #1


Down in the Jungle Room
********

Group: Special Members
Member No.: 2
Joined: 27-May 05
Posts: 4,779
From: Krak des Chevaliers



(IMG:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v669/Oeien/frontbitd.jpg)
BLAZING IN TO DARKNESS
Las Vegas, August 12 1972 Dinner Show

01 See See Rider
02 I Got A Woman
03 Until It’s Time For You To Go
04 You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
05 You've Lost That Loving Feeling
06 Polk Salad Annie
07 What Now My Love
08 Fever
09 Love Me
10 Blue Suede Shoes
11 One Night
12 All Shook Up
13 Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
14 Heartbreak Hotel
15 Hound Dog
16 Love Me Tender
17 Suspicious Minds
18 Introductions
19 My Way
20 American Trilogy
21 Can't Help Falling In Love

Many regard this as one of the best 72 vegas gigs.
My way is the golden track on this album, plain beutiful.


--------------------



The outer limit of your potential is determined solely by your own beliefs and your own confidence in what you think is possible
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
stefan
post Jul 12 2005, 06:45 AM
Post #2


Down in the Jungle Room
Group Icon

Group: Moderators
Member No.: 10
Joined: 29-May 05
Posts: 4,424
From: The hague, Netherlands



A few years back I wrote a review for this show. Here it is:




August 1972. the filming of Elvis On Tour, 4 completely sold-out performances In New York's Madison Square Garden were behind him. What else could he offer the fans in the summer of ´72? Well, that one is simple: his best Vegas gig since August 1970. After two gigs in 1971 where he obviously was very bored with Vegas, and another gig in Jan/Feb 1972, which was very good but was plagued by the fact that Pricilla had just left him, the thriompfes from then on seemed to give him wings. The shows were tight, professional and energetic, the song line-up was practically the best of his career and his voice was phenomenal. The opening show on August 4th, with songs like Mystery Train / Tiger Man and My babe, lasted only about half an our because of a headache, but the other shows lasted about an hour. The line-up varied with every single show.

The show we will now focus on is the dinner show from August 12th, one of the best from the gig. Till around August 15th Elvis would wear several two-piece suits in and not his , by now, traditional jumpsuits. After he several times split his pants during songs like Suspicious Minds or Polk Salad Annie he got back to the Jumpsuits. Usually he removed the jacket of those two-piece suits very early in the show. He then wouldn't be bothered by it.

The 8pm show of tonight starts when the lights are dimmed and the band begins to play the famous 2001 Theme. People are eating their last food, filling their glasses with champagne and turning their eyes to the stage. Soon Elvis will appear!! When Ronnie Tutt begins hitting the opening vamp, a soft spot is dancing around one side of the stage, the side that will be the entrance of Elvis. Once he get on stage the audience is screaming, clapping, yelling for attention. Plagued by a little stage freight, but used to the commotion his entrance always causes, he walks from one side of the stage to the other, shaking some hands, occasionally kissing a girl. Slowly he walks to Charlie Hodge who gives him his guitar. Pulling the microphone slowly towards him and lifting it up a little he sings the first line of See See Rider. He sounds full of energy and is in a very good voice. This song is fairly new in the set-list. He first began to sing this song during the feb. 1970 Vegas engagement. At that time he included it somewhere in the middle of the show.

Those versions were a bit bluesy and rather slow. Now, as his opening song, it really rocks. The band is still playing a little with the arrangement. After having sung it as his opening song in Jan / Feb that year and also during the April "Elvis on Tour" tour he fell back to That's All right Mamma during the famous June tour. For reasons only he knew……. Without saying anything to the audience he breaks into a good version of Proud Mary. A good song that changed a lot over the years. The last version would be sung in August 1974. The crowd really likes it and gives him a great applause after he finishes the song. His next song, a single from 1971, slows the show a bit down. He performs a very solid rendition of Until It's Time For You To Go. Glenn D. Hardin really shows his capabilities during this song and it's as beautiful as ever, not rushed and full of emotion. A very powerful and by the band great backed version of You Don't Have To Say You Love Me is next. The train is going at full speed again. Elvis says very little and is really concentrating on singing. The song, a favourite of Elvis since he introduced the song in August 1970. ends way to soon. Before the applause can end; the fisrt bass-notes of Jerry Scheff are hitting the showroom.

It's time for You've Lost That Loving Feeling. As you can see in That's The Way It Is he starts the song with his back turned towards the crowd. Just one spot dances around him when he sings the first verse. His warm and soft voice is gliding trough the audience. After that first verse he suddenly turns himself towards the audience, smiling about their reactions. The songs grows towards the finale. During the standing ovation he looks a little amazed, but also amused, partly because of his own vocal capabilities, into the showroom and cues Jerry to begin with Polk Salad Annie. The monologue at he beginning of the song is totally gone by now and is replaced by a slightly longer musical intro. Great team work of Jerry Scheff and James Burton. The song had changed during every Vegas, Tahoe and tour and by now transformed into the kind of song Elvis wanted it to be. Something between the slow, funky versions of 1970 and the short, rushed versions of 1971 this song is rocking more than ever. The bass solo in the middle is of an absolute great standard tonight!! After this brilliant performance; for the first time he speaks to the audience. He welcomes them to the International and is joking a bit with them. His next song, one of the most beautiful, sincerest and best ballads he ever performed, is What Now My Love. Being a bit slower than the well known ´73 versions, he performs this song beautifully. His voice goes from soft and calm to hard and very powerful at the end. Emotion is the key-word. A real highlight in tonight's concert. Every emotion, question about his loss of Pricilla are showing in this song. A second new song in the set is his 1960 song, Fever. I like this early performances of the song. Then it's time for the oldies section in the show. During this period the songs in this section differed a lot. That meant that he still could bring great versions of songs like Blue Suede Shoes or Hound Dog. Sung with a little self-spot, he quickly goes trough this part of the show, hardly giving himself or the audience time to breath between songs. Before to long these songs became crowd pleasers and would he lost interest in singing them.. But not during this concert, where he gives them the attention they deserve. After the Oldies he introduces the couple he worked for in 1954. He thanks them: Thanks for the job to…… The train gets going again with a very fast, but good, version of Suspicious Minds. The crows goes wild. James really highlights the song with his sharp, mean but brilliant guitar licks. Next are the short and to the point the introductions of the band. Right after Glen starts with the intro of My Way. Elvis delivers a good, though not as emotional as in later years, version. This song is also new in the show and he makes a few comments to it after he has finished it. It can't be coincidence that this song would get a very prominent place in his shows during the last year of his life. The last version on June 25th 1977, the one before last show he would ever give, was one of the best!! During the intro to American Trilogy Charlie places the earlier removed jacket around Elvs´s shoulders so that he can use it as a cape. After a few seconds he interrupts the intro and asks: How do you like it so far…? And the intro begins again during the applause of approval. When The Stamps begin with there short solo there is some applause!! During the fluit solo, there's nothing but silence!! Then the finale comes and ultimately the standing ovation. GREAT. Only one song follows: Can't Help Falling In Love. People are going to the stage and are yelling or clapping for Elvis's attention. Then it's all over. Ronnie Tutt begins a thunderous closing vamp. Elvis has left the showroom!!

For a Dinner Show, this concert is really good. HI delivers a fantastic show to a grateful, enthusiastic audience. After Vegas he would do a tour in November. The end of that tour takes place in the same venue as Aloha From Hawaii. He finishes with three great shows in Honolulu as preparation to Aloha………. Elvis sure is ready for 1973………………

This post has been edited by stefan: Nov 26 2005, 12:39 PM


--------------------
"How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Scott Haigh 7819...
post Jul 12 2005, 09:33 AM
Post #3


Listening to Elvis
***

Group: Special Members
Member No.: 111
Joined: 15-June 05
Posts: 187
From: Tasmania, Australia



nice review there stefan (IMG:http://elvis-tkc.com/forum2/style_emoticons/default/cool.gif)


--------------------
i'm a grease monkey that won't slide so easily!
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Gordon
post Jul 14 2005, 12:11 PM
Post #4


Platinum Member
**********

Group: Special Members
Member No.: 6
Joined: 27-May 05
Posts: 5,644
From: Malta



It felt just like being at the show...great piece of work stefan! (IMG:http://elvis-tkc.com/forum2/style_emoticons/default/clap.gif)


--------------------
I'd rather go on hearing your lies....than smell your armpits son
Atlanta - December 30th 1976

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
stefan
post Jul 14 2005, 12:30 PM
Post #5


Down in the Jungle Room
Group Icon

Group: Moderators
Member No.: 10
Joined: 29-May 05
Posts: 4,424
From: The hague, Netherlands



What were you're thoughts when you realized that you weren't at the show Gordon?? (IMG:http://elvis-tkc.com/forum2/style_emoticons/default/laughing1.gif) (IMG:http://elvis-tkc.com/forum2/style_emoticons/default/laughing1.gif)

Thnx for the compliment mate, glad you liked it (IMG:http://elvis-tkc.com/forum2/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)


--------------------
"How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Gordon
post Jul 14 2005, 04:07 PM
Post #6


Platinum Member
**********

Group: Special Members
Member No.: 6
Joined: 27-May 05
Posts: 5,644
From: Malta



as usual stefan, a big disappointment for not being there...but the good feeling of listening to Elvis remains (IMG:http://elvis-tkc.com/forum2/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)


--------------------
I'd rather go on hearing your lies....than smell your armpits son
Atlanta - December 30th 1976

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Bama
post Dec 10 2005, 01:31 PM
Post #7


Almost In Memphis
*****

Group: Special Members
Member No.: 11
Joined: 30-May 05
Posts: 648
From: Alabama



[img]style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif[/img] This is my favorite Vegas Show from 72. It is awesome!!!! [img]style_emoticons/default/clap.gif[/img]

Bama [img]style_emoticons/default/gunsmilie.gif[/img]


--------------------
It's Your Baby You Rock It
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Guest_Brad_*
post May 2 2006, 12:48 AM
Post #8





Guests






Nice review [img]style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif[/img]

This is another great show from '72 in my opinion.

I agree also My Way is just Great. [img]style_emoticons/default/king.gif[/img]
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
LittleDarlin
post May 4 2006, 08:28 PM
Post #9


Down in the Jungle Room
********

Group: Special Members
Member No.: 419
Joined: 3-April 06
Posts: 2,178
From: U.K



have seen the footage from this show its awesome [img]style_emoticons/default/king.gif[/img]
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Meme
post Jun 1 2006, 09:57 AM
Post #10


Listening to Elvis
***

Group: Special Members
Member No.: 30
Joined: 31-May 05
Posts: 291
From: Australia



Hard to beat this show IMO... energy, power, clarity, precision, near perfection, truley the time when was at the peak of his powers.
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Tigerman-GB
post Feb 7 2007, 03:00 PM
Post #11


Newbie
*

Group: Members
Member No.: 625
Joined: 5-October 06
Posts: 5
From: South East London



One of the first import CDs I bought, A classic.


--------------------
Tigerman GB

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
NightRider
post Feb 7 2007, 05:31 PM
Post #12


Administrator
Group Icon

Group: Administrator
Member No.: 1
Joined: 27-May 05
Posts: 17,945
From: Worcestershire, England



QUOTE (Tigerman-GB @ Feb 7 2007, 03:00 PM)
One of the first import CDs I bought, A classic.
*


Agreed...and welcome to the Forum (IMG:http://elvis-tkc.com/forum2/style_emoticons/default/bye1.gif)

Not the best sound nowadays...but still a class import to track down (IMG:http://elvis-tkc.com/forum2/style_emoticons/default/kicking.gif)


--------------------
TCB Chris

You may think that its the breeze...whistling through the lonely trees..but its only him a flyin' round the bend...
as the day comes to an end.........

Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
colonel snow
post Nov 24 2013, 12:50 PM
Post #13


Platinum Member
**********

Group: Special Members
Member No.: 482
Joined: 17-May 06
Posts: 10,036



In 2010 re-released on CD Hilton's All shook up (Gravel Road Music GR CD 7202-02).

colonel snow




--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Reply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 



RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 25th October 2014 - 02:45 AM
Hosted By: ElviCities