Here’s one of Elvis’ first shows from his long stint in Las Vegas.
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The Return Of A Prodigy [Gravel Road GRCD 6901-2, 1CD]
Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, August 3, 1969, dinner show. Excellent- soundboard stereo. Released September 2009. The first CD bootleg of this show was from Ft Baxter, released in 1993.
“The August 3, Dinner Show from 1969 is the earliest known recording of good quality from Elvis’ live comeback. It is a great show, in my opinion better than the shows recorded by RCA some three weeks later*. The original release had several pauses in between songs. This is of course fixed on this release [Gravel Road Records]. The sound is clearer than on original, though not really better. It’s a matter of taste.” - Oven Egeland
Serious collectors of Elvis’ works study the decline and fall of the King by listening to archive recordings of his shows from 1969 to the end in 1977. Most would conclude that the lack of any variety in his shows finished him off. Elvis performed two shows a night and toured for months at a time. The strain and the boredom are clear from his late period shows. Funny how his minders never seemed to notice and if they did, none could tell the King so.
Well, here he is at the very beginning of his Vegas years. The energy is palpable. The “life story” monologue is honest and told with enthusiasm. In fact, it’s the best track for those of you who’ve heard the hits too many times.
Elvis was here to regain his crown.
By 1974, the act was stale, the monologues paranoiac and Elvis was sleepwalking on stage. His minders had no game plan to save the King. The King is dead, long live the King.
- The Little Chicken
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Track 01. Opening Theme (614k)
Track 02. Blue Suede Shoes (4.3MB)
Track 03. I Got A Woman (4.9MB)
Track 04. All Shook Up (4.9MB)
Track 05. Love Me Tender (4.9MB)
Track 06. Jailhouse Rock/Don’t Be Cruel (3.5MB)
Track 07. Heartbreak Hotel (6.0MB)
Track 08. Hound Dog (3.9MB)
Track 09. Memories (6.3MB)
Track 10. Mystery Train/Tiger man (6.6MB)
Track 11. Life Story (monologue) (7.3MB)
Track 12. Baby What You Want Me To Do (4.0MB)
Track 13. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (5.0MB)
Track 14. Yesterday/Hey Jude (8.0MB)
Track 15. Band introductions (6.5MB)
Track 16. In The Ghetto (5.3MB)
Track 17. Suspicious Minds (12.8MB)
Track 18. What’d I Say (7.1MB)
Track 19. Can’t Help Falling In Love (3.7MB)
Track 20. Interviews: Before opening night, July 31, 1969 (19.5MB)
Track 21. Radio spots from 1969 (1.3MB)
* For an official release of an early Las Vegas performance, the Legacy Edition of On Stage is handy as it contains two Elvis albums, On Stage and Elvis In Person. The latter original album is expanded on the bonus disc of the Legacy Edition. This dinner show is also at the International Hotel on August 23, 1969, a couple of weeks after the bootleg show. Released in March 2010. Click on the link to order the album.