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Solid As Rock - Elvis Presley Bootleg CD
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Solid As Rock - Elvis Presley Bootleg CD

 
Title: Solid As Rock
Label: Straight Arrow
Label Number: SA/SP 2015-37A/B-02
Release Date: 2014
Recording Type: Live Audience Recording
Location: Las Vegas , Nevada
Date: CD 1: August 27 - 1971, Dinner Show
CD 2: August 27 - 1971, Midnight Show
Sound: Very Good / Good
Track Listing:
  CD 1:  August 27, 1971 Dinner Show        
01 Orchestra Intro       00:40
02 Also Sprach Zarathustra       01:15
03 Thatís All Right       02:21
04 I Got A Woman       02:05
05 Proud Mary       02:47
06 Sweet Caroline       02:22
07 Polk Salad Annie       03:48
08 Instrumental intermezzo / Elvis talks       00:50
09 Johnny B. Goode       01:43
10 Itís Impossible       02:50
11 Love Me       01:36
12 Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakiní Goiní On / Blue Suede Shoes       01:35
13 Heartbreak Hotel       01:44
14 Teddy Bear / Donít Be Cruel       03:03
15 Hound Dog       00:59
16 Suspicious Minds       05:55
17 Introductions       02:01
18 Iím Leaviní       03:18
19 Love Me Tender       01:42
20 Lawdy Miss Clawdy       01:54
21 Canít Help Falling In Love       01:41
22 Closing Vamp / Announcements       00:44
           
           
  CD 2: August 27, 1971 Midnight Show        
01 Orchestra Intro     00:53
02 Also Sprach Zarathustra   01:18
03 Thatís All Right   02:16
04 I Got A Woman   02:03
05 Proud Mary   02:43
06 Sweet Caroline   02:22
07 Polk Salad Annie   03:52
08 Instrumental intermezzo / Elvis talks   00:49
09 Johnny B. Goode   01:45
10 Itís Impossible   02:48
11 Love Me   01:34
12 Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakiní Goiní On / Blue Suede Shoes   01:38
13 Heartbreak Hotel   01:35
14 Teddy Bear / Donít Be Cruel   02:47
15 Hound Dog   00:58
16 Love Me Tender   02:22
17 Introductions   01:50
18 Introduction of singer Vic Damone, actress Diahann Carroll and actress Jill St. John   01:00
19 Iím Leaviní   03:10
20 Bridge Over Troubled Water (with reprise)   05:32
21 Canít Help Falling In Love   01:41
22 Closing Vamp   00:49
         
Notes: From the press notes:
Straight Arrow is very pleased to bring you, as a first for the label, two concerts from 1971: The Las Vegas August 27th, 1971 dinner & midnight shows. And what a delight it is to get fresh tapes from this year, and from this season, and in rather decent sound too - a rarity for early Vegas seasons. The August 27th, 1971 Dinner and Midnight Shows are taken directly from an original audience recorded master tape Straight Arrow team is always looking for rare, unknown or seemingly lost recordings. Once again, the labels researchers were successful - the Aug. 27, 1971 D/S is a completely new show, even for die-hard Elvis fans. It has never been in circulation - in any form!

The Aug. 27, 1971 M/S was previously released from an awful sounding source. This release have nothing to do with Straight Arrowís independently taped version! It's an added bonus that these shows are in rather pleasing sound, which is somewhat rare for 1971. This is also a year which is still a bit "under the radar", so any new recordings and insights from that year are most welcome.

Elvis' previous engagement there had shown clear signs of his high performing standard slipping, but here it sounds like he's back on track again. Both shows are tight, no-nonsense affairs with Presley in good voice and in strong form. He performs with focus and professionalism, and he sings a fantastic variety of music. It's interesting to note that already in '71, the difference between the dinner and midnight shows was becoming noticeable. Elvis sounds a tad low-key during parts of the dinner show, but he's firing on all cylinders a couple of hours later - the midnight show is truly sensational! This release is presented in a de-luxe double digipack, collection of photos taken in Del Webbs Sahara Tahoe hotel and at the Las Vegas International hotel in July and August, 1971. Some 1971 candid shots have also been added.

At a time when most labels are perfectly happy to keep on reissuing stuff that you already have in your collection, you can at least count on Straight Arrow to go that extra mile and bring you something new. And this fine release is yet another good example of that.
Sound Sample: Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (Dinner Show)

I'm Leavin' (Midnight Show)
Concert: The Midnight Show was released before on "From Tahoe To Vegas (CD 2)". See comments there.
The DS wasn't available in any form as yet.  Both concerts really sound good and the MS wins a comparison with the former release hands down. Elvis was still able to deliver fine shows in Vegas despite upcoming criticisms. These concerts demonstrate it. Great ! (Ciscoking)