Solid As Rock
|Title:||Solid As Rock|
|Label Number:||SA/SP 2015-37A/B-02|
|Recording Type:||Live Audience Recording|
|Location:||Las Vegas , Nevada|
August 27 - 1971, Dinner Show|
CD 2: August 27 - 1971, Midnight Show
|Sound:||Very Good / Good|
|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)