Las Vegas '74

By ElvisNews.com/ LexMay 13, 2017
Las Vegas '74

Recently FTD release a 'regular' (5", 3 panel fold-out) 2CD set with two shows from August 20, 1974 (DS and MS) and some bonus material.

Design

The design is familiar, simple but tasteful this time. Most pictures are from this engagement in Las Vegas, but some were taken on stage a bit earlier in 1974.

Content

The sound of the first show is pretty good, even for a soundboard. The evening show's highlight is It's Midnight, furthermore it is like what we know from the other August shows, gladly without the Singing Saw Nielsen starring other than in Softly As I'm Leavin' and senseless monologues. A more than okay performance in general that makes an entertaining show.

The sound of the second show is about the same, but JD Sumner is more upfront, which is annoying at times (e.g. during If You Love Me). It sounds like Elvis is a bit more focussed than during the evening show. The setlist is a bit more varied (and longer). Again a good version of It's Midnight and Proud Mary is a nice 'rarity', but again JD is present too much. There seems a bit is missing between Trying To Get and Big Boss Man, both of which got an inspired rendition. Another welcome addition compared to the ES is Promised Land. The announce missing of the last part of Teddy Bear and the beginning of Hawaiian Weddings song is a pity. I prefer the midnight above the evening show, even thou the sound balance of the evening show is better.

The bonus songs are okay, especially the addition of My Boy is nice, but I still think it's weird to have bonus songs after a concert, but that's just personal.

Conclusion

All together an enjoyable outing by FTD.

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Reactions

Gladyslove (profilecontact) wrote on May 27, 2017report abuse
Two good shows. Elvis is focused on singing and not as later in the season on talking. ftd please more like this maybe from 1972 ?
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on May 20, 2017report abuse
Both shows are pretty solid and entertaining..not so much talking with the audience than later in the season and more focus on the music with nice song line-up..thumbs up for the FTD release and a good idea bringing a double pack with DS and MS from the same day.

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