Gravel Road Music decided to revisit their first release, Vegas Rhythm in their new book-series. The book/CD combination has the February 3, 1973 D.S. on CD and some extras on a DVD-rom.
This book has even more pages than the Love American Style one (112), full with photos. To refer to the Aloha special, we get first 10+ photos from that show, before kicking into the actual Vegas-season. First 30+ pages are for the diner show, and then the midnight shows follows. Unfortunately the quality of that part is lesser, but more unknown pictures to me (but I’m not a jumpsuit junkie, au contraire). The last part of the book is a ‘behind the scenes’ about making the original and this version.
As said, it’s the diner show on CD. The original was great sounding and so is this, I do hear no difference. We did review this CD back in 2007 and I underline that one.
The first thing I tried to play was the DVD thou, my Blu-ray player thought the disc was incompatible and the amount of wine I consumed prevented that little light to pop up, so I tried my regular DVD player, with no luck either. Yes, the next day, when I was sober, it turned out that it was a DVD-rom and not a regular DVD. The disc has a movie of footage from this season. It is edited as if it is a full show. I used to faint when I got material like this in the 80s, but nowadays I am spoilt and can’t watch longer than a few moments and this is far from the worst footage I have seen.
Furthermore the DVD-rom has the soundboard audio from the midnight shows of February 2 and 3, both released in the past on several CDs, Don’t Think Twice, Hilton Double Shot (2nd) and I’ll Remember You (3rd). For the ones who missed them a nice addition.
For die hard “I want it all”-collectors a must, for those that missed the original too. Even some others might want it for the pics. I do know themed pictures books of lesser quality that are more expensive.