The new regular FTD is also in the classic album format: 2 CDs in a 7” fold-out.
The design is tasteful. On the photo part that is not too hard, since Elvis looks so much better in these 2 piece suits than the sometimes ridiculous jumpsuits (in my not so humble opinion). Together with the memorabilia and informative liner notes the pictures(mainly b/w) produce a nice booklet.
The first CD contains the August 12 Midnight Show. We had quite some shows from this engagement before on bootleg and this one is very comparable. No Fooling Around, but just doing the job as performer. Highlights to me are You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, What Now My Love and My Way, but also Until It’s Time For You gets a decent treatment (while I find the song boring most of the times).
The second disc holds stage rehearsals for the engagement. It is marked as substandard quality and indeed it is. Still, you are used to it quite soon and I have many, many audience recordings in much worse quality. As a matter of fact I think the disc was above expectation and overall pretty enjoyable. Elvis sounds very relaxed and does most of the material pretty seriously. Especially the “rare” songs like Burning Love (you wonder why he was so uncomfortable with it), True Love Travels, Blueberry Hill and Faded Love are fun. My Way gets a stunning beautiful treatment.
All together I think this is one of the better “regular” outings by FTD lately. Certainly a release that will find its way to my player more often…