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Country Hero in Vegas! : 12" Vinyl LP, CD and 7" Vinyl EP release

By: Elvis Australia
Source: www.elvis.com.au
February 21, 2013 - 12:28:17 PM
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Just released on the VV label is Country Hero in Vegas! a combined vinyl LP, CD and 7" vinyl EP release : This release features the unreleased Las Vegas performances on January 30, 1971, dinner show. Here we have Elvis as he begin of the season ... no surprises in the tracklist with the exception of his latest single There Goes My Everything, but the show is extremely solid and good, the sound is good and powerful using a straight copy of the original audience source tape, We were able to keep Elvis' vocal power central to the mix whilst at the same time giving a new definition to the supporting musicians and singers.

Elvis' performance on these early season nights is superb as he is still performing to the best of his ability. Although he delivers short shows they are delivered in a very intense, crisp and fresh manner that cannot be denied. Elvis was on stage to have fun and demonstrated this during the older, classic numbers, but songs such as Polk Salad Annie, You've Lost That Loving Feeling and Sweet Caroline never sounded better. The season will be remembered for the introduction of the new opening composition 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' which although written by Richard Strauss in 1894 was more closely associated with the Stanley Kubrick film '2001 A Space Odyssey', a recent cinema release. As we now know this thunderous opening would be used until the final concert Elvis performed. The season will also be remembered for the beautiful new closing number The Impossible Dream which Elvis sang with power and feeling, proof that Elvis continued to grow as a performer.

The LP is made to 140 Vinyl Gram quality and is a Limited Hand Numbered 500 Copies. It comes with a three fold 300 gram high quality GLOSSY sleeve with both sides printed, giving a unique view. The sleeve is accompanied by relevant liner notes and with many photographs of the Elvis NOW suit from the season.

This vinyl will include a bonus CD and 7" vinyl EP. In the bonus CD you have the possibility to listen the complete concert + a selection of 16 songs (32 min.) soundboard recording, coming for the previous four days shows. From the opening night January 26 you can listen the evolution of Elvis' performance during the begin of the season, we practically included all the songs performed in the January 30 DS. In January RCA released what is without doubt the best Elvis album of the 1970's, Elvis Country. In this season of Elvis performed three songs from the album. From here the EP idea came to use the three songs performed to create a special 'Elvis Country EP'. The EP comes with four songs and two fold sleeve both printed.

Country Hero in Vegas! : 12" Vinyl LP, CD and 7" Vinyl EP release.

12" LP : January 30 DS unreleased live audience recording

Running Time : 48 Minutes.

Side A

  1. 2001 Theme
  2. That's All Right
  3. I Got Woman
  4. Love Me Tender
  5. There Goes My Everything
  6. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
  7. You've Lost Than Loving Feeling
  8. Polk Salad Annie
  9. Introduction

Side B

  1. 2001 Theme
  2. Something
  3. How Great Thou Art
  4. Blue Suede Shoes
  5. Little Sister/Get Back
  6. Hound Dog
  7. Suspicious Minds
  8. The Impossible Dream
  9. Closing Vamp

Bonus CD Running Time 79:50 Minutes

Jan. 26 opening night*

  1. 2001 Theme
  2. That's All Right
  3. Mystery Train [Jan.27, Midnight Show *]
  4. Only Believe
  5. How Great Thou Art
  6. Make The world Go Away
  7. Jan. 28 Dinner Show
  8. It's Now Or Never
  9. Jan, 28 Midnight Show
  10. I Got A Woman
  11. You Don't have To Say You Love
  12. Sweet Caroline
  13. Johnny B.Goode
  14. One Night
  15. The Wonder Of You
  16. Heartbreak Hotel
  17. Teddy Bear [Jan. 29 Dinner Show *]
  18. Snowbird

Jan. 30 Dinner Show unreleased complete show

  1. 2001 Theme
  2. That's All Right
  3. I Got A Woman
  4. Love Me Tender
  5. There Goes My Everything
  6. You Don't have To Say You Love
  7. You've Lost That Love Feeling
  8. Polk Salad Annie
  9. Introductions
  10. 2001 Theme
  11. Something
  12. How Great Thou Art
  13. Blue Suede Shoes
  14. Little Sister/Get Back
  15. Hound Dog
  16. Suspicious Minds
  17. The Impossible Dream
  18. Closing Vamp

7" Bonus EP

Side A

  1. Make The World Gone Away [Jan.26 opening night*]
  2. There Goes My Everything [Jan 27 midnight show*]

Side B

  1. Snowbird [Jan. 29 Dinner Show *]
  2. There Goes My Everything [Jan.30 dinner show]

* Tracks previously released soundboard recording.

Elvis Presley Video Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.

Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.

This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.

The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.