A Sensational Opening Night: From Japan With Love Vol. 4 CD
September 13, 2017
The Las Vegas, August 4th, 1972 Opening Night was first released in 2003 on the CDs ' No Fooling Around' and 'Another Opening Night'. Those CDs were taken from a different, incomplete source tape. Our new recording is great sounding and, for the first time, 100% complete.
Elvis started his 7th season in Las Vegas with a fairly dynamic opening night. It was reported that Elvis was suffering from a headache, and he kept the opening show short with minimal in-between songs talk. He did not perform his usual showstopper ' Suspicious Minds', but he was on stage for 50 minutes, singing his heart out with a passion and energy not seen since August 1970. Compared to the previous Vegas season and the following tour in April, Elvis was in great physical shape, tanned, slim and full of energy. He was in a much better mental shape too, because of his new girlfriend, model Linda Thompson accompanied him for the whole first week of this engagement. This concert is a good example of Elvis at his best, mixing rock' n' roll with ballads and blues, singing old and new songs, and looking great.
This concert is taken from a recently found first generation copy of original audience recorded cassette tape. You may ask your supplier for samples.
This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak with great a collection of quality images taken in August 1972, including REAL Aug. 4th, Opening night photos!
If you have enjoyed our other August 1972 releases such as ' Rock & Soul… And Some Mighty Fine Rock 'n' Roll' and ' Everybody Let' s Rock', then you are sure to enjoy our latest release.
As with all our releases, this CD is a labour of love and we hope you enjoy it. We are planning another CD taken from those ' Japanese' tapes. So stay tuned!
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. A Big Hunk Of Love - 04. Never Been To Spain - 05. You' ve Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 06. Love Me Tender - 07. medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 08. What Now My Love - 09. Love Me - 10. medley: Little Sister / Get Back - 11. Blue Suede Shoes - 12. The Wonder Of You - 13. One Night - 14. You Don' t Have To Say You Love Me - 15. Hound Dog - 16. My Way (premier version) - 17. Band Introductions - 18. My Babe (performed for the last time) - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Introduction of Sammy Davis Jr & Paul Anka - 21. Can' t Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp.
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