The Hillbilly Cat Live CD

By: Elvis Australia
January 1, 2012

Graceland Records is planning a new double CD release, 'The Hillbilly Cat Live', a digipack with gorgeous photos and liner notes plus technical information. It features one of the best shows from his August Las Vegas engagement, namely the August 23rd, 1970 dinner show, taken from the original unspoiled – a tremendous audience recording! This recording was partly released in 1970 on vinyl as 'The Hillbilly cat, Live', but it was a combined version of 2 different shows, August 23rd dinner and 24th Midnight show. The sound quality was great for the time the time. Rumors were that a professional recording (soundboard) was used. This is not the case; a stereo tape recorder was used directly in front of the center stage. Graceland Records was lucky enough to work with the original audiocassette. These days the possibilities to improve an audience tape are far greater than they were in 1970, so this recording now sounds significantly better than it did on the 1970 vinyl bootleg. One of the first bootlegs ever, 'The Hilbilly Cat Live' A much sought-after double album from Canada, released back in 1970 with a mix of two shows, edited to create one powerhouse performance.

The Hilbilly Cat Live CD

Now Finally for the first time ever on CD. Now for the first time the complete tape recording of the first of these 2 shows: the August 23rd 1970 dinner show, which was only partly released on the double album and now in full, with only the last part of 'Suspicious Minds' & 'Can't help falling In Love' repaired with audio from the August 24th midnight show. Due to a little mistake the tape was turned off too fast, but he wrote down the set list. This show is hilarious, wild and loose: Elvis was in great spirits & the Hollywood cameras were gone. The many false starts indicates that he was fooling around and having a great time doing it.. With probably the craziest intro ever to 'Hound Dog', a wild and rocking version. With great renditions of 'Tiger Man' 'That's all Right' and 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' All phenomenal performances..

A fantastic and entertaining show where he combines humor and true entertainment. A sparkling show with no weak spots. Elvis was on top of his game ! This is definitively one of the finest performances of this season.

Do not miss your chance to obtain another winner from Graceland records !

CD 1 : Tracks:

01. That's All Right 02. I Got A Woman / Ave Maria (excerpt) 03. Tiger Man 04. Monologue 05. Love Me Tender (with false start) 06. I've Lost You 07. I Just Can't Help Believing 08. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 09. Polk Salad Annie 10. Band Introductions 11. Johnny B. Goode 12. Band Introductions 13. The Wonder Of You 14. Heartbreak Hotel (with 2 false starts) 15. One Night (with 2 false starts) 16. All Shook Up (false start only) / Blue Suede Shoes (with false start) / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Blue Suede Shoes 17. All Shook Up (false start only) / Hound Dog 18. Bridge Over Troubled Water 19. Suspicious Minds 20. Can't Help Falling In Love. Short version:

For The First Time Ever On CD!

One of the very first bootlegs, first released in 1970:

The historic ... The Hillbilly Cat 'Live'! This was a sought-after double lp from canada, featuring two 1970 vegas shows (august 23 ds & august 24 ms) edited together as one powerhouse performance. Many believed it was a soundboard recording, but it was simply a great stereo tape, made from a front, center table. Now for the first time, hear it straight from the original tapes, enhanced using 21st-century techniques. The august 23 ds is the complete tape, which was only partly released on the double album. Only the last part of 'Suspicious Minds' and 'Can't Help Falling In Love' were missed by the taper, and repaired using the August 24 MS.

This show is hilarious, a wild and loose Elvis was in great spirits, as the Hollywood cameras were gone. Listen for perhaps the most delicious intro ever to 'Hound Dog', a wild and rocking version, for sure one of the best of this season. Also hear great renditions of 'Tiger Man', 'That's All Right' and 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'! This is a fantastic and entertaining evening, where Elvis combined his unique humor with true entertaining -- a sparkling show with no weak spots. No wonder it became one of the first, and most legendary bootleg LPs!

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