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Las Vegas Dinner Show versus Faded Love
by Henryk

Las Vegas Dinner Show (TCB Records) [February 15, 1973 DS]

  • an audience recording;
  • good sound quality (mono);
  • show just about complete (missing several seconds of final announcements)
  • featuring 20 tracks (the entire concert);
  • the CD starts with the Also Sprach Zarathustra intro; several seconds of final announcements are missing;
  • pretty basic artwork (4 pages, with unrelated pictures and short liner notes).

Running time: 61 min. 53 sec.

Faded Love (Straight Arrow) [February 15, 1973 DS]

  • a two-mike ambiance live recording (still an audience recording though);
  • very good sound quality (stereo);
  • 21 tracks including the after show fan comments (track #21 running for 14 min. 55 sec.);
  • the Also Sprach Zarathustra intro is preceded by a 20 second orchestra 'riff';
  • the final announcements are more complete than on Las Vegas Dinner Show
  • housed in a three panel digipak featuring photographs from the January/February 1973 engagement plus short liner notes;

Running time: 76 min. 22 sec.

General comments:

  • a very unusual show, with Elvis leaving the stage after having performed 7 songs, only to return after twenty minutes to finish the concert (5 more songs are sung);
  • after Elvis leaves the stage Charlie Hodge takes over as the MC;
  • JD Sumner and The Stamps perform solo for 20 min. 46 sec. (5 gospel songs) while Elvis off stage;
  • This show marks the very first time Elvis sang Faded Love live on stage;
  • During I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry the sound of a rolling camera is very noticeable;
  • I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry features alternate lyrics, which in reality is Elvis mixing up two different verses of the song; also, it is sung at a much slower tempo than the famous Aloha From Hawaii version.



Original (Aloha) lyrics: February 15, 1973 lyrics
Hear that lonesome whippoorwill Hear that lonesome whippoorwill
He sounds too blue to fly He sounds too blue to cry
The midnight train is whining low The moon just went behind the clouds
I'm so lonesome I could cry I'm so lonesome I could cry...
(verse not sung during the Aloha show)
The moon just went behind a cloud
To hide its face and cry
I've never seen a night so long
Where time goes slowly by...



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