Hows about having Dinner At Eight?
Yes guys, I'm talking about the FTD CD release of Elvis' LV Dinner Show on December 13th, 1975.
This show appears to have a good few moments of rarity involved such as the 'Wooden Heart' and 'Blue Christmas' improv performances - very nice, plus young LMP gets a wee mention. You can't help but think that this show could have turned out somewhat mediocre as you take into consideration the sloppy start regarding the microphone scenario and Elvis' endless banter with everybody during the first couple of numbers.
But, the big man was to prove us wrong as he certainly picks up on his performance with his rendition of 'Help Me Make It Through The Night' onwards. What about his passionate renditions of 'How Great Thou Art' and 'America'? Wow - try these on for size. 'Softly As I Leave You' is beautiful. The intros are great - Ronnie beats the hell out of it, Jerry's blistering bluesy bass, Glenn's honky tonk ivories, James - what can we say?! plus a rarity - Elvis introduces a young man called Tony from Joe Guercio's orchestra who takes his guitar sound to new heights - EP is well-impressed!
So, is this a welcome addition to the FTD Collection?
What do you think guys?