When the boredom started...
Elvis seems to be bored with a lot of his songs. Every tune seems to be shortened or at least a bit rushed. But there's also some fun and some songs are done very well. But although not everything was as good as it used to be, it's still a nice addition to everyones collection, because the show containes some rarely performed songs.
Review of The Impossible Dream
The Impossible Review
The Artwork-It is nice to have some clear, crisp pictures of Elvis from '71. I liked the original title better then the one given now. The original title was "The Man with the Golden Belt" speaks more then The Impossible Dream.
The Sound-Alot better then released on those imports which we hate seeing. ;) ;) ;) Some songs have a bit of drops in them, but hey they are rare from a rare time. So i am not complaining.
I am just going to hit the highlights of this CD. It has been said earlier that the songs are rushed a bit more then usual, but then again if as the years go by they seem to be faster then each year before.
2001 Theme/That's All Right-First time with this intro. Nicely done and Elvis seems not so sure when to come in, but he does it anyways.
Sweet Caroline-Funny to hear even after a year of doing this song that Elvis still makes mistakes. Remember he now has the Stamps backing him now since the Imperials are now gone.
Polk Salad Annie-Always sounds good and Elvis doesnt seem bored with this song. Keeps '70's version in check with the energy he puts out with this one.
It's Now or Never-A rarely performed song, which wasnt played at all during his engagements before. Nice to have an earlier version.
Suspicious Minds-Always a good song but not with the same force as before in That's the Way It Is.
The Impossible Dream-With a new opener Elvis ends the conert with a new closer. Good and powerful ending which leave us wanting more. Good for us there is more.
The Added Bonuses
Only Believe-Nothing great about this song except, Elvis did not perform it any more then this as far as we know. So very rare.
How Great Thou Art-Earliest known performance of an awesome gospel song. Elvis shows us why he got that grammy.
Snowbird-Nothing great about this song except, Elvis did not perform this song anymore than we know of. It is cool to hear Elvis conducting the band on how to play the song which is really sweet to hear.
Can't Help Falling in Love-In my opinion, I would of left this song out. He does a good job dont get me wrong, it's just that at the end we feel that the CD is over like a regular concert normally was.
A good show during a rare time which is always nice to have.
So a rare concert, during a rare time, with some very rare songs, and so it is a must have CD. Great job FTD, how about somemore RARE recordings like those from Ashville in '75. hint hint
Keep them coming :clap: :king: :clap: :king: :notworthy
Rare Concert, Rare Period, And That's About It
Don't get me wrong, this is a good show, it just doesn't match the greatness of August 1970. If I was in charge of this release, I probably would have done Boston (11/10/71) instead, or, if I had to stick to this Vegas season, I'd do (2/19/71).
For the very first time, the 2001 theme is used as an opening, before jumping into a very energetic "That's All Right," with Elvis even goofing up a bit, starting "Well, that's all right, baby." You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" is one of the better versions I've heard, but not much happens during "Love Me Tender." "Sweet Caroline" is great, as always, despite the joking stop after a few lines. However, Elvis cuts "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" short just as you start to get into the song. "Polk Salad Annie" is very similar to the MSG or the EOT versions, but he gets the verses mixed up, going straight from the first verse to "Her daddy wasn't lazy on no count." A powerful "Johnny B. Goode" follow, featuring James Burton, and probably the best version I've heard. "Something" sounds similar to the 1970 versions and "Release Me" is a great treat. "Blue Suede Shoes" is even shorter than laater versions, but Hound Dog is like the TTWII version. Somewhere in there, he does a few lines of "Love Me," but cuts that short as well. (I believe after "Release Me," but I'm not entirely sure. Performed for the first time since Closing Night of February 1970, Elvis sings "It's Now Or Never." "Suspicious Minds" is about a typical 1974 length, yet "The Impossible Dream" is soo a better closer than "Can't Help Falling In Love." In all, the actual concert lasts just 40 minutes. "Mystery Train/ Tiger Man" is great, but again shortened. "There Goes My Everything" and "Make The World Go Away" are even better than in TTWII. "Love Me" is standard, and "Only Believe" is rare, but that's about it. "How Great Thou Art" is emotional, but I'd leave the joking out. "Snowbird" is a great song, pity he didn't do it more often. "Can't Help Falling In Love," though performed mid-show, has nothing special to it.
Overall: Worth getting, just don't expect the best performance of all time.
Re: Rare Concert, Rare Period, And That's About It
Forgot to add that I love the Imperial's solo during "Impossible Dream"
Originally Posted by elvispresleytheking