Review : Elvis At The International FTD CD
Elvis At The International contains a show from Las Vegas, August 23 (MS) and the sound is fantastic. There is a lot of ambience thus containing the live feel a concert CD should have. The audience is there with you all the time, without taking away the charm of any instrument or any vocal.
The CD opens with the opening riff, going into 'Blue Suede Shoes', quickly over to 'I Got A Woman', then after a brilliant 'All Shook Up' it is time for some introductions. After this Elvis spends two minutes of talking, before going into a beautiful 'Love Me Tender'. This song works very well on stage, when done seriously. Sure there are 'silent' moments when Elvis reach for a girl (or the other way around), but it doesn't take the charm away from the song.
Then more talking before launching into 'Jailhouse Rock/Don't Be Cruel', then 'Heartbreak Hotel' followed by 'Hound Dog'. Next up, 'Memories' is a nice version followed by a brilliant 'Mystery Train/Tiger Man'.
Elvis' life story comes next - over 8 minutes - then back to rock 'n' roll with 'Baby, What You Want Me To Do'. As Elvis talks about his pre-army Hollywood films, he cannot hide his disappointment with the Colonel's decision to let Elvis be a regular G.I. Joe. Elvis says he was 'living it up': 'I'm a movie star! I'm a sonoffabitch! Eatin' hamburgers and drinkin' Pepsi-Colas. Then I got drafted... and shafted'. Then Elvis then sings Del Shannon's 'Runaway' followed by the previously released 'Reconsider Baby'. Even more beautiful in the right context and in this sound quality, than it was on Collectors Gold!
'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' can't be sung any better than on this show. A shame Elvis didn't continue singing this song seriously over the years that followed. Cissy Houston is a bit of-key at one point, though!
'Yesterday/Hey Jude' is really a demanding version! It goes on (the 'Hey Jude' segment mostly) for ages, or 5 minutes and 50 seconds to be exact! Next we have Elvis introducing the band, 'Charlie, this is Jerry...' 'Tutt Scheff anyway you look at it!' 'Muhaverik.... Muhoverak, (Larry Muhoberac)'.
Next up his recent hits 'In The Ghetto' and 'Suspicious Minds' and Elvis never sounded better on the second than during the August 1969 performances. Running for almost 8 minutes it is a delight. Already in February the next year Elvis would start to rush this song, and it would never again be performed with the blues, soul and Gospel flavor he puts into the song this day.
'What'd I Say' is the same version as found on Collectors Gold, and is mostly instrumental. After closing 'What 'd I Say' Elvis quickly dedicates the next song to the audience and sings 'Can't Help Falling In Love'
A great show in great sound quality is all we can ask for. Running time is 79:10. A Winner!
Available 1969 Concerts
White Knight In Vegas (August 23, 1969 - Dinner Show)
All Shook Up FTD CD (August 26, 1969 - Midnight Show)
Elvis At The International (August 23, 1969 - Midnight Show)
Viva Las Vegas 2 CD Set : International Hotel in Las Vegas, August 21, 1969 (Sony)
Elvis In Person FTD 2 CD Classic Album
More Elvis Stereo Concerts as released by FTD
Elvis At The International - Elvis Presley FTD CD
Blue Suede Shoes
I Got A Woman
All Shook Up
Love Me Tender
Jailhouse Rock/don''t Be Cruel
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
In The Ghetto
What'd I Say
Can't Help Falling In Love
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.