All Shook Up is an RCA stereo recorded concert featuring Elvis' August 26, 1969 Las Vegas performance (midnight show) and includes the laughing version of 'Are You Lonesome Tonight'. [Actually Whitney Houston's mother, Cissy, was the cause of one of Elvis' most famous recordings, the 'laughing version' of 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?'. It was during Cissy Houston's soprano obbligato on 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' that Elvis started laughing.]
Of the concerts released from this 1969 Vegas season, the sound and performance on All Shook Up HAS to be the best so far! All Shook Up is one concert that truly captures Elvis' magic and is thoroughly recommended! The Dinner show from this same day is available as Live In Vegas from FTD. Elvis at the International, (August 23, 1969) is also currently available, and is another great show.
Includes three (3) rare Live Recordings. Unique performances; Runaway, Rubberneckin' and This Is The Story.
Viva Las Vegas 2 CD Set : August 21, 1969 (Sony)
Elvis In Person FTD 2 CD Classic Album
Elvis In Person : Disc 2 August 22, 1969
Elvis At The International : August 23, 1969 : Midnight Show
Elvis : Live In Las Vegas : August 26, 1969 Dinner Show
All Shook Up : August 26, 1969 : Midnight Show
Polk Salad Annie : February 15, 1970
One Night In Vegas : August 10, 1970
The Wonder Of You : August 13, 1970
Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis
An American Trilogy : January/February 1972
Elvis Spring Tours '77 : March- May 1977
More Elvis Stereo Concerts.
The first proper release of this live 1969 material was on the fantastic FTD album, Elvis at the International, which showcased Elvis' August 23rd midnight performance - which was 'pretty good!' Disc 1 on Live in Las Vegas was the first entire concert (24.8.69 D/S) released from this engagement, and received only a mediocre reception. Of course the fan-favorite In Person, originally released in 1969, is a great album featuring a lot of material from August 25, but only gives the listener an abbreviated glimpse of what Elvis was all about live on stage. So considering Elvis was very much in his prime on stage in 1969, it only makes sense that BMG release at least one more show to showcase this great era of Elvis' career.
For the second proper release of this material, FTD/BMG has released All Shook Up with Elvis' August 26th midnights show. Of the 3 complete shows released, I feel this CD is clearly THE BEST!
The CD is fantastic with a great running time of 75 minutes and a typically great 1969 cover shot too, nothing has been 'cut out'! The great piano riff segues into 'Blue Suede Shoes' and has Elvis sounding at his best - 'raw and enthusiastic!' After even the 1st song he starts laughing, an indication of his mood tonight! During 'I Got a Woman' he sounds in fine voice, after the familiar 'Here I go again + Army references' Elvis gives us a decent & solid 'All Shook Up'. Piano fans will simply LOVE the mix on this CD! Plenty of dialogue about 'Gatorade' before 'Love Me Tender', which is 'just ok'. Good medleys follow much funny dialogue and a great sound to 'Jailhouse Rock' - 'should have heard that son-o-bitch sing'. An excellent 'Don't Be Cruel' follows, 'Heartbreak Hotel' is good and bluesy and so is 'Hound Dog' after a laughing start. 'I Can't Stop Loving You' is perhaps the weakest song so far and I have heard much better endings. More dialogue follows and also the first reference of the evening to 'squirrels'. 'Mystery Train/Tiger Man' rocks and is 'Great!'
Also essential ... The Jungle Room Sessions, One Night In Vegas, Memphis Sessions, Fame And Fortune, Elvis At The International, So High, Elvis Recorded Live On Stage in Memphis, Flashback, Polk Salad Annie, Rockin' Across Texas, Elvis is Back!, Elvis On Tour - The Rehearsals and White Night In Vegas !!!
Blue Suede Shoes
I Got A Woman
All Shook Up
Love Me Tender
Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel
I Can't Stop Loving You
Mystery Train / Tiger Man
Baby What You Want Me To Do [Rare Live Recording]
Runaway, Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing version)
Rubberneckin' [Rare Live Recording]
Yesterday / Hey Jude
In The Ghetto
This Is The Story [Rare Live Recording]
Can't Help Falling In Love.