Big Boss Man represents Elvis' March, 18 to April 1, 1975 Las Vegas season. What we get is a full CD (78 minutes) of parts of 3 shows from that season, giving us some rarely performed songs as well as one (almost complete) show from this season. A new addition from the recent recording session is a sincere And I Love You So. There are solid performances of If You Love Me, Big Boss Man and It's Midnight, as well as an inspired version of Promised Land. After a two year absence, Burning Love makes a welcome return to the set list following an audience request. A valuable bonus inclusion is Elvis' only known recording of Bobby Darin's You're The Reason I'm Living - a true rarity, the song is charming and unrehearsed. The tracklisting provides a great overview of Elvis' return to live performances following a five-month absence. This CD is worth acquiring, as very few soundboards are available from this engagement. 'Big Boss Man' reveals a dedicated entertainer in strong voice doing what he loves best.
Both fans and collectors will not be disappointed.
Eight bonus songs are added at end of the disc, with five from the 31st March midnight show. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me and The Wonder Of You are inferior to those versions sung in 1970, but still enjoyable. Bridge Over Troubled Water receives a brilliant rendition and is one of the highlights of the disc. Little Darlin' makes its debut during this season and sounds like a live rehearsal with Elvis and the band all over the place. It's an interesting version of a fun song not meant to be taken seriously. Hawaiian Wedding Song is a pleasant addition, although not as touching as other versions.
The final three tracks are possibly from the 22nd March midnight show and are in poorer sound quality than the rest of the disc. Which is a real pity because they are all stand out tracks. This concert is released on Fort Baxter's A Profile box set volume 2 and one of the best shows unofficially available. Both Green, Green Grass Of Home and Fairytale are new inclusions from the Today album and outshine their studio versions.
Bobby Darin's You're The Reason I'm Living is a true rarity, the only known performance of the song is charming and unrehearsed. The tracklisting provides a great overview of Elvis' return to live performances following a five-month absence. This CD is worth acquiring, as very few soundboards are available from this engagement. 'Big Boss Man' reveals a dedicated entertainer in strong voice doing what he loves best. Read the full review.
Big Boss Man FTD CD
See See Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / And I Love You So / Big Boss Man / It's Midnight / Promised Land / Burning Love / Introductions / My Boy / I'll Remember You / Let Me Be There / Hound Dog / American Trilogy / Can't Help Falling In LoveExtras: You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (3-31-75) / The Wonder Of You (3-31-75) / Bridge Over Troubled Water (3-31-75) / Little Darlin' (3-31-75) / Hawaiian Wedding Song (3-31-75) / Green Green Grass Of Home (Undated) / Fairytale (Undated) /Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel (Undated) / You're The Reason I'm Living (Undated).