BY JOHN B. MOORE
The folks at RCA, cheered on by Legacy Records, continue their massive Elvis Presley scavenger hunt, cleaning out every company vault and looking under every old rug for any left treasures to re-release. Showroom Internationale, the latest offering pressed on 180G vinyl in time for 2014’s Black Friday Record Store Day, is one of the best offerings so far. This show was recorded at 1970 concert pulled together when Presley was filming the documentary That’s the Way It Is. Recorded two years into Presley’s triumphant comeback, at this point he had shed the bad ass black leather in favor of the white bedazzled jumpsuit (Vegas Elvis is in the building!).
A bulk of the songs on this 17-track album, recorded at one of the dinner shows set up to collect footage and music for the concert film, were never released before, making this another must-have for Elvis collectors.
The sound quality is as stellar as is the selection here with Presley starting the set off strong with “That’s All Right,” “Hound Hog,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Love Me Tender” all coming within the first 30 minutes. Despite songs that are decades old to Presley and his band at this point, he shows no sign of growing bored with the catalog.
As is his routine at this point in his career, he tosses in a handful of contemporary covers like “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,’” capping the album off with a panty-dropping version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Presley in his prime, this may not be the Holy Grail for Presley diehards, but it’s still a fantastic live record.
DOWNLOAD: “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love”