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Live at the Riviera Las Vegas

Live at the Riviera Las Vegas

While he could never rival Elvis in terms of icon status, Engelbert Humperdinck could put on quite a show (in fact, the two were mutual fans while in Las Vegas together). This concert disc, recorded in 1972 at the Riviera Hotel during Engelbert Humperdinck's long-running stint in Sin City, finds the India-born crooner dazzling his adoring audience with romantic ballads aplenty. Highlights of the set include a boisterous take on Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and a sauntering version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone," along with a show-stopping medley of Engelbert's signature numbers. For fans seeking a vintage Humperdinck live outing, this is the best album on the market.

  1. Introduction: Around the World/Till
  2. My Prayer
  3. A Man Without Love
  4. Help Me Make It Through The Night
  5. My Wife The Dancer
  6. It’s Impossible
  7. Monologue
  8. Just A Little Bit of You
  9. Hit Medley: Am I That Easy to Forget?/There Goes My…
  10. You’ll Never Walk Alone
  11. Band Introduction
  12. Love the One You’re With
  13. Release Me

REVIEWS

WELL THIS CD BROUGHT BACK SO MANY MEMORIES OF ENGELBERT IN HIS YOUNGER YEARS .I REALLY ENJOYED IT .HE SURE KNOWS HOW TO GET A CROWD GOING .I LOVE HIS SENSE OF HUMOR AND HIS RICH VOICE.

Recorded over the course of a month at the Riviera during June and July of 1971, this is a fascinating time capsule of that era, that Super Seventies where clothes looked more like costumes, and what was thought of as risque quite tame by today's standards. 
Despite the rather shallow and tinny audio quality, Engelbert still sounds wonderful, and what is startling is his speaking voice; though I have all his currently available concert DVDs, hearing the spoken word without the visuals makes one aware of what a spectacular voice it is, speaking as well as singing. 

There's the bit where Engelbert brings a girl from the audience on stage to sing to (this one is apparently wearing very short "hot pants"...a garment we ladies used to wear back in those days...usually with boots !), he does an imitation of Tom Jones singing "Delilah", and sings a lovely variety of songs, including many that I have only heard on this disc, like "My Prayer", "It's Impossible", the beautiful Rodgers and Hammerstein "You'll Never Walk Alone", and a number I remember as if it were yesterday on his short-lived but terrific ABC variety show in 1970, "My Wife the Dancer". 

Backed by Laurie Holloway and his band, and the singing trio The Three Degrees, this is great showmanship, Las Vegas style, up there with the best of them, and will be of 5 star interest to Engelbert fans, and perhaps 4 stars for everyone else, because of the less than perfect sound. The foldout insert has a short Engelbert history for liner notes, and the total playing time is 45'59. 

I picked this recording up without any expectations. I was delightfully impressed with Englebert, who I already knew to be one of the biggest names in show business. He had a wonderful personal rapor with the audience, beginning the album by bringing an audience member on stage to serenade. His voice was full, masculine and dynamic,(not unlike my stomach) and he carried on a humorus banter with the audience throughout. I found "My wife the dancer" to be very entertaining, and his medley of hits is a great mix which shows Engy's range and talent. The recording gives the listener the audio image of truly being present, in the front row, that night. If you like the Vegas lounge singer type of music this is the best I've heard. Wayne Newton, eat your heart out!

USER REVIEWS

Posted By Avatar: Momsy158 Momsy158
"Bought this album after hearing "It's Impossible" on the internet. Just LOVE this version of the song, much better than Perry Como's. All of the songs are beautifully done, and as always, your voice is FLAWLESS!"
Posted By Avatar: Erik Erik
"Hola, este disco en dónde lo podría conseguir en México? Gracias!"
Posted By Avatar: Billiej Billiej
"What wonderful memories you share with us Dorothy. Yes you were one of the many that made Engelbert the performer he is today. Thank You and all the others. Take Care Billie"
Posted By Avatar: smile4u smile4u
"I loved this album because of our visit to The Riviera in 1974. My Fan Club had just been chartered in January, so 6 of us flew to Vegas to see Enge, and what a surprise to see a Happy Face ( Smile ) on the stool that he always kept onstage. The laughs he got from the audience, with his perfect lines, when he would talk to that face. We were thrilled with this idea, had to find out how this came to be, and soon after, we got the story from a few people involved. They were all apologies, not knowing that a new Fan Club had this logo ~ but we applauded them for doing this wonderful fun thing. That stool was there for a good while, I even had photos taken with it....Memories live in one's heart forever. As to the album, the songs were top notch, and every so often Enge brings back My Wife The Dancer, and indeed the audience goes wild! My favorite on this album was and still is Help Me Make It Through The Night. A wonderful album to add to a collection, that is, if you can locate one......Love & Smiles from Dorothy Whalen, President of Enge's Happy Faces in New York"

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Discography

Engelbert CallingEngelbert Calling
ReleasedReleased
We Made It Happen/SweetheartWe Made It Happen/Sweetheart
My Love/King of HeartsMy Love/King of Hearts
Legacy of Love Disc 2Legacy of Love Disc 2
Legacy of Love Disc 1Legacy of Love Disc 1
The Winding Road The Winding Road
An Introduction to Engelbert HumperdinckAn Introduction to Engelbert Humperdinck
Totally Amazing Totally Amazing
Best of Engelbert Humperdinck: The Millenium CollectionBest of Engelbert Humperdinck: The Millenium Collection
GoldGold
Let There Be Love Let There Be Love
Love Songs and BalladsLove Songs and Ballads
His Greatest Love Songs His Greatest Love Songs
Release MeRelease Me
Always Hear the Harmony: The Gospel Sessions Always Hear the Harmony: The Gospel Sessions
Engelbert Humperdinck Live Engelbert Humperdinck Live
Definition of Love Definition of Love
You Belong to My Heart You Belong to My Heart
Love is the Reason [DM]Love is the Reason [DM]
Red Sails in the Sunset Red Sails in the Sunset
I Want to Wake Up With You I Want to Wake Up With You
It’s All in the Game It’s All in the Game
Original Gold Vol. 2Original Gold Vol. 2
Original Gold Vol. 1Original Gold Vol. 1
Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck & the Royal Philharmonic OrchestraEvening with Engelbert Humperdinck & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
An Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck An Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck
#1 Love Songs of All Time#1 Love Songs of All Time
At His Very BestAt His Very Best
The Engelbert Humperdinck Collection The Engelbert Humperdinck Collection
Live at the Royal Albert HallLive at the Royal Albert Hall
In the Still of the Night: 20 Beautiful Love SongsIn the Still of the Night: 20 Beautiful Love Songs
Dance Album [Bonus Track]Dance Album [Bonus Track]
The Best of Engelbert Humperdinck Live The Best of Engelbert Humperdinck Live
Merry Christmas with Engelbert HumperdinckMerry Christmas with Engelbert Humperdinck
Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck 2 [Live] Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck 2 [Live]
Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck 1 [Live]Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck 1 [Live]
The Dance AlbumThe Dance Album
16 Most Requested Songs16 Most Requested Songs
From the HeartFrom the Heart
FeelingsFeelings
Live in JapanLive in Japan
After DarkAfter Dark
You are So BeautifulYou are So Beautiful
Sings BalladsSings Ballads
The Magic of ChristmasThe Magic of Christmas
Magic NightMagic Night
Engelbert Humperdinck Sings the ClassicsEngelbert Humperdinck Sings the Classics
Love UnchainedLove Unchained
Christmas EveChristmas Eve
Engelbert I Love YouEngelbert I Love You
Step into My LifeStep into My Life
An Evening with Engelbert HumperdinckAn Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck
Yours: Quiereme MuchoYours: Quiereme Mucho
YoursYours
Hello Out ThereHello Out There
Engelbert Heart of GoldEngelbert Heart of Gold
Step into My LifeStep into My Life
Love is the ReasonLove is the Reason
Live in Concert/All of MeLive in Concert/All of Me
Remember I Love YouRemember I Love You
Getting SentimentalGetting Sentimental
You and Your LoverYou and Your Lover
Misty BlueMisty Blue
Don't You Love Me Anymore?Don't You Love Me Anymore?
A Merry Christmas with Engelbert HumperdinckA Merry Christmas with Engelbert Humperdinck
Love’s Only LoveLove’s Only Love
Engelbert Sings the HitsEngelbert Sings the Hits
This Moment in TimeThis Moment in Time
Love LettersLove Letters
The Last of the RomanticsThe Last of the Romantics
A Time For UsA Time For Us
Engelbert Sings For YouEngelbert Sings For You
Christmas TymeChristmas Tyme
MiraclesMiracles
After the Lovin’After the Lovin’
The World of Engelbert HumperdinckThe World of Engelbert Humperdinck
Engelbert Humperdinck His Greatest HitsEngelbert Humperdinck His Greatest Hits
My LoveMy Love
Engelbert King of HeartsEngelbert King of Hearts
In TimeIn Time
Live at the Riviera Las VegasLive at the Riviera Las Vegas
Another Time, Another PlaceAnother Time, Another Place
SweetheartSweetheart
We Made It HappenWe Made It Happen
Engelbert HumperdinckEngelbert Humperdinck
EngelbertEngelbert
A Man Without LoveA Man Without Love
Last WaltzLast Waltz
Release MeRelease Me