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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



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!


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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