Elvis tour of March of '74 took him to his home town, and a record was madeas testimony, and it stands as the only real proof of why people think that '74 was a golden year for Elvis, as it was a golden year for touring only. Elvis was evidently in great voice, so it's a crime that he didn't feel the need to enter a recording a studio and try out some new material. Never mind.
This is, in my view, the best Elvis live album available. On release, large chunks of the show were removed, intelligently mostly material that had been available 18 months previously on Aloha From Hawaii, but on rerelease the concert is released in its entiery, which makes it great value for money.
As usual Elvis finds it hard to let "I've Got A Woman" end, but unlike other Elvis concerts I've heard (and I've heard a few by now) he's a real passion for his older material, "Love Me" has fire, the rock'n'roll medly has Elvis' full comitment, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and "My Baby left Me" sounds great while "Trying To Get To You" is just amazing! Even the usualy shabby "All Shook Up" and "Teddy Bear" come across as more 'musical' than usual.
This concert wasn't about Elvis' newer material, but nevertheless "Let Me Be There" and "Streamroller Blues" are fine records.
But the hights appear in the middle of record. "Why Me Lord" is a truly great record, sung here by J.D. Sumner and Elvis, and just listen to the fire and passion in that chorus. Wow. Following this Elvis cuts into "How Great Thou Art". If you listen to Elvis sing this song in '77, it sounds like an impersionist. Here the emotion and passion of the gospel classic totally overwhelsm Elvis and his voice seems to encopase the room. In '77 he just shouts. It's a fine line, but here Elvis is very much on the right side and turns in a sublime performance.