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Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

Elvis Presley Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (28 Jun 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0002W0ZQ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This concert was recorded in Memphis on 20 march 1974. Elvis was on good form and put on a good show. The concert was originally released by RCA the same year, edited to fit on one LP.
It is great to see this concert finally released complete and unedited. The sound has been re-mastered and the quality is very good. The packaging is unusual both in size ( approx 18cm sq ) and format, having a gatefold sleeve the front of which is designed to replicate the original LP sleeve. When opened the centre of the cover is designed to look like the original LP, the CD is mounted in the middle and has a design that replicates the centre of the original LP. The back flap incorporates a colour booklet which has some nice concert photos and information.
This is a must for any fan and superior in quality to any of the other FTD concert releases.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong voiced Elvis concert from 1974 17 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
This concert is Elvis singing in his own home town; never an easy task for an artist and the fact is acknowledged by him towards the end of the show. Perhaps because it is 'back down south' there is an air of 'country' to the songs, with the backings being more in the rhythm and blues style which his home town audience would have been been familiar with. His voice is very good and very strong and his version of 'How Great Thou Art' on this album is probably one of his finest performances of this song. The Medley tracks are more impressive than the listings suggest and with each song being in the same key Elvis keeps moving effortlessly and smoothly along. The audience is very responsive and seems to bring out the best side of the King; his sense of humour and his genuine appreciation of their applause comes across right through the show. Although the show is one of the shorter ones, at about 45 minutes, any edits do not show and the concert seems complete. Also the variety of the songs and Elvis' effortless stage presence makes the experience seem much longer. This is the soundtrack to a very pleasant and enjoyable show and it makes you wish that you had been present.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HELLO MEMPHIS ! 2 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
The one time RCA should've featured an exciting live on stage shot of Elvis on the cover of an Elvis Presley live album, they put a picture of his Graceland mansion instead! Just the front of his home with no Elvis in sight. That's typical lopsided marketing and decision-making by his management in the 70s. The Graceland picture would've nicely adorned the cover of his later 1976 album 'From Elvis Presley Boulevard' instead.

Anyway, that's my one and only gripe with this superb album. The concert itself is legendary. Elvis had not performed in Memphis since 1961 and this was his first concert in his hometown since then. Expectations were high and it is such a blessing that this concert was recorded, because it tops all concerts. Elvis was keen to be there for his people and they were just ecstatic to see him. Together with the audience, Elvis and his slick TCB band almost blew the roof off the Mid South Coliseum. They really never sounded better.

Elvis' regular bassist Jerry Scheff had been replaced by newcomer Duke Bardwell and a new backing vocals group recently discovered by Elvis himself also join the band on stage, in addition to the existing vocals. He proudly named them 'Voice'.

Elvis rocked like never before, and every song performed was done as only Elvis could - more especially the rock'n'roll and gospel numbers. They were beyond fantastic. Just listen and you'll see what I mean.

In 1974 Elvis was 39 years old, divorced, and wealthy. And though no one knew it, he had just three years to live. He would spend those final years playing live to screaming audiences all over America, as if trying to perform in every city of every state.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOMETOWN SPLENDOUR 7 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
The original BMG release of this great concert ranked as one of the best Elvis ever did. Now this brilliant FTD release of the entire concert surpasses the original ! Superbly remastered, this great show reveals an artist clearly delighted to be with his hometown fans and he does not disappoint in delivering an outstanding performance.
The "additions" to the show include a blistering "Steamroller Blues", as well as energitic renditions of "Polk Salad Annie" and "Suspicious Minds". Also, a very good "Fever" is added. Standout performances remain the Grammy award-winning "How Great Thou Art", "Help Me", and an excellent "Let Me Be There", together with the always stirring "American Trilogy".
The "older" Presley hits usually act as quick fillers, but pleasingly this concert includes an excellent medley starting with "Long Tall Sally" through to "Hound Dog". Favourite Elvis classic "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" is given a particularly lively performance.
Overall, a fantastic FTD release which even the sceptics must concede reflects the brilliance of Presley loving it live !
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mid 70s live show 24 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
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.
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