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  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Follow That Dream
  • ASIN: B000CDRHZG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. That's All Right
2. It's Now Or Never
3. Help Me
4. Steamroller Blues
5. Heartbreak Hotel
6. Release Me
7. Polk Salad Annie
8. I'll Remember You
9. Little Darlin'
10. Bridge Over Troubled Water
11. Trying To Get To You
12. You Gave Me A Mountain
13. Help Me Make It Through The Night
14. Fairytale
15. Jambalaya
16. Big Boss Man
17. It's Midnight
18. Promised Land
19. Trouble
20. T-R-O-U-B-L-E
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(2006/FTD) 25 tracks - recorded on Tour in the South 1975 - great, unreleased versions in top sound - Highlight !Medium 1
  1. That's All Right
  2. It's Now Or Never
  3. Help Me
  4. Steamroller Blues
  5. Heartbreak Hotel
  6. Release Me
  7. Polk Salad Annie
  8. I'll Remember You
  9. Little Darlin'
  10. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  11. Trying To Get To You
  12. You Gave Me A Mountain
  13. Help Me Make It Through The Night
  14. Fairytale
  15. Jambalaya
  16. Big Boss Man
  17. It's Midnight
  18. Promised Land
  19. Trouble
  20. T-R-O-U-B-L-E
  21. Hawaiian Wedding Song
  22. Blue Suede Shoes
  23. For The Good Times
  24. I Can't Stop Loving You
  25. I'm Leavin'

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
For a while i was put off buying this particular FTD release due to the negative comments it had recieved.Thankfully i finally relented and am very glad i did.I don't know what the previous reviewers were listening to or on what they were listening, but Southern Nights sounds fantastic.Sure Elvis doesn't quite reach the heights he did in his peak live years of 1969-72 but given not many other performers even come close then we could damn most other live recordings using that particular comparison.

For me the best thing about this cd is that it's a collection of songs pulled from early 1975 concerts rather than a full show allowing the compilers to pick and choose the best songs from the available tapes.Thus we get awesome renditions of Steamroller Blues, Polk Salad Annie and You Gave Me a Mountain as well as superb rarer performances of songs such as Help Me, It's Midnight and I'm Leavin'.Even the much maligned Bridge Over Troubled Water cuts the mustard for me, as does virtually every song on this album showing just how great Elvis and his Band continued to be throughout the 70's, despite others misconceptions to the contrary.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marc Haegeman on 22 Jan 2006
Format: Audio CD
Even with the knowledge that the Follow That Dream label is attempting to chart the whole of Elvis Presley's career, "Southern Nights" still sounds as a rather insipid and colourless collection of songs taken from different shows from his Spring 1975 tour. Now presented as a companion to the earlier released "Dixieland Rocks" (which very little rocked in fact), "Southern Nights" makes even less sense as yet another compilation of tracks that Elvis had done much better before - live or in the studio.
Fans will undoubtedly be comforting themselves once again with the idea that Elvis was in a good mood during that gig through Dixie, but that shouldn't make them blind or deaf to the cruel but simple fact that the quality of his voice left a lot to be desired - compared to what he could do a few years earlier, songs like "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Help Me Make It Through The Night", "It's Midnight" or "Trouble" now verged on self-parody.
"Southern Nights" is taken from soundboard recordings, which in the case of this release seems to be synonymous for a dreadfully unbalanced soundpicture with Glenn Hardin's (otherwise magnificent) piano and the background vocalists towering over all the rest, and rules this CD out for repeated listening. In case you were wondering, Elvis did have a full band and even an orchestra in these days.
Only for diehard fans who want to have it all.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan 2006
Format: Audio CD
What can i say about this new release! Well i have to admit it is pretty good, though some songs are abit down hill, like Bridge over Troubled Water, it is good but still nowhere near as good as Elvis could have made it! all the other songs though are rly done well except promised land that sounds rly bad just as bad as it does on the cd " big boss man", but there only 2 songs that arent that great but the rest is good thats why i gave it 4 stars, it is similiar to dixieland rocks but most of the songs are from his june 1975 tour and nt the spring tour like it says but its overall worth buying !
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Only for diehard fans who want to have it all 22 Jan 2006
By Marc Haegeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Even with the knowledge that the Follow That Dream label is attempting to chart the whole of Elvis Presley's career, "Southern Nights" still sounds as a rather insipid and colourless collection of songs taken from different shows from his Spring 1975 tour. Now presented as a companion to the earlier released "Dixieland Rocks" from May 1975 (which in fact rocked a lot less than the title suggests, but at least was in acceptable sound), "Southern Nights" makes even less sense as yet another compilation of tracks that Elvis had done much better before - live or in the studio.

Fans will undoubtedly be comforting themselves once again with the idea that Elvis was in a good mood during that gig through Dixie, but that shouldn't make them deaf to the cruel but simple fact that the quality of his voice left a lot to be desired - his rendition of songs like "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Help Me Make It Through The Night", "I Can't Stop Loving You" or "Trouble" was now only a pale shadow of what he could do a few years earlier. And we weren't really waiting for those 36 secs of "Jambalaya".

"Southern Nights" is taken from soundboard recordings, which in the case of this release seems to be synonymous for a dreadfully unbalanced soundpicture with Glenn Hardin's (otherwise magnificent) piano and the background vocalists towering over all the rest, and rules this CD out for repeated listening. In case you were wondering, Elvis did have a full band and even an orchestra in these days.

Only for diehard fans who want to have it all.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not Quite THAT Bad 24 Sep 2006
By SEAN MCATEER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Decent sound, unbalanced as prior reviewer pointed out, but still better than any audience recordings of Elvis in that period. The setlist is very good and the band is still super, even if Elvis is down one or two notches from the previous years. For fans, not just die-hards.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A very entertaining CD (if you know what you're getting) 10 Dec 2007
By Isaac Laughhunn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Please note that this is a soundboard recording and not as crystal clear as some other live recordings. If you are familiar with soundboard recordings, however, this CD is among the best soundboards I have heard. This isn't Elvis live in 1970, but for Elvis' 1975 live recordings, these are also the best performances I have heard. A minimum of joking and flubbing lyrics during songs (Elvis joked during songs more frequently in his later performances) and overall, a very listenable and varied songlist. If you are not a fan of Elvis' live performances in 1975, then you probably won't enjoy this CD, but otherwise, I would recommend it.
Highlights from a Slightly Above Average Elvis Period. 6 Jan 2014
By Anthony Nasti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It wasn't a secret that by early 1975, Elvis Presley was in trouble; the end of 1974 had him behaving erratically onstage, slurring his vocals and going on bizarre, often dark and occasionally violent rants about the press, karate, and his personal life. While there had been signs that things were going off kilter as early as 1971, this is truly the period where The King descended into the downward spiral that ended up killing him on August 16, 1977.

Despite this precipitous shift in quality, Elvis was still able to rise to an acceptable, if not outstanding, level of performances, as evident during his 1975 Southern tour, which found The King in fair voice and good spirits. The Follow that Dream release "Southern Nights" is a solid representation of the highlights from that tour, eschewing the more tired oldies for lesser played fare, including strong performances of "It's Now or Never," "Trying to Get to You," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and "I'm Leaving," among others. While the signs of decline are certainly there - the voice is beginning to sound nasal, certain songs are phoned in - this is certainly a much more entertaining year than 1976 or 1977, and aside from the brief run at the end of 1976, is maybe the last time you hear a truly energized Elvis.
A groovy goodtime and a great setlist 23 Aug 2012
By Phil S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I can't imagine Elvis had a setlist in his career...but a songlist. A cool combo of "set" pieces and requests and..impulses.

Most customers I guess know we have a mono soundboard recording, so the fidelity is not at an optimum...but to this Reviewer/fan, more is gained by an upfront, driving bass and Elvis' voice to the fore.

His voice is strong, very elastic, as he mades impressive jumps from bass to near falsetto, though he is more "relaxed" than usual, as if playing to a 500 seat venue (or smaller). It is not the explosive star we heard on stage, say 1969 to 1971, but I like the A & R much better and in some ways, I think his voice *improved*!

Happy standouts here: a bit of "Trouble" and a loose take of "T-R-O-U-B-L-E", his moderate country rocker from 1975. In the latter he's in Jerry Lee country and he does a fine job. (a lyric sheet insert would help on this, but...that's the way Elvis liked it!).

Highlights: "It's Midnight", "I'm Leavin'", "Release Me", "It's Now Or Never", and, most definitely "Promised land". "Polk Salad Annie" is a storming country R & B blowout, actually prefaced by (or in a loose, quizzical medley with) "Burning Love".
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