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Spring Tours '77

Elvis Presley Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (27 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Follow That Dream
  • ASIN: B0000666CE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Medium 1
  1. That's All Right
  2. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  3. Blue Christmas
  4. Trying To Get To You
  5. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  6. Fever
  7. Heartbreak Hotel
  8. If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
  9. O Sole Mio/It's Now Or Never
  10. Little Sister
  11. Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
  12. Help Me
  13. Blue Suede Shoes
  14. Hound Dog
  15. Jailhouse Rock
  16. Polk Salad Annie
  17. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  18. Big Boss Man
  19. Fairytale
  20. Mystery Train/Tiger Man
  21. Unchained Melody
  22. Little Darlin'
  23. My Way

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank's FTD....It's About Time! 3 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
Follow That Dream deliver big-time, with this fab CD from Elvis spring tour in 1977.
Elvis, still on top form after a mesmorising short tour over late december 76 (note to Ernst & Roger...Release material from this).
Elvis News slaughtered this CD; are they listening to the same disc or what? This is immediately a favourite of mine. Songs such as "My Way" and "Unchained Melody" are given his finest performances here.
He delves deep into his vast reportoire and delivers a smokin' "Mystery Train/Tiger Man", slower than what we are used to, but a killer version. "Big Bossman" is also great, Elvis really sparkling on this great song.
"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" is a favourite here, and almost everytime he sang it. Slightly different arrangement here and a small lyric change make this is gem.
It's been mentioned before in a review; and yes! I also get a huge kick out of Elvis goofing off and messing up "Are You Lonesome Tonight."
"Fairytale" tops the albume version, whilst "Hearbreak Hotel" oh so bluesy and brimming with attitude.
I highly recommend this CD, too often Elvis later work is criticised, and why? because Elvis in the 70s delivered consistantly strong material that, as a whole is far superior to anything the Beatles done individually or Dylan for that matter. And live.......untouchable, Elvis, Springsteen, James Brown and Johnny Cash as live artists cant be topped.
Anyway; 5 stars, excellent!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Springs Into Action! 26 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I just got my copy of the "Spring Tours" and was completely blown away.
Follow That Dream are doing a great job releasing rare material and music aimed specifically at the Elvis fans; but when CDs like this and "The Memphis Sessions", "Jungle Room Sessions", "Burbank 68" and "Fame and Fortune" are so damn excellent, it's a huge shame that they are not given more exposure.
Firstly, the packaging is very good, with great pictures plus a reproduction of an origianl newspaper review beneath the CD tray.
The music is nothing short of excellent throughout. A great version of "That's Alright" opens the CD, and one can instantly feel that the whole CD is very acoustic and bluesy, with less brass and granduer, and more raw Presley.
This is especially evident in a bluesy "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", which was very rare after 1974; plus a great "Heartbreak Hotel" that comes straight out of Beale Street and down the Mississippi Delta.
I must also point out the stunning; always stunning live version of "Unchained Melody" and a fantastic "Bridge Over Troubled Water." A song that Elvis always seemed to convey a deeper sense of emotion that messrs Simon & Garfunkle did.
"Mystery Train/Tiger Man" is always a blistering drive through these Sun classics; I love this, especially the break where Elvis growls..."Well 'am the King of the jungle they call me the tiger man.....", just superp.
I must also point out "Help Me", a fabulous gospel song with a country edge; and this great version really stands out.
More of this please FTD; this could be the best one yet 5 STARS.....EASILLY!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars purely for collectors 6 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you're a big Elvis fan, as I am, then this is an absolutely essential purchase. BMG have finally released some rare live tracks from 1977! Unfortunately this is where the good news ends. Tragically, these tracks reveal the extremely fragile state of Elvis' voice, and seem to show a man who knows he's living on borrowed time. On many of the songs Elvis seems bored or out of tune, or a combination of both. This isn't helped by the limited budget for this release, which didn't allow for any remixing or remastering of the tracks. If you are a casual fan, but feel the need to buy a late-period Elvis album, then I would recommend either Elvis in Concert or Moody Blue. However, if like me, you have to buy everything released, then of course it's an essential purchase!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Yes, at last one of the most anticipated Elvis CDs is here. The spring tours of 1977, and the first full release from 1977, since Elvis in Concert, 25 years ago.
This is fantastcic, and it's a huge pity that this is not a general release, as it would certainly quash the nonsense that Elvis was washed up and past it by 1977.
This is so good that RCA/BMG, in a press-release, actually seemed surprised about the content and the excellent performances.
The fact is, that sure Elvis had his problems, but he gave very very few poor shows. As a singer and an artist, he was always in tact; never really equalled by anyone, and at any stage of his career, as this CD easilly proves........... so what do we have?
Kicking in with a superb version of Elvis first song; "That's Alright", this really moves, with some excellent acoustic guitar, presumably from Elvis. Perhaps the best track on the CD, Elvis still had one foot firmly in Sun studios, doing justice to the ultimate classic, perhaps even bettering his version from the 68 Special.
The entire CD is very raw, yet polished. The huge ballads and grandoise takes a backseat to rock, blues and country; yet still a towering "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "My Way" and "Unchained Melody" are not out of place.
"Heartbreak Hotel"; Elvis first smash hit from 1956 is excellent. This great great version perhaps is more bluesy than the original; I think if BB King, Muddy Waters or perhaps Arthur Cruddup ever sung "Heartbreak...", this is how it would sound: perhaps above all, Elvis was a blues man!
Elvis delivers big time with his earlier material here, with a blistering "Mystery Train/Tiger Man"; this, the last time he ever sang this medley...
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2.0 out of 5 stars For diehard Elvis fans only
This CD is strictly for diehard fans only. It's a mostly dreary collection of songs that have been done by Elvis Presley (much, much) better before (even the arrangements went... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2005 by Marc Haegeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Just WOW...
Well. I'm 21 and I have been listening to Elvis for 11 years (also a Robbie williams fan) and I must say that this album is a MUST for every Elvis fan especially the fans who adore... Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2003 by CAN BALKAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Rare 77 performance that is rockin
Well this is surprisingly a good performance for the year. Elvis does forget and fool about with the lyrics of his most famous tunes such as Heartbreak Hotel. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2003 by mr g n oates
4.0 out of 5 stars Spring Tours 77 - King Great Performance.
This album is superb and therefore a must for any Elvis fan. The sound quality is excellent for a soundboard recording and is great when played loud! Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Live Performance !
"It's Midnight" (1974) I found generally disappointing and therefore believed "Spring Tours '77" with the "King" in health decline would not be great. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2002 by Wallace Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever Live Elvis CD?
The Follow That Dream label has been a Godsend for fans of Elvis Presley. Yet still, I can't help but wonder why such excellent releases as "The Spring Tours" have not been... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2002 by greg nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars At Long Last............And Yes; It's as Good As I Thought!
This very excellent CD is long overdue and does more than justice to the man's final year; a year that has been unjustly criticsed; apparenty on hearsay, as the music here, and on... Read more
Published on 31 May 2002 by greg nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Unchained
This is one of the best FTD releases thus far. Highly anticipated, and well worth the wait; this great CD focuses on Elvis'1977 spring tour. Read more
Published on 25 May 2002
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