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Live at Madison Square Garden [VINYL]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2012
This album, and possibly the 'On Stage' album are my favourite records of Elvis live. The're both records of him at his peak as a performer and are genuinely electric. While the sound quality could be better you feel the audience's excitement from the first strains of the 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' intro. Every time I hear it I wish I could have been in the audience back there in 1972. In my view this album is far superior to the more heralded 1973 'Aloha', maybe because it has more a feel of a rock show with a brilliant, blistering cover of 'Never Been to Spain': why didn't he do more songs like that? Yes, there's also a cover of 'The Impossible Dream' but it's with passion an commitment with Elvis brilliantly hitting the high notes. It might of even been a nod to the fact that he was in the hometown of the Broadway musical.

While the Madison Square Garden concerts weren't filmed for the documentary 'Elvis on Tour' most of the songs from this album were performed in the featured concerts and are from the same period. Hence, this is effectively the soundtrack for the film.

Maybe because Elvis was particularly nervous about performing in New York, feeling that they didn't necessarily get him and needing Tom Jones to remind him that he was ELVIS PRESLEY, he seems to have less banter than usual with the audience and rattles through the songs pretty quickly. It has been alleged, and subsequently denied, that Colonel Parker ordered that the mix for thi album be speeded up so that he could fit all of the songs on one vinyl disc on its original release. I'll be generous an go along with an Elvis nervous performing in front of what he felt might be a tougher audience but whatever the reason this is a stellar performance, not only for any die-hard Elvis fan but for anyone who wants to find out what all the fuss was about.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2002
The most explosive live performer ever, hits New York for his first and only concerts in the Big Apple in 1972.
This dynamaic performance is one of his very very best, exhillerating from start to finnish and brimming full of high spots.
When Elvis hits the stage with a ripping "That's Alright", the King has really arrived; and for a solid hour, never lets up.
Highlight..."Polk Salad Annie"; this is a constant highlight; every CD this song appears on, no matter whether its from 1970, 72 or 77 this is a standout.
"I Can't Stop Loving You" is also excellent; with Elvis really digging deep, and delivering, big-time.
If you like Elvis, but have never heard him live; then this is as good a start as any, compliment this with the afternoon show from the same day, "An Afternoon In The Garden."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2012
Elvis goes through his live routine once again but with such a great voice and editing of this album you can't say it's rubbish. Because there are so many 'Live' albums I give this 8/10 as most of it you will have heard before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2014
Never before had Elvis, or anyone else for that matter, sounded so slick, so sharp, so exciting, and so damn good. New York was ready for Elvis Presley - but so was Elvis.

The anticipation was huge. Elvis had not appeared in the big apple since the mid fifties and sixteen years had passed since then, along with 32 movies and a string of hits. In attendance at these shows were many celebrities such as David Bowie, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul Simon, and Art Garfunkel.

After a long wait during which the audience demonstrated their impatience with the supporting acts, Elvis bounded on stage and the audience reaction completely drowned out the otherwise thundering opening music. Then straddling the microphone stand in his trademark stance, Elvis kicked off with the fastest and most exciting version of That's All Right Mama you'll ever hear. You immediately realise you're in for a special treatment.

Before the 20,000 crowd had time to recover from the first number, the band breaks into a stunning version of PROUD MARY. Elvis just ripped into it and gave it an electrifying finish. YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELING is just phenomenal while POLK SALAD ANNIE is a powerful measure of the man's rocking versatility - as well as the band's precise synchronisation. You can feel the audience temperature rising to fever pitch.

One song rolls into the other with so many of his former hits and more contemporary material performed flawlessly. His rendition of HEARTBREAK HOTEL sends shivers down your spine. Both Elvis and his band were on fire on this June 1972 night as he lit up the atmosphere and completely mesmerised the audience. By the time you hear the opening bars of his final song you realise you've just experienced a happening.

This is a fast paced concert that will require a good sound system to bring out the best of the CD. Fan or not, you won't stop listening to this album for a long while. You'll get chills and goose-bumps from the excitement. Though the recording quality is not the best, play it loud and be part of the audience.

Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2010
This Album Reflects What Elvis Was About Live Good Stuff If You Like Elvis
I Am A Musician And Have Just Started Playing In An Elvis Tribute Band And Most Of The Artist Do The Madison Square Songs Because They Are Dynamic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2003
Before the summer 2001 I never listened to Elvis. However, a mutual friend introduced us, and since that time I have been enjoying this live album immensely. I believe that I listened to this album for almost three months ALL THE TIME. Until my family decided that they needed a break.
What's so great about it? It's hard to say. I think that earlier Elvis is much too polished and serious. In the 70s he obviously loosened up a bit, thus creating both hilarity and some real good swinging performances.
Introducing Elvis to my work mates in a small hotel resulted in that the CD almost got worn out to the pleasure of some and annoyance for others.
Regarding this album in particular, it is let down by poor sound quality, however the performances are great. My favourite songs appears on the later stages of the concert.
I'm looking around for even more late Elvis, it's fun and unique.
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on 19 March 2014
An album for those who collect live recordings of Elvis or hte Elvis completist. Not the best of Presley live by any standard comomg between the great dates of hte late sixties and early seventies and the disasterous latter period when his decline turns into a fall. This album stands at tht cusp when although not yeta a a caracature of his ealy self. For completists only
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on 13 August 2015
This is a classic Elvis album, that even non Elvis fans should have, as it really shows the King at his most laid back, crowd entertaining best !!!
Recommended album!! Also if your buying - use this company ,( all your music) USA based, but item much cheaper than UK stores and arrived in a week !! Can't fault em !
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on 1 December 2014
What is there not to like about Elvis, he sings his well known songs on this cd with real feelings, really good that it was recorded live at Madison Square Garden, its just Elvis at his best. Will be listening again and again to this cd
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on 20 May 2015
Elvis first and last time at madison and what a performance can't go wrong if you buy this
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