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Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2012
".....you've disproven that theory and really made it all worth while". Well so did Elvis! You can sense the fact that Elvis is enjoying himself as are the audience.

The original LP was edited because RCA had released several "live" concerts and Elvis' core repertoire was largely consistent. The original LP showed Elvis enjoying himself more and a less cavalier attitude to his older songs even if the medley does show that rock and roll was not all that varied!

This release however replaces the cut performances and suggests it may not have been that easy to edit the original album. The performances certainly were not edited on quality where Elvis is consistent.

This is worth having because it is a landmark and shows how Elvis "connected" with what had become his home-town, the restoration to the full length makes the historical validity more complete
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2002
This excellent concert was recorded in Memphis during Elvis march tour of 1974.
On this tour Elvis played in Memphis for the first time since 1961, giving a tremendous show from start to finish.
The problem here is that many of the songs from the concert were edited out and still have never put put in place.
Songs like suspicious minds and a tremendous steamroller blues that is funky and better than the Aloha version should be released.
But what we do have is excellent, Elvis really exciting the crowd with home-town favourites and all-time classics.
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on 20 April 2014
This was one of the very first Elvis albums I heard after a greatest hits (the other was "Today", bizarrely) and so I have always liked it and I dont agree its one "just for the fans" but is a good album in its own right even if its the first / only Elvis album you have - very upbeat and rocky, the musicians on fire, some great versions of well known songs and Elvis seemingly in a very good mood. Its only as you learn more about Elvis you realise how unusual this was for the period post Aloha.

The big question most fans will be asking is whether its worth buying if you have the FTD version. I think it is, on balance, partly to get the Richmond show, but partly because the sound is much better, but it does render the FTD one a bit redundant. I heard two versions of the same song back to back today (on random) and the sound on the Legacy edition was much better. Although you have to question how that can be when the FTD version only came out relatively recently.

The Richmond show is interesting to have but the sound much poorer and the set list and performances virtually identical, so cant imagine ever choosing to listen to it over the Memphis show.

Overall this is a great CD for the initiated and the uninitiated alike which captures much of the magic of Elvis live, but a point off for the slightly pointless "bonus tracks", which have nothing to do with these shows, and for extracting more than twice the price out of me a few years ago for the FTD version which now sounds inferior in comparison.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2014
There are (and should be) arguments as to why this album is even in the Legacy Edition series - it isn't, after all, exactly an important album in the Elvis canon. However, it had been much maligned over the years, and hopefully this new edition will allow for it to be re-evaluated. It was the fifth live album in as many years, but the original album was edited to a single disc, cutting out many of the songs that were repeats of the other four records. To be honest, the concert works best in that edit. On the new edition, all the cut songs are reinstated, but that means there are some pacing issues that weren't there before. That said, Elvis was on tremendous form on this tour - he's in far better voice and mood than during the more famous Aloha concert from the year before, for example, and this show is surprisingly upbeat for the period. His rendition of How Great Thou Art here won a Grammy award, there are also great renditions of Lawdy Miss Clawdy, My Baby Left Me and Trying to Get to You from the early years, an energetic rock n roll medley and a cover of the country song Help Me (which had been a featured track on Johnny Cash's Gospel Road film). This isn't music that was ever going to change the world, but it sure is a great fun. Elvis sounds like he's having a blast and, therefore, so too does the listener.

The second disc features a concert from a couple of days earlier with much the same set list. This is a mistake, I feel. The sound is great again, but most casual buyers don't want the same songs twice. Still, it again features Elvis in great form, and a handful of rehearsal tracks from later in 1974 are tagged on the end...for no particular reason. Personally, the Memphis concert from the following year would have made a better second disc, but Elvis releases rarely are well thought out, sadly.

So, if you just want one example of Elvis performing his regular 70s repertoire, I would recommend this outing. The Madison Square Garden concert show sounds rushed, and Aloha is, frankly, a little dull. This Memphis concert is simply great entertainment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2014
This is a great CD for fans of Elvis and is a great add to for your collection as it has extra tracks and an enclosed booklet too.
I bought this as a 40th wedding anniversary present for my husband this year and he was very pleased with it.

Great value for money a must have item for your collection.
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on 17 March 2014
I got this in the post today and I must say it is about damn time that we had this release in it's whole without tracks getting removed or w/e. Nice looking booklet with a few images I haven't seen before with nice linear notes. The sound on the main show is top notch compared with what I have listened to and that includes imports I have heard from this show. You can tell Elvis was having fun back on stage in his hometown and with a lot of energy coming out of the mans mouth and must of been great to be in the arena.

The 2nd CD is has been released before as 48 hours to Memphis on the FTD label. I have that album already but I guess it is a nice addition for anyone who does not have it in the collection.

Overall : Great release which deserves it's legacy stamp and kudos to Ernst and the team for finally giving the fans what they wanted and releasing the complete show in great sound.
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on 13 July 2015
Purchased for my mum, here is her review:

Originally recorded in 1974, Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis is a 2 CD set that was released to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the concert. A couple of songs that were omitted are included to avoid repeating his previous live albums (suspicious minds, polk salad annie). Both disks are nearly identical and show how Elvis could still deliver fantastic music. Disk 2 is mono and Disk 1 is stereo - but I actually preferred the mono disk as it sounded very authentic. A great trip down memory lane and a good feeling album that comes beautifully encased showing Gracelands and the musical gates on the CD's packaging. I'm sure all Elvis fans will enjoy it as much as I did. Put on your headphones and enjoy!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2014
The Best version of the Famous Memphis homecoming concert of 1974. Bonus CD contains a test run recorded 48hrs before the Memphis Concerts. excellent value & Quality. contains the Grammy Award winning version of How Great Thou Art.
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on 19 March 2014
Of all the live albums completed by Elvis this has been my favourite since its original releaase in the mid 1970s.There is a vigour about his performance on this release although all of the tracks are well known and in most fans collection The bonus tracks fulfil the meaning of the word rather than usual scraps and outakes where this has been used so often in the past on Presley's releases.The Ricmond VA bonus recording is another example of this -an interesting but far from essentialaddition to the ouvre. Nevertheless, this new two CD release is an excellent buy for the still substantial Preslesy community as well as a useful insight for new fans. The CD is recommended with out reservation.
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on 21 April 2015
The last of the concert years in my opinion,this is probably the last youll here Elvis at the peak of his Concert years.The fully restored Live On Stage in Memphis is fantastic with brilliant and clear renditions of Steamroller Blues and Fever that you would ever enjoy,Elvis is in good spirits and it sounds so.So much here has been restored and re added from the original cut album and this may well be the best Live Elvis Album now because of the restoration.The added rehersal congert is a plus but not a necessity.Enjoy,the last Best Elvis Concert never to be filmed but luckily caught on tape.
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