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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Original!
After quite a long dry spell on the charts, Elvis was catapulted back with his triumphant album "As Recorded At Madison Square Garden", a faithful transcription of the evening show on june 10, 1972. New York was clearly buzzing with Elvis-fever during those summer days when he played The Big Apple for the first time, giving four performances in three days. No less than 80...
Published on 22 Jun 2003 by jerryleelewis2

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 52 minutes of Legend
This is the afternoon performance during Elvis' stint at Madison Square Garden. RCA released the evening show as the album at the time, leaving this in the vaults.
The main reason to get this is (a) it's remastered (b) its unedited unlike the original Madison Square Garden and (c) the better quality sound more effectively puts you in the audience...
Published on 23 Dec 1999


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Original!, 22 Jun 2003
After quite a long dry spell on the charts, Elvis was catapulted back with his triumphant album "As Recorded At Madison Square Garden", a faithful transcription of the evening show on june 10, 1972. New York was clearly buzzing with Elvis-fever during those summer days when he played The Big Apple for the first time, giving four performances in three days. No less than 80 000 tickets were sold in double-quick time and the box office was a then all-time record for the Garden. RCA decided to capitalize on the ballyhoo and recorded both of his shows on june 10th. The afternoon show, although featuring a better performance from Elvis, was shelved and not released until 1997.
Was it worth the wait? The answer must be in the affirmative. Although Elvis is not as good as during his 1969 and 1970 stints in Las Vegas, he was still capable of giving the customer value for the money doled out on tickets and/or album.
It's quite clear that some of the inspiration has gone, but Elvis makes up for that with a superbly polished show delivered at almost breakneck speed with little time for audience and listeners to catch their breath.
This is a better album than the original release due to the fact that the sound is better and because we are treated to some unusual songs not performed at the evening performance.
Highlights includes usual show stoppers such as "That's All Right ,"American Trilogy", "Suspicious Minds" as well as some songs that were quite new on Elvis' concert repetoire such as his tender and moving treatment of "For The Good Times" and a wonderful stab at Three Dog Night's "Never Been To Spain". Most of his oldies are delivered in a throaway fascion with the exeption of "Blue Suede Shoes" and the seldom performed "Reconsider Baby". All in all this is a very good album that know Elvis fan can live without, and I'm sure that the more casual buyer also will enjoy it. It's a good document of Elvis as he was in 1972 and a testament to his powers as a live performer.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Why He Is The King, 2 Nov 2002
This is (in my opinion) better than the original New York release 'As Recorded At Madison Square Garden'. Which is a good performance in itself, but generally the clearness and strength of Elvis' voice is far better here. Such performances as 'Proud Mary' 'Reconsider Baby' and 'For The Good Times' are some of my favourite on the CD. But my favourite above all is this version of 'An American Trilogy', his voice is so powerful and is filled with emotion. Elvis does his regular pitch of Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede shoes etc...
But one of main things which make this a fantastic concert is the crowd. The audience are absolutley electric and Elvis handles them (as usual) in perfect style. I haven't heard alot of concerts from '72 but from what ive seen and heard, this has to be the best from the whole year. I wonder wheather some of the acts around today could perform like this on stage consistantly, i seriously doubt it.
In my opinion...better than Hawaii '73.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ELVIS S-h-A-k-E-s UP NEW YORK in '72, 25 Jan 2009
Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden
In June 1972, Elvis Presley shook New York city's foundations with his famous Madison Square Garden concerts. Four shows were performed, two of which were recorded. The first live recording, entitled As Recorded at Madison Square Garden, was released about a week later (to date an unbeaten speed record I think). Thirty years later, this CD of the afternoon show is released.

Apart from being a fantastic live concert, just wait till you hear the audience react when Elvis walks out on stage. The engineers had to abruptly shut down the audience microphones so that the unbelievable deafening roar doesn't drown out Elvis and the band. Oh they didn't call him the king for nothing.

And what a performance. As good as, and many may say better than, the original 1972 release of Live At Madison Square Garden (evening show). To me, the original is just slightly more polished, but sound-wise this release is heavier and better. The tracks are almost identical but in this concert BLUE SUEDE SHOES is thrown in for fun, and Elvis includes a great rendition of his 1960 blues hit RECONSIDER BABY.

This is the legendary Elvis Presley doing what he did best. Without hesitation get it, hear it, feel it, love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete and satisfying Elvis concert, 10 July 2001
Anyone moving on from listening to Elvis' hit records and wanting to hear what he sounded like in concert will find this is an excellent starting point. At just over 60 minutes this disc includes the build up to his entrance; banter between Elvis and the audience; and demonstrates clearly how Elvis 'built up' his shows by generating such a dynamic of sound, emotion and excitement. He sings a wide range of material and you can hear the fans adoring it! One specially nice part of this show is that the standard 'oldies' are given in 'straight' versions; in later concerts Elvis would clearly get bored with singing them and it showed, but not here! The recording is very good and the balance between stage (where you can hear the band call out the next number) and the audience (sometimes screaming!) is good. Buy this; play it loud; and hear an uninterrupted concert by the King in very good voice - that is until you are informed the he has 'left the building'. Very satisfying.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 52 minutes of Legend, 23 Dec 1999
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This is the afternoon performance during Elvis' stint at Madison Square Garden. RCA released the evening show as the album at the time, leaving this in the vaults.
The main reason to get this is (a) it's remastered (b) its unedited unlike the original Madison Square Garden and (c) the better quality sound more effectively puts you in the audience.
"That's All Right" is a real rocking version, better than that on the evening show, and a change from the usual opener "C.C.Rider", "Proud Mary" is as good after a shaky start and "Never Been to Spain", another contemporary number, Elvis toys with the melody, sinking to the depths of his range at the start of the second verse to great effect which almost makes the song.
Then there's the usual leisurely stroll through the early hits before "Hound Dog" which, with "Suspicious Minds" is a highlight of the album. The great teasing start, and then funked up, slowed down and updated for the 70s with lots of wah-wah. Suspicious Minds is similarly toyed with and whilst its not much different to any other of his mid 70s versions, the middle slowed down sections in this are electric, especially Elvis' melody twisting, deep bass singing of "because I love you too much baby". The sound quality and Elvis' commitment gives this version the edge over any other live version I've heard.
If you want an album of Elvis in Concert in the 70s, get this. Don't get Aloha - he's audibly slowed down and not quite as switched on; don't get Madison Square Garden because of the inferior sound and edits; Don't get some earlier concerts when the show wasn't that developed. And please don't get the 77 Concert where Elvis is definitely not in the building.
This is Vegas Elvis at his peak. And this is the best version available. Have it.
K.M.Manley
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Concert He Ever Gave, 8 Feb 2002
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Quite simply, this is the best concert Elvis ever gave. This is the King at his very best, in the middle of an amazing tour, that was filmed for the documentary Elvis On Tour.
Elvis is unrelenting for the entire concert as he moves at a breakneck pace with aplomb.
The opening Thats Alright is faster than he ever sang this song, its riveting as he moves into Proud Mary with hardly a pause for breath.
This is perhaps the best live CD ever released, crank it up loud and listen to 20,000 crazy, wild fans scream their lungs out as if God himself had just walked on stage.
The highlights, well the whole CD, but Polk Salad Annie is wild southern funk, listen as he digs deep into the drop in speed during Suspicious Minds before exploding back into the chorus at a mesmerising pace.
There is a few slower songs too, Reconsider Baby is a great blues performance whilst the beautiful Willie Nelson song Funny How Time Slips Away is fabulously performed as is Kristofferson's For The Good Times.
This will be played over and over again, and for an idea of what the concert was like, buy the On Tour video and be amazed by the King.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An afternoon in the garden, 19 Mar 2014
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If you have the Live in Madison Square Gardens Concert then this is superflous. There is nothing new here for anyone but the completist to inverst their money in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collection Item, 16 Feb 2014
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This was purchased to add to my collection. It is something I had never heard of previously and it is a great
way of seeing Elvis in action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best live recordings Elvis released., 18 Dec 2013
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Elvis may have only lived until he was 42 but he will never be forgotten or equalled and along with Sinatra has earned the respect they both still enjoy many years after their passing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect show, 9 Jun 2012
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It's a must have for Elvis fans and soon to be fans. It's 40 years anniversary this weekend and it is still wonderful to listen to his voice, which is powerful and emotional.
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