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Fun Concert from Elvis,
This review is from: Tucson '76 (Audio CD)
Elvis live in June 1976.
Elvis' voice is crisp and controlled, he sounds much better than he'd done a couple of months previously in the Graceland sessions.
With the regards to the usual culprits: "I Got A Woman/Amen" goes on and on and on, Elvis has fun with "Love Me" and "All Shook Up", but as usual "Teddy Bear" and "Jailhouse Rock" come across as rather tuneless and strained.
But Elvis' ballad singing is quite astonishingly. "And I Love You So", "Hurt" (both versions!) and "Danny Boy" are astounding records, why did "Danny Boy" not sound so crisp and beautiful when recorded in the studio?
Of special note, are two more ballads. Stirling efforts are made to breath life into the dead dog "Help Me", both slowing it down and giving it a sort of gospel harmony with Sherril can't save it... but it's well worth a listen, and is better than the first laid down in Stax a couple of years previously. A brave and personal version of Love Letters is certainly not as a good as the record he made 10 years previously, but it is really eerie and touching, if occasionally struggling to stay in key in places.