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The New Legacy Edition,
This review is from: Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis (Legacy Edition) (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 24 Mar 2014 22:50:11 GMT
C. Manley says:
Good review - someone else who prefers the edit!
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