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Possibly the best mix yet,
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This review is from: Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis (Legacy Edition) (Audio CD)
The main concert is represented here in it's entirety for the first time. Many people in the media seem to think there is no Elvis after Aloha concert in 73. Whilst it's clear after 72 Elvis standards were slipping rapidly due to his well documented personal problems the March 74 tour was a very good one. This show being in Memphis was likely the best of that tour and is a far better concert than Aloha showing that when motivated Elvis could still cut it. He is in fine voice here with some stand out performances including Trying to Get To You, Steamroller Blues, How Great Thou Art (which won Elvis his final Grammy), the new Help Me and My Baby Left Me which gets a rare outing and is treated with respect. That's not always true of Elvis older songs like All Shook Up as an example. The other noticeable thing about this gig is how much Elvis himself is enjoying it. He is clearly in good spirits and his crowd interaction is fun to listen to whilst never interfering with the actual performances.
The quality of a mix is subjective but this does offer the best yet in terms of hearing more of the instrumentation more clearly e.g. James Burton is more up front now which is always a good thing. I'd have liked a bit of reverb on Elvis vocals to give them a lift as they are very dry here, But the FTD version of this disk is in my collection anyway and that has plenty of reverb and probably captures the ambiance of the recording better. Whilst this mix is more studio like in its delivery. Disk two is interesting as it is basically a live rehersal for the Memphis show taken two nights earlier. Sony have not found the master tapes so this is a mono downmix that was found after nearly 40 years - I wonder what else might turn up? This gig is drenched in reverb and so is closer to a live ambiance but the quality is a step down from disk 1. Elvis though puts on another solid proffessional performance. But apart from Steamroller which is arguably better I doubt many folk will play this over disk one. All in all this is a lovely package and represents a good concert in the best studio quality currently available. Recommended.