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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Great Live Album, 5 Jun 2010
This review is from: On Stage (Legacy Edition) (Audio CD)
Elvis' "On Stage, February 1970" is in my opinion one of the best live albums of all time. It captures Elvis at his finest and is unique in that it does not include any tracks previously recorded by The King. In that sense it is probably the "purest" live album ever made - it really feels like Elvis is performing these tracks for the first time "live and on the hoof". The sound is fantastic - really in your face (or ears!) - you absolutely feel as though you are there at the show, up close with the man himself.

The song choice is excellent. We get to enjoy Elvis' raw power on "Proud Mary", a punched-up take on "Release Me" and his finest ever rendition of "CC Rider" (which sounds totally different to later versions such as the one on the "Aloha" album). Balance is provided by the delicate beauty of "Let It Be Me" and "Yesterday". The King also attacks contemporary pop classics such as "Runaway" and "Sweet Caroline", blowing the originals out of the water.

My two favourite tracks are "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" (on which Elvis confirms his liberal credentials) and "Polk Salad Annie" (which is punctuated by the sounds of women audibly swooning at El's feet).

This album is an essential purchase for anyone who claims to like music (even "The Wonder of You" is cooly powerful when heard here in its proper context). The release of the Legacy Edition is a good opportunity to add it to your collection. It includes Elvis' first live album "In Person", which was originally released in '69 as half of the double album "From Memphis to Vegas/ Back in Memphis". It is just as good as the "Feb '1970" album, though perhaps less interesting given that it contains familiar songs readily associated with The King. The packaging is excellent and includes some great photos of Elvis in his prime. Also, it's great that the original albums are presented unaltered with the bonus tracks kept separate at the end - for once the record company hasn't messed it up!
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