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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.