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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars
An Afternoon In The Garden
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on 25 July 2017
Really pleased I bought this, Elvis doing his thing and doing it great.
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on 3 April 2017
Loved this very much.
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on 22 June 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.
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on 10 July 2001
Anyone moving on from listening to Elvis' hit records and wanting to hear what he sounded like in concert will find this is an excellent starting point. At just over 60 minutes this disc includes the build up to his entrance; banter between Elvis and the audience; and demonstrates clearly how Elvis 'built up' his shows by generating such a dynamic of sound, emotion and excitement. He sings a wide range of material and you can hear the fans adoring it! One specially nice part of this show is that the standard 'oldies' are given in 'straight' versions; in later concerts Elvis would clearly get bored with singing them and it showed, but not here! The recording is very good and the balance between stage (where you can hear the band call out the next number) and the audience (sometimes screaming!) is good. Buy this; play it loud; and hear an uninterrupted concert by the King in very good voice - that is until you are informed the he has 'left the building'. Very satisfying.
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on 25 January 2009
Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden
In June 1972, Elvis Presley shook New York city's foundations with his famous Madison Square Garden concerts. Four shows were performed, two of which were recorded. The first live recording, entitled As Recorded at Madison Square Garden, was released about a week later (to date an unbeaten speed record I think). Thirty years later, this CD of the afternoon show is released.

Apart from being a fantastic live concert, just wait till you hear the audience react when Elvis walks out on stage. The engineers had to abruptly shut down the audience microphones so that the unbelievable deafening roar doesn't drown out Elvis and the band. Oh they didn't call him the king for nothing.

And what a performance. As good as, and many may say better than, the original 1972 release of Live At Madison Square Garden (evening show). To me, the original is just slightly more polished, but sound-wise this release is heavier and better. The tracks are almost identical but in this concert BLUE SUEDE SHOES is thrown in for fun, and Elvis includes a great rendition of his 1960 blues hit RECONSIDER BABY.

This is the legendary Elvis Presley doing what he did best. Without hesitation get it, hear it, feel it, love it.
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on 23 December 1999
This is the afternoon performance during Elvis' stint at Madison Square Garden. RCA released the evening show as the album at the time, leaving this in the vaults.
The main reason to get this is (a) it's remastered (b) its unedited unlike the original Madison Square Garden and (c) the better quality sound more effectively puts you in the audience.
"That's All Right" is a real rocking version, better than that on the evening show, and a change from the usual opener "C.C.Rider", "Proud Mary" is as good after a shaky start and "Never Been to Spain", another contemporary number, Elvis toys with the melody, sinking to the depths of his range at the start of the second verse to great effect which almost makes the song.
Then there's the usual leisurely stroll through the early hits before "Hound Dog" which, with "Suspicious Minds" is a highlight of the album. The great teasing start, and then funked up, slowed down and updated for the 70s with lots of wah-wah. Suspicious Minds is similarly toyed with and whilst its not much different to any other of his mid 70s versions, the middle slowed down sections in this are electric, especially Elvis' melody twisting, deep bass singing of "because I love you too much baby". The sound quality and Elvis' commitment gives this version the edge over any other live version I've heard.
If you want an album of Elvis in Concert in the 70s, get this. Don't get Aloha - he's audibly slowed down and not quite as switched on; don't get Madison Square Garden because of the inferior sound and edits; Don't get some earlier concerts when the show wasn't that developed. And please don't get the 77 Concert where Elvis is definitely not in the building.
This is Vegas Elvis at his peak. And this is the best version available. Have it.
K.M.Manley
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on 2 November 2002
This is (in my opinion) better than the original New York release 'As Recorded At Madison Square Garden'. Which is a good performance in itself, but generally the clearness and strength of Elvis' voice is far better here. Such performances as 'Proud Mary' 'Reconsider Baby' and 'For The Good Times' are some of my favourite on the CD. But my favourite above all is this version of 'An American Trilogy', his voice is so powerful and is filled with emotion. Elvis does his regular pitch of Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede shoes etc...
But one of main things which make this a fantastic concert is the crowd. The audience are absolutley electric and Elvis handles them (as usual) in perfect style. I haven't heard alot of concerts from '72 but from what ive seen and heard, this has to be the best from the whole year. I wonder wheather some of the acts around today could perform like this on stage consistantly, i seriously doubt it.
In my opinion...better than Hawaii '73.
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on 8 February 2002
Quite simply, this is the best concert Elvis ever gave. This is the King at his very best, in the middle of an amazing tour, that was filmed for the documentary Elvis On Tour.
Elvis is unrelenting for the entire concert as he moves at a breakneck pace with aplomb.
The opening Thats Alright is faster than he ever sang this song, its riveting as he moves into Proud Mary with hardly a pause for breath.
This is perhaps the best live CD ever released, crank it up loud and listen to 20,000 crazy, wild fans scream their lungs out as if God himself had just walked on stage.
The highlights, well the whole CD, but Polk Salad Annie is wild southern funk, listen as he digs deep into the drop in speed during Suspicious Minds before exploding back into the chorus at a mesmerising pace.
There is a few slower songs too, Reconsider Baby is a great blues performance whilst the beautiful Willie Nelson song Funny How Time Slips Away is fabulously performed as is Kristofferson's For The Good Times.
This will be played over and over again, and for an idea of what the concert was like, buy the On Tour video and be amazed by the King.
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on 20 December 2015
This is probably the best Elvis concert our there, if you have not heard Elvis recorded live, then you are in for a treat! ! These four concerts broke all previously records in the Garden (including The Beatles' ), and are named as one of the 50 greatest events in MSG ever. If you really want to get the whole packed, then you should buy the Prince From Another Planet cd/dvd box set, which have this concert and the evening show too, and some great film recordings from these shows and even a really nice booklet included (and to a really low price), if not , then you won't be disapointed with this release either .
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on 26 October 2002
This is (in my opinion) better than the original New York release 'As Recorded At Madison Square Garden'. Which is a good performance in itself, but generally the clearness and strength of Elvis' voice is far better here. Such performances as 'Proud Mary' 'Reconsider Baby' and 'For The Good Times' are some of my favourite on the CD. But my favourite above all is this version of 'An American Trilogy', his voice is so powerful and is filled with emotion. Elvis does his regular pitch of Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede shoes etc...
But one of main things which make this a fantastic concert is the crowd. The audience are absolutley electric and Elvis handles them (as usual) in perfect style. I haven't heard an alot of concerts from '72 but from what ive seen and heard, this has to be the best from the whole year. In my opinion...better than Hawaii '73.
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