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On Stage, In Charge and Out of This World.
on 13 May 2002
This excellent re-release features bonus unreleased tracks, that were not on the original LP.
Elvis live, as always, was dynamic to say the least, and this excellent sample of his Feb 1970 Vegas engagement shows the new songs flooding in, whilst rubbing shoulders with classics from Elvis, plus contemporary hits from The Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival and Neil Diamond.
The first song "See See Rider" became the opener for hundreds of his concerts, this blues classic is attacked hard and fast, before an excellent cover of Neil Diamonds "Sweet Caroline."
"Runaway" is the Del Shannon classic, updated here, and with some wild guitar licks from James Burton; Shannon, who is in the crowd and pointed out by Elvis, must have been loving it.
"The Wonder of You" is next and it hit #1 the year this album was released. It's an all-time classic, sing along......I know that you know the words.
With "Polk Salad Annie" business really picks up with this astounding piece of Southern funk. The spoken intro, wild bass and guitar licks add to the breathtaking performance by Elvis; which, if you have seen "That's The Way It Is", you will agree is unforgettable.
"Yesterday" performed in a medley with "Hey Jude" at the end, is very good. Elvis apparently really liked "Yesterday." I recently heard Paul McCartney say that he did'nt like Elvis' version too much.
Made famous by Creedence Clearwater Revival and covered by Tina Turner, "Proud Mary" is a real classic song. And I hate to be biased, but Elvis version wipes the floor with all others. Drums and guitars here, Elvis rockin, and relishing the lyrics.
"Walk a Mile in my Shoes" is a Tony Joe White song, again with lyrics that Elvis really digs in to. This is excellent, and it seems fitting that "In the Ghetto" follows, need I say more about this masterpiece.
"Don't Cry Daddy" was another massive hit single, it is a little sentimental, and not for all tastes.
Hit after hit here, as "Kentucky Rain" emerges, a lesser performed song, great stuff though, with story-like verses.
"I Can't Stop Loving You" is a classic, whether it's Elvis great live versions or Ray Charles' definitive version, I love this song. Elvis really attacked this in 69/70, whilst later readings are slower and country-esque, this rocks.
"Suspicious Minds" need I say more!!!!!!!!!
"Long Tall Sally", and Elvis lets rip into this Little Richard classic; actually Elvis' version from 1956 was the best version of the song, and Little Richard never performed it as good as this live.
Finally, with "Let it Be Me" the tempo slows again, with a gospel type reading of this song, that is very very beautiful; a lesson in ballad singing.
This is a great live CD, and if you are a fan or not this is a worthy purchase. Elvis was so good live, yet hugely varied; you really must hear more than one concert as the diversity and change in styles and reportoire is something to behold.