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on 9 April 2017
Wow. I won't repeat what other reviewers have said but, for me, this Memphis concert is one of the best Elvis concert recordings I have. Not as good as the '68 Special - but certainly better than Madison Square Garden or Aloha.

When you have recordings from the same period you soon realise that you can often pick a random track and, when you play that track from a number of concerts, you will find that Elvis will tend to say the same thing before the song and then sing it the same way, almost note for note. Boredom had set in and he can be heard in cruise mode. And who can blame him? When you're doing 2 shows a day with the same track listing it must be hard to muster up enthusiasm and new things to say.

With this Memphis concert he is so stoked that he's singing some of these tracks with such passion that you'd think he was singing them for the first time. Tryin' To Get To You is a great example of this.

And he sounds like he's having such FUN. The chatter in between tracks is spontaneous and you have to think how great it would have been if this concert had been filmed.

The rehearsal concert (disc 2) is still pretty good and I don't mind the 5 tracks tacked on the end. Why would you complain about having some additional tracks? For £8.99 this was great value for money and will be getting regular plays (unlike some of the other live albums that I have, which sound stale by comparison).
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on 19 March 2014
Recorded on 20th March 1974 in Memphis, the concert captures Elvis relaxed, enthused, loose and on top form.

The enhancement to the sound on this legacy release really brings this home.

You will find on this release fantastic versions of "Trying to Get To You", "Steamroller Blues" (better than the version first performed on Aloha From Hawaii), "How Great Thou Art" (as presented here makes one realise why this won a Grammy for best Gospel Performance), "Let Me Be There" (a concert favourite for me) and "My Baby Left Me" which is brilliantly performed.

This was Elvis's 5th live album in as many years and for the record buying public at the time it was perhaps becoming a clichéd format. In 1972 there was the "Madison Square Garden" concert and in 1973 the "Aloha From Hawaii" concert albums which were big sellers. Whilst not doing bad, it did take a good few years before this one was finally certified gold in the USA (1999).

At the time it peaked at No.1 (not No.2 as the sleeve notes quote) on the country album charts and No.33 in pop charts in the USA and No. 44 in the UK.

Unlike the legacy edition the original album was disadvantaged by not presenting the full concert. In fact some of the omissions from the original album turn out to be some of the best performances, particularly in the case of "Steamroller Blues", which was a No.17 USA pop hit when released as a single from the "Aloha" album in 1973.

Listening to this today with the concert presented in its entirety in high quality sound, it does possibly eclipse both "Madison" and "Aloha" in terms of raising your rock 'n' roll pulse, because Elvis comes across as being more relaxed.

If you haven't got, it then it's definitely worth getting.

Even if you have got the bigger selling live albums this one is worth it since hearing Elvis sounding so good and so relaxed during a period of time that is often cited as being around the start of his decline is a pleasure in itself. It is almost comforting to realise that not all of those final few years were perhaps as dark as some critics would have us believe.
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on 28 April 2017
brilliant,what else do you expect from the king
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on 6 April 2017
Fabulous.
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on 3 March 2017
LOVE IT
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on 29 April 2017
What can I say whatever he does he's the best.
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on 4 August 2017
The king highly recommended
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on 7 July 2017
I just love Elvis
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on 3 August 2017
excellent
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on 19 June 2014
This has to be the best ELVIS live show ever recorded & even better that its the full show as recorded on the day. LONG LIVE THE KING.
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