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06-12-2004, 08:24 AM
ELVIS RECORDED LIVE ON STAGE IN MEMPHIS - Originally Released in 1974
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RECORDED LIVE IN MEMPHIS, TN. ON MARCH 20, 1974
01: Also Sprach Zarathustra
02: See See Rider
03: I Got A Woman/Amen
04: Love Me
05: Trying To Get To You
06: All Shook Up
07: Steamroller Blues
08: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
09: Love Me Tender
10: Medley: Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/Mama Don't Dance/Flip, Flop & Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog
12: Polk Salad Annie
13: Why Me, Lord
14: How Great Thou Art
15: Suspicious Minds
16: Band introductions
17: Blueberry Hill/I Can't Stop Loving You
18: Help Me
19: American Trilogy
20: Let Me Be There
21: My Baby Left Me
22: Lawdy Miss Clawdy
23: Funny How Time Slips Away
24: Can't Help Falling In Love
25: Closing Vamp
07-19-2004, 06:19 AM
"Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis"
Reviewed by Armond Jospeh
I remember scrounging around town for empty soda-pop bottles to earn money back in the summer of 1974. I needed $5.99 to buy the newly released "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" LP. I finally got it, and even at the tender age of nine I knew a good chunk of the show was missing. How could I not? The LP arrived on the heels of the much longer and more complete "Aloha" double LP. Yet, I really liked the Memphis show. Elvis and the group seemed to be having so much more fun in Memphis than they did in Hawaii.
It took until 1994 for the first official CD version of the Memphis LP to be released. Not a single improvement was made. Ironically, a bootleg CD of the same show titled "Steamroller Blues" was also released in 1994, and it contained all the songs the official release had cut. Sadly, the contrast between them demonstrated one of the reasons why the bootleg market has been so successful where Elvis CD's are concerned.
It took until 2004 for the FTD version to arrive, and it makes up for what the bootleg market stole. The overall packaging is incredible. The larger gatefold album allows for bigger pictures, more text, and that good ol' feel that LP's once had. The show is complete, well, except for the drop out of a false start. Gratefully, the canned applause is gone. What is most interesting about this CD is the sound. It's like you're actually seated in the arena. JD Sumner's voice on 'Why Me Lord' is way back in the mix, but that may be the price you pay to create that real concert feel? That being said, it's neat of FTD to go out on a limb to give us the sound as it was intended to be.
If you've ever heard this show, or if you were there, you already know that it's great. Elvis was really on top of his game, and he benefited from having the home court advantage! In particular, I like the inclusion of the three gospel tunes. Elvis knew his audience, and he gave them what they wanted to hear. Where better than in the Bible belt to sing Southern Gospel songs with such heartfelt inspiration? Even Trilogy, though not technically a gospel song, has overt gospel references and resonates with everything that is the American South. With the audible audience reaction to Trilogy, it's a wonder why the canned applause was ever included in the original release?
It's hard to criticize such a great CD. FTD has done such a brilliant job! I would've liked to see more liner notes, or a complete essay about the show. What was the story behind this recording? Also, the booklet contains an unexplained photo of an LP or CD with Elvis on the cover wearing a black jumpsuit. By the look of the text, it's probably the Japan release of this show? Okay guys, what gives? Anyway, these criticisms are very minor, and as Elvis sometimes said, "That?s enough of that."
Nobody can out perform this CD. I rate it a 5+. It was worth the thirty year wait.
? Armond Joseph, Missouri, USA - May 2004
07-19-2004, 08:08 AM
"a must have"
Reviewed by Andy Urias
After 30 years, the brilliant tapes of Elvis' March 20, 1974 performance are for the most part finally properly released. Many fans consider the original release of 'Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis' as Elvis' most impressive official live album released during his lifetime.
Originally this famous performance was stripped of a handful of tracks and filled with overdubbed fake applause throughout its original release. Still this was not enough to deter it from being one of Elvis' greatest live performances on tape. One could argue that there is a certain explosiveness and passion in Elvis' voice not heard since the August 1970 performances in Las Vegas. The regular routine of Elvis' live shows were starting to make him bored even in 1970 and by 1974, it was obvious he had lost most of his passion to perform at a high level on a consistent basis. But occasionally Elvis was on, and fortunately RCA caught one of these nights on tape.
This new reissue of the album 'Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis' on FTD is a must have. Sadly BMG was only able to see FTD as a vehicle for the tapes of this show as a full-scale release on their Heritage label would have actually done this show justice. With all the live albums BMG/RCA approved for official release over the years, it is mind-blowing that they would not want to showcase such a positive performance in its entirety. 'Aloha From Hawaii' and 'As Recorded Live At Madison Square Garden' are milestones in Elvis' career, but they certainly aren't better performances.
The fact that 'Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis' took place in Memphis during an uneventful year shouldn't make the tapes less desirable. The high quality of the performances is what matters.
Some fans have commented negatively on the mixing. Unless one is experienced with studio mixing, there are no obvious flaws here. Unlike disc 1 on 'Live In Las Vegas' where the electric piano obviously disappeared from the mix, 'Recorded Live On Stage' does not have such flaws. The mixing is adequate and doesn't affect the sound of the show one way or another. The only real questionable element to this new release is why the producers edited out some of the dialogue on the tapes. This is after all an FTD release, just release the whole show unedited. Nothing crucial was left out, but it would be nice to have an entire show unedited.
There really aren't any weak moments on this release. Obviously Elvis is going to blow through his 50s hits such as the boring 'Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel' medley, but surprisingly he sings 'Love Me' with a little more enthusiasm that one would expect for a mid-70s version. Great versions of 'See See Rider,' 'Trying To Get To You,' 'Steamroller Blues,' 'Polk Salad Annie,' 'Blueberry Hill/I Can't Stop Loving You,' and 'My Baby Left Me, are showcased on this release. Obviously the stunning Grammy Award winning version of 'How Great Thou Art' is here as well, as is one of the great live medleys available, 'Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/Mama Don't Dance/Flip, Flop And Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog.' It actually makes hearing a few of Elvis' 50s tunes that he always threw away in concert in the 70s enjoyable for once. It is a pity that Elvis didn't commit to doing this more in the later 70s.
For the most part, FTD got it right with this release. Even though it is a show most have heard either in fragments officially or from the bootleg market, this is a great show that everyone should revisit. It truly represents Elvis at his best on stage, and considering it is a show from 1974, it makes it even that more remarkable.
? Andy Urias, USA, May 2004
12-30-2004, 04:11 PM
Finally! The complete concert. Well, all the songs. I don't care about the
stage banter. Worth the wait. A must have. 5 stars.
For The Heart
01-26-2005, 11:03 PM
"Give me a cancth, a chance....wait a minute...C-A-N-C-T-H"
review by FTH
This will be a short review because not much needs to be said about this fantastic FTD-CD. Buy it today!! You'll thank me in the morning! My grandma (RIP) gave this album to me as a gift for Christmas in 1974. What a great surprise this album turned out to be!
"Those binoculars look like a bunch of frogs up there"
I've heard alot of different *LIVE* Elvis albums; "On Stage" "MSG" "Aloha" "DragonHeart" "Dixieland Rocks" etc....even seen the man in person 2x....but nothing compares to this show recorded by RCA RECORDS in the Mid-South Coliseum on March 20th, 1974! This concert kicks ***!! From Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman" to the definitive versions of "Trying To Get to You" & "Help Me" to the Grammy award winning http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0150574.html "How Great Thou Art" to the MOODY BLUE version of "Let Me Be There"....you need to own this CD! I've read other reviews of this release saying the sound is not mixed right, yada, yada, yada. Trust me, the sonics on this CD rocks! Elvis, the background singers & the crowd yelling have an almost 3-D like sound. Unbelievable! 68 minutes and 32 seconds of pure joy!
"That's not even a watch it's a bracelet"
The liner notes include an article in the Commercial Appeal (3-21-74) where Elvis is quoted the day before the show saying..."Man, I'm ready and prepared for this recording session!" He wasn't just whistling Dixie!
"It's always been said that a person cannot return to their hometown...but you have disproven that theory completely and you really made it worthwhile!" Luke 4:24
07-30-2005, 11:32 PM
I just got my copy of this concert.
i have allways love this show on vinyl for years.
and now i got this complete concert on this nice ftd release.
and the sound is wondefull, in fact much better then the new madison square garden
concert they done 2 years later.
this to me is worth the long waite, and i love this over the bootleg version of this very same concert.
from now on i be buying more and more of bmg/sony albums of Elvis for the sound of Elvis live on stage.
08-06-2005, 02:29 PM
Man, I just love this show. Elvis is full of energy and the peformance really kicks ***. Especially the Rock Medley is awesome and ofcourse his award winning performance of How Great Thou Art :notworthy
An essential release IMHO.
08-08-2005, 03:07 AM
....the sound is wondefull, in fact much better then the new madison square garden
concert they done 2 years later.
:supriced: :'( :blink: new madison square garden release done 2 years later? I think you mean the an afternoon at the garden that was released before this Memphis show? cause there was never a show released by FTD from the garden shows..till this date.
03-23-2006, 10:20 AM
I love the sound of this album!!! It's spectacular! It makes you feel like you're actually there listening to the concert LIVE. You can almost smell the popcorn, beer, and feel the electricity.
A MUST HAVE!
05-21-2006, 07:05 PM
just recently purchased the quad 8 track of this concert, and re-recorded the tape to c.d., very similiar sounding but you cantell subtle differences...!
very rare tape,and L.p> in the quad formatt
05-23-2006, 12:22 AM
THis is my favorite live concert to listen to. It is simply amazing. Everything that was good about Elvis live is magnafied here. You simply can't go wrong, unless of course, you don't hurry up and go out and get this gem!
05-25-2006, 12:39 PM
I agree with all the other guys about this concert the sound is fantastastic,everything is fantastic. go and buy it s... hot(y)
08-03-2006, 06:05 AM
I wanted to buy this cd and then i saw it on the market in Amsterdam.For me it was a nice surprise and most because it was a LP.It's only sorry that not all the songs are on it,but i love this show.I think elvis was very good by voice and as i listen to him he is very relax and i think he is very glad that he is back in his hometown.wonderful to hear at the and of the concert to hear: Elvis is back to Graceland,instead of Elvis has left the building:D :king:
10-05-2006, 03:40 PM
This is one of the best:) At first I thougt it was a studio recording with added audience;P The sound is almost to good
01-18-2007, 02:42 PM
This is a top-notch, 5 star FTD. (y) Elvis voice is powerful here and I just got this FTD. Sound quality is excellent.(y)
I recommend it highly!(y)
03-09-2008, 11:02 AM
Awesome show you can tell Elvis was in High Spirits, perhaps due to being in his hometown.
This version blows the original released version out of the water.
In my opinion it's MSG action with new songs. This to me proves that Elvis was still going strong in 1974.
03-09-2008, 11:48 AM
I remember this 8-TRACK from when I was a child. Great memories!!!:):):):)
03-17-2008, 04:37 PM
I only just recently got this (due to financial reasons) and I must say that I love it! I just don't understand why Elvis waited so long after returning to live performances in 1969 to perform again in Memphis....
04-08-2008, 09:40 PM
I remember this 8-TRACK from when I was a child. Great memories!!!:):):):)
Gotta love the 8-track days!!!!!!
The King's Queen
04-09-2008, 09:42 AM
I really like it....I think it shows the up side of Elvis very well. Sound quality is really good too IMO.(y)
05-29-2008, 08:24 AM
It's a VERY GOOD concert!!! One of the best!!!
08-09-2008, 07:46 PM
I own the org copy that first came out great album
12-21-2008, 09:15 AM
This release Is Really Amazing It's probably the best live album.
If you don't have it,buy it and you'll like it.
12-29-2008, 01:09 PM
A really great concert!! Nothing more needs to be said!
It was the 2nd concert I bought on record back then after I already had got ALOHA. Then the 2001 opening was awesome, exciting, simply thrilling.
And still is one of my favorite concerts and is among the five best performances of '74.
I still can't understand why several tracks were omitted at the initial release ????????
Only the artwork of the booklet is not the sparkling - in my opinion.
Happy New Year,
12-29-2008, 01:25 PM
01-08-2009, 01:37 PM
Great show and great sound,essential release
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