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Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 04:33 AM
If you could go back in time, or had been around when Elvis was performing live in the 70's and you could choose one just ONE show to attend whether its in Vegas, Tahoe, or on the road what would you pick. This is hard as heck for me as I have so many shows i dearly love but this would be my pick as of right now.

December 29th 1976 Birmingham Alabama

I've been playing this show for the past two days, Hurt, Melody, Good Times, My Way, such a great freaking show and Elvis' vocals are soaring high as ever.(y)(y)(y)(y)

ehollier
08-19-2008, 04:50 AM
My choice - hands down - would have been the FIRST sit-down show of the 68 Comeback Special!!!!!!!!!!!

Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 04:54 AM
My choice - hands down - would have been the FIRST sit-down show of the 68 Comeback Special!!!!!!!!!!!

History in the making !!!!

ehollier
08-19-2008, 05:02 AM
History in the making !!!!

WITHOUT A DOUBT, BRAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 05:05 AM
WITHOUT A DOUBT, BRAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(y)

Question Liz, what is your personal favorite show from the 70's era :hmm::notworthy

SeeSeeRider777
08-19-2008, 05:06 AM
Opening show at MSG for sure.

Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 05:08 AM
Opening show at MSG for sure.

Another great pick, heck any of the Madison Square Garden shows would have been a joy to see !!(y)(y)

ehollier
08-19-2008, 05:18 AM
(y)

Question Liz, what is your personal favorite show from the 70's era :hmm::notworthy

It would have been equally exciting to see the very first Vegas show since it was another 'first'. But if you want stictly a 1970's show, I think any of the Vegas shows in 1970 would have been exciting because the music, the shows, the peformances were all still fresh and brand new and Elvis was still so physical when he performed. By 1971, his shows were less physical and everything had become more or less routine.

Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 05:44 AM
It would have been equally exciting to see the very first Vegas show since it was another 'first'. But if you want stictly a 1970's show, I think any of the Vegas shows in 1970 would have been exciting because the music, the shows, the peformances were all still fresh and brand new and Elvis was still so physical when he performed. By 1971, his shows were less physical and everything had become more or less routine.

Agreed but the shows were still rockin in 71. Listen to Boston november 10th 1971 on madions's one night only man elvis was electrifying!:cold:(y)

WHITETIGERMAN
08-19-2008, 06:26 AM
I'm stuck between August 10,1970..........the August shows of 1969.To many to choose....heck the Greensboro show from April 14,1972 I love as well.Like I said....there are more I could call off,he was so amazing that any show would really been fine to me.
Your pick is fantastic as well there Col Jon.

utmom2008
08-19-2008, 06:30 AM
But if you want stictly a 1970's show, I think any of the Vegas shows in 1970 would have been exciting because the music, the shows, the peformances were all still fresh and brand new and Elvis was still so physical when he performed. By 1971, his shows were less physical and everything had become more or less routine.

I saw him in Vegas in '71 and it was physical and there was nothing routine about it. The next time I saw him was Nov. of '71 and it was also physical. In the summer of '72 he still had a very physical "Suspicious Minds". I realize that you were not able to "see" any of those shows, but you are missing out on lots of good times if you think that after 1970 he had become routine. As far as that goes...listen to 12/28/76 in Dallas. It's a great show!(y)(y)(y)(y)

utmom2008
08-19-2008, 06:32 AM
Agreed but the shows were still rockin in 71. Listen to Boston november 10th 1971 on madions's one night only man elvis was electrifying!:cold:(y)

Correct Bradley...the November show in Dallas was fabulous!(y)(y)

Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 06:37 AM
Correct Bradley...the November show in Dallas was fabulous!(y)(y)

I wish audio in "good" sound existed from more of those november 71 shows...the setlist i've seen are fantastic!!

Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 06:39 AM
I saw him in Vegas in '71 and it was physical and there was nothing routine about it. The next time I saw him was Nov. of '71 and it was also physical. In the summer of '72 he still had a very physical "Suspicious Minds". I realize that you were not able to "see" any of those shows, but you are missing out on lots of good times if you think that after 1970 he had become routine. As far as that goes...listen to 12/28/76 in Dallas. It's a great show!(y)(y)(y)(y)

Well said my friend well said.
That Dallas 76 show from December 28th 1976 puts the EIC LP to ashes IMO! Of course the shows were going to calm down as the years go on i mean the man was getting older its only natural that dont mean the shows were bad or he was to "drugged" to move or overweight etc. The shows became more polished I think he set the standards to high in 69-70 there was so much movement.

Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 06:39 AM
I'm stuck between August 10,1970..........the August shows of 1969.To many to choose....heck the Greensboro show from April 14,1972 I love as well.Like I said....there are more I could call off,he was so amazing that any show would really been fine to me.
Your pick is fantastic as well there Col Jon.
I know what your saying theres just so many great shows to choose from:blush::blush::)

utmom2008
08-19-2008, 06:47 AM
Well said my friend well said.
That Dallas 76 show from December 28th 1976 puts the EIC LP to ashes IMO! Of course the shows were going to calm down as the years go on i mean the man was getting older its only natural that dont mean the shows were bad or he was to "drugged" to move or overweight etc. The shows became more polished I think he set the standards to high in 69-70 there was so much movement.

Exactly!! 42 doesn't move like 34 or 35.:blink: I am always befuddled when I hear or see comments that act as though he was done after TTWII. Oh well....their loss, not ours.(y)(y)

utmom2008
08-19-2008, 06:50 AM
I wish audio in "good" sound existed from more of those november 71 shows...the setlist i've seen are fantastic!!

Yes...the setlist from the November '71 tour was a good one. My favorite set list without question though is the setlist from 08/06/73...that was wonderful. And...the ONLY time that "Raised On Rock" was performed live.(y)

Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 06:50 AM
Exactly!! 42 doesn't move like 34 or 35.:blink: I am always befuddled when I hear or see comments that act as though he was done after TTWII. Oh well....their loss, not ours.(y)(y)

As am I, the man gave so many great shows after ttwii and when people write him off even after the Aloha performance, it is such ashame.

WHITETIGERMAN
08-19-2008, 06:54 AM
I feel the same...........he could get down and get with it.Those Tours of '74 and '75
were just as fantastic.

Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 07:02 AM
Yes...the setlist from the November '71 tour was a good one. My favorite set list without question though is the setlist from 08/06/73...that was wonderful. And...the ONLY time that "Raised On Rock" was performed live.(y)

Crazy you bring that show up as I was sampling the new cd raised on vegas today from opening night august 73 and listened to a few tracks mainly raised on rock, which was great to hear, memphis TN, loved the intro to that and was surprised Elvis knew most of the song too and the first version of my boy which elvis was off a little on the timing in a few different parts but have to cut him some slack was the first ever performance of the song live and he did a heck of a job.

ehollier
08-19-2008, 07:57 AM
Agreed but the shows were still rockin in 71. Listen to Boston november 10th 1971 on madions's one night only man elvis was electrifying!:cold:(y)


[quote=utmom2008:} I saw him in Vegas in '71 and it was physical and there was nothing routine about it. The next time I saw him was Nov. of '71 and it was also physical. In the summer of '72 he still had a very physical "Suspicious Minds". I realize that you were not able to "see" any of those shows, but you are missing out on lots of good times if you think that after 1970 he had become routine. As far as that goes...listen to 12/28/76 in Dallas. It's a great show!
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To Brad and Rosanne: please do not come away with the thought that I feel that Elvis was washed up, so to speak, by 1971. However, the 'first' shows have a freshness, an edge to them and a certain vulnerability that his later shows do not have simply because the later shows weren't first. I am certain that had I seen Elvis in person, my choices would certainly be different, but as Brad wanted my personal opinion, without discrediting any one else, and with only my ears to make the choice, I prefer the first sit-down show in 68, first Vegas show in 69 and a sampling of the shows in Feb. 1970.

Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 08:10 AM
There are some way that Elvis was bored in Las Vegas by jan/feb 1970 and in August...can't tell by the performances can ya :D(y)

Dont worry Liz i wasnt really saying your opinion was bad dear i was meaning those who write elvis off after aloha so to speak. :)

Getlo
08-19-2008, 10:40 AM
WHY would you choose any show from after 1973, when you have all the August 1969 through to Aloha to choose from?!!

Birmingham December 1976?!

He may have sounded (relatively) fine, but have you seen video and photos from the show? He looks shocking.

If I was going to see the one show, I'd want to whole package - vocal and visual - to be at his recognised best.

Sorry, but Birmingham '76 doesn't cut the mustard.

Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 11:06 AM
WHY would you choose any show from after 1973, when you have all the August 1969 through to Aloha to choose from?!!

Birmingham December 1976?!

He may have sounded (relatively) fine, but have you seen video and photos from the show? He looks shocking.

If I was going to see the one show, I'd want to whole package - vocal and visual - to be at his recognised best.

Sorry, but Birmingham '76 doesn't cut the mustard.
WHich show did you pick Getlo?

Just love that show best Getlo not sure why, many reasons I love the performances of many of my favorite songs like I mentioned in my original post. He does looking shocking but its like that during that whole tour he was lost alot of weight but his face was still bloated but that don't affect the music a-tall (y)(y)

Getlo
08-19-2008, 11:17 AM
He does looking shocking but its like that during that whole tour he was lost alot of weight but his face was still bloated but that don't affect the music a-tall (y)(y)

Yeah, it kind of does. I think if you're watching a bloatied Elvis, rambling as he was (yes, even in Birmingham) it would detract from the overall show.

I'd want Elvis sounding and looking in his prime.

My pick: Las Vegas, August 12th, midnight show. (Chain suit show, from Way It Is), found on the TTWII set, disc 2, The Concert. We have the audio and visual to show Elvis was looking and sounding his very best.

I don't know if it was the best show he ever did, but it is easily streets ahead of any and all shows that have seen the light of day.

Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 11:26 AM
Hey Getlo is that on the new 2 dvdset of TTWII it has the whole August 12th 1970 MS on it ??????

Getlo
08-19-2008, 11:27 AM
Hey Getlo is that on the new 2 dvdset of TTWII it has the whole August 12th 1970 MS on it ??????

Sorry, I meant disc 2 of the three CD set, issued some time back.

hounddog
08-19-2008, 12:14 PM
any of the 1970 shows where CC Rider was sung half way through the show.

WHITETIGERMAN
08-19-2008, 01:47 PM
All the TTWII shows were fantastic............at least the clips and audios I've seen and heard.Speaking of August 12,1970 MS............August 11,1970 MS is on the Live In Las Vegas Boxed Set....he was wearing the Chain Suit as well for that show.
Both those shows goes down (in my opinion) as two of his best.

LianaKaralivanou
08-19-2008, 05:01 PM
My choice - hands down - would have been the FIRST sit-down show of the 68 Comeback Special!!!!!!!!!!!



I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!! ELVIS IN LEATHER! OMG...(FAINTING)

Unchained Melody
08-19-2008, 09:02 PM
Sorry, I meant disc 2 of the three CD set, issued some time back.

Ok you mean the TTWII 3 cdset Special Edition. Right you are my friend superb show!!

Trev1
08-19-2008, 09:40 PM
I like the show on the Dixieland Rocks FTD (y)

Does anyone know if the Hawaii Benefit Concert 1961 was recorded either offically
by RCA or does a Soundboard or even Audience recording exist ?

ehollier
08-19-2008, 11:24 PM
I like the show on the Dixieland Rocks FTD (y)

Does anyone know if the Hawaii Benefit Concert 1961 was recorded either offically
by RCA or does a Soundboard or even Audience recording exist ?

No, according to Peter Guralnick, it was not.

rickb
08-20-2008, 04:44 AM
I'd love to see one of the December 76 shows. He was fit and seemingly healthy, engaged with the audience and singing at the peak of his ability

utmom2008
08-20-2008, 04:51 AM
I'd love to see one of the December 76 shows. He was fit and seemingly healthy, engaged with the audience and singing at the peak of his ability

Very true Rick. He seemed to be having fun, at least that's the impression that I came away with.(y)

Getlo
08-20-2008, 12:27 PM
Does anyone know if the Hawaii Benefit Concert 1961was recorded either offically by RCA or does a Soundboard or even Audience recording exist ?

There were no sauch things as soundboard recordings in '61.

And the show has been available on bootleg LP for many years, along with its official presence on the Silver Boxed Set from 1980.


I'd love to see one of the December 76 shows. He was fit and seemingly healthy, engaged with the audience and singing at the peak of his ability

Hmm. Yes, the December '76 engagement was an improvement for '76. I have all the shows from that engagement, but not all of them are good. Peak of his ability? Not quite. Perhaps peak for 1976.

And he was not fit. That crap about the "bathroom fall" with the limp for instance.

hgs262626
08-20-2008, 03:16 PM
July 31st 1969! NO DOUBT!!!!!!!!!!!!

LtCarman
08-20-2008, 04:10 PM
The Madison Square Garden shows most definitely.

Wendy56
08-21-2008, 12:57 AM
MSG for sure! Or a 69 concert in Las Vegas... just to get very close to Elvis and, even better, get a kiss from him and a scarf... :wub: