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Sonny
07-16-2005, 08:01 PM
Short introduction: June 1977, Elvis had signed with CBS television for an anniversary TV Special. Two concerts were filmed by CBS: Omaha and Rapid City. The television special aired after Elvis' passing on October 13, 1977.
The recordings on this cd were taken from forementioned concerts.
The original album release charted on October 29, reached #5 and was certified platinum.

Tracklist:

01. Elvis Fans Comments / Opening Riff
02. Also Sprach Zarathustra
03. See See Rider
04. That's Allright
05. Are You Lonesome Tonight
06. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel
07. Elvis Fans Comments 2
08. You Gave Me A Mountain
09. Jailhouse Rock
10. Elvis Fans Comments 3
11. How Great Thou Art
12. Elvis Fans Comments 4
13. I Really Don't Want To Know
14. Elvis Introduces His Father
15. Hurt
16. Hound Dog
17. My Way
18. Can't Help Falling In Love
19. Closing Riff / Special Message By Vernon Presley

20. I Got A Woman / Amen
21. Elvis Talks
22. Love Me
23. If You Love Me Let Me Know
24. O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never
25. Trying To Get To You
26. Hawaiian Wedding Song
27. Fairytale
28. Little Sister
29. Early Morning Rain
30. What'd I Say
31. Johnny B Goode
32. And I Love You So

Recorded: Tracks 06,11,18,27,28 & 32 - Omaha, June 19, 1977
All other tracks recorded at Rapid City, June 21, 1977
Original album release: October 1977
CD released: 1993
Essential: yes

Score:
Contents: 9
Sound: 8
Artwork: 7

More information:

nashville cat
03-08-2007, 07:50 PM
I have revisited this very important album/CD again just recently, and it is a remarkable recording. I have come to appreciate it all the more because it captures such a special moment in Elvis? time.
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During the last year of his life, Elvis? voice got bigger than ever, though he was obviously physically deteriorating. Almost every song (the ballads in particular) took on an intensity and power that was not present before. The almost operatic tone is especially present in songs like ?How Great Thou Art? and ?Hurt?. Elvis is reaching for the ceiling with his vocals in way he never did before. Maybe he was trying to make up for the fact that he wasn?t able to do as much physically as he used to. Or maybe the sadness in his life and circumstances had wounded his soul to the point he could not help but express this through his music.
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The move toward the sad ballads had increased as the years progressed, especially after his divorce. But during 1977, the pathos and regret he expressed through the songs are almost too much to take. Consider lines like ?the shadows follow me, and the night won?t set me free? from ?And I Love You So? or almost any of the words to ?You Gave Me A Mountain?. Elvis had sung these songs before, but never with the intensity of these performances. There?s little doubt in my mind that Elvis was providing us a window into his soul with these songs.
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It?s not only the ballads that are given a special treatment. More upbeat songs like ?Trying To Get You?, and ?Fairytale? are sung with a new passion. Only the most familiar oldies does he seem to walk through. ?Hound Dog? and ?Jailhouse Rock? are pretty standard performances until he tacks on incredible, powerful endings seemingly from nowhere. Country and blues flavored tunes like ?I Really Don?t Know? and ?Little Sister? are sung with the ease and soul of a seasoned blues-man.
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There are some embarrassing moments captured on the album - Elvis stutters, stammers and seems to loose his train of thought at times, Charlie has to remind him of the title of ?My Way?, among other moments. In some strange way, though they can be heartbreaking, they add to the experience. Elvis is doing his best to give the fans all he can, and the bond that made that relationship special comes shining through. I have no idea if Elvis had any premonition that the end of his life was coming soon, but he seemed determined, despite everything that was going against him, to prove something before the CBS cameras.
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Thanks for letting me share.

Lonniebealestreet
03-12-2007, 06:28 AM
This section should be left to excellent reviews like the above and thus my post should soon be deleted, but I just wanted to thank nashville cat for sharing his thoughts with us on this album. Your analysis is spot-on, at least with my personal assessment of the material. I'm glad that your recent revisiting of this album was such a positive experience...I am now thinking of treating myself to the same.

Jungleroom76
03-16-2007, 08:48 PM
ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT YOUR REVIEW NASHVILLE CAT IS...

WOW!!!! (y)

TCB!
Mike

nashville cat
03-19-2007, 08:58 PM
Thank you all for the very kind comments about my review. It's sometimes a difficult record to listen to, but it certainly touches your heart!

Jungleroom76
03-21-2007, 10:01 PM
Lucky me recieved the Japanese paper sleeve 24 bit version of this cd today. Had me waiting for 6 weeks to arrive at my door but now its here I love it. (y)

Isn't the sound quality on the Japanese version ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! (y)

TCB!
Mike

nolvis
03-21-2007, 10:16 PM
:) Awesome review! I absolutely love this album and when i first saw this concert broadcast in 1977 it was one of the most exciting events in my life!!!!!Elvis' charisma and special magic completely overwhelmed me!:king: (y) :king: :)

nolvis
03-21-2007, 10:19 PM
I think i'll try to get the Japanese version of this cd after hearing all of the great things regarding the sound quality!My mom gave me one of the greatest gifts i ever got when one day she came home with not only the CBS Special but also the Aloha double album!

IM4Elvis
03-21-2007, 11:45 PM
This is a must album for every Elvis fan of ANY age.

nashville cat has done a wonderful job of commenting on this release. I do, revisit this album/CD often.

IM

Unchained Melody
03-22-2007, 01:29 AM
First off, that review Nashville Cat is great !!! (y) (y)

This is an album I find myself playing very often. Being a fan of 1977, I really enjoy both performances..A favorite of mine on it is My Way. That performance from the CBS Special will bring tears to your eyes but also make you smile from the great power Elvis delivers in the song. This album imo, is a big piece of the Elvis history, and all fans should have it or atleast get a chance to listen to it. Nevermind what you've heard about Elvis in 1977, he still could deliver a performance like no one else imo;) .

Jungleroom76
03-22-2007, 07:25 PM
A favorite of mine on it is My Way. That performance from the CBS Special will bring tears to your eyes but also make you smile from the great power Elvis delivers in the song.

RIGHT ON CHEIF!!! (y)

In my opinion, ANYONE who can listen to Elvis sing HURT, MY WAY and HOW GREAT THOU ART from the CBS Special and walk away from it saying that he didn't have the vocal power that he had when he was younger (as I have heard said many times!) clearly isn't listening to the same Elvis Presley that we are!!! :D

TCB!
Mike

tilly01
03-23-2007, 08:43 AM
hi just read nahville's post and i agree with him 100% for a long time for maybe 20 yrs i couldn't watch elvis on cbs special but last year someone gave us a copy of the omagh show from 77 when elvis sings How Great THou Art it sends chills when he reaches that note o often hear myself say go on elvis and clap like a mad woman if the cbs special does come out on DVD i hope the omagh show is on it :clap: :clap: (y) (y)

elvislady
03-23-2007, 04:43 PM
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elvislady

mn-designs
03-27-2007, 12:02 AM
I just finished remastering the elvis in the 90's version of this concert..
And the sound is very close to the DSD releases from sony/bmg. I saved the tracks in 24bits wave files for optimum sound quality...i will soon upload a sound sample of this remastered version, with a A/B test so you all can hear what i did with these tracks..
It's about time that sony/bmg or FTD will release this cbs soundtrack in upgraded sound..with the remastering done by kevan budd (he handles all the dsd releases from sony/bmg...

Jungleroom76
03-28-2007, 09:55 PM
Yip, it's a great cd Mike. But to me the most important thing is the small LP look these cd's have. Really makes them that much more valuable to have(y)

ABSOLUTELY UNCHAINED!! (y)

I should have mentioned the VERY COOL cover that the Japanese CD comes in along with my remarks on the sound quality!!! But you are right....the mini-LP look for this CD (and the other Japanese CD's I have) is AWESOME!!!

TCB!
Mike

U.S. Male
04-18-2007, 05:28 PM
If you haven't gotten the Japanese Remaster, I strongly suggest that you do while it's available, because you'll love the sound quality of it....(y) (y) (y)

LISY
03-13-2009, 01:00 PM
This was my first recording given to me when I was 12, it is a part of me, very special!

moody-blues67
03-14-2009, 10:37 PM
What i really like about this cd,is Elvis singing a great version of
I really dont want to know. But i dont like the fan comments.

elvispresleytheking
03-15-2009, 05:03 AM
Songs, such as My Way, Trying TO Get To You, You Gave Me A Mountain, If You Love Me Let Me Know, and How Great THou Art are just able to blow you away, as well as Unchained Melody, still don't understand why it wasn't included.

nabelt24
03-20-2009, 03:27 PM
This is a great album, but I wonder if FTD will release their own version remixed/remastered, no commentary by fans, more songs, etc.
What I would REALLY love to see is a package including the audio recordings of the concerts that were filmed for Elvis In Concert in their entirety.

rex martin
04-06-2009, 03:18 PM
What i really like about this cd,is Elvis singing a great version of
I really dont want to know. But i dont like the fan comments.

On my 16m film, the week after I got it, I cut out all the Fan stuff
leaving a neat 32 minutes only of all the ELVIS PARTS
which is so much better.

4 frames from the 16mm Film-

elvispresleytheking
04-15-2009, 10:47 PM
I wish the tracks were separated better, so I don't have to hear about the Hawaiian Wedding Song when "Trying TO Get To You" Comes Through on my iPod's shuffle, and many other examples. Also, I'd like to arrange it into a more typical set list without having to hear the intos. out of order.

dicke.katze
10-18-2009, 02:23 PM
In my opinion FTD should release a 2CD-classic-albums version of EIC, including the "soundtrack version" (LP 1), the two concerts (undubbed), the released singles (e.g. Unchained Melody [overdubbed]) + maybe a best of the dubbed versions from LP 2.

By the way, not his best concerts from '77 but still including strong renditions of certain songs.

TCB,

Thomas

EnigmaticSun
10-20-2009, 12:06 AM
..still don't understand why it wasn't included.

Perhaps because the mainstream audience is too stupid to recognize its quality even if offered on a silver platter.

In more recent times you have to have success first, regardless of quality, before anyone notices you. That's why this (mainstream) modern day humanity doesn't deserve any better than Idols and brain-death.

I may be taking this too cynical, but.. few would ever look past Elvis' health problems. It may be all right if they'd be confronted with it not knowing in what state of health he was in.

The strong songs stand and rank among the best of his work. Yes I do believe FTD could find itself a market if they'd make a more professional, less modified, release of this.

lvs2day
10-21-2009, 06:17 PM
this is a good album and its a pitty that the special didn't include such performances like trying to get to you, if you love me... and uncahined melody although the sound was always a problem i'm glad that i have the japanese cd to enjoy it in great sound this is a cd that definetly deserves an up grade by ftd maybe?

thunderball1963
01-15-2010, 05:33 PM
I have the japanese double cd and on vinyl
This is a great performance (y)(y)(y)