Elvis 1977 and Elvis 1973
Yesterday i watched the cbs tapes (for the -who knows- times) and right after these tapes i put the new Aloha dvd in...
What almost shocked me was that Elvis seems to have a little more fun on stage on those cbs tapes than he had in the Aloha show, almost as he was giving his very first concert ever, after almost every song he puts a big smile on, like he wanted to say: you all see, i can still do it! (for example: after trying to get to you, hurt, hound dog, that's all right mama ect.) and he seems to get a lot of reaction from his band, look at charlie hodge when Elvis sings Hurt, he is almost shouting to Elvis: yeah come on!, the song that really stood out for me was Unchained Melody, god what a power in that voice..
This all can be seen on the rapid city concert and a part of the omaha concert (this concert was not the best he ever gave but some great vocals)
And when this tapes was over i turned the aloha on...he did sing some great songs there (never heard a better version of What now my love or you gave me a mountain) but i really have to say that something is missing in this show, and that is the fun..man he was giving the biggest show in the world, seen by the biggest audience in the world..and it was all so..controled, so rehearsed..and the tempo in this show was little to slow, most people outside the US saw him for the first time..and what was he singing? My way..a little strange for a man who was at the peak of his career and known as the king of rock and roll..
I also have to say that i love this aloha special, i am a big fan of the 70's Elvis and his 70's ballads/rockers..but this show was completly different than the Elvis On Tour from 1 year earlier..
If i was his stage manager for that show this is what i would do for a setlist:
Opening/ drum roll by ronnie tutt (like 69 shows)
That's all right mama/see see rider (medley)
Polk salad annie
R/R medley: Jailhouse rock/don't be cruel/all shook up/hound dog/blue suede shoes/one night.
You gave me a mountain
Never been to spain
What now my love
Welcome to my world
I'll remember you
How great thow art
An american trilogy
Bridge over troubled water
A big hunk of love
Long tall sally/whole lotta shaking going on
Thank you words to the world
The impossible dream (due the fact that this was for him in 1956 the impossible dream..)
I think that this setlist has a good pacing and covers his career from 1956 to 1973, and the show had even more great reviews and ratings..
What do you think? i'm a right?