South Bend '74 or Tucson '76
Just recently listened to these two FTD Concert CDs for the first time in a while, and it appears to me that even though Elvis' health was in decline during 1976 he gave the better show at the Community Center Arena, Tucson on June 1st that year.
Almost two years previous in South Bend, Indiana on October 1st, 1974 it appears that Elvis was in good, high spirits considering what had been happening on that tour e.g. College Park, Maryland. But, this concert in South Bend EP appears to be all over the place with his vocal phrasing and its as though he is attempting to try a different approach to a number of songs. The song list is a strong set just like the Tucson '76 show, but Elvis doesn't do his performance of some of the songs any justice with this very much 'spirited' approach.
It's a shame because "Dragon Heart" is a nicely titled and packaged CD but the performance is somewhat...strange?
Anyone share my thoughts on this?
I do share your views there, Lonnie.
I mean when you begin to listen to "Tucson 76" you can very much go with the flow of the concert knowing that there are a couple of nice surprises in there e.g. 'Danny Boy'. But on "Dragonheart" I feel that when EP attempts to rephrase some aspects of the songs you begin to question 'Now what's he going to attempt to do with this next song - the same?!'
I think it is quite apparent that there was somewhat of a turning point on that late September/early October 74 tour. Could it be that medication had a lot to do with it too? We know that Elvis took a 5-month rest after this tour.