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    Hello Memphis!

    Hello Memphis!



    Tracks:

    2001: A space odyssey
    See see rider
    I got a woman / Amen
    Love me
    Trying to get to you
    All shook up
    Steamroller blues
    Teddy bear / Don't be cruel
    Love me tender
    Johnny B Goode
    Hound dog
    Fever
    Polk salad Annie
    Why me Lord
    Suspicious minds
    Band introductions
    I can't stop loving you
    Help me
    American trilogy
    Let me be there
    Funny how time slips away
    Can't help falling in love
    Closing riff

    Label: Rock Legends Acum CD 1005
    Released: 1997
    Sound quality: very good (soundboard)

    Date: March 16, 1974 (afternoon show)
    Location: Memphis

    Jumpsuit: Sunlight suit

    Reviews: n/a
    Last edited by Sonny; 02-04-2007 at 08:10 AM.

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    Now i am not normally known for my review talents in fact i can never recall me doing any others

    I just love the early part of 1974. I think that the shows were awesome and Elvis was in terrific form.

    Anyhow...here it is...don't you be cruel now and laugh

    Hello Memphis Review by NightRider.

    Rock Legends March 6th 1974.



    You sure can tell straight away when Elvis enters the stage.
    The crowd go nuts...screams everywhere!

    See See Rider begins and from the very start you know you are
    in for a treat. Man Elvis is on form. He vocals seem strong,
    more so than throughout the shows from the last couple of
    years....kind of deeper...back towards the almost incomparable
    1969/1970.
    It?s a great strong version. Elvis means it if you know what
    i mean. He wasn't just singing as he did so often in later
    concerts.
    "Hello Memphis" Elvis says as the song draws to an end. Again
    the Memphis crowd appreciate their favourite son.

    I Got A Woman begins in great style. Strong and clear. Great
    Version which blows away the later versions of this cracker..
    Amen continues...with a fair (according to Elvis) ending
    by J.D Sumner.
    "It?s a pleasure to be here for the first time in a very long
    time" Says Elvis. "ok i will turn around" he continues...as
    the crowd erupts into life once more.

    Love Me...Nice version. Nothing overly special. But a good
    Version all the same.

    "This next song is about the third song i ever recorded at
    Sun Records"...as a terrific version of Trying To Get To You
    begins. I have heard it better...Elvis giving a little more on
    "When i read your lovin' letter"...but not much better.
    The man is on form...of that there can be no doubt.

    All Shook Up. Certainly not even close to what these old
    50's classics turned into in later years. Elvis is still
    Interested and sings in very well. Good version.

    Then onto one of my favourite live tracks from this period.
    ..the excellent Steamroller Blues. I love this version.
    Elvis' deeper, fuller voice suits the song even more than
    the geat versions from the aloha shows. Better than those
    in my opinion. Elvis goes for it...even the wails through
    the instruments show that Elvis is geared up. I would love
    to hear this in perfect quality. Soundboards are great. But
    do not always give you the whole story.

    Teddy Bear....one of the lowlights for me. Elvis is not that
    interested in the song...though he improves as it goes on.
    I often wonder why he didn't drop some of these...Don't Be
    Cruel follows...which is alot better. Again...not the best i
    ever heard...but a decent version.

    " My first movie was....Love Me Tender " Nice version...screams
    obviously follow Elvis everywhere...but its a good complete
    version...something you won't always find during an Elvis
    Live show.

    Cracking version of Johnny B Goode Follows. Ok..not quite as
    good as the 1970 versions...but this ain't at all bad...

    Good Rocky...if short version of Hound Dog....there are some
    Fabulous versions of this live...and some real stinkers..
    this one would be in the middle...

    Fever....great version...when listening to this...you can
    picture the smile can't you. That grin...when he shouts...
    "ELVIS"...and includes some sort of monkey immitation !
    And he needs a haircut....good version.

    Polk Salad...what can i say...this rates easily as highly
    as the 1970 versions....terrific !

    Why Me Lord. I just love this song. Especially the verse when
    Elvis joins in. A powerful, yet moving song...very well performed
    by JD and co...

    Suspicious Minds...i don't think you can ever better the
    1970 versions of this...but this is a decent version. Another
    where i would like to hear the true sound.

    The Introductions follow......

    "You know what i can't do ?"....." Sing and drink water at the
    same time! " as the band begin to play...."We Love You !!" a
    female voice shouts from the crowd..and Elvis replies " I Love
    you too honey! "

    Can't Stop loving you begins....I don't think Elvis performs
    this any better than in early 1974. Full of power...great version.

    Help Me....very under-rated song in my opinion. I think its a
    great tune...and very well suited for Elvis to perform Live...
    ..which he does with ease here. Very close to the studio version
    and just about preferred by me.

    The song of any Elvis show which never fails to tingle the
    Spine is An American Trilogy. Always awesome...did he ever do
    a bad version ? I don't recall ever hearing one. This is one of
    the better versions. He is hot. His voice is superb. There
    aren't many..if any could perform this as well as Elvis does.
    And this version is right up there with the best from '72.
    Would have loved to have heard a studio version.....

    Some people believe that Elvis should have never performed
    this on stage...Let Me Be There...is not an Elvis track..well
    if you ask me...it is. He makes it his own. Terrific version
    and a song that i could listen to him sing time and time again.
    I love it ! Its a 'make you happy' song that you just can't help
    sing along to....
    I really enjoy it..and i think the crowd do too listening to
    their response...followed by a reprise....terrific !

    Funny how time slips away...and it is...we are almost at the
    end of the show. How sad i would have been..knowing that there
    wouldn't be much left when Elvis had the houselights turned on.
    Good version....as always...but you know what's coming next...

    Can't Help Falling In Love...always signalling that the end was
    in sight....

    The end of a very highly recommended show. Elvis in great form as
    he was all of the early part of 1974. If you don't have any
    of the shows...i would have though most have the official
    Memphis release in one form or other...then do yourself a huge
    Favour and find one or two....and this is one that would not
    disappoint......
    TCB Chris.

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    Thanks for the nice review, Nightrider!

    Sonny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonny
    Thanks for the nice review, Nightrider!

    Sonny
    My pleasure Sonny....
    TCB Chris.

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    Question to NightRider:

    I haven't heard this show and was curious how you would rate it, strictly performance-wise, up against those featured on Event Number 8 (Houston 3/3, 2 pm) and Guaranteed To Blow Your Mind (Richmond 3/18), and the officially released Memphis show.
    ...you won't forget me when I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonniebealestreet
    Question to NightRider:

    I haven't heard this show and was curious how you would rate it, strictly performance-wise, up against those featured on Event Number 8 (Houston 3/3, 2 pm) and Guaranteed To Blow Your Mind (Richmond 3/18), and the officially released Memphis show.
    Hi Bobby,
    sorry for that late reply...only just seen this. I would prefer Event No8, Guaranteed and the official release...but not by an aweful lot...its very close to them...hope this helps...a little
    TCB Chris.

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    Wow What review Chris!! why didn't you tel me you had such talent!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by delvisologist
    Wow What review Chris!! why didn't you tel me you had such talent!!
    I didn't know
    TCB Chris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightRider
    Hi Bobby,
    sorry for that late reply...only just seen this. I would prefer Event No8, Guaranteed and the official release...but not by an aweful lot...its very close to them...hope this helps...a little
    No prob.

    That's sorta what I thought, but not having heard it, that was just a guess. Thanks.
    ...you won't forget me when I go.

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    Cool good review by nightrider

    great review by night rider can i just add that james burtons guitar work is fantastic,listen to that wah wah on hound dog,blues licks on steamroller,johnny b.goode, polk salad annie and suspicious minds fantastic.

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    This is a great cd from Rock Legends documenting Elvis' first performance in Memphis since 1961. I love it

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