following (in red) is taken from an original review by Johnny Savage. (taken from FECC Import section)
He talks and talks about whatever pops into his head, sometimes in the middle of songs. He spends a good deal of time condemning reports of his growing waistline ("I wear a bulletproof vest") and movie magazines claiming he's strung out ("... [they're] TRASH... I am a federal narcotics agent...I have to be straight as an arrow").
Horrendous versions of Fever (more terrible bass playing from Duke, who just can't follow EP) Trying to get to you (he misses the last part, says "we forgot the ending") and Heartbreak Hotel (forgets the lyrics) are just part of it. He gives the stage to his backing groups Voice and the Stamps Quartet ("Let me get out of the way and shut up") for two songs, neither of which are any good.
He says to an older woman in the crowd: "Some grandmothers are dried up like a prune, but you're not, you're pretty".
This is the kind of stuff that people who hate Elvis would gladly seize as evidence that he was a wasted, no-talent has-been.
And the day before must've been even worse, as they say.
Though Elvis had a very strange mood (to say the least) during those late 1974 concerts, I must say (and I probably will be critized for that) that this particular concert (besides from things mentioned) does not sound that bad to me.
Like some other 1974 concerts it's an interesting concert to listen to. Some songs get dynamic treatments, not to be heard on other shows. (Remember Big Boss Man from the September closing show?)