Guys lighten up!
Re the physical & vocal aspects of Elvis. If judgement of Elvis' live show is based on physical movements, then he is seen as ageing quickly. Let me explain -
Elton John, on his 60th birthday performed a 3+ hour show at MSG, which is on dvd. Since, Elton John's show, since the 70's was never dependent on physical gyrations and dancing, his recent shows do not show a slowed down Elton John. The same with the dvd of the concert done by The Shadows. The 60 year old plus musicians' act did not suffer with the age.
With Elvis' gyrations in the 50's and even in the period 1969-70, I think the fans expected that type of show with more emphasis on physical movement rather than on the singing. That put Elvis in a corner, IMO, making fans expect a turbo-ed performance. If Elvis were fitter in the mid 70's, I don't think he could have kept the energy levels of the 69-70 period, let alone with the medication-dependency he was experiencing.
Believe it or not, I am more shocked when listening to an Elvis show and he is finding it difficult to talk between songs or reading / forgetting lyrics, than seeing a 'static' show. Listening to Elvis' versions of 'My Way' 'You gave me a mountain' 'Unchained melody' 'How great thou art' from Elvis in Concert still give me goosebumps even though EP was far from his best physically.
I bet by oversinging was meant this "YEAH SEE" (CC Rider) phenomenon, which can be heard during the show in Dallas, for example. It appeared he had a lot more physical power to spend compared to the majority of touring in 1976.
I often have a lot to criticize about arrangements and choral work by Elvis and his crew in the 70's. However I prefer hearing him being energetic rather than lethargic.
My opinion is that he found a better overall balance as the tour approached its conclusion.
During the CBS Special in '77 he was rapid in rapid city, also speech-wise, but the voice was more mellowed-out which I do like.
all the goons I left behind,
memories still linger..
"How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977
I wouldn't really agree with this post. From 1974-1977 Elvis was in the shape of his lifetime (vocally of course) The 1977 tours were the best and the 1976 tour was very very good. I have the whole last Vegas engagement. The man sang 2 concerts a day 15days in a row. 1 1/2 hour. Out of all of those concerts there were maybe only 3 or 4 weaker ones. Plus He sang Hurt almost on every concert and America the beautiful...the hardest songs from his repertoire.Then after that he had a quick Christmas break and then went to Pittsburgh for New years eve and sang one of the best (if not the best ) concert/s of his life.