As Recorded at Madison Square Garden

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This was one of several live recordings by "the King" to appear during the early '70s and was extremely popular, owing to the quality of the performance and the range and number of songs included, as well as the timing of its release -- older fans, having been denied Elvis Presley's presence on stage for more than a decade, responded to his sudden re-emergence with more enthusiasm than they'd shown for any of his non-hits albums in years; and new listeners, too young to have heard him in the 1950s but latching onto Elvis either directly or as part of the oldies boom, started checking out what all of the excitement was about. The show itself, from June 10, 1972, is the more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This was one of several live recordings by "the King" to appear during the early '70s and was extremely popular, owing to the quality of the performance and the range and number of songs included, as well as the timing of its release -- older fans, having been denied Elvis Presley's presence on stage for more than a decade, responded to his sudden re-emergence with more enthusiasm than they'd shown for any of his non-hits albums in years; and new listeners, too young to have heard him in the 1950s but latching onto Elvis either directly or as part of the oldies boom, started checking out what all of the excitement was about. The show itself, from June 10, 1972, is the more elaborately produced follow-up to his Las Vegas performances of 1969-1970, Elvis backed by an eight-piece band, an orchestra, and at least eight male and female backup singers including the Sweet Inspirations -- once one gets past the opening fanfare of "Also Sprach Zarathustra," there isn't a lot of difference between this and the best of his Vegas shows, except that Elvis is a lot more confident and self-assured here than he is at the early post-"comeback" concerts. Emboldened by the success of those releases and the fact that he was able to sell out arenas like the Garden, RCA also did something here that they hadn't taken the chance on doing with his previous live albums, loading it up with songs new and old, and also a generous 52 minutes' running time. As with all of his shows of this era, the King interspersed his own established repertory -- which embraced everything from "That's All Right" to "Suspicious Minds" -- with songs identified with other performers: "Proud Mary," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" were all very suitable for him. Presley was in good form for this show and, by all accounts, this series of concerts, and gave beautifully wrought performances of the ballads, as well as highly energetic renditions of the harder rocking numbers. The sound is surprisingly close, betraying little of the cavernous acoustic of Madison Square Garden -- there is, conversely, very little audience ambience as well, but that's not terribly important, either; much more to the point is that the accompaniment, from James Burton's guitar on down, is all captured reasonably well, thus making this one of the best of the big-venue Elvis Presley concert documents available: exciting, diverting, and mostly impressive as a performance. The American CD reissue is decent enough, and a mid-priced bargain, but the 2001 vintage Japanese 24-bit/96k digital remastering has to be heard to be believed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2001
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • EAN: 4988017099346
  • Catalog Number: 37194

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
James Burton Guitar
The Sweet Inspirations Vocals
Stamps Quartet Vocals
Glen D. Hardin Piano
Charlie Hodge Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Scheff Bass
J.D. Sumner Vocals
Ron Tutt Drums
John Wilkinson Guitar
Kathy Westmoreland Vocals
Joe Guercio Conductor, Performing Ensemble
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps Vocals
The Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Elvis Presley Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Dick Baxter Engineer, Mastering
Simon Napier-Bell Composer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Pino Donaggio Composer
Felton Jarvis Producer
Hugo Peretti Composer
Al Pachucki Engineer
Mike Stoller Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Vicki Wickham Composer
Mae Boren Axton Composer
Larry Schnapf Mastering
Tommy Durden Composer
Vito Pallavicini Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You can't go wrong with this CD

    I have been an Elvis fan since I was 15yrs old. I have this particular CD as an LP and think it is great. I agree with the previous review in that Elvis did not look great in '72 however in saying that he never lost the ability to 'sing'. Get the CD you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't go wrong with Elvis

    Although personally, I don't have this album, my dad has the LP, so I can play it whenever I want. Elvis plays his best repitoire here, including That's All Right, All Shook Up, Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog and Suspicious Minds. Although Elvis looked bad in 1972, he played some of his best live performances. Since I have only ever heard the LP version, I can't say anything about the digital remastering, but I've heard it's pretty bad. Still, it's a good concert, and you can't go wrong with Elvis; he's the best.

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