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As Recorded at Madison Square Garden [Legacy Edition]

As Recorded at Madison Square Garden [Legacy Edition]

by Elvis PresleyElvis Presley


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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 Legacy Edition added a second disc with 24 bonus tracks.]

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2012
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0887254385424
catalogNumber: 543854
Rank: 71960


Disc 1

  1. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra [Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. That's All Right
  3. Proud Mary
  4. Never Been to Spain
  5. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
  6. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  7. Polk Salad Annie
  8. Love Me
  9. All Shook Up
  10. Heartbreak Hotel
  11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
  12. Love Me Tender
  13. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
  14. Introductions by Elvis
  15. Hound Dog
  16. Suspicious Minds
  17. For the Good Times
  18. American Trilogy
  19. Funny How Time Slips Away
  20. I Can't Stop Loving You
  21. Can't Help Falling in Love
  22. End Theme (Orchestra)

Disc 2

  1. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra [Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. That's All Right
  3. Proud Mary
  4. Never Been to Spain
  5. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
  6. Until It's Time for You to Go
  7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  8. Polk Salad Annie
  9. Love Me
  10. All Shook Up
  11. Heartbreak Hotel
  12. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
  13. Love Me Tender
  14. Blue Suede Shoes
  15. Reconsider Baby
  16. Hound Dog
  17. I'll Remember You
  18. Suspicious Minds
  19. Introductions by Elvis
  20. For the Good Times
  21. American Trilogy
  22. Funny How Time Slips Away
  23. I Can't Stop Loving You
  24. Can't Help Falling in Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist
James Burton   Guitar
Sweet Inspirations   Vocals
Charlie Hodge   Vocals
Jerry Scheff   Bass
John Wilkinson   Guitar
Kathy Westmoreland   Vocals
Joe Guercio   Conductor
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps   Vocals
Ronnie Tutt   Drums
Glen Hardin   Piano

Technical Credits

Lowell Fulson   Composer
Richard Strauss   Composer
Hoyt Axton   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Tony Joe White   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Dick Baxter   Engineer
Simon Napier-Bell   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Joe Darion   Composer
Pino Donaggio   Composer
Mitch Leigh   Composer
Bernie Lowe   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Kal Mann   Composer
Pachucki   Engineer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Vicki Wickham   Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen   Producer
Joe Guercio   Composer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Scott Williams   Additional Production
Rob Santos   Producer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Vera Matson   Composer
Vito Pallavicini   Composer
Gary Hovey   Additional Production
Jim Parham   Marketing
Joe Malin Orchestra   Instrumentation
Tara Bruh   Music Business Affairs
George Weiss   Composer
Roger Sermon   Producer,Art Direction
Angie Marchese   Additional Production
Marisa Magliola   Marketing
Kuiokalani Lee   Composer
Robert Dye   Additional Production
Jen Swearingen   Additional Production
Jack Soden   Additional Production
Carol Butler   Additional Production
Erin Spurlock   Additional Production

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