Review : Spring Tours FTD CD
November 5, 2002
The sound quality is very good. It's among the best sounding Elvis live recordings, strictly from an audio point of view. Of course by the time, Elvis wasn't half the performer he used to be, so from a performance point of view, it's inferior to older recordings. But for the most part, the performances here are decent, although there is a 'been there, done that' feel to a lot of them.
Probably the most interesting recordings here are the undubbed versions of two of the songs that ended up on Elvis' last album (Moody Blue). The songs are Unchained Melody and Little Darlin'.
The one that sounds the most different is Unchained Melody, which apparently had quite a bit of overdubbing done on it. Here it is Elvis at the piano accompanied only by a guitarist.
While this isn't Elvis at his best, it should be of interest to Elvis' most devoted fans.
Spring Tours 77 - Elvis Presley FTD CD
That's All Right (3/26 - Norman), Are You Lonesome Tonight (3/26 - Norman), Blue Christmas (3/26 - Norman), Trying To Get To You (3/27 - Abilene), Lawdy Miss Clawdy (3/27 - Abilene), Fever (3/30 - Alexandria), Heartbreak Hotel (4/25 - Saginaw), If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (4/26 - Kalamazoo), O Sole Mio/It's Now Or Never (4/26 - Kalamazoo), Little Sister (4/24 - Ann Arbor), (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel (4/24 - Ann Arbor), Help Me (4/24 - Ann Arbor), Blue Suede Shoes (3/26 - Norman), Hound Dog (4/30 - St. Paul), Jailhouse Rock (3/28 - Austin), Polk Salad Annie (4/27 - Milwaukee), Bridge Over Troubled Water (4/29 - Duluth), Big Boss Man (4/29 - Duluth), Fairytale (5/02 - Chicago), Mystery Train/Tiger Man (5/03 - Saginaw), Unchained Melody (4/24 - Saginaw), Little Darlin' (4/24 - Saginaw), My Way (4/25 - Saginaw)
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Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.