Review : Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis 4 LP Vinyl Set

By: David Tinson
Source: Elvis Australia
May 29, 2014

'I'm a steamroller baby!' --> Elvis sings on the phenomenal new Legacy 4-LP vinyl release 'As Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis' (Music On Vinyl) -- and it's just one of the many highlights that sound fresher and more dynamic on the vinyl LP format. The CD version has indeed proved very popular, however, listening to the concert on a vinyl record is an altogether different experience —the iconic 1974 album includes stunning remastered sound and it rocks! Elvis and The TCB band are almost in the room...

'Those binoculars look like a bunch of frogs up there'.

Here's the pitch: Original quadraphonic copies of said album are highly desirable but the new Legacy version includes an extra concert --- the delicious sound an audio feast. Additional LPs,3-4 include the 'test run' ('48 Hours To Memphis' FTD) plus the bonus rough house rehearsal standouts (down 'n' dirty R&B - 'Down In The Alley', and the beautiful 'Twelfth of Never'). The CDs artwork format is replicated here but everything is expanded, with the gorgeous booklet a case in point. It's LP sized and filled to the brim with captivating text about Elvis live on the road in '74, including rock legends, Led Zeppelin meeting Elvis at his L.A Forum gig in May '74, plus stacks of great photos.

Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis 4 LP Vinyl Set

If you've got the excellent Legacy 2-CD of the shows you know what to expect but the bigger format lends itself fittingly to the Elvis fan and collector...

In addition, plain white poly lined inner bags house the vinyls which have orange RCA labels -- 'As Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis' 4-LP is a quality presentation that's deserving of the albums continued landmark status.

Vinyl records as a format were thought to be in decline but a healthy resurgence in recent years has seen a sales surge. Frankly there's nothing like perusing the artwork and dropping the needle on a gorgeous slab of heavyweight vinyl for a satisfying listening experience. A vinyl record listening session is SPECIAL and something to be savoured...

Furthermore --- the soulful Sweet Inspirations sound better than ever on the LP format adding deep soul to the aforementioned 'Steamroller Blues' -- a live blues tour-de-force. Elvis adds: 'I'm a steamrolling snake' at the Richmond show -- the release includes two stunning versions that arguably pip the ALOHA FROM HAWAII version (1973), and nestle sweetly among a feast of timeless rock 'n' roll nuggets.

From the booklet: Harvey Kubernik, a writer for the Hollywood Press, covered his show in the City of Angels: 'I was really impressed with Elvis' version of James Taylor's 'Steamroller Blues.' It was a raw and seductive number that engulfed the arena, and for me, helped reestablish his rock & roll cred'. Elvis' fan base was similarly impressed. Longtime fan and photographer Bob Klein caught a show on 23rd at the Spectrum in Philadelphia and raves, 'On that tour Elvis was really kick 'n' ass. He was in great voice and played off the exuberance of the crowd. The energy level he was sending into the crowd was a connection of love between audience and artist'.

Moreover, gospel classic and Grammy winner 'How Great Thou Art', and the equalling affecting 'Why Me Lord' form a powerful emotional double whammy. Elvis performed over 150 shows through 1974; most were SOLD OUT. Note: The Richmond shows selected gatefold artwork elements were sourced from the excellent FTD 'Sold Out' 2-CD, and begs the question. Could FOLLOW THAT DREAM release further selected soundboards on the vinyl format ...? With a roster of superb vinyl record releases on the collectors label selected soundboards could be a distinct possibility. Custom vinyl labels, gatefolds, plus an additional booklet sans 'As Recorded'— and vinyl record fans would be salivating...

Moreover, the plaudits came thick and fast for Elvis and the TCB band in March '74 - proof that the Elvis Presley 1970s touring extravaganza was indeed a HOT ticket. 'As Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis' 4-LP comes highly recommended -- a perfect snapshot of Elvis wowing his home crowd --- > guaranteed to blow your mind!

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Track listing

Disc 1 : Side A

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra
02. See See Rider
03. I Got A Woman / Amen
04. Love Me
05. Trying To Get To You
06. All Shook Up
07. Steamroller Blues
08. Teddy Bear / Don'T Be Cruel
09. Love Me Tender
10. Long Tall Sally-Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On-Mama Don't Dance-Flip, Flop And Fly-Jailhouse Rock-Hound Dog
11. Fever
12. Polk Salad Annie
13. Why Me Lord

Disc 1 : Side B

01. How Great Thou Art
02. Suspicious Minds
03. Introductions
04. Blueberry Hill / I Can'T Stop Loving You
05. Help Me
06. An American Trilogy
07. Let Me Be There
08. My Baby Left Me
09. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
10. Funny How Times Slips Away
11. Can'T Help Falling In Love
12. Closing Vamp

Disc 2 : Side A

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra
02. See See Rider
03. I Got A Woman / Amen
04. Love Me
05. Trying To Get To You
06. All Shook Up
07. Steamroller Blues
08. Teddy Bear / Don'T Be Cruel
09. Love Me Tender
10. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Your Mama D
11. Fever
12. Polk Salad Annie
13. Why Me Lord

Disc 2 : Side B

01. Suspicious Minds
02. Introductions
03. I Can'T Stop Loving You
04. Help Me
05. An American Trilogy
06. Let Me Be There
07. Funny How Times Slips Away
08. Can'T Help Falling In Love
09. Closing Vamp
10. Down In The Alley (Rehearsal Take)
11. Good Time Charlie'S Got The Blues (Rehearsal Take)
12. Softly As I Leave You (Rehearsal Take)
13. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Rehearsal Take)
14. The Twelth Of Never (Rehearsal Take)


The musicians backing Elvis on Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis include James Burton and John Wilkinson (guitars); Charlie Hodge (guitar and vocals); Duke Bardwell (bass); Ronnie Tutt (drums); Glen D. Hardin (piano); The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Kathy Westmoreland (vocals) with Joe Guercio and his Orchestra.

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