Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden Live, Original recording remastered
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The concert recording, so well remastered by BMG Recording Studios, begins with "Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey.)" This brief yet auspicious theme gets the audience all worked up for Elvis to come onstage. Elvis launches into rousing renditions of "That's All Right" and "Proud Mary" as the crowd loves every second of it. Elvis then switches gears to a slower paced "Never Been To Spain;" and by this time the audience is in total ecstasy. "That's All Right" also features great drums and horns; and the guitars work wonders for the musical arrangement for "Proud Mary," too.
Throughout the rest of the concert Elvis alternates between songs with faster and slower tempos; but they all work well and Elvis bats them all straight out of the ball park! Some incredible numbers Elvis performs include the gorgeous love ballad "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me;" a sublime cover of "The Impossible Dream" with its great use of the piano and "For The Good Times." Elvis sings them all with great sensitivity. Excellent!
Of course, it couldn't be a proper Elvis concert without some of his signature songs. We get classic Elvis numbers including "Heartbreak Hotel;" the beautiful "Love Me Tender" from Elvis' first movie; a slower than usual paced "Hound Dog" that breaks out into a rousing, rapid fire red hot number and "Suspicious Minds," one of Elvis' most beautiful numbers.Read more ›
So much for irony, and bratty college-kid humor. This is simply a sensational record -- a frenetic, muscular, masterful, almost hyper-active exercise in rock-and-roll. The first two-thirds of the show seem to pass by without our hero taking a breath. "Proud Mary" rivals the original, and "Never Been To Spain" is an absolute revelation. Two of the 'ballads' ("You Don't Have..", "Impossible Dream") are performed at near double-speed with no appreciable loss of effectiveness. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is gut-wrenching, cathartic. Even the 'oldies' portion of the show -- too often treated carelessly, as a series of throwaways -- is here sung with a rueful fondness that recalls a tipsy, but enjoyable high-school reunion. "Polk Salad Annie" catches fire with a distorted Fender bass solo (courtesy of Jerry Scheff), and "Suspicious Minds" hurtles along like a bullet train.
The pace relaxes only slightly toward the end of the record, with a series of mid-tempo numbers,crowned by the flag-waving ballad, "American Trilogy." But the intensity is total. Elvis seemingly had much to prove to his first Manhattan audience -- and, by all accounts, he left them breathless. I myself was breathless at the end of this record. You will be too. So do what I did: crack open another beer, enjoy a cigarette (if you smoke), wait five minutes...and press "play" again.
I have to mention some of the greatest songs on this album including Proud Mary, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', All Shook Up, Heartbreak Hotel, Dont Be Cruel, Suspicious Minds, and I Can't Help Falling in Love just to name a few. The audience is cut-off pretty well you can hear their screams but not like they really where. But I think its great that you can hear the band better, and more. It makes the recording much more enjoyable. For any Elvis Presley fan this will be 5 stars without a question of a doubt enjoy the king, and his backup's as you listen to Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden. Highly Recomended!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
His performances always sounded better than the canned studio work. The band and vocalists were superb!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I consider this show like a raw bootleg, great sound but a little bit low, I missed the final sound mixing. At the end, positive a must for every rock n' roll fan, cheers.Published 2 months ago by Cristobal Mendez
Replaced an 8 track that broke which was a favorite. Yes there was such a thing as 8 tracks.Published 9 months ago by PAULY
Elvis was never better than in this concert. He sings a great variety of material here with great passion. His back up band and singers are excellent.Published 20 months ago by Minor Crager