"That's All Right Mama" is a high spirited performance and "Blue Christmas" exhibits beauty and smoothness in his voice exuding his classic style as does "Fever" and "Little Sister." the reviewer goes on to say that Elvis loses his timing on "Tryin To Get To You." Clearly, he has never witnessed the magic of Elvis in Concert. To have been there for this performance, the reviewer would most certainly have lost control of this bowels! If "Balls" is what you look for in a recording, listen to "Fairytale." Then again, if you can't hear "balls" in "Big Boss Man,"...forgetaboutit! (It was the band that screwed up the ending or perhaps a miscue from Elvis).
The comment about Elvis "overstretching" himself on "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" is laughable. What exactly is meant by "overstretching" anyway? If vocal limitation is what is meant here, may I remind y'all that Elvis' voice was virtually limitless by 1977. Clearly, Elvis is having fun singing "Lawdy" and is in rich voice even ad-libbing a befitting line at the ending which complements tony Brown's improvisational "Jerry Lee" solo, rendering the end result refreshing and authentic.
In further praise of "Spring Tours '77," I defy anyone to produce better versions (studio or live) of "Help Me" or "Fairytale." the ending of "Fairytale" is a technical problem, to no fault of Elvis whose artistry shines through powerfully and profoundly.
The reviewer further exposes himself as being fixated with an era by admitting that in his mind this material has tarnished Elvis' musical reputation and should never have been released at all. It deeply saddens me when someone limits their appreciation for vocal/musical genius and in this case, we're talking about the editor of a magazine devoted to Elvis' music. As an avid appreciator of the music of Elvis Presely, I question the degree of attention paid by the reviewer to this most interesting release. So, play it again, Sam, keeping in mind that there are none so deaf as those who refuse to listen.