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Event number 8

Sun Jun 15, 2003 1:21 am

I read this review,and was rather surprised.
Im totally disagree with this.What do you think?
http://www.elvisinrussia.ru/eventnumber8.htm

Sun Jun 15, 2003 1:42 am

No,I for one do not agree with this review.

I think this show is great,I think he is vocally focused.

Sun Jun 15, 2003 2:26 am

Although Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind (how could this one be bettered) has got a better ambiance and possibly stronger song selection than Event Number Eight, ENE sound-wise comes from an average sounding soundboard tape, which detracts from the actual feel of the show, how it did sound in reality when you were there.

Event number Eight is still a great show, with a nervous but edgy sounding Elvis, plus the abscence of the Guercio Orchestra (just TCB band, background singers + Elvis) is a refreshing change. Some songs sound as though they were recorded in the studio.

The artwork is beautiful, in fact it's an attractive package (like all Madison releases) and I can't see how anyone could get dissapointed with this cd.
Unlike with many 1976 soundboards... :cry:

Re: Event number 8

Sun Jun 15, 2003 8:30 am

Dave72 wrote:I read this review,and was rather surprised.
Im totally disagree with this.What do you think?
http://www.elvisinrussia.ru/eventnumber8.htm


You're correct -- the show is an essential purchase for many reasons, such as packaging, rarity (no orchestra gig) and a very decent in-line source.

They don't know what they're talking about. Read some of the other reviews and it's obvious.

For example, they praise a performance of "Killing Me Softly" on the America's Own CD -- Elvis does not sing on it.

'Nuff said!

Sun Jun 15, 2003 5:30 pm

A very strange review. First they tell you that the CD is poorly packaged and the show is below par, and are wrong on both counts. Then they tell you its Elvis so it’s great, and you should “buy it now”. It seems as though they can’t make up their minds, really.

Actually the packaging is of the high standard we have come to expect from the Madison label, and as DJC points out the fact that Elvis and the TCB band performed without the orchestra make this CD a must have for any serious ‘70’s concert collector. I would also say that Elvis sounds far better here than he did during his August 1974 Vegas season, and puts in a good performance.

The same site describes the “Still Rockin’ The Nation” CD as an “interesting and important document”, so the reviews obvioulsy aren't very accurate.
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Mon Jun 16, 2003 9:16 pm

I enjoy this disc as well. While I like the JG orchestra on many live tracks. the absence of it enjoyably suggests what Elvis shows might have been like if he didn't have such a taste for excess.

I also like the absence of crowd noise. Though it removes the "being there" feeling, the permormances sound very intimate and personal. Which is a strange thing for the Houston Astrodome!

Tue Jun 17, 2003 3:54 am

Here's this moron's review of the Import CD "Unchained Elvis".
I think this is probably one of Elvis' best shows for '77 - not speaking of the song selection so much as Elvis' state.
This guy is out to lunch!!!


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Title: Unchained Elvis

Label: Krypton

Date: Binghampton - NY May 26th, 1977 8:30 PM show + bonus May 27th, 1977

Sound Quality: * * / * * * * * +

Show Rating: * * + / * * * * * +

Tracks: 1.2001 2.See See Rider 3.I Got A Woman / Amen 4.Love Me 5.If You Love Me Let Me Know 6.You Gave Me A Mountain 7.Jailhouse Rock 8.O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never 9.Little Sister 10.Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 11.And I Love You So 12.Why Me Lord? 13.Polk Salad Annie 14.Introductions of: The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner And The Stamps Quartet and Kathy Westmoreland 15.Early Morning Rain 16.What' d I Say 17.Johnny B. Goode 18.Ronnie Tutt's solo 19.Jerry Scheff's Blues 20.Tony Brown's piano solo 21.Bobby Ogden's solo 22.School Days 23.Hurt 24.Hound Dog 25.Can't Help Falling In Love 26.Closing Vamp
Bonus: 27.Heartbreak Hotel 28.Bridge Over Troubled Water 29.Unchained Melody

Package: The package is really well done! Nice design with many Elvis' pictures in color. The booklet contains photos and a review of the concert by Johnny Savage. Although the design is very attractive, do not hurry up to buy this CD, please read below before.

Elvis: If you are a photo collector - do not even doubt to buy this NOW! If you prefer the show, miss it. It's a very bad show with Elvis in a very bad spirit, without interesting songs. However here we have the last live version of Why Me Lord? with Elvis trying to joke, but it does not help the situation. The concert is weak - just a month before the last show - what can we expect?

Sound: The sound is bad. This audience recording is so awfully remastered, that the sound is not live. Personally I do not like that kind of sound. Moreover, here we have many gluing, which spoil the joy of listening.

Tue Jun 17, 2003 4:12 am

That review can't be farther from the truth - this is (like the title of another import cd) a damn good show. It has excellent sound (for an AR) with lots of ambiance and it shows he could still cut it late in his game when the spirit moved him. Elvis sounds lively and focussed.

I would vote for it being the best AR show from 1977, while best SB goes for Moody Blue & Other Great Performances and best MT goes for FTD's Spring Tours 77.

Tue Jun 17, 2003 11:21 am

To my ears, Event Number 8 sounds like a great show. And of course the content is essential with the orchestra missing. but these are all opinions, and i've heard worse.