On numbers like Pols salad Annie and Suspicious minds, it
feels like Ronnie Tutt is actually hitting Elvis as well as the drums.
You can see how Elvis absorbs the drumming behind him.
I have to agree with this as well.... that has to be one of my favorite all time renditions of "PSA". It's also great in the new Elvis-The Concert production as well. Still, my all-time favorite "PSA" is the rehearsal version from the original TTWII.... very bluesy. I was dissappointed with it on "The Way It Was" FTD release, though. The mono track on the original film had better sound than that, regardless of source "originality".
I too think leaving out some of the original performances hurt the new film a lot, and it seemed even shorter than the original to me when I viewed it at the Orpheum in Memphis at the premiere.
But it is still great....
Some notes though:
When were the various filmed shots of EP in the fringe suit ("That's All Right" and "Suspicious Minds") from the balcony taken? I noticed that the backup guys have different suits on and so do the Imperials as well. Anyone know? From the info I've seen, "Suspicious Minds" was not sung at the 8-10-70 opening show....
There are also shots interspersed in the film taken from the rear of the stage that show Elvis wearing colored belts with jumpsuits that feature white collars, and these don't show up other places in the film during the "main" stage footage.... when were these shot as well?
Do you think that perhaps MGM has even more footage than they're admitting to?