Can you please describe the performance quality?
A very tight performance. Not much fooling around, not much talking. The typical 1972 performance. I wouldn't call it cold but cool and professional.
Can you please describe the sound quality?
Very good IMO. I'd even say the best live concert experience so far There's a little noise at the beginning that can't be heard when the concert has started. Also Sprach Zarathustra BTW is one of the best versions I've heard. It's silly but it is.
I never liked the way Afternoon In The Garden was mixed. Also Aloha could have been done better but I don't want to complain. This one sounds "real" if you know what I mean. Something between a soundboard with a touch of audience.[/quote]
Can you please describe the sound mix/instrument balance?
I'd say the mix focusses pretty much on bass and drums. I'm missing JB a little bit. Femals voices are strong. The orchestra sounds as if its a little behind the band IMO which is cool. About Elvis' voice: My impression is that it isn't more in front than on e.g. Afternoon. It sounds cool.
The organ can be heard pretty good at leat on the introductions. I haven't tried to notice it in every single track yet.
All in all a great box set. Better IMO than TTAF. I like the idea of focussing on different aspects, "stereo" 50ies masters, movie gems, Nashville (great takes to be found here which I didn't expect, and the 1972 concert.
More to come later ...