Got the box set today (was waiting for the right price
). This release shows why we have been right all along to ask for the release of a complete "On Tour" show. Overall I think this show as a whole is slightly less exciting and Elvis' voice is a wee bit less than on "An Afternoon in The Garden", although that still makes for a great performance. And the sound is better than on any other show, save the more recent Las Vegas august 1970 releases (TTWII box, One Night in Vegas, Live in Las Vegas, The Way it Was). That's great news.
What's very clear about all thusfar released 1972 shows, the Vicky releases, this BMG release, Opening Night 72, the MSG releases, is the fact that Elvis deliberately kept his shows very tight and fast-paced, with very little time spent on interacting with his audience with words. The few laughs (when he cracks up) on this San Antonio concert are a welcome albeit short variation on this pattern. On the other hand, I'd rather have a focussed and professional Elvis than the man as heard on 1974 shows like Desert Storm, Night Fever in Vegas, or the infamous College Park Show.
My guess is that with this show they have released not the very best but certainly not the worst of the professionally recorded on tour-shows to test the water, to see how it gets over with fans and critics. The plan in the near future is likely to release an additional 3-cd box in the style of the TTWII box set, containing the cream of "On Tour", with one complete concert (likely Hampton Roads) and additional rare and superior rehearsal material and concert highlights from other recorded shows. Additional shows and rehearsal material will then be released through FTD.
Remember we got our TTWII live material the same way: through BMG box sets and FTD titles.
Another possibility is that they will release all "On Tour" shows as seperate FTD's, and leave the rehearsals etc. alone.
But whatever the configuration, these will all be highly anticipated releases with almost all fans, and especially "live in the 70s" fans...
The floodgates are opened now with this wonderful and typical 1972 concert on "Close Up", and they cannot be closed again, so keep 'em comin' !