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Which was Elvis' best live performance year (1969-1977) ?

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Which was Elvis' best live performance year (1969-1977) ?

Mon May 05, 2003 3:06 am

Opinions are very divided on this topic - some say the energy and drive were superior in '69 but the song selection better in let's say 1974. Others disagree. What about you? Make your opinion count!

Mon May 05, 2003 3:13 am

I´ll go for 1972! The shows were tight, the song selection was excelent and the voice was awsome.


Mon May 05, 2003 5:32 am

i like the 1969 shows
up beat shows.

curtis simpkins

Tue May 06, 2003 2:17 am

Come on guys, when there are enough votes we get a representative view of what most consider his best concert year! VOTE NOW!

Tue May 06, 2003 4:42 pm

For me this was a close race between 70 and 72, but I had to go with 70. The freshness and enthusiasm of the comeback are still to be heard in his voice as well as the energy on the rockers, and the passion & soul on everything! Plus the material was ambitious and imaginative: Polk Salad Annie; Walk A Mile In My Shoes; C.C. Rider; Release Me; The Wonder Of You; Let It Be Me; I Just Can't Help Believin'; You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; Something. Elvis never sang these numbers better than he did in 1970! I would rank the post 68 comeback concert years as follows: 1.) 1970 2.) 1972 3.) 1969 4.) 1971, 73, 75 (tie - although I think Elvis was overall better vocally in 75 than he was for some of 71 and 73). 5.) 1974 (on the plus side great spirit during the first part of the year - albeit with a rather cookie-cutter set-list. On the minus side some sloppy shows on the last tour and the infamous Vegas "drug speech shows" during the August engagement). 6.) 1976 7.) 1977.

Tue May 06, 2003 4:52 pm

Elvis on Stage 1970 is the definitive.

Tue May 06, 2003 4:55 pm

A very balanced and convincing choice, Pete. I agree for the most part with you, though I would rate the march 1974 shows higher. 1970 might feature an Elvis not as slim or acrobatic than in 1969, but his overall presentation, song selection, passion, relaxed-ness made it his best "comeback" year together with 1972 which had the Vegas and On Tour material, the MSG shows and some SB's for proof. Could it be that future 1971 and/or 1973 soundboard releases might have us to change our opinions?

Tue May 06, 2003 6:38 pm

You're right, Pete. For me also it's a close call between 1970 and '72.
I lean toward 1972 only because the "touring machine" was in full force by this time and his show was polished and incorporated the bigger production numbers.

Although, there's no beating this guy when it comes to his 1969/70 Vegas shows.
Holy crap, he was on fire!!!!

Tue May 06, 2003 8:15 pm

72 was great, but 70 had it all. From what I have seen the Sept tour looked fantastic.

Tue May 06, 2003 8:17 pm

Of course, Elvis would never been more energetic and hungry than in '69-'70. But is energy the only thing that counts for a good performer?

I think not. I choose for '74 (but had trouble to pick that year over '72). Both years Elvis combined humour, energy, showmanship and a strong mix of love songs - contemporary songs and golden oldies. He was much more confident on stage in those years than in 69-70, and in a much better spirit than '71 and '73.

Tue May 06, 2003 8:32 pm

I think Elvis was a good performer in 1961. I truly love the USS Arizona show.

Tue May 06, 2003 8:35 pm

But you picked the wrong post, man!

You're right though... awesome show. What a song selection. Can you imagine that song list in the 70's?