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Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:14 pm

Anyone agrees? :D
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especially the reprise is awesome

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:23 pm

I liked it, especially the reprise. Thanks for posting.

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:33 pm

The real question should be was this recorded on soundboard?

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:58 pm

It's in the same mould as his performances the next evening. A little over the top but very interesting.

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:00 pm

Yes i like it! :lol: :roll: :wink:

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:22 pm

My God! The reprise is absolutely amazing! He reaches high notes that I never heard before in "Bridge Over Troubled Water". It just comes closer one version from September 1970.

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:40 pm

A great performance in my humble opinion and my favorite song sung by Elvis.

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:04 am

great version, slightly 'grandiose'....lol

nothing could beat the '70' version though......vocal control was phenomenal

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:12 am

He did the reprise because he got lost the first time around and screwed up the ending.

I've heard better versions.

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:21 am

Some very interesting phrasings there. Thanks for the link

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:51 pm

On what CD can I find this? Sounds pretty gooed for an audience recording... Thanks in advance!

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:36 pm

Rob wrote:He did the reprise because he got lost the first time around and screwed up the ending.
I've heard better versions.

That's what I heard as well. Greensboro '72 is a much better version IMO.

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Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:15 pm

nyelvfan wrote:The real question should be was this recorded on soundboard?


I think the real question is, why was he still singing this song 4 years after TTWII? Why didnt he move on? Elvis shows never changed much and were predictable and thats bad for any performer.

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:43 pm

JeroenNL wrote:On what CD can I find this? Sounds pretty gooed for an audience recording... Thanks in advance!


This one Joern
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Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:03 pm

Wow, the reprise was simply stunning...! What a fantastic singer our man was 8)

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:16 pm

yes...very nice, awesome. love it

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:32 pm

Yes that bootleg release was very much enjoyed by me and one of the very best from that bootleg 'label'!~ :D
when he Sang instead of talking in Vegas Summer 74 he still sounded great!~

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:36 pm

It seems to me to be an example of Elvis trying everything in the book to put on a good show when he really was not in the mood to. It's almost as if he thought that over-the-top vocals such as this would cover up his erratic behaviour on stage, the lack of professionalism he showed during this period, his often foul moods, his boredom and lack of connection with both the audience and his material. While on the night the audience may have been amazed by his vocal acrobatics and power, a discerning listener today is more likely to wonder where the carefully structured performance of 1970 is. The song lacks all of the beauty of the earlier rendition, and the song is competely robbed of sophistication and subtlety.

In short, if there was a contest for singing loudly and with power, then Elvis would have won it. But he would not have won any prizes for subtlety, the reading of lyrics or connection with the material. Loud singing does not equal good singing.

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:39 pm

Yes, the reprise was very good. A little over the top for my tastes, but still impressive vocal performance. For my money, the versions he did in 1970 are the best ones though.

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:42 pm

The actual show in question Sept 1st M/S was a good show throughout actually! :wink:

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:50 am

Nice to hear him hit that one note during the reprise--can't say I've ever heard him go that high for this song. Pretty cool. But the entire performance is slightly exhausting to listen to. He dips and bends every which way and it's rather distracting. Peter's post nails it as far as him trying to connect with the song. It's pretty clear how bored Elvis had become with these tunes that he was so desperate to infuse some kind of life into them--as manufactured as it turned out to be.

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:00 am

Good version, thanks Johnny

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:05 am

JohanD wrote:
JeroenNL wrote:On what CD can I find this? Sounds pretty gooed for an audience recording... Thanks in advance!


This one Joern


Yep thats the cd, only thing i did was remaster the sound a little bit and made the video

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:02 am

debtd1 wrote:great version, slightly 'grandiose'....lol

nothing could beat the '70' version though......vocal control was phenomenal


I've only listened on abysmally tinny speakers so far, but sounds interesting. The ETTWII version, though, despite two errors in the lyrics, is sublime. I'm not turned on at all by the later gospel-type versions, including EOT. If only Elvis could have maintained and built upon the mature peak he reached in early August 1970 . . .

Steve Morse

Re: Bridge Over Troubled Water Awesome from September 1 1974

Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:48 am

It's superb. Thanks Johnny. Have a great day on Xmas, my Friend.