Thu May 24, 2012 8:45 am
elvisjock wrote:Here's a few shots I've acquired over the years.
Thu May 24, 2012 10:00 pm
Whether true or not, it certainly makes nice reading. As concert time approached, he stepped into a bus to take the 55 mile trip up to Augusta Civic Center, a relatively new and small auditorium.He paused and stammering slightly, said, "I'm going to get rid of the ol' Colonel. I need change, new blood...I've had it with him. And I also want a different lifestyle...this one has gone on long enough. After the next tour, or the one after that it will happen - a drastic cut." He then listed the guys who'd be fired...
So let the show begin!Indeed as the show began inside, there weren't too many people left outside...We noticed a large bus outside the Civic Center that was parked near an entrance on the side, and we thought it was simply a bus used by fans from other States, so we didn't pay much attention to it. There were six of us in our group, and somewhere around 9:45 p.m., four of us (including myself) decided to go inside and find our seats, but two decided to stay outside until the last minute. In fact these two made the right decision as some five minutes later after we left, Elvis got off that bus and went inside the Civic Center. My two friends weren't very close to the bus at that time, but close enough for shouting " Hi, Elvis ! ", Elvis didn't speak at that time but waved to them as he heard them. Elvis had a black coat over his Sundial jumpsuit and was wearing glasses.
To me this sounded again like a solid show, at least up to the intros after which the show is again terminated in rapid fashion. I especially liked My Way and Heartbreak Hotel from the cd-r. The audience certainly appreciated him...C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / My Way / Heartbreak Hotel / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Can't Help Falling In Love
Elvis didn’t even have to sing. He moved a leg, a finger, shook his head and the screams of adoration swelled from more than 7000 throats as he came to Augusta, Maine Civic Center last night...Dressed in a white jumpsuit with silver brocade, Elvis showed a slight paunch. But it hardly mattered. He sang and brought down the house. The favorites were his old hits. As the last song was sung, there was a slight hush. And as the lights went up, showing no Elvis, there was a collective groan.
Tuesday night more than 7,000 got the thrill of a lifetime when Elvis Presley, the undisputed King of Rock and Roll, played the Augusta Civic Center. It was electric, and it was made even more so by the fact that Presley was late. His Greyhound bus rolled across the grass at the rear of the Civic Center to within yards of the back door. Twin columns of policemen kept the path clear as Presley sprang out of the bus and into the building...Although all the excitement would make it difficult to for one to make an objective assessment of the concert, it was a slick production...It was pure Presley. All the elements of what he is were there - gospel, soul, rock, and plenty of excitement.
One of the curious moments of the show was when Felton appeared on stage (on orders from Elvis) in the middle of If You Love Me to do...what? If you've ever wondered what embarrassment looks like, just take a look at Felton here. The whole thing can be witnessed on video too:When a legend and superstar like Presley is to be on stage, the show becomes less of a concert, in the traditional sense of the world, and more of a sociological phenomenon.
Nevertheless, it was Presley’s singing that was the most pleasing part of the evening’s production. When the Pelvis took his place before the microphones, nearly two hours after the scheduled showtime start, he worked his larynx (and other more noticeable parts of his million dollar anatomy) like a pro...At times, Presley was frustratingly incoherent. He slurred many of his between-song comments, and mumbled as if he were slightly tipsy, or else just oblivious to the world around him.
Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:17 pm
The recording is not very comfortable listening, with Elvis being quite distant. Of note is the final appearance of American Trilogy, which Elvis botches up by coming in too early on the final chorus. Unchained Melody gets an acceptable airing. All in all, it sounds like an unremarkable show, though.C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / O Sole Mio- It's Now Or Never / Help Me / An American Trilogy / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Unchained Melody / Can't Help Falling In Love
What can one say, but Elvis Presley is still the KING, at least in the eyes of his devoted fans who filled the Mobile Municipal Auditorium Thursday night for his long-awaited concert. This time around he didn’t fail to please. Considerably improved over his last time here, Presley is – without a doubt – older but wider. But then, who isn’t – especially among his older fans? His vocals were many, varied, impressive, thrilling and professional. He could step up the pace between songs, omitting some of the extraneous talk and the epithet...
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Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:42 pm
The show actually sounded OK to me (the sound quality is harsher on the old release apparently) but momentum is again spoiled by two Nielsen numbers. Trying to Get to You, Little Sister and One Night are solid efforts. But once more, the show is concluded quickly after the intros. The audience seems to enjoy the show all the way.C.C.Rider / I Got A Woman -Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / O Sole Mio - It's Now Or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel/ Trying To Get To You / Danny Boy (S.Nielsen) / Walk With Me (S.Nielsen) / One Night / My Way/ Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Can't Help Falling In Love
And then, things started to happen. Elvis sang a rollicking and rocking Little Sister, one of the better tunes from his middle period and a song I’ve never known him to do in concert. Next came a medley of two early classics Teddy Bear and the great Don’t Be Cruel. Hot dog, Elvis is going to get goin’ tonight! A superb rock ballad from his Sun Record days – Trying to Get to You – was next and it fit right in. And then…he let the moment go. He introduced the Italian-Irish tenor again to sing...and the momentum went right out the door and down the Genesee River.
For Elvis just didn’t seem to be trying. He strolled through some of his best songs, trailed by a little man supplying scarves that were passed along Elvis’ neck and directly into the hands of hungry fans...Much of the time he sang low and lazy... He mumbled semi-audibly between songs and apparently didn’t feel the need for courtesies like facing the audience while singing. He also slowed the show down by taking his own sweet time sipping drinks between numbers. Only occasionally did we feel Elvis was serious about delivering a first class performance.
Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:56 am
Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:36 am
JoshMorgan wrote:I love this thread. Keep em' coming!
Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:05 am
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Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:54 pm
The quality of the recording is in the top-tier of audience recordings - a very enjoyable listen. After Don't Be Cruel Elvis asks "What'll we do next? What do you wanna hear, folks?" Whenever he starts accepting requests, it's a clear sign that he's in a good mood. It's not clear whether the next three songs are requests...the show ends with "wise men know, when it's time to go..."C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman -Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me/ You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / O Sole Mio - It’s Now Or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear - Don’t Be Cruel / And I Love You So/ Why Me Lord?/ Polk Salad Annie/ Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Can’t Help Falling In Love
In between beating on the door, Elvis smiled and posed for pictures. The bodyguards got nervous after a girl leaped up on the platform so Elvis said " OK boys, calm down. Let's get back in the car." They all piled in the car, backed it up and turned around, and drove slowly out into the thick coliseum traffic, as the hotel was just across the street from the arena...ten minutes later they came back the same way and almost flew from the car to the back door (which was open by this time) as there were hundreds of fans there by then wondering what was causing all the commotion.
Evening Press wrote:He is a presence, more than a performer. During one song last night, the spotlight showed only his left foot and pantleg, tapping furiously to his excellent band’s rock. Just that image was enough. He didn’t have to do anything more.
In the dark, the rest of his 42-year-old body rather calmly was leaning against one of the 10 singers who accompany him. One hand was stuck casually in his pocket. He sipped a Coke. But the foot tapped, the goldleaf design sparkled in the lights and fans went wild.
Sun Bulletin wrote:The gyrations which made him famous on television are a distant memory - and the ever-present paunch is an unpleasant reminder of age - but to the 7,000 who packed the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena last night, Elvis Presley never sounded better...Several members of the audience said they were disappointed Elvis didn't perform longer. Several others said they were upset by his pudgy appearance. Still others complained that Elvis should have sung more of his early numbers.
The lineup includes some surprises such as Blue Suede Shoes, Heartbreak Hotel, Bridge Over Troubled Water and as a request, Unchained Melody. On Bridge he feels that the mic he's using isn't able to pick up the soft tones, so a switch is made. The new mic elicts a comment: "Try this son-of-a-bitch!". As he prepares to leave, a request is made for UM - he says "OK, I'll try it." and performs a very good version of the song - one of my favorite ones, I might add. The sound quality of this recording is worse than that of Unchained, but it's still listenable.C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman -Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Blue Suede Shoes / Teddy Bear - Don`t Be Cruel / Heartbreak Hotel / Bridge Over Troubled Water / O Sole Mio - It`s Now Or Never / Love Me Tender / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Unchained Melody / Can't Help Falling In Love
Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:18 pm
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Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:03 am
The only "surprise" is the early spot for My Way. The show is padded out with intros and Stamps' number - the whole thing is a very low key affair.C. C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / My Way / Jailhouse Rock / You Gave Me A Mountain / O Sole Mio- It`s Now Or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear - Don`t Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions / Hurt / Walk That Lonesome Road (The Stamps) / Hound Dog / Can`t Help Falling In Love
Elvis ‘77 is paunchy, puffy, lumbering, frequently off-key, apparently under-rehearsed (he has to read the first verse of My Way from a page of sheet music) and, for all that, the most outrageously condescending showman I have ever seen. He performed Saturday as if just roused from a drunken slumber, slurred his witless patter as if still slightly in-the-bag, and otherwise gave no sign of artistic integrity. There are dolphins who perform more affectingly.
During his hour and 10 minutes on stage, Elvis touched all bases – rolling his knees and hips suggestively and reaching out blindly to the people as multi-colored spotlights traced his every step, changing his white sequined costume to red or blue. Little Sister, Jailhouse Rock and Hound Dog were some of the big hits he recalled from the past, with Hound Dog setting the place on fire...The only things missing from the Presley of another era were a guitar and the wild gyrations that once prompted the late Ed Sullivan to ban Elvis’ lower extremities from his television show. Probably the most applause came at the end of the show when Elvis promised everyone he’d be back next year and then, in a somber voice, remarked: “Contrary to what you may have read or heard, I’m in good health.” With that he was gone. There would be no curtain call, no second round of applause. Today was over, next year was to be anticipated.
Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:00 am
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Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:04 pm
To me the Elvis sections sound OK. When he leaves, he just leaves...leaving a bewildered audience behind no doubt. When he comes back, he asks "What do you wanna hear?" A man close to the recorder says "Unchained Melody!" Then someone in the first row makes the very same request and Elvis complies. The man is elated: "Yes!" he goes; a woman next to him tells Elvis to "play the piano":C.C. Rider / I Got a Woman -Amen / That’s All Right / Are You Lonesome Tonight / Blue Christmas / Heartbreak Hotel / Love Me / Jailhouse Rock / You Gave Me a Mountain / Danny Boy (S.Nielsen) / Walk with Me (S. Nielsen) / Teddy Bear- Don’t Be Cruel / Walk That Lonesome Road (The Stamps) / My Heavenly Father (K. Westmoreland) / Introductions / Hurt / Hound dog / Help Me / Unchained Melody / Blue Suede Shoes / The Wonder of You (1 line) / One Night / O Sole Mio-It’s Now or Never / Can’t Help Falling in Love
Very unusual concert, shades of Vegas '73...he said he had to leave the stage and check the sound system...after almost a half hour, Elvis walked back on stage...and picked up as if he had never left...he once again did a fantastic treatment of Unchained Melody..Elvis spent half of CHFIL trying to take his TCB ring off his finger...obviously annoyed, he finally got the ring off and surprised everyone by dropping it into the sea of hands reaching up in front of him.
The king is slightly paunchy now in his white spangled suit and the hair seems dyed. But the main ingredients of the image are intact - the boyish, almost feminine face; the sexual pelvic movements and the country voice that croons the rhythms of white rock welded onto black soul.Like his management, Elvis' show was intelligent and well-paced...The myth of Elvis has become almost as large as that surrounding the late Howard Hughes. Some even wondered, as they did with Hughes, if the man on stage were really Elvis. It was impossible for them to reconcile the legend in their minds to the spectacle of a mere man showing the signs of middle age. Of course, by this time Elvis is virtually impervious to all criticism.
The banana split comment is interesting, as Larry Geller mentions this in his book, although he had it taking place a week earlier - but in Baltimore Hilton, too. So the reason for the exit might just have been a case of stomach trouble due to those splits (and of course the fact that his digestive system was a mess at this point).The performance was roundly attacked in the local papers (one reporter comparing the flop to the final days of Judy Garland)...Why was Elvis all shook up? One backstage source overheard an explanation which accounted for Presley's behavior: he had eaten five banana splits before the show.
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