The CD starts off with some cool stuff.. Including the opening big band
version of Love Me Tender as well as opening act Voice singing two tunes,
Keep It Going and Going Back To Memphis Tomorrow.. Also included is announcer
Al Devorin doing his best salesman job pushing Elvis souvenirs..These were
actually recorded in Memphis in 1975... After a few listens to the CD and
this all becomes boring.. but, it gives you the " whole " Elvis concert
experience.. besides, you can just scan past them and go on to the real
As always..Also Sprach Zarathustra's ominous sounds begin the performance..
and Elvis appears with a good solid version of C.C. Rider. A shortened
version of the usual " Well well well " goes right into a cool version of
I've Got A Woman/ Amen in which Elvis makes JD Sumner do his thing twice !!!
Elvis greets the audience with a funny bit when he says, " It's nice to be
back in Hampton Roa.. I mean Richmond !! " and then goes right into Love Me
which is nothing special. An intense, powerful version of Trying To Get To
You follows. Elvis pounds this one out..Fantastic.. A short version of All
Shook Up is next, nothing new, but it's still a cool grooving tune to hear...
Next up is one of the most funkiest versions of Steamroller Blues you will
ever hear..The horn section powers through this tune and Elvis is right there
with them..Pumping out his heart into this one...This version buries the well
known Aloha recording...Fantastic. Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel and Love Me
Tender follow one another... Nothing exciting here, but the great sound
quality makes up for it !!!!
The very cool and rocking medley Long tall sally/ whole lotta shakin' goin'
on/ mama don't dance/ flip flop & fly/ jailhouse rock/ hound dog follows and
is tight and exciting... The well known version from the Memphis concert
pales in comparison..It would have been nice if Elvis did more medleys like
A very funny version of Fever is up next.. Elvis plays with the words and has
a blast with this one.. He even comments at the end, " That's a fun song to
do.. " Fun to listen to as well...Forget the Aloha version !!! Polk Salad
Annie is next and its funky grooves are as wild as ever... To take a little
breather, Elvis has JD Sumner and the Stamps sing Why Me Lord ?... JD's low
tones grace this gospel tune beautifully..In this concert, Elvis doesn't give
the audience a chance to breathe as he pumps out song after song with hardly
any break in between.. Such is the case of Suspicious Minds... This is such a
great song, I've never heard a bad version, and this one doesn't change that..
The introductions are up next and they are short and to the point. The
extended solos have not yet become part of the intros as they will later in
the year at the Vegas closing in September. A powerhouse version of I Can't
Stop Loving You kicks right in after the intros.. Elvis' strong voice is
evident here as he barrels through this one..A great version.
Elvis' latest record " Help Me " follows and this a touching rendition of
this beautiful song... A moving, stirring version of American Trilogy
immediately follows and as usual, Elvis and the TCB band hit it right on the
head. Magnificent. Let Me Be There is up next and the band really shines on
this tight country song..Which will become a staple of Elvis' concerts in the
Time for the houselights to come up on Richmond...which means Funny How Time
Slips Away is up...Nothing new on this one, but again, the sound quality
gives new depth to these songs.. " And until we're back in Richmond , we bid
you an affectionate adios" and we hear the finale Can't Help Falling In Love
complete with screams from girls no doubt catching those scarves...Elvis has
left the Building.....
If you are faced with the challenge of grabbing hold of only one CD from the
1974 tours, do your best to grab this one.. The sound is superb and the
concert itself is one of Elvis' best.. Not to mention the beautiful close up
shots of Elvis in the sleeve. As the title says, this is guaranteed to blow
Reviewed by Christopher Hassell
Sound rate **** 1/2