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Sweet Carolina

Vicky CD 0215 (Released 1991)

2001 theme
See see rider
Proud Mary
Never been to Spain
You gave me a mountain
Until it's time for you to go
Polk salad annie
Love me
All shook up
Teddy bear/ don't be cruel
Hound dog
Heartbreak hotel
A big hunk o' love
Bridge over troubled water
Suspicious minds
Love me tender
Group introductions
For the good times
American trilogy
Burning love
Release me
Funny how time slips away
Can't help falling in love/ closing vamp
(recorded live, April 14, 1972, North Carolina)

Here we have the second concert from the film ELVIS ON TOUR, recorded 14 April 1972 in Greensboro, NC. This cd has fantastic sound, Elvis is in a great mood, and he gives 110% throughout his performance. It's a real shame more of this material was not included in the film, but hopefully we will see more in the rumored sequel to the video The Lost Performances.

This concert begins with the ominous strains of "Thus Space Zarathustra (Theme from 2001)" and rocks into a strong "See See Rider", then quickly followed by an uptempo "Proud Mary." Elvis then delivers three excellent ballads in a row; "Never Been To Spain, You Gave Me A Mountain, and Until It's Time For You To Go." Next up is a grooving "Polk Salad Annie", and without much pause Elvis launches into a string of early hits highlighted by a superb "Big Hunk O' Love."

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" is a standout tune and is followed by a great "Suspicious Minds" featuring some excellent guitar work from James Burton. "Love Me Tender" leads to the group introductions and a nice "For The Good Times" follows. "An American Trilogy" is superbly done and it is very nice to see how much the audience appreciated it considering the political climate in 1972. The highlight of the evening is the first performance of "Burning Love." This has always been one of my favorite songs and it's obvious the band is really up for this as the performance is excellent. A chug-a-lug "Release Me" is very nice, leading to a mischevious "Funny How Time Slips Away" with Elvis teasing the audience "how am I doing? Well I'm sweatin' alittle baby!!!" "Can't Help Falling In Love" brings this excellent show to a close.

This is a cd that every Elvis fan should have in their collection. For those of you who missed it the first time, it has recently been re-issued. SWEET CAROLINA, LIVE IN VIRGINIA, and AN AFTERNOON IN THE GARDEN are probably Elvis' three best performances from 1972. If you have one, or all three, consider yourself lucky. Thanks Vicky for another outstanding job.

Sound Quality ****
Show Quality *****

Reviewed by Mark Littlejohn, USA