Trying To Get To Memphis
SR Records SR 3502-2 (released 2005)
Reviewed By David Wilson
Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - That´s All Right Mama - Proud Mary - You Don´t Have To say You Love Me - Sweet Caroline - Polk Salad Annie - Intermission - Johnny B. Goode - It´s Impossible - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin´ On - Heartbreak Hotel - Teddy Bear / Don´t Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Memphis Tennessee - Trying To Get To You - Suspicious Minds - Band Introductions - I´m Leaving - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Impossible Dream - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Can´t Help Falling In Love
Bonus songs from 10.09.1971 - DS: Jailhouse Rock - It´s Over - You´ve Lost The Loving Feeling.
Something that has become familiar of late two releases releasing the same show, but to be
different one gives us a few bonus recordings.
After listening to both I have to say “Trying To Get To Memphis” is slightly better in the sound,
but both are slightly above average.
What we get is an unreleased recording from Las Vegas 11th August 1971 dinner show, the most
outstanding highlight of these two CD’s is the almost complete version of “Memphis Tennessee”
except for the second part of the song Elvis has to mumble his way through until the lyrics come
back to him.
This is followed by the fans shouting out requests and the one Elvis picks up on is “Trying To
Get To You” a little rough around the edges but still a good version.
This CD has one major fault in the fact the show is incomplete, and the “Show Time At The
International” leaves us at the end of “The Impossible Dream” but “Trying To Get To Memphis” edit
on “Bridge Over Troubled Water and Can’t Help Falling In Love” from the 12th August midnight show. To give us a more complete overview, plus as an extra bonus three more songs from the previous days dinner show (10th August), “Jailhouse Rock, It’s Over and You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”.
In the sleeve notes it states that the sound quality of the 10th recordings is not nearly as
good as the 11th or 12th but to give us a representation of Elvis ’71 Summer Festival in Las
Vegas they decided to add them, but upon listening to them, they are slightly rougher in sound but probably give us a better feel to the show, but that just may be my ears..
So now the dilemma which one to get, well if you get the choice “Trying To Get To Memphis” wins on sound and presentation, but neither would be classed as an essential edition, but we are collectors so it’s a case of must have.