Greensboro Concert, Triangle Productions (TP03002)
Nigel Patterson - July 24, 2003
Greensboro Concert is one of the hottest unofficial releases
ever! A great live concert, great packaging, great sound.
brief: sensational release of Elvis' evening show in Greensboro,
North Carolina on 14 April 1972 with 23 tracks, attractive
artwork, 8 page booklet and a running time of 61' 45".
Quality: allegedly taken from the Elvis On Tour master tapes
and it shows. Fantastic sound quality (pump up the volume) apparently
digitally re-mastered at the Graceland Studio.
the packaging is first rate with eye catching artwork designed by
Booklet: a very attractive 8 page booklet, nicely designed with
some great color photos from Greensboro and San Bernardino and short
liner notes written by "General Flunky".
Music: Question: would you like to hear crystal clear vocals,
a highly appreciative audience and near perfect audio balance between
Elvis and his backing musicians? If your answer is yes, then the
new release from Triangle Productions, The Greensboro Concert, is
a must listen to experience.
simply, it is one of the best Elvis live concert releases in years! From the opening words of See See Rider, it is apparent Elvis is
in good form. A solid version of the bayou classic, Proud Mary really
gets the large and appreciative crowd of 16,300 in the groove before
Elvis goes into You Gave Me A Mountain, turning the powerful ballad
into a crescendo of heartache.
obviously identifies with the (then) contemporary feel of Three
Dog Night's 'Never Been To Spain' as his musical empathy oozes out
of each word of the song. I've always thought it a great pity Elvis
didn't record more Three Dog Night's hits. Mama Told Me Not To Come
and One (Is the Loneliest Number) would have made great Elvis recordings.
Salad Annie hits you right in the face with Elvis' high energy vocals
and very tight musicianship from the band. On Hound Dog James Burton
kicks things off with some sublime, bluesy guitar as Elvis delivers
one of his best 'live' interpretations of this overdone classic.
notch rendition of the Simon & Garfunkel monster hit, Bridge Over
Troubled Water, has your thoughts drifting off with the soothing
images colorfully painted by its evocative lyrics. Suspicious Minds
is nicely sung, a fast paced crowd pleaser with The King urging
his love to realise what she's done to him! You can virtually see
Elvis' body gyrating, flailing about during the lyric breaks, and
the song almost gets a reprise.
unusual happens to Elvis during Love Me Tender - it turns his suit
blue! Elvis always uses this song to recover physically from the
exertions of his up-tempo numbers and physically interact with the
audience, and you can tell he is well satisfying the needs of women
in the front rows of the coliseum. Enough said!
Elvis really does
justice to the beautiful Ray Price hit (penned by Kris Kristofferson),
For The Good Times. You can instantly tell how much he enjoys performing
The pace changes, and with An American Trilogy, Elvis
touches a heartfelt chord with his southern audience. The King effortlessly
demonstrates his incredible vocal control over each and every lyric.
The way he raises and lowers his voice at critical moments is amazing
to listen to. This is indeed a superlative performance and was rightly used in the movie.
was on this tour that Elvis introduced a new single, Burning Love.
It is said Elvis was never comfortable with the awkwardly phrased
and paced #1 hit song, and you can sense this as he belts out the
tune. While it was the San Antonio version that made it to the movie ' Elvis On Tour' this is also a fascinating version for being such an early live attempt.
The three songs used from this concert for Elvis On Tour were 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Funny How Time Slips Away' and 'An American Trilogy'.
On Release Me, Elvis hits high notes that would make Gerry Dorsey proud,
while Funny How Time Slips Way gets The King "sweating".
paced (not too fast), Can't Help Falling In Love, fittingly closes
what has been a superb concert experience.
out the recording is a full 1 minute plus 'closing vamp' with those
immortal words, "Elvis has left the building, thank you and good
Despite the high production qualities of the audio re-mastering
and color booklet, the disc itself is apparently (and very surprisingly)
fact there has been some criticism of the release for this reason.
In my opinion, that criticism is totally unwarranted. The concert
was originally released on the Vicky label as Sweet Carolina. However,
the audio mastering on the Triangle Productions release makes it
a superior listening pleasure.
2001 A Space Odysee - 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 - Band introductions - For The Good Times - An American
Trilogy - Burning Love - Release Me - Funny How Time Slips Away
- Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp
The Greensboro Concert is an essential inclusion in every Elvis
fan's CD library. This rock & roll concert is one of The King's
best , with superior audio balance between singer, band and audience!
(And I still can't believe it's a CDR)
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