The Last Show
Sound Records (MS-005), 2004, Chile
the past year we have seen the market nearly saturated
by countless editions of Elvis In Concert and the Omaha
and Rapid City concerts. In most cases the quality has
not been good.
a departure from the Elvis In Concert material, this
VCD from Chile offers an audio-visual record of Elvis'
last ever live performance at the Market Square Arena
in Indianapolis (Indiana) on 26 June 1977. Filmed only
a few days after the Elvis In Concert material, Adios
The Last Show is an important and rare record.
VCD opens with black & white video footage of Elvis
boarding the Lisa Marie and his meeting with Todd Slaughter,
head of the large British fan club, before moving to
the historic concert.
concert: While not one of Elvis' best concerts, Elvis
live in Indianapolis exhibits considerable energy and good
humor. Elvis' voice is strong and he is in fine form on the
night, belieing his apparent, declining physical state. The
King looks happy and it shows in his playful performance.
are pleasing versions of Jailhouse Rock, It's Now Or Never
and Release Me while Elvis' voice and pacing shines in both
Johnny B. Goode and What'd I Say. The King is vocally on song
on I Really Don't Want To Know and Hurt while Bridge Over
Troubled Water is a particularly heartfelt version (and in
part also shows Elvis reading the lyrics to the song).
obviously enjoyed the easy going nature of Early Morning Rain
as he included it in numerous concerts. His once powerful
delivery of You Gave Me A Mountain may have slipped by June
1977 but it is still a convincing performance.
The video quality of the concert is variable as images
from several different cameras are used. A positive is that
despite this the picture is quite steady throughout the concert
- aytpical for an audience recording. However, while different
camera angles add a dimension to the show the significant
difference in their quality is, at times, somewhat frustrating.
The picture exhibits a blue or green tinge and at times the
colors are muted but these are only minor issues when watching
what is a truly historic concert. The better picture quality
is certainly seen from the cameras close to the stage. Rating:
3 to 6 (out of 10)
The audio quality is very good and exhibits only minimal
audio chatter. We rate it at least 8 out of 10.
with other releases of the Indianapolis concert the video
and audio tracks are not fully synchronised. Again, this is
not a major issue.
Cover & Disc: The color cover certainly catches your
attention although the text on the back cover is in Spanish.
The color picture disc shows an interesting profile shot of
Elvis pursing his closed lips and puffing out his face.
extras: On the edition we received it was nice to find
two video clips following the concert. The first was Rubberneckin'
as performed in Elvis' last narrative film, Change of Habit,
and the second was the contemporary remix version of the song
released in 2003.
Many fans will want a copy of Elvis' historic final concert
in their collection. The Memphis Sound VCD release is as good
as any we have seen and in the VCD format offers considerable
durability. If you ever see it, we recommend you buy it.
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