Fifth Time Around

The Audionics import label announced the release of the legendary March 20th, 1974 performance by Elvis Presley as recorded in his hometown Memphis, TN.

From the press-release:

The legendary March 20th, 1974 Memphis, TN concert has been released on a number of occasions, beginning with RCA's original 1974 LP edit with artificial applause mixed in. In 1994, a more complete, unofficial version was issued by "Fort Baxter". It was, however, a patchwork from several different sources incl. many tracks taken from the original RCA LP with overdubs.

In 1997, "Steamroller Blues" was issued in pristine quality on "Platinum - A Life In Music". Finally in 2004, BMG's "Follow That Dream" the Elvis collectors label reissued this show nearly complete, in a beautiful deluxe package. But was it the definitive release? For die-hard fans it wasn't, and some viewed it as a letdown. Parts of the dialogues, introductions and even the false start of "Help Me" were omitted, and many have complained about the sound and mixing. Clearly, too much compression and artificial reverb had been applied.

Well, at long last this legendary set is now truly complete, and without the audio choices made by FTD several years ago. Audionics worked with a DAT copy of an original, rough mix tape "as recorded at the Coliseum". Every bit was carefully enhanced in a renowned studio to achieve the best possible quality for your optimal listening pleasure. We hope that you enjoy the results.

No remixing. No noise reduction. No edits. No artificial reverb or other added effects. No heavy compression. Just a pure, raw and natural sound. The King back in his hometown Memphis, on the 20th anniversary of his first release "That's All Right Mama". Elvis was in great form for this recording, and now, for the first time, you can enjoy the excellence of his performance that night in the best-ever sound!

This CD will be released in digipack accompanied by 20-page booklet with many photos from the concert and an interesting essay.

For many, this concert remains the definitive, mid-70s document of The Elvis Presley Show. And that's all right. If you are not satisfied with previous releases of this show, don't miss your chance to obtain this alternate version as provided by Audionics. A decision you will not regret!

Track listing:

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Tryin' To Get To You - 06. All Shook Up - 07. Steamroller Blues - 08. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Your Mama Don't Dance / Flip, Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog - 11. Fever - 12. Polk Salad Annie - 13. Why Me, Lord - 14. How Great Thou Art - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Introduction of vocalists, band, orchestra, engineers, Ed Bonja - 17. Blueberry Hill / I Can't Stop Loving You -18. Help Me (with false start) - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 21. My Baby Left Me - 22. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - 23. Funny How Time Slips Away - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Tracks 06-09, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 23 omitted from official 1974 RCA release.
Track 03 edited on official 1974 RCA release.
Tracks 16, 18 edited on official 2004 FTD release.

Approx. running time: 68:59  

Source: elv75 / Updated: Jun 1, 2011
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Reactions

tommyboo (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 15, 2011report abuse
Fifth Time Around??? What kind of horrible title is that for a legendary 70s Elvis Presley concert? Of all the ......... Still, front presentation looks great, and we know the concert is out of this world. So let's just hope the sound matches the promises made. Can't get over that title though. What??
Lefty (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 2, 2011report abuse
Hmmm? I looked all over the internet for a sound sample, the closest I got was a 30 second sample of Steam Roller Blues from the Platinum Collection. Does the sound sample actually exist, or have I been chasing a White Rabbit?
i saw the light (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 2, 2011report abuse
I heard the sample from this new release. It sounds like a bad soundboard. I don't particulary like the sound on FTD 'Live On Stage In Memphis', but it still sounds better then this 'definitive' cd. I've read that the guys from Audionics claim 'best sound ever'. Yeah, right...
Lefty (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 2, 2011report abuse
The FTD production tried to give the listener that "in the auditorium" feel. If you're going to do that, make sure the listener has the best seat in the house! I could barely hear JD's part on Why Me Lord. The 74 LP version had better sound balance. I'm looking forward to this new release. The last time I read the phrase "rough mix" attached to the release of a CD is when Madison released A Greensboro Revolution, arguably one of the best Elvis CD's ever produced. I hope the sound on this concert will be just as good. George, I heard a sample of Steam Roller posted in the last day or two, but it's from the Platinum box set. I couldn't find a sample from this new CD.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 2, 2011report abuse
I thought the "FTD version" of the album "Recorded Live (on Stage in Memphis) at the Mid South Coliseum" released a few years ago, was great. The louder applause was not dubbed in.. RCA RECORDS, placed Microphones, in the audience and in the lobby, to capture the "excitement", of the fans, seeing "Elvis, live on stage", in his hometown. If RCA recorded all the Memphis shows, they should release a boxset of the Memphis concerts. Where can we hear samples of this new release, mentioned above?
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2011report abuse
Nothing wrong with the cover...i have seen worse covers, this is not one of them
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2011report abuse
The cover..well...what counts is the contents..
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2011report abuse
Can't find the cover very attractive though..
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2011report abuse
I think it`s the ultimate release of this show...a sound sample was brilliant..!!

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