Sold Out

Sold Out (cover)
Released: 2013/06 by FTD
Rating: 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

March and June concerts in 1974 from Tulsa and Cleveland. Prepared and researched for FTD by Robert Frieser / Hans Slebos ( 'Forty Eight Hours To Memphis' and '3000 South Paradise Road') this release will be presented in 7" format accompanied by 16-page 4-color booklet and extensive liner notes.

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The ElvisNews Review

Last week the new FTDs arrived, first up is Sold Out!, which contains 2 shows from 1974.

Design

The 2CD set is in the 7”format, with the usual booklet. I said usual, but this time it is more than usual. The liner notes are well researched and the presentation of it is great. Many live shots from the March and June tours of 1974 combined with memorabilia are presented tasty.

Content

The first CD from the March 1 show in Tulsa has great sound. A good balance between instruments and Elvis makes it pleasant to listen too. Unfortunately Elvis’ voice is not as strong as later during that tour. Don’t get me wrong, it is not bad, but just not as strong. Especially a powerhouse like Tryin’ To Get To You suffers from it a bit, and during Help Me the singing saw sounds louder than Elvis. The show has a normal set list for the time, but it misses the rock’n’roll medley (sniff).

The Cleveland show from June 21 has a much, much stronger Elvis voice. The balance between instruments is a little less compared to the first CD. Elvis is very focussed, does hardly talk (in opposite to the rambling he did 2 months later in Vegas) and gives hell of performances.

Conclusion

Olivia Newton-John already sung it in the seventies: Never Enough. We have always something to complain. I like the sound of the first CD better, but Elvis’ performance on the second is way stronger. Still, in my book this is one of the better live CDs on FTD.

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Reactions

alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 6, 2013report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsThis is one of the best FTDs IMHO, and I like both shows. I have no problems with the similar set lists, we all know that Elvis didn't vary his set list that much, especially not within the same year, so if they wanted to have two tour shows from the same year, then they will overlap to a great extend. Still there are 22 different songs (and two short one liner songs, Good Times Charlie Got The Blues, Turn Around, Look At Me) on it, and the sound is AMAZING. Elvis voice is also very strong on both shows. This rightfully went right into the top 20 on this list (it went into top 5 on mine).
genedin (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 22, 2013report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsWhy release 2 virtually identical shows? March and later in the year would've been cool. Or even the Omaha show where he does some talking at the end.
sitdown revamped (profilecontact) wrote on May 22, 2013report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsToo bad that Turn Around Look at Me is a 4 liner only. Would have highly enriched a very nice setlist.