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Polk Salad Annie

July 09, 2004 | Music
When “On Stage Revisited” the working title of this FTD was announced a lot of fans got very excited. Was this excitement justified?


A great cover makes this one of the better releases on this label – at least regarding this point of view. Of course the subject - live material of Elvis in his prime – is an easy one to make a good cover for.


Well, what can we say? We were among the excited fans when this CD was announced, and we can already say that the excitement was completely justified. Even the oldies like “I Got A Woman”, “Hound Dog” and “Love Me Tender” to name a few, get a treatment that is so different from the bored versions of later years.
Elvis is in a very good mood during the main (midnight) show on this CD. The result is a lot of songs with laughter in it, but somehow it works not disturbing to us, but instead it makes you want to listen over and over again. The only minor on this release is the transition from “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” into “In The Ghetto”, which sounds very strange . We are not sure if it happened on stage or in the mixing boot (note: this turned out to be caused by the player).
One song that needs to be mentioned separately for sure is “See See Rider”, a great rockin’ version with several false starts. Also “Release Me” gets a special treatment like only Elvis could give it.


As said, the excitement about this release was completely justified. One of the most pleasant FTD releases so far and we’re pretty sure it will find its way to the FTD Top 20 pretty soon.

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JerryNodak wrote on August 12, 2004
Like one reviewer said: "To much of what we already had". I've heard the best from this season on the original and upgraded versions of "On Stage". Not interested in the leftovers.
Ton Bruins wrote on July 13, 2004
A very good sound quality as always; but to me too much of the same we allready had. Elvis is laughing away some songs and does a lot of coughing. (throat problems) Very good to have for the collection but I don't think I will play it a lot. Don't get me wrong it's a very good release but I am getting too spoiled I guess.
Shaky wrote on July 17, 2004
This has to go straight into the top five of ALL TIME FTD's its a stunning near-complete show from Feb 1970 with extra's too! What more can you say but thanks Ernst for giving us what we asked for!!!!
pasa-ryu wrote on July 11, 2004
A very worth while contender for f.t.d. cd of the year i think? elvis sounds amazing (so does the cd quality) and he seems to be really enjoying himself on stage? elvis makes a few jokes that are real funny and worth the £15.99 alone. the only negative things to say about this excellant cd is that not all the tracks are in complete order, some of the songs are from different dates but still anything new and unreleased is well worth having in my opinion and i think f.t.d. have sneekly decieved us regarding the rehearsal tracks at the end of the cd-tracks 20,21,22. i think track 22 has been released before on the 4 cd set platinum,a life in music.. volume two, disc 2./ apart from this little white lie a good live cd to own and enjoy.10/10.
Steve4elvis wrote on July 13, 2004
Just got this CD today. It IS one of the best FTDs in a long while. We've always wanted a complete On Stage concert so I don't undertand why some crazy Elvis fans are complaining about it. I see that the Elvis information network review says that Let it be me is a new version with the same talk as on the Legendary Vol3 Lp. - Sounds great to me. Proud Mary and See See Rider and all the bonus extras are all excellent. well done FTD.
John_Burrows wrote on May 07, 2005
The sound is great, but the problem with this FTD is that poor Elvis had the flu that day and it shows ... about one half of the songs is spoiled by coughing. Sadly, the other half is equally spoiled by laughing. The "On Stage" reissue is head and shoulders above this February concert - complete or not. So I would say it´s ok to have it (we want to have a complete concert of that engagement after all), but it´s not a FTD I will listen to very often compared to e.g. "One night in vegas", the opening show of the summer-season, which is really outstanding.