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A New Command Performance

By ElvisNews.com / Kees, December 29, 2007 | Music

Is an amateurish look a deceiving look??


When I first saw this release I thought it was an home-made CD-recordable, but it was an actual silver disc release. The track information is complete, that’s what matters.


This release contains a compilation of live performances, taken from various soundboard releases. According to the booklet released for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley, but it could be for the quick buck too, as there are no new tracks on this CD.

On the positive side I must admit this disc contains a good selection of live performances by our man. From the opening track “Big Boss Man” with a tropical sounding drum – and “Promised Land” from the same concert remembering me to put the original concert on again – through rocking versions of Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman” (1969) and classics like “Steamroller Blues”, “Trilogy” and rarities like “The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You” (1975) and “Where No One Stands Alone” (1977) I thoroughly enjoyed this compilation.

Contrary to the BMG live compilations, which usually contain  smooth performances, this CD sounds different. A lot of tracks feature either a drummer going wild, a guitar-player picking’ or slapping his strings differently or sections of the orchestra more up-front than usual. Even Elvis joins in with some different sounding vocal performances; his version of “Trouble” from September 3, 1973 illustrates this.

Audio-wise the compilation sounds good too. It is not a faked concert with tracks running smoothly over into the next one, the editing is – like the design – a bit amateurish at moments.


A nice set because of the compilation of live performances, nothing new for the collector’s among us with the exception of the June 26, 1976 performance of “Hurt” which was previously only available on CD-recordable.


Big Boss Man (19/8-74) (Alternate source)
I Got A Woman (24/8-69) (Unprocessed)
You Gave Me A Mountain (3/9-73) (Spoken version)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (7/5-74)
Promised Land (19/8-74) (Alternate source)
What Now My Love (3/2-73)
Steamroller Blues 15/10-76)
Help Me Make It Through The Night (13/12-75) (Alternate source)
Trouble (3/9-73) (Alternate source)
Jailhouse Rock/Don’t Be Cruel (24/8-69) (Unprocessed)
My Boy (25/4-75)
An American Trilogy (30/8-74) (F… You version)
One Night (10/11-71)
It’s Over (10/4-72)
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (27/5-74)
That’s All Right/Blue Christmas (6/9-76)
The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You (4/6-75)
I’m Leavin’ (10/11-71)
Just Pretend (13/12-75) (Alternate source)
Danny Boy (1/6-76)
Little Sister/Get Back (11/8-72)
It’s Midnight (3/9-74)
Where No One Stand Alone (16/2-77) (Alternate mix and improved sound quality)
Unchained Melody (16/2-77)
Can’t Help Falling In Love (30/3-77)

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Greg Nolan wrote on December 30, 2007
As with the "Wolf Call" label's recycling project known as hijacking of the "Legendary Performer" series, these compiles are hard to be totally agnostic about if you've paid import prices for them. After all, the type of fan who visits ELVIS NEWS and a few other collector sites is already going to have these songs and could make a similar comp in their own time -and probably do just that to keep it interesting. That said, I'm sure it's playable (I personally like the randomness of such set-lists) but why anyone (outside of the reviewer :) ) would shell out for these is beyond me. If I was given one of these for free, it would find a natural home in my automobile but it would never darken the door of my home.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on December 30, 2007
Whos garage was these printed in?
Ciscoking wrote on December 31, 2007
Sorry for being harsh again..like already said..all is stolen...I`d compile stuff like that for my car by myself....I see no efforts in making a good product..it`s just there to fill the pocket of some people..if they`d name the sources..no.. nothing...a good compilation doesn`t make necessarily a good product....therefore.... C-R-A-P....
jb4elvis wrote on January 02, 2008
Thanks for the info and the nice review. However, I have no interest in this cd.
Greg Nolan wrote on January 06, 2008
Outside of the reviewers, I never hear even a half-way positive comment about these re-treads..so just who is buying them? Be honest..and speak up...!
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on January 07, 2008
Oh the shame of it all!
Greg Nolan wrote on January 15, 2008
I had a feeling you were behind them, Mature...! :-)
EspenK wrote on January 21, 2008
Quote: "all is stolen" - errah... *Everything* released on bootleg is stolen, even if released for the first time. It doesnt make it more or less legal. In my opinion, if someone want to redistribute whats been released earlier (and thus "stealing from the thieves") then go ahead and feel no shame. It's up to the buyers what they decide to buy.