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Lonesome Summer Breeze

June 13, 2012 | Music

In August 1972, Elvis was a lean & mean rock & roll machine. He was still just as good as he was in 1970, but the experience that he had gained since then had made him into a mesmerizing performer. In every show that year you could see that he meant business, and like a starved predator he went straight for the jocular, taking no prisoners and knocking out audiences night after night. He was performing with a consistently high standard, and the Madison Square Garden shows show him at the apex of his performing abilities.

The show on this disc was recorded roughly two months later, and the same high standard is obvious right from the get-go. This topnotch audience recording dates from Friday, August 25th, 1972 (Dinner show). Elvis could do no wrong in this period of time, and thankfully, someone was there to capture it all. This previously unreleased concert was taped by the same super-fan who recorded the concerts that were released on "LABOR DAY MADNESS" and "WATCHING DREAMS TURN INTO ASHES".

As you have come to expect from Straight Arrow, the recording is of very good audio quality, sourced from a first-generation, 1981 cassette copy of the original mono tape. Small portions of the show were skillfully repaired using secondary source to make the recording complete. If you liked this labels previous 1972 releases - then brace yourself, because this is a keeper!

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Johnny B. Goode - 04. Proud Mary - 05. Until It's Time For You To Go - 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 09. Polk Salad Annie -10. What Now My Love - 11. Fever - 12. Love Me - 13. Blue Suede Shoes - 14. Heartbreak Hotel - 15. All Shook Up - 16. Little Sister / Get Back - 17. Love Me Tender - 18. Walk That Lonesome Road (J. D. Sumner and the Stamps) - 19. Suspicious Minds - 20. Introduction of musicians - 21. My Way - 22. A Big Hunk O' Love - 23. An American Trilogy - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

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whetherman wrote on June 13, 2012
Elvis went straight for the "jocular", that's funny!!
Wiebe wrote on June 13, 2012
In 72 Elvis' larynx was a little higher than in 1970, resulting in a less supported tone, a thinner sound, not as deep and full as in 1970.
Lefty wrote on June 14, 2012
Elvis was utterly fantastic in 1970 and 1972. Whatever differences there may have been are negligible. Too bad this release is an AR. I just don't listen to them anymore. Otherwise, I might buy this one.