The cover of the "Elvis In Concert” release reads “he is sick. He suffers. But he will pulls it off. This Is …” Well we'll decide what this is.
Seeing this cover we don’t understand what fans complain about when they talk about the bad shape Elvis was in during this show. He looks stunning … but only because they used the "That’s The Way It Is SE” cover for this release. The smaller picture show Elvis as he was in June 1977. Part of this cover has been taken from cover sites using the “Crown Electric” logo on their self made designs. As with other covers from Asia, you can almost start counting the typos or wrong English from the first line.
This DVD contains Elvis performances from Omaha (June 19th, 1977), Rapid City (June 21st. 1977) and the U.S. version of the CBS Special. Buying a DVD you always hope for a certain quality. But hope is deceiving, as this release shows. It contains a video transfer, so we bought what we already had. The audio quality is o.k. but the “DTS” and “Dolby 5.1. Surround Stereo” options are bullsh*t, you can’t improve a video transfer that much.
As for the actual content of the DVD, Elvis delivers the songs, some bad, some good, but seeing a man obviously sick and in pain, not wanting to be up there, we can’t enjoy these performances.
Someone in the audience shouts something and Elvis replies with “Is that God calling”, and Elvis starts looking around. It wasn’t too long before God would be calling on him. If only he had done that two months earlier, so these sad images of a man in pain hadn’t been shot.
As a fan we want to see these at least once, as part of history, but after watching five minutes, we wish we hadn’t. And these recordings should only circulate in the fan circuit. The damage that the use of “My Way” in “This Is Elvis” did to Elvis and his image still can’t be repaired. We wonder if these concerts will ever be released officially, because in this quality it can’t be official, not even in the Far East where you can buy this DVD at on-line shops.