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Standing Room Only


Standing Room Only
4.0 / 5
Released: 2009/03/15 by FTD

The album that never was, containing Feb. 1972 live tracks and March 1972 studio material.

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In the classic album series FTD just released an album that never was. It’s not a first, but it remains strange…



The front cover looks very familiar, but it always brings NYC in mind. There are some great shots used on the cover and the “back” is in the same style as the real albums in the 70s: advertisements for other “recent” albums, Now and He Touched Me.
The booklet contains the usual liner notes, background information and of course the memorabilia and photos. Most of them are from On Tour, and quite some were seen recently in Madison’s Standing Room Only Tapes-series.


The first CD is nearly the same as the 1999 release Burning Love. Okay, the order is somewhat different and there are two additional tracks: the long awaited All Shook Up and something we really can’t live without: the immortal Teddy Bear/ Don’t Be Cruel medley. Still it belongs to the best FTD discs available in my ears so far. Not every song is outstanding but Elvis’ voice at the time makes them something special. Of course no CD can be wrong when containing the two ballads Separate Ways and Always On My Mind. Add some of my personal favorites Never Been To Spain, Burning Love and the Little Sister/ Get Back medley and you have me quiet for a while. I already ripped it for my MP3 player, and I bet it will be on there for a long, long time.

The second CD is something different, no mixture of live and studio recordings, but only outtakes of the latter. We got many of them over the years on various box sets and FTD releases. It is nice, of course, to have them all together here, but it’s obvious my taste changed over the years. Ten years ago I probably would have played it over and over again, but now I have something like “again Where Do I Go From Here?” when the track starts for the 5th time.
It will remain on my player for a while, I guess, but not as long as the old familiar versions of disc one.


A good addition to the FTD series in superb sound quality, but nothing really spectacular if you have the box sets of the last decade and 6363 Sunset. Disc one is a topper, but VERY similar to Burning Love (1999) and disc two is for the diehards.


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JimmyCool wrote on January 16, 2009
Cool! They used the original cover (later used on the Madison Square Garden album instead)
Rating: 3 / 5
Herman wrote on February 01, 2009
At this time it's not sure they use the original cover but I hope they use this one too JimmyCool !
Rating: 5 / 5
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on February 02, 2009
The pic has nothing to do with the content,and i doubt they will use it!
sitdown68 wrote on February 04, 2009
well, how many RCA albums from 69 onward where related with the context?
Rating: 3 / 5
hound216 wrote on February 12, 2009
I think I remember reading somewhere that some of the "Elvis On Tour" material was supposed to have been on the original "Standing Room Only" album in '72. Does anyone know?
Rating: 5 / 5
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on February 13, 2009
Yes,from what i have heard that is true,maybe we will see the track listing soon,will an american trilogy be duplicated, just imagine if all those great Ftd release had great booklets like these classic albums from Ftd,but oh well cant beat digi packs can ya!
burninglove92 wrote on February 13, 2009
Im very excited about this however, i do not want a track listing of live songs with loads of different dates, i realy want a live 1972 complete concert,and a complete session, please ftd get it right.
Rating: 5 / 5
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on February 14, 2009
They released a concert on american trilogy didnt they?
sanQ wrote on February 22, 2009
This was also the cover of an album here in Canada called Double Dynamite. So I was a bit confused when I found the Madison Square Garden show with the same cover. My favorite album cover is the cover of I Got Lucky where E. is wearing the white jumpsuit with red belt etc. Does anyone know what concert that one is from?
Rating: 4 / 5
BeeDoubleyoo wrote on February 22, 2009
sanQ - The picture on the I GOT LUCKY was taken in Los Angeles 1970, November 14th. Elvis wore the White Nail Suit with Red Macrame Belt.
Rating: 3 / 5
Sirbalkan wrote on December 21, 2009
I loved it. No matter it has some same songs as reherseal, the concept is enough to buy it, also the pictures are great. BUY IT !!!
Rating: 4 / 5