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Elvis in Concert

Updated on November 24, 2012

Elvis Presley on Stage from 1969 - 1973

From 31st July 1969 to 26th of June 1977 Elvis Presley performed a staggering 1,156 shows over 52 tours.

The concert documentaries That's The Way It Is and Elvis on Tour with the addition of the recently restored TV special Aloha from Hawaii bear testimony to Elvis' phenomenal stage presence and the electricity of his live performances.

Fortunately, although only a handful of Elvis' performances were officially recorded by RCA for album releases, many of these shows were either taped by members of the audience or recorded by sound engineers (soundboard recordings).

This lens is an introduction to what's out there...I'll add concerts chronologically so keep checking back to see what has been added!

For the years 1974 - 1977 please visit Elvis in Concert - The Later Years

NEWSFLASH! Amazing footage from Madison Square Garden finally available on DVD!

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1969 - Opening Night

Fort Baxter A.S. CD 731-69 - Released 1993

An amazing concert, probably recorded on Elvis' first night before a real audience (i.e. NOT press/media) on 1st August, 1969 at the Las Vegas International Hotel.

Blue Suede Shoes

I Got A Woman

All Shook Up

Love Me Tender

Jailhouse Rock/Don't Be Cruel

Heartbreak Hotel

Hound Dog

Memories

Mystery Train/Tiger man

Life Story (dialogue)

Baby What You Want Me To Do

Are You Lonesome Tonight

Yesterday/Hey Jude

Band introductions

In The Ghetto

Suspicious Minds

What'd I Say

Can't Help Falling In Love

Lead Guitar: James Burton

Rythymn Guitar: John Wilkinson

Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff

Drums: Ronnie Tutt

Piano: Larry Muhoberac

Harmony Vocals: Charlie Hodge

Backing Vocals: Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, Millie Kirkham

Orchestra Conductor: Bobby Morris

Orchestra: Bobby Morris Orchestra

Elvis at the Las Vegas International Hotel 1969

1970 - Closing Night - February 1970

Madison - Released 2007

An absolute must for every Elvis concert collector, this recent release finally brings us the 23 February, 1970 concert in its entirety and in improved sound, packaged with a stunning CD booklet with excellent photographs and relevant liner notes.

All Shook Up

I Got A Woman

Long Tall Sally

Don't Cry Daddy

Hound Dog

Love Me Tender

Kentucky Rain

Let It Be Me

I Can't Stop Loving You

C.C. Rider

Sweet Caroline

Polk Salad Annie

(Instrumental Intermezzo - Introduction of vocalists, band, orchestra)

Blueberry Hill / Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Elvis plays piano)

Heartbreak Hotel

One Night (Elvis plays electric guitar)

It's Now Or Never

Suspicious Minds

(Introduction of crew, management)

Can't Help Falling In Love / announcement

1970 Bonus Tracks

Walk A Mile In My Shoes (acetate, February 18)

The Wonder Of You (rehearsal, February 18, take 2 and 3 - incomplete)

The Wonder Of You (rehearsal, February 18, take 4

Press Conference (Houston, February 27)

Elvis on stage in 1970

1970 - Focus on That's The Way It Is

A documentary directed by Denis Sanders

First released on 11 November 1970 and re-released with new material on 19th January, 2001, the film follows preparations for Elvis' Summer Festival in Las Vegas during August of 1970 culminating in some of the best footage ever recorded of Elvis performing live on stage at the International Hotel.

Recorded over three performances, the film gives the viewer the experience of being in front row seats at one complete concert - from the first moment Elvis walks out on stage, to the closing strains of Can't Help Falling in Love.

The touring Elvis: The Concert show with Elvis' original band members, the TCB band, uses extensive TTWII footage - Elvis' 1970 performances are still thrilling live audiences today!

The musicians on stage with Elvis in the film are: James Burton (lead guitar), John Wilkinson (rhythm guitar), Glenn D. Hardin (piano), Jerry Scheff (bass), Ronnie Tutt (drums), Charlie Hodge (guitar and harmony vocals), Millie Kirkham (vocals), The Sweet Inspirations (vocals), The Imperials (vocals), Joe Guercio (conductor).

That's The Way It Is - Concert Footage

1971 - All Things are Possible

DAE 3595-4 - Released 1995

This midnight show was recorded on the opening night at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on 27th January, 1971.

It is a fair soundboard recording of an interesting show revealing all facets of Elvis' complex stage persona in one recording - for example the exquisite rendition of Only Believe which is followed by a flippant, throwaway version of what was usually a show-stopper How Great Thou Art.

Nicely packaged in DAE trademark gate fold sleeve.

Also Sprach Zarathustra (*)

That's All Right (*)

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

Love Me Tender

There Goes My Everything

Sweet Caroline

You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

Polk Salad Annie

Only Believe

How Great Thou Art

Introductions

Johnny B. Goode

The Wonder Of You

Something

Make The World Go Away

Love Me

One Night

Blue Suede Shoes

Hound Dog

Mystery Train/Tiger Man (*)

Love Me Tender (*)

Can't Help Falling In Love (*)

(*) Las Vegas, January 26 1971, Opening show

Lead Guitar: James Burton

Rythymn Guitar: John Wilkinson

Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff

Drums: Ronnie Tutt

Piano: Glen D. Hardin

Harmony Vocals: Charlie Hodge

Backing Vocals: Sweet Inspirations, Imperials, Kathy Westmoreland

Orchestra Conductor: Joe Guercio

Orchestra: Joe Guercio Orchestra

1971 - A Thunder in the Night

SR Records - released 2006

Although the sound quality of this audience recording of the Midnight Show at Lake Tahoe, on 1st August, 1971 makes this a CD for die-hard collectors only, SR records have done the best job possible with poor source material. The sheer excitement of seeing the King live is brilliantly captured.

A must, nevertheless, for the Elvis concert completist in that it contains a rare live performance of the gospel song I, John and represents an historically important show from his first season at Lake Tahoe.

That's All Right

Proud Mary

Jailhouse Rock

All Shook Up (part)

Love Me Tender

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

You've Lost That Loving Feeling

Polk Salad Annie

Intermission

Johnny B. Goode

Love Me

Blue Suede Shoes/Whole Lotta Shakin' On

Heartbreak Hotel

One Night (incomplete)

Hound Dog (fs)

Hound Dog

Suspicious Minds

Band Introductions

I'm Leaving

The Impossible Dream

Lawdy, Miss Clawdy

I Can't Stop Loving You

Bridge Over Troubled Water

I, John

Can't Help Falling In Love

Lead Guitar: James Burton

Rythymn Guitar: John Wilkinson

Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff

Drums: Ronnie Tutt

Piano: Glen D. Hardin

Harmony Vocals: Charlie Hodge

Backing Vocals: Sweet Inspirations, Imperials, Kathy Westmoreland

Orchestra Conductor: Joe Guercio

Orchestra: Joe Guercio Orchestra

1971 - One Night Only!

Madison - released 2006

This stunning concert recorded on 10th November, 1971, was Elvis' one and only performance in Boston. The concert was previously available as The Power Of Shazam but this reissue has improved sound quality and an excellent booklet.

Also Sprach Zarathustra

That's All Right

I Got A Woman / Amen

Proud Mary

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

Polk Salad Annie

Elvis Walks ('Coming Home, baby' instrumental)

Love Me

Heartbreak Hotel

Blue Suede Shoes

One Night

Hound Dog

How Great Thou Art (incomplete)

Introductions

I'm Leavin'

Bridge Over Troubled Water (& reprise)

I Can't Stop Loving You

Love Me Tender

Suspicious Minds

Elvis Talks (instrumental)

Funny How Time Slips Away

Can't Help Falling In Love

Closing Vamp

Lead Guitar: James Burton

Rythymn Guitar: John Wilkinson

Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff

Drums: Ronnie Tutt

Piano: Glen D. Hardin

Harmony Vocals: Charlie Hodge

Backing Vocals: Sweet Inspirations, Kathy Westmoreland

Orchestra Conductor: Joe Guercio

Orchestra: Joe Guercio Orchestra

Elvis on stage in 1971 - You've Lost That Loving Feeling

1972 - Focus on Elvis On Tour

directed by Robert Abel and Pierre Adidge

A much loved favourite with Elvis fans, this 1972 music documentary is at last available on DVD and Blu-ray in remastered picture quality and in its original wide "multi-screen" widescreen presentation.

Unofficial "import" DVDs currently circulating would seem to indicate that the MGM vaults must be full of wonderful material - easily enough for a very special extended edition - hopefully this extra footage will make it too DVD one day too.

Elvis on Tour was Elvis' thirty-third and final motion picture and followed him as he embarked on a 15-city tour of the United States in April 1972. The movie went on to win the 1973 Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary.

Elvis on Tour
Elvis on Tour

15 cities. 15 nights. Catch him if you can! The show is over but the fans cry out for what every Elvis Presley fan wants. More! Then, an announcer speaks the words the packed house doesn’t want to hear: "Elvis has left the building." But what an incredible show lingers in minds and hearts. Elvis on Tour is the Golden Globe-winning Best Documentary chronicle of Presley's whirlwind 15-cities/15-nights 1972 tour. They are nights to remember, paced here with more than 25 numbers that embrace the rocker Elvis, the gospel Elvis, the ballad Elvis, even the karate Elvis. In between tour stops come more moments to treasure--montage sequences (supervised by Martin Scorsese) showcasing Presley's early career and movies. More!

 

Rare Elvis on Tour interview footage - Filmed during the making of the movie

The stunning Blu-ray version of Elvis on Tour!

Elvis on Tour - The original trailer

1972 - Focus on the Madison Square Garden Concerts

On 9th June 1972 Elvis Presley made a triumphant return to New York, the city where he had recorded his early career-launching televison appearances on the Ed Sullivan show, with a series of four sell-out shows at Madison Square Garden.

Within days of the concerts the recording of the evening show on 10th June had been released by RCA as Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden, whilst fans had to wait until 1997 for the release of the afternoon show recorded that same day - An Afternoon in the Garden.

These historic concerts would prove to be Elvis' only live stage shows in New York. Although there is no official film footage there seems to be a considerable amount of material in circulation, some of it of (almost) professional looking quality!

Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra [Theme from 2001: A Space Odysse]

That's All Right

Proud Mary

Never Been to Spain

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

Polk Salad Annie

Love Me

All Shook Up

Heartbreak Hotel

Medley: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel

Love Me Tender

Impossible Dream (The Quest)

Introductions by Elvis

Hound Dog

Suspicious Minds

For the Good Times

American Trilogy

Funny How Time Slips Away

I Can't Stop Loving You

Can't Help Falling in Love

End Theme

Lead Guitar: James Burton

Rythymn Guitar: John Wilkinson

Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff

Drums: Ronnie Tutt

Piano: Glen D. Hardin

Guitar & Vocals: Charlie Hodge

Backing Vocals: Sweet Inspirations, Kathy Westmoreland, JD Sumner & The Stamps

Orchestra: Joe Guercio Orchestra

One of the 'lost' Madison Square Garden photos ©George Kalinsky

One of the 'lost' Madison Square Garden photos ©George Kalinsky
One of the 'lost' Madison Square Garden photos ©George Kalinsky

Jerry Schilling discusses the Madison Square Garden footage!

Footage recorded at Madison Square Garden - June 1972

1972 - Hot August Night

Madison - released 2008

The Fort Baxter CD Elvis at Full Blast which featured the midnight show from August 11, 1972 has been a firm favourite with collectors for many years. It's less easy to come by these days, so this new release by Madison of the midnight show on the following evening, which comes with great packaging and in improved sound, is a welcome addition.

Elvis gives a focussed performance and includes three new numbers into the set list in this season - What Now My Love, Fever and My Way.

Las Vegas, August 12 1972 (M.S.)

Also Sprach Zarathustra

See See Rider

I Got A Woman/Amen

Proud Mary

Never Been To Spain

Until It's Time For You To Go

You've Lost That Loving Feeling

Polk Salad Annie

What Now My Love

Fever

Love Me

Blue Suede Shoes

One Night

All Shook Up

Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel

Heartbreak Hotel

Hound Dog

For The Good Times

Suspicious Minds

Introductions

My Way

American Trilogy

A Big Hunk O'Love

Tiger Man (opening only)

Can't Help Falling In Love*

Closing Vamp*

(*) Las Vegas, August 11 1972 Dinner show

Lead Guitar: James Burton

Rythymn Guitar: John Wilkinson

Bass Guitar: Jerry Scheff

Drums: Ronnie Tutt

Piano: Glen D. Hardin

Harmony Vocals: Charlie Hodge

Backing Vocals: Sweet Inspirations (Myrna Smith, Sylvia Shemwell , Estelle Brown)

Backing Vocals: JD Sumner & The Stamps Quartet (Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Enoch, Richard Sterben, Ed Wideman)

Highvoice singer: Kathy Westmoreland

Orchestra Conductor: Joe Guercio

Orchestra: Joe Guercio Orchestra

1973 - Focus on Aloha from Hawaii

No lens on Elvis live concerts would be complete without looking at what is his most famous concert - and possibly one of the most famous live concerts to have ever been performed by any artist in recent history - Aloha from Hawaii.

Broadcast live via satellite around the world on January 14, 1973, the performance at the Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii was watched in excess of a staggering one billion television viewers worldwide, airing in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe. (Curiously, US viewers had to wait until April that year to watch the transmission).

So innovative was the technology that Elvis had even pre-recorded a rehearsal concert and some extra songs two days earlier, just in case disaster struck during the satellite broadcast!

The concert raised $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in Hawaii. Kui Lee composed 'I'll Remember You' which Elvis performs during the show.

Also Sprach Zarathustra

See See Rider

Burning Love

Something

You Gave Me A Mountain

Steamroller Blues

My Way

Love Me

Johnny B. Goode

It's Over

Blue Suede Shoes

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

I Can't Stop Loving You

Hound Dog

What Now My Love

Fever

Welcome To My World

Suspicious Minds

[band ntroductions]

I'll Remember You

Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin Going On

An American Trilogy

A Big Hunk O' Love

Can't Help Falling In Love

- pre-taped songs:

Blue Hawaii

KU-U-I-PO

No More

Hawaiian Wedding Song

Early Morning Rain

Lead Guitar: James Burton

Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson

Bass: Jerry Scheff

Piano: Glen D. Hardin

Drums: Ronnie Tutt

Acoustic guitar: Charlie Hodge

Backup vocals: The Sweet Inspirations (Myrna Smith, Sylvia Shemwell, Estelle Brown)

Backup vocals: J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet (Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Enoch, Richard Sterben, Ed Wideman)

Orchestra: Joe Guercio orchestra

Orchestra conductor: Mr. Joe Guercio

Aloha Elvis Action Figure

Aloha Elvis Action Figure
Aloha Elvis Action Figure

This 7-inch action figure showcases that famous performance and one of his most renowned jumpsuits The American Eagle.

 

Aloha from Hawaii - 1973

Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - The definitive DVD version - stunning!

Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (Deluxe Edition)
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (Deluxe Edition)

Far superior to any previous home-video version, the huge deluxe edition of Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii captures over four hours of footage from the King's historic televised concert from January 1973. The main concert is presented in its entirety for the first time since its original worldwide satellite telecast, and reedited to remove the now-dated split-screen "montage" look. But that's not all--as a prelude to the concert, the first disc includes 17 uncut minutes of the "Elvis arrives" footage (only 2 minutes of which appears in the concert film) followed by the complete rehearsal concert that took place two days before the telecast. This rehearsal, which was released separately on video as The Alternate Aloha Concert, is rougher than the official show, but more relaxed and often more satisfying musically.

Leading off disc 2 is footage of five songs ("Blue Hawaii," "Ku-U-I-Po," "No More," "Hawaiian Wedding Song," and "Early Morning Rain"), including multiple takes, recorded after the performance, four of which ("No More" was the exception) were incorporated into the American television special that was shown a few months after the live telecast. Those four songs are not included in the uncut version of the concert on disc 1, but the original version of the American television special is also on disc 2 so you can watch the concert the way you've always watched it for the sake of nostalgia, or you can compare it to all the other pieces you've seen and decide which you like better. Either way, Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii is an embarrassment of riches that's rivaled only by its companion release, the three-disc deluxe edition of Elvis's '68 Comeback Special. --David Horiuchi

 

1973 - Vegas Rhythm

Gravel Road Music - Released 2007

Once again, this CD is a reissue in improved sound of a previous Fort Baxter import CD It's A Matter Of Time, this time by Gravel Road Music. This company have clearly learned a few tricks from Madison as the packaging here is superb - a lavish 20 page booklet containing nineteen colour photos from this period presented as a tribute to photographer Ed Bonja (who took the classic album cover shot for the official RCA 1973 studio release Raised on Rock).

Similar in feel to the Aloha from Hawaii concert this has some noteworthy variations in the setlist - 'I Got A Woman' replaces 'Burning Love', whilst 'Until It's Time For You To Go' and 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me' replace 'Something' and 'My Way' respectively.

Las Vegas, February 3 1973 (dinner show)

Also Sprach Zarathustra

See See Rider

I Got A Woman/Amen

Until It's Time For You To Go

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

Steamroller Blues

You Gave Me A Mountain

Fever

Love Me

Blue Suede Shoes

Love Me Tender

Johnny B. Goode

Hound Dog

What Now, My Love

Suspicious Minds

Band Introductions

I'll Remember You

I Can't Stop Loving You

American Trilogy

Can't Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp (edited)

Lead Guitar: James Burton

Rhythm Guitar: John Wilkinson

Bass: Jerry Scheff

Piano: Glen D. Hardin

Drums: Ronnie Tutt

Acoustic guitar: Charlie Hodge

Backing vocals: The Sweet Inspirations (Myrna Smith, Sylvia Shemwell , Estelle Brown)

Backing vocals: JD Sumner & The Stamps Quartet (Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Enoch, Richard Sterben, Ed Wideman)

Highvoice singer: Kathy Westmoreland

Orchestra: Joe Guercio orchestra

Orchestra conductor: Mr. Joe Guercio

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    • MusicFan57 profile image

      MusicFan57 5 years ago

      Great lens! I really enjoy the Aloha from Hawaii and That's the Way It Is DVD's.

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      Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Well done tribute to the one and only Elvis. My older sisters were HUGE Elvis fans and still listen to him today.

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      Tyla MacAllister 7 years ago

      I'm a huge Elvis fan. I was still a little kid when he died so I never got the pleasure of seeing him perform.I have probably watched The Way It Is about 20 times though. I remember hearing In The Ghetto for the first time on the car radio when I was 3 or 4. It was the first song that ever made me cry and it still does today. There will never be another Elvis. Loved this lens and marked it as a favorite.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wow, that's a lotta concerts! Nice job on this.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wow nice lens, 5 stars on this one, really enjoyed it.

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      Dr-Cornelius 8 years ago

      Great lens Debs. Love Elvis. '68 comeback special is one of my favourite performances of all time.

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      greggers lm 9 years ago

      Very cool! I'm looking forward to you adding to it, or making a "sequel", with the remaining years! :>

      I lensrolled it too.

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      Gordon N Hamilton 10 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Great lens: the 70's would appear to be your favourite Elvis period - mine too! I have lensrolled this to my own lens A Tribute: Elvis Presley, The King of Rock'n'Roll

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      TriviaChamp 10 years ago

      Found the videos that you managed to dig up quite enjoyable! I'll be back to look for more. 5 stars.

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