Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis is an album of recordings by Elvis Presley released by RCA Records in July 1974 and recorded on March 20 of the same year, in front of a live audience at the Midsouth Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee, Presley's hometown. His home, Graceland, is pictured on the cover. The album was recorded the same day that Presley's Good Times album was released. This was Presley's fifth live album in less than five years (and the last to be released in his lifetime). He earned his third Grammy Award for the performance of "How Great Thou Art" included on this album. The album peaked on the chart in August 1974. It was certified gold on July 15, 1999 by the RIAA.
Although the album was not a major success, it did produce Presley's third and final Grammy award winner, "How Great Thou Art", which won for best inspirational performance (www.grammy.org). Two other gospel songs, "Why Me Lord" and "Help Me" (which was released as a single from the Promised Land album), are given an inspired performance. Another highlight is a the Sun years classic "Trying to Get to You", a favorite live choice for him, which shows that he still had the power to belt it out when he wanted to.
The live recording of "Let Me Be There" on this album was later used as filler on Presley's final studio album, Moody Blue. It was also issued as a promotional-only 45 RPM disc in 1974, with the same song on both sides (mono and stereo).
It is the only Presley album released during his lifetime where his face is not pictured on the cover.
The album also managed to reach #1 on the Country charts and the top 40 of the Pop album chart, and was his last to reach the top 40 until Moody Blue in 1977.
In 2004, FTD Records re-released this album containing the entire concert, which had included performances of songs such as "Suspicious Minds" and "Polk Salad Annie" that had been omitted from the LP to avoid repetition with other live albums.
On 17 March 2014, the 40th anniversary of the concert, Sony/ RCA Legacy re-released the album as a two CD set. Disc one corresponds with the FTD version, in that it features the complete concert, including tracks omitted from the original LP release. The second disc consisting of a near-identical concert recorded at the Richmond Coliseum just two days earlier and as it had a similar setlist is known as the "test run" but was recorded only in mono. Disc 2 also includes several previously unreleased, recently rediscovered studio rehearsal recordings from August 1974. The two CD album immediately re-entered the UK album charts on its release at number 74.