Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis

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Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis
Live album by Elvis Presley
Released July 7, 1974
Recorded March 20, 1974
Genre Rock
Length 41:57
Label RCA Victor
Elvis Presley chronology
Good Times
(1974)
Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis
(1974)
Promised Land
(1975)

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 the King'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 strong version of the Sun years classic Eagles cover "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 one of few Presley albums 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.

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Track listing[edit]

Original LP release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "See See Rider"   Traditional, arranged by Elvis Presley 3:03
2. "Medley: I Got a Woman/Amen"   Ray Charles, Renald Richard 4:45
3. "Love Me"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 1:50
4. "Trying to Get to You"   Rose Marie McCoy, Charlie Singleton 2:02
5. "Medley: Long Tall Sally"
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"
"Your Mama Don't Dance"
"Flip Flop and Fly"Jailhouse Rock"
"Hound Dog"  
Enotris Johnson, Robert Blackwell, Penniman
Dave "Curlee" Williams, Sunny David
Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina
Jesse Stone, Lou Willie Turner
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
3:32
6. "Why Me Lord?"   Kris Kristofferson 2:50
7. "How Great Thou Art"   Stuart K. Hine 3:44
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Medley: Blueberry Hill"
"I Can't Stop Loving You"  
Al Lewis, Vincent Rose, Larry Stock
Don Gibson
2:59
2. "Help Me"   Larry Gatlin 2:42
3. "An American Trilogy"   Mickey Newbury 3:57
4. "Let Me Be There"   John Rostill 3:33
5. "My Baby Left Me"   Arthur Crudup 2:22
6. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy"   Lloyd Price 2:14
7. "Can't Help Falling in Love"   George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore 1:36
8. "Closing Vamp"   0:47

Follow That Dream reissue[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Also sprach Zarathustra" (previously unissued)  
2. "See See Rider"    
3. "Medley: I Got A Woman / Amen"    
4. "Love Me"    
5. "Tryin' To Get To You"    
6. "All Shook Up" (previously unissued)  
7. "Steamroller Blues" (previously unissued)  
8. "Medley: Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel" (previously unissued)  
9. "Love Me Tender" (previously unissued)  
10. "Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mama Don't Dance / Flip, Flop and Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog"    
11. "Fever" (previously unissued)  
12. "Polk Salad Annie" (previously unissued)  
13. "Why Me Lord"    
No. Title Length
14. "How Great Thou Art"    
15. "Suspicious Minds" (previously unissued)  
16. "Introductions" (previously unissued)  
17. "Medley: Blueberry Hill / I Can't Stop Loving You"    
18. "Help Me"    
19. "An American Trilogy"    
20. "Let Me Be There"    
21. "My Baby Left Me"    
22. "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy"    
23. "Funny How Time Slips Away" (previously unissued)  
24. "Can't Help Falling In Love"    
25. "Closing Vamp"    

2014 reissue[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

Same as Follow That Dream 2004 issue

Disc 2[edit]

All tracks previously unissued
No. Title Length
1. "Also sprach Zarathustra"    
2. "See Rider"    
3. "Medley: I Got A Woman / Amen"    
4. "Love Me"    
5. "Tryin' To Get To You"    
6. "All Shook Up"    
7. "Steamroller Blues"    
8. "Medley: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel"    
9. "Love Me Tender"    
10. "Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mama Don't Dance / Flip, Flop and Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog"    
11. "Fever"    
12. "Polk Salad Annie"    
13. "Why Me Lord"    
No. Title Length
14. "Suspicious Minds"    
15. "Introductions"    
16. "I Can't Stop Loving You"    
17. "Help Me"    
18. "An American Trilogy"    
19. "Let Me Be There"    
20. "Funny How Time Slips Away"    
21. "Can't Help Falling In Love"    
22. "Closing Vamp"    
23. "Down in the Alley" (previously unissued rehearsal)  
24. "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" (previously unissued rehearsal)  
25. "Softly As I Leave You" (previously unissued rehearsal)  
26. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (previously unissued rehearsal)  
27. "The Twelfth of Never" (previously unissued rehearsal)  

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