Elvis in Concert (album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Elvis in Concert
Live album by Elvis Presley
Released October 3, 1977
Recorded June 19 & 21, 1977
Genre Rock
Label RCA Records
Producer Felton Jarvis, Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley chronology
Moody Blue
(1977)
Elvis in Concert
(1977)

Elvis in Concert is the soundtrack album released in conjunction with the television special of the same name which featured some of the final performances of Elvis Presley. Videotaped and recorded in June 1977, both the special and album were broadcast and released on October 3, 1977, (the single "My Way"/"America the Beautiful" was also released that day too) two months after Presley's death. The album peaked to #5 on the Billboard chart in the fall of 1977. It was certified Gold and Platinum on 10/14/1977 and 3x Platinum on 8/1/2002 by the RIAA.

The show was recorded over two days at concerts in Omaha on June 19 and Rapid City, South Dakota on the 21st. Longtime RCA/Elvis producer Felton Jarvis produced the recordings, which were done to 4-track multitrack. According to Elvis: The Illustrated Record by Roy Carr and Mick Farren, the shows were taped with the intent of producing a television special, but Presley's deteriorating physical condition put the project on hold. After his death, they write, it was decided to go ahead with the special as a tribute. Although both the June 19th and 21st concerts are the last official live professional one's ever recorded of Presley alive, Vernon Presley, Elvis' father, recorded a message that was broadcast at the end of the special and included on the soundtrack album, in which he erroneously states that the performance featured was his son's last appearance; in fact Elvis made five more concert appearances after the filming of the special. Elvis' last concert was in fact on Sunday, June 26, 1977 at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. No professional recording of this last performance has ever been issued, but bootlegs of amateur recordings have.

During the special, Presley performs a selection of his hits, along with songs not normally associated with him. Although it was a regular part of his repertoire for years, Presley requires a lyric sheet when he performs Paul Anka's "My Way" (noted for its opening lyric, "And now the end is near/And so I face the final curtain"). He also loses his train of thought during "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", although Darrin Memmer's book "Elvis Presley - The 1977 CBS Television Special," published in 2001 by Morris Publishing, makes a strong case that Elvis regularly played around with the words during the spoken portion of the song when performing it on stage, rather than it being a case of poor memory. Indeed a concert recording of Presley similarly joking around during the monologue section of "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" dating from 1969 has been issued by RCA on numerous occasions (dubbed the "Laughing Version", it even made the UK charts after Presley's death), and he also poked fun at the song during his 1968 Comeback Special. Nonetheless, the documentary This is Elvis uses this performance to illustrate Presley's poor condition at the time.

The soundtrack album was issued as a 2-LP package, including a second disc of performances that were not included in the TV special. It was also released on 8-track. On May 22, 1992, the special saw its first release on a single-disc CD. Unfortunately the CD barely improved on the somewhat muffled sound quality of the original album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Elvis Fans Comments (Pt. 1)/Opening Riff
  2. "Also Sprach Zarathustra"
  3. "See See Rider"
  4. "That's All Right"
  5. "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"
  6. "Teddy Bear"/"Don't Be Cruel"
  7. Elvis Fans Comments (Pt. 2)
  8. "You Gave Me a Mountain"
  9. "Jailhouse Rock"
  10. Elvis Fans Comments (Pt. 3)
  11. "How Great Thou Art"
  12. Elvis fans comments (Pt. 4)
  13. "I Really Don't Want To Know"
  14. Elvis Introduces his Father
  15. "Hurt"
  16. "Hound Dog"
  17. "My Way"
  18. "Can't Help Falling in Love"
  19. Closing Riff/Special Message from Elvis's Father
  20. "I Got A Woman/Amen"
  21. Elvis Talks
  22. "Love Me"
  23. "If You Love Me"
  24. "'O Sole Mio/It's Now or Never"
  25. "Trying to Get to You"
  26. "Hawaiian Wedding Song"
  27. "Fairytale"
  28. "Little Sister"
  29. "Early Morning Rain"
  30. "What'd I Say"
  31. "Johnny B. Goode"
  32. "And I Love You So"

Professional reviews[edit]

About.com gave the album a positive review, but conceded that "this album is not a standout Elvis concert. What it is, however, is a vitally important piece of Elvis lore." Their review went on to say that the record is "Elvis Presley's least effort, as well as his last."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 5
Canadian RPM Top Albums 4

Certifications[edit]

Region Provider Certification(s)
United States RIAA 3x Platinum [2]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elvis in Concert review from AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Sitemap". Elvis.com. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
Preceded by
Moody Blue by Elvis Presley
Top Country Albums number-one album
November 12-December 10, 1977
Succeeded by
Simple Dreams by Linda Ronstadt