- Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden
Elvis: as Recorded at Madison Square Garden Live album by Elvis Presley Released June 18, 1972 Recorded June 10, 1972
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Elvis: as Recorded at Madison Square Garden
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Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden is a live musical album recorded by Elvis Presley and released in June 1972 by RCA Records peaking on the charts in July 1972. Recorded at the Madison Square Garden arena in New York City on Saturday June 10, 1972, the concert, and the subsequent album, were promoted as being Presley's first live concerts in the Big Apple since the 1950s. It was certified Gold on 8/4/1972, Platinum on 5/20/1988, 2x Platinum on 3/27/1992 and 3x Platinum on 7/15/1999 by the R.I.A.A.
Despite the lengthy track listing, the release was only a single disc, and the record was released only a week after the concert itself. Elvis' very next album would also be a live recording featuring many of the same songs: Aloha from Hawaii: Via Satellite.
The concert included on this album was the evening show. An afternoon performance was also recorded, but except for a performance of "I Can't Stop Loving You" which appeared in the 1977 compilation, Welcome to My World, it remained unreleased until the 1990s when it was issued as An Afternoon in the Garden.
Drummer Ronnie Tutt claimed in an interview in 2009 for the BBC documentary Elvis in Vegas that Colonel Tom Parker sped up the mixes so that more tracks could be on the album, increasing his publishing royalties.This is incorrect.
- Introduction: "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
- "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"
- "The Impossible Dream"
- 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
- James Burton - Lead Guitar
- John Wilkinson - Rhythm Guitar
- Ronnie Tutt - Drums
- Jerry Scheff - Bass
- Glen D. Hardin - Piano
- The Sweet Inspirations (Estelle Brown, Sylvia Shemwell, Myrna Smith) - background vocals
- Kathy Westmoreland - background vocals
- J.D. Sumner & The Stamps (Ed Enoch, Bill Baize, Richard Sterben, Donnie Sumner) - background vocals
- Joe Guercio - Conductor
- The Joe Malin Orchestra
- A&R/Producers: Harry Jenkins, Joan Deary, Felton Jarvis
- Al Pachuki and Dick Baxter - recording engineers
- Dick Baxter and Larry Schnapf - mastering and supervision
Over the four shows performed by Elvis many celebrities attended including George Harrison, Art Garfunkel, David Bowie, the entire band Ten Years After, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. It had been reported that John Lennon had attended also but in an interview in 1975 he claimed that he had never seen Elvis live. Bruce Springsteen also attended one of the four shows, having signed his first record contract with Columbia Records earlier that week. Eddie Murphy also found the show very influential. After purchasing a copy he would lip-synch to the record in front of a mirror. Murphy states that it was Elvis that helped him decide to be a professional entertainer.
Biggest Croatian / Yugoslavian pop star Mišo Kovač, highly influenced by music of Elvis Presley, visited one of the four Madison Square Garden shows. He claims that the show changed his self-perception, as he understood that compared to Elvis he is nothing.
- ^ Ronnie Tutt (01-03-2010). Elvis in Vegas (Television program). United Kingdom: BBC.
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