Sold Out In Dixie
Rock Legends CD-1007
Mobile,Ala. June 2nd 1975 evening show
Track listing :
Opening Theme/ See See Rider/ I Got A Woman-Amen/ Love Me/ If You Love Me (Let Me Know)/ Love Me Tender/ All Shook Up/ Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel/ Hound Dog/The Wonder Of You/ Burning Love/ Introductions/ School Days/ Bridge Over Troubled Water/ T-R-O-U-B-L-E/ I'll Remember You/ Let Me Be There/ An American Trilogy/ Funny How Time Slips Away /Little Darlin'/ Mystery Train-Tiger Man/ Can't Help Falling In Love/ Closing Vamp.
There are really no surprises when hearing that CD for the first time, it's a very typical show from that May-June 1975 tour, don't get me wrong here, the use of the word " typical " doesn't make it uninteresting, in fact this is an excellent show but we already got several shows from that tour re.Live In Dallas, Cut 'Em Down To Size, Let Me Take You Home and Deep Down South.
The back cover says " complete evening show ", these folks at Rock Legend should know better when mentioning complete as the first three tracks including the 2001 Theme are actually from the March 20th 1974 show in Memphis, I think that they should had used these tracks on a CD from the same tour, for some reasons they haven't done that, but at the very least they could have made a mention about this instead of trying to fool us.
Now about the show itself, Elvis is in great form and spirits and you could feel it throughout the whole performance. He's making a nice add lib vocal on the intro of " If You Love Me (Let Me Know), " Love Me Tender " is very good as well and at the part where he stresses "...Ohhh, love me tender, love me true, all my dreams fulfill..." you have the feeling of hearing the version heard in the movie " Elvis On Tour ", " Burning Love & T.R.O.U.B.L.E " are kicking ... too.
" From the Aloha special " he says and went into a beautiful version of " I'll Remember You ", during "American Trilogy " he made fun at the Stamps, indeed while singing their part " Oh I wish I was in Dixie ", Elvis says " ....you are, you are you fools...",it was followed by one great rendition of the song, it can't hardly be better than that.
" Bridge Over Troubled Water " was also performed for the first time on this tour and as usual Elvis delivered an excellent version, I have yet to hear a poor rendition of this song by Elvis. This CD is highly recommended and in my view better than several others from the same tour, especially " Cut 'Em Down To Size ", it seems that we might get other concerts from that tour on CD, however I would certainly hope for some of the July '75 tour, which in my view was much better, if you've had the chance to listen to the two Uniondale performances from July 19th 1975, then you know what I'm talking about, if you don't then I'm hoping that you'll have that chance one day.
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