The Dark Side Of Elvis

The Dark Side Of Elvis (front)Live in Uniondale, NY. July 19, 1975 (Evening Show)

 

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TRACK LIST:

01 Opening Vamp
02 See See Rider
03 I Got A Woman/Amen
04 Big Boss Man
05 Love Me
05 If You Love Me
06 Love Me Tender
07 All Shook Up
08 Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
09 Hound Dog
10 The Wonder Of You
11 Polk Salad Annie
12 Introductions
13 Johnny B. Goode
14 Solo By Band
15 Solo By Band 2
16 School Days
17 T-R-O-U-B-L-E
18 Why Me, Lord
19 How Great Thou Art
20 Let Me Be There
21 You'll Never Walk Alone*
22 Funny How Time Slips Away
23 Little Darlin'
24 I'm Leavin
25 Can't Help Falling In Love
26 Closing Vamp

* Only live version of this song

 

REVIEW OF CONCERT:

The spring tour of 1975 had been pretty average, while the one in June showed a very relaxed Elvis who was obviously enjoying himself on stage. Shortly after this tour, Elvis had a brief hospital-stay, where he had the skin under his eyes tightened, without that being visible for someone who didn't know it. When he was back on the road on July 8 in Oklahoma City, he started a tour that today stands out as one of the best of his entire career. The first shows were of pretty normal 75 standard, but towards the end, Elvis held one of his most memorable concerts ever, the Matinee Show in Uniondale, NY. July 19th, 1975.

The Dark Side Of Elvis, released under the "MadTiger Productions" - Label, contains the complete evening performance of the same date. This show is every bit as good as the matinee concert and the sound of it is much better, in fact, since it's been Digitally Remastered, it's one of the best sounding discs around.

Powerful versions of 'See See Rider' and 'I Got A Woman/Amen' open the set. Elvis soon delivers a dynamic 'Big Boss Man', an emotional 'The Wonder Of You' and a rocking 'Polk Salad Annie'. The oldies are trashed as usual, although 'Love Me Tender' is rather different this time, sung solo at the beginning ("take the pill") and ending in a typical 70's way. Introductions reveal a somewhat "dark" side of Elvis. "Bill (Baize) is the kind of guy that's not ashamed to show affection in public. Kathy Westmoreland will show affection anywhere...in fact she gets it from the whole band". Kathy obviously didn't like that kind of Elvis introducing her (he had done it that way several other times before at this tour) and one night later in Norfolk, Virginia she left the stage during the introduction, alongside Estelle Brown and Sylvia Shemwell of the Sweet Inspirations, due to some unfriendly Elvis-comments. Elvis later apologized to all involved and presented them rings $5000 a-piece.

But back to the show; 'T-R-O-U-B-L-E' follows the introduction, and finally Elvis learned how to perform it live; earlier renditions during the two previous tours were either messed up lyric-wise or simply rushed through. But this time it's pure dynamite and contains a long "ride it, walk it" -ending, with some karate exercises displayed by the king. One more time Elvis tries to break up J. D. Sumner during 'Why Me Lord', of course successfully. 'How Great Thou Art' again lifts the roof of the building, especially when Elvis hits some real high notes at the culmination of the reprise section.

After a rather standard 'Let Me Be There' something unexpected happened: for some inexplicable reason, Elvis sat down at the piano, something he had never done before on tour, tentatively hit a few chords, then started singing: "when you walk through a storm...". Elvis delivers a full-blooded version of 'You'll Never Walk Alone', and today this performance, the only known live version of this song, stands out as one of the real great moments in an Elvis concert. It's simply pure Elvis magic and the audience seemed to notice how privileged they were to be there, as the ending is met with enthusiastic applause. A real shame that this song still hasn't turned up on other CDs!

After standard versions of 'Funny...' and 'Little Darlin'', the concert could be over, but Elvis delivers one more rarity: 'I'm Leavin'' was standard during the second Vegas season and November tour 1971, but only occasionally sung afterwards, and by spring of 75, it hadn't been performed for some time. Elvis, however, included it at the evening show in Huntsville, Alabama May 31st and here again he delivers a gentle version.

Since there are not very many recordings available yet from this tour, this CD has to be considered a must for the serious collector. Being Digitally Remastered, the sound quality is the best we got from the July tour so far, and for this concert counts the same as for the matinee show, as John Rockwell from the New York Times pointed out in his article "Presley Treats Fans To His Best":
"When he is putting out as he did Saturday afternoon, reaching for the top notes and shaping phrases with the same easy individuality that has always marked his best work, he is still the king".

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