Elvis at Madison Square Garden!



Music Review: Elvis Presley – Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

by David Bowling


Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden was issued in June of 1972. While this album only reached Number 11 on the Billboard charts, it would go on to sell more than 3 million copies. This album was also a recording of a complete concert rather than a pieced together affair. That fact gives the listener an accurate feel of an actual 1970’s Elvis concert.
When “Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey)” blasts from the speakers you know that Elvis Presley is about to perform. “That’s All Right” and “Proud Mary” immediately engage the audience as Elvis roars through both of this tunes. Elvis shows that he can still rock when he puts his mind to it.

Elvis slows the pace down with a superb version of Three Dog Night hit, “Never Been To Spain.” Elvis places the right vocal emphasis on each stanza as the song builds to its conclusion. His hit, “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me,” is another ballad that builds and is a good vehicle for Elvis to show off his vocal range. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” finishes off this trilogy of slow songs.

“Polk Salad Annie” is always a highlight of any Elvis performance. Elvis would always seem invested when performing this song. His deep vocal interpretation would enable him to appear sincere when singing this song of his southern roots.

The middle part of the concert was given over to a number of his early hits. There is both good and bad here as by this time Elvis would be more alive and energetic when performing newer songs. These were the songs that were important to the fans and as such Elvis would always include them. “Love Me,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and a medley of “Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel” are performed merely to satisfy the audience.

“Love Me Tender” is a little better but he really uses this song to set up an impressive version of “The Impossible Dream.” His vocals key off a subtle piano in the background to create an intimate effect. “Hound Dog” is given an interesting treatment as it is slowed down from the norm. I’m not sure if I really like this interpretation but at least it was creative. His big hit, “Suspicious Minds,” brings back Elvis’ energy level and sets up the last third of the show.

Elvis goes country for the Ray Price hit, “For The Good Times.” Another nice deep vocal brings this ballad to life. Elvis would most always include “American Trilogy” in his '70’s shows. It was a patriotic medley which was originally a hit for Mickey Newbury. Elvis would literally adopt the song and make it his own. He gives it a gospel feel which is always a good thing for Elvis. “Funny How Time Slips Away” is a light pop presentation that is poignant today given Elvis’ subsequent history. A fine “I Can’t Stop Loving You” leads to the normal concert closer “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”

The band, led by guitarist James Burton, is at the top of its game. Oddly I find the production and mix of the original vinyl LP superior to that of later CD re-issues. All in all, Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden, finds a healthy and vocally strong Elvis giving a very representative 1970’s performance. It is still an enjoyable listen.

Elvis Presley at Madison Square Garden taken at the Afternoon Show June 1972 Welcome, to the knowledge Base of Elvis at Madison Square Garden in June 1972 marked a milestone in Elvis career. Madison Square Garden itself is a icon and a landmark attraction well known all over the world. By putting together two icons these concerts must have been special

None of Elvis Concerts at the Garden haven been professionally filmed in it`s entry. Never the less thanks to all fans who smuggled their cameras in the MSG to capture these moments at least on 8mm.

I tried to collect all pictures, clippings and footage from Elvis at MSG and present them to the fans. Hope you enjoy the website, leave feedback or subscribe for the newsletter.

Long live the King.


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What does the Fans say

After seeing the fabulous press conference he did and then see him transform into Elvis on stage was awesome! That show's what a brilliant entertainer he was,because he was shy and quiet and on stage he was not! He was the best entertainer in the world,and still is...that's a fact! God created him to be that and also to never be matched by anyone EVER
I was there! June 9th, 1972!! what an ecstatic reaction!
Phil Silverman
Phil Silverman
Elvis was magical, electrifying, and just right down exciting. There will NEVER be another like him. He was phenominal then and is just irreplacable today. I'll forever enjoy his music and performances.
Denis Hardy
Denis Hardy