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Elvis Presley Earned Raves For Madison Square Garden Shows

Nov 12, 2012

The New York Daily News has published an article about Elvis Presley’s Madison Square Garden concerts in 1972, two of which are included in “Prince From Another Planet,” the 2CD/1DVD box set in stores tomorrow. The newspaper writes:

The 37-year-old Presley was tanned, fit and pumped for the spotlight. He prowled the stage in a form-fitting jumpsuit and glittering gold cape, backed by the killer TCB Band (with guitar god James Burton) as he sang in a voice both full and clear.

Two of the four MSG shows, along with a bootleg video shot by a fan with a hand-held camera, are packaged in a new set titled “Prince From Another Planet” – available for the first time this Tuesday. The DVD features a carefully restored version of the 40-year-old Super 8-mm. footage synced to the audio.

The two CDs present Presley’s two Saturday shows — one in the afternoon, the other that evening, and each a musical revelation.

“Elvis in person was a force of nature,” says Lenny Kaye, the rock historian and Patti Smith Band guitarist who covered the Garden shows as a reporter. “He was feeding off the energy of the band, the tempos were amped up, and he was in great form. I brought tons of expectations to the show. By the end, he was really singing songs that transcended genres, that talked to all the allegiances we had within.”

Read more at the New York Daily News.

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