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Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

Released:Jun. 1, 1972

Yet another live recording, but one that carried with it more than a hint of dramatic tension, for this was Elvis’ New York debut. Welsh singer Tom Jones, a close friend and fellow Las Vegas performer, was astonished to hear Elvis’ doubts about whether or not he would be accepted, and even the rapid sell-out of all four shows did little to allay his fears. RCA recorded both shows on June 10, then, amid concerns about record bootleggers, rushed out the album (made up entirely of the evening show) in under two weeks. “Like a prince from another planet” read the performance review in the New York Times, and the album sold half a million copies in less than two months, despite the familiarity of its repertoire. Over time it became one of Elvis’ biggest album sellers, but its success sidelined the live soundtrack album that was meant to have announced the upcoming MGM documentary, Elvis On Tour (the album, which was intended to be called Standing Room Only, had already been advertised on the cover of the “American Trilogy” single). The film, which was released in November, won a Golden Globe award, but even in the absence of the Madison Square Garden album, the soundtrack would probably have been shelved. Because the Colonel had a bigger, more spectacular plan for a bigger, more spectacular recording, which would wait until the following January to be realized.

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  • Also Sprach Zarathustra

    Richard Strauss. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • That’s All Right

    Arthur Crudup. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Proud Mary

    John Fogerty. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Never Been To Spain

    Hoyt Axton. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me

    Vicki Wickham/Simon Napier-Bell/Pino Donaggio/Vito Pallavicini. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

    Barry Mann/Cynthia Weill. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Polk Salad Annie

    Tony Joe White. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Love Me

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • All Shook Up

    Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Heartbreak Hotel

    Mae Boren Axton/Tommy Durden/Elvis Presley. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel

    Kal Mann/Bernie Lowe-Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Love Me Tender

    Elvis Presley/Vera Matson. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • The Impossible Dream

    Mitch Leigh/Joe Darion. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Introductions by Elvis

    Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Hound Dog

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Suspicious Minds

    Mark James. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • For The Good Times

    Kris Kristofferson. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • An American Trilogy

    Mickey Newbury. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Funny How Time Slips Away

    Willie Nelson. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • I Can’t Stop Loving You

    Don Gibson. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Can’t Help Falling In Love

    Hugo Peretti/Luigi Creatore/George Weiss. Recorded live June 10, 1972 (evening show) at Madison Square Garden, New York. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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