What is the best Elvis live album?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by PDMBK, Aug 2, 2022.

  1. PDMBK

    PDMBK Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Have been buying Elvis vinyl since finishing the two volume Guralnick biography - Last Train to Memphis & Careless Love. (Recommend the books BTW).

    I bought Elvis is Back (found a DCC pressing from our host on eBay - wow!), From Elvis in Memphis, Elvis Presley & 24 Karat Hits. Now I am ready to move to the best live album(s) and could you use your thoughts.
  2. AGimS

    AGimS Forum Resident

    Oslo, Norway
    I like On Stage (february 1970)
  3. OnTheRoad

    OnTheRoad Not of this world

    I have a soft spot in my heart for....

  4. andy75

    andy75 Forum Resident

    One more vote for Aloha From Hawaii. On Stage is fantastic aswell.
  5. OnTheRoad

    OnTheRoad Not of this world

    I also love in '68 Comeback Special, particularly the leather in the round set. :righton:
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  6. Sgt. Abbey Road

    Sgt. Abbey Road Forum Resident

    Graz, Austria
    I’m not the biggest Elvis fan, but Aloha From Hawaii is a remarkable live album:agree:
  7. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    Straight regular albums
    On Stage
    That's The Way It Is (live/studio)

    Concert video
    That's The Way It Is bluray
    68 Comeback special - the two sit down shows
  8. Madison Square Garden
  9. paulmccartneyistheman

    paulmccartneyistheman Forum Resident

    I have always been found of both of the MSG shows from Prince from Another Planet, but Aloha is one of the greatest albums ever IMHO
  10. Musical Infidelity

    Musical Infidelity Well-Known Member

    I like them in the following order -

    Madison Square Garden
    Memphis 1974
    International Hotel
    On Stage
    Aloha From Hawaii

    Aloha is a fantastic concert, I think it’s a little over hyped as it was really the last time that we got to see Elvis looking healthy and giving his all, but I think vocally he sounds a little tired.

    Madison Square Garden in my opinion is the best as it show Elvis and the band in top form and showed how great he was at singing everything from rock to country and it’s recorded very well.

    Memphis for me is the last great live commercial recording we got, it shows Elvis relaxed, in a good mood and singing at top form and not rushing through.

    The Las Vegas albums are energetic and sound great, but unfortunately were edited from different shows and don’t depict a full show, but they do give us a great insight of what Elvis sounded like when he returned to live performing.
  11. JuanTCB

    JuanTCB Senior Member

    Brooklyn, NY
    Another vote for MSG '72 - my personal preference is the afternoon show.
  12. BeatleJWOL

    BeatleJWOL Senior Member

    If you need an actual "album" from the '68 special, there's only one choice:

    Elvis Presley - Tiger Man

    This is the second (8pm) sitdown show, after they laid some carpet down on the little square stage so the stomping is more felt, less heard. Elvis is in fine form after a quick break between shows, and Scotty and company are absolutely slaying it.
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  13. raveoned

    raveoned Forum Resident

    Ambler, PA
    I have a sentimental attachment to the Memphis 1974 album, as it was the first album I bought with my own money (on August 17, 1977).

    But a close second for me, just for the power in his voice, is Aloha From Hawaii. Not just a great live Elvis album, but a great live album on it's own.
  14. raveoned

    raveoned Forum Resident

    Ambler, PA
    That reminds me that I need to get a copy of this!
  15. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    For the record, I do really enjoy watching the Aloha video, and it is a great concert, I just prefer those other two vids
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  16. Sebastian

    Sebastian Senior Member

  17. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    The '69 Vegas shows are my faves. For contemporaneous releases I'd go with with
    Elvis In Person At The International Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada set from From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis....maybe better yet, the Follow That Dream release of the August 23, 1969 midnight show -- Elvis: At The International

    The '70 and '71 stuff is good too -- I'd go maybe with That's the Way It Is and On Stage

    For early live Elvis I've always thought the Louisiana Hayride stuff is essential. Amazing hearing not only Elvis emerging but a whole genre of popular music emerging. There was a Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives two-CD set out at one point.

    Has anyone heard the Bloch Arena/Pearl Harbor set from '61 that FTD put out?
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  18. PDMan

    PDMan Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN, USA
    I'd go with "Aloha From Hawaii", although "On Stage" is a close second.
  19. thxphotog

    thxphotog Camera Nerd Cycling Nerd Guitar Nerd Dietary Nerd

    Los Angeles, CA
    Most are so wildly different that to me there are many that are essential.

    ALOHA is my desert island disc.
    MSG (Prince From Another Planet)
    Live in Memphis 74
    On Stage

    Those are my must haves. The 68 Comeback obviously is on the mount Rushmore of rock & roll moments but I always think of that as a visual event and not an album.
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  20. majorlance

    majorlance Forum Resident

    PATCO Speedline
    Now there's an album title! Are you listening, Sony/BMG?
  21. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

    New York
    Having Fun on Stage With Elvis :hide:


    Elvis Having Fun on Stage :hide:


    Having Fun With Elvis On Stage :hide:
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  22. humpf

    humpf Allowed to write something here.

    1969 Vegas shows
    That't the Way It Is video (the bd is a bit different from the older dvd)
    MSG 1972
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  23. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    There are plenty of complete shows available now in archival releases from FTD. This one was always my fave '69 one-off release:

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  24. PDMBK

    PDMBK Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Wow - thank you guys for the ideas. Not sure I have put so many items on my Discogs wantlist at once….

    Follow up question. Just noticed that most US pressings of Aloha from Hawaii are quadrophonic. Any thoughts on sound quality of a quad vs stereo pressing (on a two channel set up)?
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  25. human riff 999

    human riff 999 "If Music Be The Food Of Love, Then Play On"

    International Hotel is great short quick fast my favorite......James Burtons guitar work is some of the very best rock and roll I have ever heard....he rocks....my fav Johnny B Goode!

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