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Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night 8:30pm : Friday June 9th 1972

Elvis Presley, Talents Richly Intact, Shifts Emphasis to Rock/Gospel

June 9, 1972 (8.30 pm) New York City, NY. Madison Square Garden
by Don Heckman : New York Times : Saturday June 10, 1972

Elvis Presley finally made it to New York Friday night, in the opener of four sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden that represented his first live appearance in Gotham.

The show was planned with the crisp dispatch and efficiency of the various Presley enterprises, all run by the powerful pitchman's had of the singer's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, The Sweet Inspirations, a soul group, did a respectable group of songs, and an aging comedian badly misunderstood the interests of his audience and beat a hasty retreat. Then more suspense a brief intermission. Finally, the lights dimmed, the momentous production was made and Presley came bounding out, glorious in a white jumpsuit with gold-trimmed cape. For three or four minutes he moved through a series of tableau poses that would have intimidated Charles Atlas, while an explosion of Instamatic light cubes turned the Garden into a mass, stop-action strobe light show.

Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm. From the CD Set, Prince From Another Planet.
Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm. From the CD Set, Prince From Another Planet.

Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.
Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.

Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.
Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.

Shows Sense of Humor

But the Presley dug in. No nosense, little banter with either audience or accompanists - simply a sold professional doing a job he probably can do better than anyone in the world. In his maturity Presley has developed his sense of humor to a finely honed edge. When he finally got around to singing the much anticipated, 'Hound Dog', he made several intentional false starts and finally, surprisingly, sang the song with a strong soul feeling and little of the country-boy grunting and grinding that had given the tune such early notoriety. The most noticeable development in Presley's style, in fact, was the minimizing of the country and Western elements that had been so vital to his early music. The great majority of his numbers -and he ranged from current standards like, 'Bridge Troubled Water', 'Proud Mary', among others, to older hits like, 'Love Me Tender', and, 'Heartbreak Hotel', were firmly locked in the currently trendish rock / gospel styles.

Cooly Relaxed Ability

Since Presley's music was one of the motivating forces behind the early evolution of that style, he uses it with understanding and ease. But at least some of the old, coarse power has been glossed over by his cooly relaxed professionalism, and his affection for the Dean Martin ballad sound is more is evidence than ever.

It turned out to be a program with a fairly rich menu but not much staying power. After 45 minutes he was gone without an encore. The effect was almost anticlimactic. Yet in sum we had heard enough to confirm that, even after 16 years, the Presley magic was as incredibly effective as ever.

He is, without question, one of the real ones.

Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.
Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.

Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.
Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.

Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.
Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.

Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.
Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.

Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.
Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.

Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.
Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.

Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.
Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.

Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.
Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.

Elvis Presley : Madison Square Garden : Opening Night : Friday June 9th 1972 : 8:30pm.

The tracklist: 2001 Theme, Thats All Right, Proud Mary, Never Been To Spain, Until Its Time For You To Go, You Dont Have To Say You Love Me, You've Lost That Loving Feeling, Polk Salad Annie, Love Me, All Shook Up, Heartbreak Hotel, Teddy Bear, Dont Be Crue/Love Me Tender, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Suspicious Minds, Band Introductions, For The Good Times, An American Trilogy, Funny How Time Slips Away, Can't Help Falling In Love, Closing Vamp.

This night was not recorded by RCA. The two shows the following days were and have been released on CD.

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CDs

CD Elvis : Prince From Another Planet 40th Anniversary Madison Square Garden 2 CD + DVD Set

April 1972

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June

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September

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Las Vegas : September 4, 1972
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November

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Honolulu, Hawaii : November 17, 1972
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DVDs : Elvis In Concert

CD Elvis : Prince From Another Planet 40th Anniversary Madison Square Garden 2 CD + DVD Set
DVD Elvis On Tour DVD
DVD Elvis On Tour Blu-ray
DVD Elvis On Tour Blu-ray : Deluxe Book Type Presentation

CDs : In Concert

CD Elvis : Prince From Another Planet 40th Anniversary Madison Square Garden 2 CD + DVD Set
CD As Recorded At Madison Square Garden : 40th Anniversary : 2 CD Set
CD 3000 South Paradise Road : FTD 2 disc 7" 'Classic Album' Format
CD Elvis : Stage Rehearsal : Elvis Presley FTD CD
CD An American Trilogy : February 14-17, 1972
CD Summer Festival : August 11, 1972

CDs : Studio

CD Elvis : Hits Of The 70s : 2 CD FTD Special Edition
CD
He Touched Me : 2 CD FTD Special Edition
CD Elvis On Tour : The Rehearsals FTD CD
CD Elvis : Standing Room Only FTD Special Edition 2 CD
CD Elvis Now : FTD Special Edition 2 CD Set
CD Elvis Presley Sings Hits From The Movies CD
CD Burning Love And Hits From His Movies Vol. 2 CD

Books

Elvis Presley Books The Elvis Files Vol. 6, 1971-1973
Book Elvis On Tour Hardcover Book : JAT Publishing
Book Elvis live at Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe : 1971-1976
Book Elvis : The King Of Las Vegas : Hardcover Book : 360 pages, with 1300 pictures
Book Elvis : The Concert Years 1969-1977 Book
Book Elvis Concerts : Elvis Presley Book from JAT Publishing
Book Elvis The Documentaries
Book Elvis : Photographs & Memories
Book Elvis : For The First Time Ever Elvis Book
Book America The Beautiful : Elvis Book with Free Promo CD

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