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June 07, 2022

Another Saturday Night - Shreveport 1975 (CD - FTD, 2012)

Title:
Another Saturday Night - Shreveport 1975
Label:
FTD [FTD 110] [506020 795040 8]
Format:
CD
Number of tracks:
25
Running time:
77:00
Type of album:
Concert
Linked to:
FTD discography
Year:
2012
Recorded:
June 2, 3 & 7, 1975
Released:
May 2012
Singles:
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Another Saturday Night - Shreveport 1975 was 110th FTD CD. It covers the June 7, 1975 concert in Shreveport, Louisiana, and features bonus tracks from June 2 and 3 of the same year in Mobile and Tuscaloosa, both in Louisiana, respectively. The work is currently out of print.


By mid-1975, Elvis was back in good shape and having fun on stage. Having slimmed down and looking great in his new jumpsuits, he looked rejuvenated and happy to be back on stage.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal noted it perfectly in their review of the Memphis show on June 10: "It didn't seem to matter what Elvis sang, the audience went wild every time he moved and he made it clear he knew what was turning them on."

In fact, the summer of 1975 was always a popular time for Elvis fans. It was a positive comeback from the emotional roller-coaster of 1974 and before the slide of 1976. The June 6 show in Dallas, featured on the 1980 "Elvis Aron Presley" box, was, in fact, the first official release of a soundboard of the period and conveyed that impression of renewal magnificently.

More than 30 years later, FTD began to bring out the charms of this wonderful season in "Southern Nights" and "Dixieland Delight", performances that were of public knowledge on bootlegs.

In this work FTD brings for the first time the only show of the season that had not yet been released either on soundbdboard or home recording. For the first time, the magnificent 12-day tour is complete and fully released.

Below is our review of this work.
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JUNE 7, 1975 - SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA

- 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra (June 10, 1975): At this point it was already customary not to record the beginning of the concerts, so FTD turned to the Memphis show on June 10 to bring the concert on the 7th apparently complete in its first three tracks.

- 2. See See Rider (June 10, 1975): In Memphis, Elvis was vocally strong and that's clear in this version. He plays with the band, the audience amd with the notes as if it's 1970.

- 3. I Got a Woman / Amen (June 10, 1975): That's why "I Got a Woman" is an excellent version of the Ray Charles classic. The tempo is much faster than usual and the singer sounds as if he really wanted to give his best - and he was!

- 4. Love Me: Here the source tape changes to the actual June 7, 1975 8:30 PM concert. "We just blew the speakers out, didn't we? Thank you very much. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Hi! It's a pleasure to be back in Shreveport. (...) This was my first job as you know, in Shreveport. And if the sound goes out it may be my last!" The rendition is purely routine scarf giving out.

- 5. If You Love Me (Let Me Know): After kissing someone, Elvis jokes: "I've got to tell you something so you can tell your husband or whatever that is. I kissed somebody last night, see? And I caught the creeping crud. You don't care? She said, "I don't care!" Whatever it is I got, honey, you got it, you know?" It is a very good rendition, although it sounds that it's starting to be treated as routine.

- 6. Love Me Tender: "My first movie was 'Love Me Tender', so I'd like to sing a little bit of that for you." When a fan asks for a scarf, Elvis tells her that he needs to clean his sweat with it before giving it to her then jokes: "I use deodorant, I swear, dear." As for the song, it's as routine as usual.

- 7. All Shook Up: An average version, but quite good.

- 8. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel: Overall, Elvis is more fan-centric than actually singing.

- 9. Hound Dog: It seems to be sung because it is expected from Elvis and extremely routine.

- 10. The Wonder of You: "This next song is a song that we did a couple of years ago, called 'The Wonder of You'." This is definitely the first time in the night where Elvis seems enthusiastic. This is an excellent version with Elvis singing his all and with a strong finishing.

- 11. Burning Love: "Thank you very much. Take it on!" Elvis really seems to be alive for the show now. The singer does a very good job and the band backs him wonderfully. The ending is superb.

- 12. Introductions / Johnny B. Goode / Solos: The band intros follow as usual. "The young ladies that opened our show tonight - well, they used to be youngThe Sweet Inspirations, JD Sumner and The Stamps Quartet, "the little girl that does her high voice singing" Kathy Westmoreland, John Wilkinson (without solo) and "on the lead, from Shreveport" James Burton with his solo. Elvis talks about coincidences: "I just kinda figured that this is James' home town. It's strange how things work out, because nineteen years ago it was my first job here and James is from here, and he's my guitar player. It's strange, you know? He's a strange guy!" Continuing the intros, it1s time for solos from Ronnie Tutt and Jerry Scheff.

- 13. Introductions / Solos: Following the introductions are Glen Hardin's solo, Charlie Hodge, the group Voice, the conductor Marty Carrell ("because Joe Guercio had to go to a Polish wedding to take the flies off the bride") and the orchestra solo.

- 14. T.R.O.U.B.L.E.: "We have a new record out, ladies and gentlemen, that came out about ten days ago, called 'T.R.O.U.B.L.E.' And it's got a lot of words to it, and I'm not too sure of 'em, but... If you get behind in this type song you just can't catch up with."  Despite his insecurity, this is one of the best versions ever! There is no tempo changes, no words missed, no slurred bits. Elvis gets down to it with the Sweets in the ending, and it's just fantastic.

- 15. Why Me Lord: "I'd like to ask The Stamps Quartet to do a song, ladies and gentlemen. 'Why Me Lord'." Of course Elvis would use it to try to make JD laugh, as usual by now. Overall, it's a very good version - even with JD loosing it completely! "I'm just kidding, JD. I'm just kidding, you know."

- 16. How Great Thou Art: "I'd like to do a Gospel song. This features The Stamps, 'How Great Thou Art'." An amazing version follows and it really makes us want to be there, but Elvis isn't so pleased with his rendition: "I can do it a little bit better. I can do it a little bit better, see, 'cause I missed that first part." The singer uses a few different approaches in the reprise and it's fantastic again.

- 17. Let Me Be There: A sincere version with the usual double ending, but very routine.

- 18. An American Trilogy: Here's where the opinions diverge. If you don't get bothered by Elvis' funny comments mid-song, you'll be fine; if you do, this will be tough. He jokingly exchanges "Dixieland" for "Disneyland" and then tells The Stamps they're in Dixieland during their solo. An annoying intereaction for some, a very funny take for others. When it gets to the nitty gritty, Elvis delivers a fantastic version that can easily be compared to the amazing first renditions of 1972.

- 19. Funny How Time Slips Away: "Now that you've had the  chance to see us, I'd like to turn the house lights up so I can take a look at you, because I can't see out there." Elvis does a fine version, but the desperation and boldness of the girls make him laugh deliciously during the rendition.

- 20. Little Darlin': Fairly routine, but with Elvis poking a little more fun at the lyrics.

 - 21. Mystery Train / Tiger Man: "This next song, it was one of my first records." A Sun Studio hit that always excites the audience. You can herar the girls shrieking while he tries a few karate moves.

- 22. Can't Help Falling in Love / Closing Vamp: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to tell you that you've been a fantastic audience to work to, and any time you want us back in Shreveport just give us a call. Till then, God bless you and be careful going home." Elvis ends his performance with another charming version of the 1961 song as he distributes the last scarves and kisses to the fans. The "Closing Vamp" quickly fades.

BONUS

- 23. I'll Remember You [June 2, 1975 AS]: "This next song is from the Aloha special that we did from Hawaii about a year and a half ago, called 'I'll Remember You'." The audio in Mobile seems fuller than in Shreveport. Elvis' rendition is full of emotion and very well done for a semi-rarity at this point.

- 24. Hawaiian Wedding Song [June 3, 1975 AS]: The afternoon show in Tuscaloosa has another rare surprise. Performed only 10 times in 1975, this song is done in a very tender fashion and with a very subtle tone.

- 25. Bridge Over Troubled Water [June 3, 1975 ES]: The evening show in Tuscaloosa brings another great rarity, with just 8 renditions in 1975. The tender pace and Glen Hardin's piano make it feel like a brand new 1970 version, although you can clearly note Elvis' voice is much more experienced.
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