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June 14, 2022

From New York to Chicago (CD - SR Records, 2010)

From New York to Chicago
SR Records [---]
Double CD
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June 11 and 17, 1972 AS

From New York to Chicago was a bootleg by SR Records released in 2010. It contains the full concerts dated June 11 and 17, 1972 AS in New York and Chicago, respectively. The work is currently out of print.

In 1972, Elvis' career was going very well. His return to the stage had been magnificent, his two documentaries were doing well, and Hawaii was waiting for him.

In June of that year, he would arrive in New York for a series of four shows at Madison Square Garden that would mark the first and only time he would perform in the city in the 1970s. Reaching the maximum capacity at Madison Square Garden, something never done before, Elvis established himself as an artist in a category that few would reach.

After leaving New York, Elvis passed through Indiana and Wisconsin over the next four days. On June 16, he would arrive in Chicago, Illinois, for three shows at the renowned Chicago Stadium.

On the afternoon of the 17th, Elvis' concert was one of the most phenomenal of the period. Without the time limits imposed by the Colonel for the performances at Madison Square Garden, the singer was able to put several of his favorite songs on the setlist. There were also the rare "One Night", "Reconsider Baby", "My Babe", "Something" and "Release Me", in addition to "It's Now or Never", "Johnny B. Goode" and "How Great Thou Art ".

Never officially released, these performances were united by their magnificence on the 2010 SR Records bootleg "From New York to Chicago". Even with low-quality amateur audio, the concerts epitomize Elvis' power of adaptation and performance when he was enthusiastic and free to shape his performances.

Below is a review of the work.


CD 1 - JUNE 11, 1972 - NEW YORK, NY

- 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra: Although the CD marks this as a part of the initial fanfare, it actually doesn't exist. What we hear is the beginning of "That's All Right", with Elvis entering the stage.

- 2. That's All Right: The audio from this source is not the best and there is a lot of noise, leaving the tracks extremely muffled and unintelligible at times. Elvis is in great shape and from what we can hear, he makes an excellent rendition.

- 3. Proud Mary: The atmosphere is electrifying during the rendition, although it is very similar to so many others ever made.

- 4. Never Been to Spain: Elvis begins his interactions with fans with this slower song. Execution speed is probably too slow and tape speed is to blame. Overall, it's a very good version.

- 5. Until it's Time For You to Go: The fans scream during the rendition and it seems that Elvis is attending to them. The version is the standard for the time.

- 6. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: Elvis makes a false start and then restarts the song. There is nothing new here, apart from another very well interpreted version.

- 7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin': Tape speed hurts this version, but not to the point of being unbearable - apart from a cut right in the middle of it. We can hear Elvis giving his all and the backing vocals following along magnificently.

- 7. Polk Salad Annie: In 1972 Elvis had already changed the length and arrangement of this song. This new version is heavily reliant on the bass, which does a phenomenal job in its solo. The ending also sounds great.

- 9. Love Me: The 1950s medley begins. Elvis sounds more enthusiastic than the night before and, overall, the version really is better.

- 10. All Shook Up: A throw away, but well executed.

- 11. Heartbreak Hotel: The tape speed hurts the rendition, making it sound a lot like the post-1975 versions.

- 12. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel: Elvis does a good version, even if this is one of the ones he already found boring.

- 13. Love Me Tender: "My first movie, ladies and gentlemen." Elvis sounds bored, but fans are still screaming wildly for a scarf or a kiss. There is a slight distortion on the tape, but nothing to worry about.

- 14. Blue Suede Shoes: Unfortunately, we can only hear a few seconds of the rendition because the tape runs out. When the sound returns, Elvis is finishing the song.

- 15. Hound Dog: The 1956 hit starts without Elvis introducing it, as usual this season. The version is very good and has a slightly different ending.

- 16. I'll Remember You: Because it's a relatively new song on the setlist, Elvis gets a little lost with the lyrics - although it's barely noticeable. The jewel that would be the version of Aloha begins to be shaped.

- 17. Suspicious Minds: The rendition begins with a light feedback - which had already become a hallmark of Elvis' concerts at Madison Square Garden. The version has a good rhythm and Elvis indulges in it. As he poses, he makes the comment that would become customary: "I hope this suit don't tear up, baby!"

- 18. Band Introductions:  Elvis introduces JD Sumner and The StampsThe Sweet Inspirations, Kathy Westmoreland, James Burton, John Wilkinson, Ronnie Tutt, Jerry Scheff, Charlie Hodge, Glen Hardin, Joe Guercio and his orchestra.

- 19. For the Good Times: A slow version, but a pretty good one.

- 20. An American Trilogy: Despite having entered the repertoire in January, this song was already turning into one of the most anticipated of the shows due to the tremendous success of the April single. Elvis delivers a strong, cohesive version that excites the audience.

- 21. Funny How Times Slips Away: "It's been great being here, you were a fantastic audience." The whistles and screams of the fans are deafening and nearly drown out Elvis' rendition. Overall, it's a good version that serves to warn the audience that the show is approaching its end.

- 22. Can't Help Falling in Love: "You're a beautiful audience. This song is from 'Blue Hawaii', just for you." The 1961 classic warns the audience of the impending end of the show as Elvis delivers the last kisses and scarves.

- 23. Closing Vamp: The fanfare, heard for a few seconds, marks the end of Elvis' last show in New York in his career.

CD 2 - JUNE 17, 1972 AS - CHICAGO, IL

- 1. Also Sprach Zarathustra: Unlike CD 1, here we have the full fanfare. The audio is a little worse.

- 2. That's All Right: At some points we can barely hear Elvis and the band. However, when possible, we notice that everyone is in good vocal shape and Elvis is having a good time.

- 3. I Got a Woman: Rare in 1972, this is only the second time Elvis has performed it this year. Here we don't have the jokes with JD and the dialogues that would become classic - and sometimes monotonous - later on. Elvis does a solid version and ends spectacularly.

- 4. Love Me Tender: What shows that Elvis was in control of his repertoire at that point is the fact that this song appears so early in the performance. Fans love it and go crazy for a second of Elvis' attention. The rendition itself is standard.

- 5. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: Having returned to the setlist on June 9, this song has always been a fan favorite. Elvis performs it in a sensational way and finishes with great enthusiasm.

- 6. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin': Another one that returned on June 9, is another opportunity for Elvis to show all his vocal power. From the audience's reaction, everyone likes what they hear.

- 7. Polk Salad Annie: This is probably one of the best versions of June, even surpassing the ones at Madison Square Garden. Both the performance by Elvis and the band and orchestra are excellent and the bass at the end is phenomenal.

- 8. Love Me: The 1950s hits medley begins. While handing out scarves and kisses to fans, he still does a good version.

- 9. All Shook Up: A throw away, again with more attention to the fans.

- 10. Heartbreak Hotel: Elvis is still at the fan service stage, but the version is one of the best in this medley.

- 11. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel: As usual, Elvis has a lot of fun during the rendition of this medley, but he still sounds bored.

- 12. One Night: Another rarity, presented only 3 times in June, is one that pleases fans and Elvis, who exclaims: "Oh, Lord!"

- 13. Reconsider Baby: This supreme rarity appears here for the third and final time in 1972. Previously, it had only been performed once in 1969; after, it wouldn't return until December 1976. The blues here is much heavier than we're used to hearing, which is a nice change.

- 14. It's Now or Never: Another one that appears here for the second of only 3 times in 1972, is another one of Elvis' favorites. He makes a phenomenal solid rendition while handing out some scarves to fans.

- 15. Johnny B. Goode: Performed only twice in June, it starts suddenly and sends the audience into a frenzy. The version is interrupted by a loud explosion noise, which causes Elvis to restart it. The rendition is excellent and the crowd applauds along.

- 16. I Can't Stop Loving You: Elvis makes an emotional rendition and uses his vocal power to accentuate the strongest parts. The finishing is just out of this world.

- 17. Hound Dog: "In 1956 I was on The Ed Sullivan Show and they filmed me from the waist up. I did this." The version is standard, with a false start.

- 18. Suspicious Minds: Unfortunately, the beginning of the song was lost when the tape was turned. What you hear throughout the rendition are crazed screaming fans as Elvis does his pelvic thrusts and distributes scarves and kisses. The ending with karate moves sounds sensational.

- 19. Band introductions: Elvis does the usual quick introductions at this time. JD Sumner and The Stamps, The Sweet Inspirations, Kathy Westmoreland, James Burton, John Wilkinson, Ronnie Tutt, Jerry Scheff, Glen Hardin, Charlie Hodge, Joe Guercio and his orchestra are introduced to the audience.

- 20. My Babe: The audience applauds effusively as Elvis begins the rendition of yet another rarity, this being the third-to-last time it would be performed. It has been a year since the song was last performed, but he gives his all and the audience applauds to the rhythm of the song throughout the entire rendition.

- 21. Something: Looks like Elvis was really wanting to toast everyone with rarities tonight. This is the only time he would perform this song in 1972, which makes it all the more special. The tempo seems a little faster than usual and very enjoyable.

- 22. Release Me: Not as rare as the previous one, this is the third and final rendition from 1972. The audience welcomes the song with enthusiasm and Elvis delivers a beautiful rendition.

- 23. How Great Thou Art: Although present since 1970, this was still a song that was somewhat difficult to find in concerts. The version here is very similar to the 1967 record in some ways, but already very close to what we would get used to hearing later on.

- 24. Funny How Time Slips Away: "Thank you very much." Elvis does not make the usual introduction to the song here, asking for the lights in the venue to be turned on. This may be explained by the duration of the show - normally large shows did not exceed 1 hour at the time -, which had reached 55 minutes already. The version is the usual one, with Elvis handing out scarves and kissing fans.

- 25. An American Trilogy: This was still a song that Elvis was passionate about. His rendition is sincere and very well done, with the singer pushing the band and backing vocals to excel in the interpretation.

- 26. Can't Help Falling in Love: Without even saying goodbye - again, the likely cause is time - Elvis does his 1961 classic as he gives the last moment of attention to fans.

- 27. Closing Vamp: The fanfare announces the end of the show. Elvis would only return to Chicago Stadium more than 4 years later, in October 1976.


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