As Recorded at Madison Square Garden
|Elvis: as Recorded at Madison Square Garden|
|Live album by Elvis Presley|
|Released||June 18, 1972|
|Recorded||June 10, 1972|
Madison Square Garden|
New York, New York
|Elvis Presley chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|
Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden is a live musical album recorded by Elvis Presley and released in June 1972 by RCA Records peaking on the charts in July 1972. Recorded at the Madison Square Garden arena in New York City on Saturday June 10, 1972, the concert, and the subsequent album, were promoted as being Presley's first live concerts in the Big Apple since the 1950s. It was certified Gold on August 4, 1972, Platinum on May 20, 1988, 2x Platinum on March 27, 1992 and 3x Platinum on July 15, 1999 by the RIAA. Along with Aloha from Hawaii: Via Satellite it ranked as the top 1970's RCA live album by Elvis Presley.
Despite the lengthy track listing, the release was only a single disc, and the record was released only a week after the concert itself. Elvis' very next album would also be a live recording featuring many of the same songs: Aloha from Hawaii: Via Satellite.
The concert included on this album was the evening show. An afternoon performance was also recorded, but except for a performance of "I Can't Stop Loving You" which appeared in the 1977 compilation, Welcome to My World, it remained unreleased until the 1990s when it was issued as An Afternoon in the Garden.
Drummer Ronnie Tutt claimed in an interview in 2009 for the BBC documentary Elvis in Vegas that Colonel Tom Parker sped up the mixes so that more tracks could be on the album, increasing his publishing royalties. Tutt's account has never been proven as factual.
In 2013, RCA/Legacy, through HDTracks.com, released a high-resolution remastering of the concert in 24-bit/96 kHz.
- James Burton - Lead Guitar
- John Wilkinson - Rhythm Guitar
- Ronnie Tutt - Drums
- Jerry Scheff - Bass
- Glen D. Hardin - Piano
- The Sweet Inspirations (Estelle Brown, Sylvia Shemwell, Myrna Smith) - background vocals
- Kathy Westmoreland - background vocals
- J.D. Sumner & The Stamps (Ed Enoch, Bill Baize, Richard Sterban, Donnie Sumner) - background vocals
- Joe Guercio - Conductor
- The Joe Malin Orchestra
- A&R/Producers: Harry Jenkins, Joan Deary, Felton Jarvis
- Al Pachuki and Dick Baxter - recording engineers
- Dick Baxter and Larry Schnapf - mastering and supervision
Over the four shows performed by Elvis many celebrities, including musicians, attended one of his shows most notably amongst them George Harrison, Art Garfunkel, David Bowie, all the members of both Ten Years After and Led Zeppelin, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. It had been reported that John Lennon had attended one of the shows, incognito, but in an interview in 1975 he denied ever seeing Elvis live in concert. Bruce Springsteen also attended one of the four shows, having signed his first record contract with Columbia Records earlier that week. Eddie Murphy also found the show very influential. After purchasing a copy he would lip-synch to the record in front of a mirror. Murphy states that it was Elvis that helped him decide to be a professional entertainer. Croatian/Yugoslavian pop star Mišo Kovač, highly influenced by the music of Elvis Presley, attended one of the shows, claiming afterwards that the show changed his self-perception. A musician who also felt the power of Presley's Garden shows was Paul Stanley, the rhythm guitarist and primary lead vocalist of the rock band Kiss who, as a struggling musician and part-time cab driver at night took numerous customers to, and from the Garden during the three days of Presley's NYC engagement. Hearing about and feeling the excitement directly from those who shared his numerous rides made him think very seriously about his future career, promising himself to one day fill the Garden, something which he accomplished with his band in early February 1977, some 5 months before Presley's death.
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