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ON THE ROAD AGAIN (MR 2038-2) (Released 2004)


1. Review by Ken Jensen

See One Night In Portland
Portland, November 11 - 1970

Opening Vamp
That's All Right
I Got A Woman
Monologue/I Walk The Line (exc)
Love Me Tender
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Sweet Caroline
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Polk Salad Annie
Introductions
Johnny B. Goode
Blueberry Hill (exc)
How Great Thou Art
The Wonder Of You
Heartbreak Hotel
Blue Suede Shoes
Hound Dog
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Suspicious Minds
Funny How Time Slips Away
Can't Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp
Bonus:
After show fans comments (Portland)
I Just Can't Help Believin' (*)
Sweet Caroline (*)
Johnny B. Goode/Happy Birthday to James Burton (*)
Blue Suede Shoes/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (*)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (*)

(*) Taken from Las Vegas, August 21 1970 Dinner show

Review by Ken Jensen

This show has been previously released on One Night in Portland and Storm over Portland (CD 1), but here it is presented in superior sound; sourced directly from the original stereo cassette mastertape and digitally re-mastered. The bonus tracks are sourced from a first generation stereo cassette copy.

This is possibly the best show Iíve heard from 1970. Elvis is extremely energetic and in his right element, performing in front of a wild crowd of 11.800 people. There is not one weak song here. Elvis jokes a lot but is focused in his singing. Highlights: the entire show. However, if forced to pick one song, I would go for the second ever live version of "How Great Thou Art", which is similar to the studio recording. Unfortunately, some idiots in the audience are talking and coughing in the background, which partially ruins the song.

Three concerts have been released from this November tour, the other two being The Thrill Goes on from November 12 and Go Cat Go from November 16. If you only want to invest in one show from this tour, On the Road Again is the one to get. Itís the best show, and it has got the best sound. Although this is an audience recording, it easily matches some soundboards.

The bonus tracks, recorded in Las Vegas during the August 21 Dinner Show, are great, although they donít add much to the CD. Track 23, however, was recorded right after the Portland show and runs for nine and a half minutes, containing fan comments and a lot of walking; a total waste. Thank God for the SKIP button.

Sound: ***+/*****
Show: *****/*****

© Ken Jensen, Norway, May 2005

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