POWER OF ZHAZAM (Captain Marvel Jr. CMJR 2001/8) (Released 1997)
||Boston, November 10 1971 (8:30PM)
JC Awards Speech (January 9, 1971)
Also Sprach Zarathustra
That's All Right
I Got A Woman/Amen
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
You've Lost That Lovin Feelin'
Polk Salad Annie
Coming Home, Baby (instrumental)
Blue Suede Shoes
How Great Thou Art (incomplete)
Bridge Over Troubled Water
I Can't Stop Lovin' You
Love Me Tender
Coming Home, Baby (instumental)
Funny How Time Slips Away
Can't Help Falling In Love
(excerpt, June 8 1972)
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Home 1973)
Content: 4 Sound: 4- Artwork: 5
|Review by Morgan Sj÷berg
RCA made no official live recordings in 1971, so most of the shows released from this year is of very poor quality. However, in recent years some acceptable soundboard recordings has been made available. I'm thinking about DAE's "All Things Are Possible" and Fort Baxter's "Lean, Mean And Kicking Butt".
This one isn't quite as good, but on the other hand it's by no means a let down. "The Power Of Zhazam" was recorded in Boston on november 11, 1971, during Elvis' only tour for the year 1971. Writer Peter Guralnick was in the audience, and in his marvelous book "Lost Highway" he writes about the one and only time he saw Elvis in the flesh, so to speak.
It's a good show, very good in fact, but it's not anywhere near what Elvis accomplished in 1969 or 1970 on stage. Among the songs I would like to make special mention of is a better than average version of "Proud Mary" featuring a great vocal from Elvis and some agressive guitar work from James Burton. It's also nice to get another version of Elvis' then-current single "I'm Leaving", one of the most underrated songs of the early 70's.
But this album's real highlight must surely be the home recording of Hank Williams' wonderful "I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry". A great rendition with Elvis himself on acoustic guitar. Elvis is singing in a warm and relaxed voice, and it's really a pity that BMG didn't release this one on "The Home Recordings" CD.
All in all a rather nice Elvis album.
Reviewed by Morgan Sj÷berg from Malm÷, Sweden.