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BACK IN PORTLAND (Live Archives EPE 1012) (Released 1993)

1. Review by Mark Littlejohn
Portland, April 27 1973

Also Sprach Zarathustra
See See Rider
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me Tender
You Gave Me A Mountain
Steamroller Blues
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Love Me
Blue Suede Shoes
Heartbreak Hotel
Little Sister/Get Back
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Long Tall Sally/Whole Lot-ta Shakin' Goin' On
I'm Leavin'
Hound Dog
What Now My Love
Suspicious Minds
I'll Remember You
I Can't Stop Loving You
American Trilogy
A Big Hunk O'Love
Can't Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp

This is the same as CD-2 on the double
CD release Storm Over Portland

Content: 3  Sound: 2+  Artwork: 3-

1. Review by Mark Littlejohn

This is another of those audience tapes you just can't do without. Long out of print, I was able to get a CD-R of it last year. This is one of a few shows we have available on CD from 1973 and it is one of the best. The show is from April 27, 1973 at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. The recorder of this show got it all from start to finish and in excellent sound quality. Elvis is in excellent form and delivers a top notch show.

The show starts with the usual 'Also Sprach Zarathustra', 'See See Rider', and 'I Got a Woman'. A couple of songs later Elvis and band put some serious drive on 'Steamroller Blues'. I would love to hear this version on soundboard (if there is one?) as James Burton and Emory Gordy just tears this one up. 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me' is next and is very well done. Sprinkled in with a medley of hits is 'Help Me Make It Through The Night' and 'I'm Leavin'. Both are excellent. Other highlights include 'Fever', 'What Now My Love', 'Suspicious Minds', 'I'll Remember You', 'An American Trilogy', & 'Big Hunk O Love'.

In all, Elvis sings twenty-two songs and gives his very best throughout the show. The audience is in a great mood (imagine seeing Elvis on a Friday night!) and even the reporter reviewing the show for the local paper seems impressed (his review is on the back cover). This is a worthy addition for your collection, make an effort to get a copy. I personally have over 60 of Elvis' shows, 50 of them are soundboards. So I'm not a big fan of audience recordings, but this one I like and with the other ten or twelve I have, they get played on a somewhat regular basis.

Sound Quality: **1/2
Show Quality: *****

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