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ONE NIGHT IN PORTLAND (Live Archives EPE 1010) (Released 1995)

1. Review by Mark Littlejohn
Portland, November 11 - 1970

That's All Right (Las Vegas, August 20 1970)
I Got A Woman
Love Me Tender
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Sweet Caroline
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Polk Salad Annie
Johnny B. Goode
Fats Domino Hill
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

This is the same as CD-1 on the double
CD release Storm Over Portland

Content: 5+  Sound: 2+  Artwork: 3

1. Review by Mark Littlejohn

This is a great CD that I first heard rumors about in the early 90's. I was able to get a CD-R of it and it is quite a show. The CD starts off with 'That's All Right' (*) and then the sound improves considerably for 'I Got a Woman' and the rest of the show. This is an audience recording by the same person who provided the tapes for Double Dynamite, A Dinner Date with Elvis, From Macon to Vegas, & Elvis Back in Portland. For an audience tape the sound is excellent on all the above recordings including this one.

The highlights of the show include 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me', You've Lost That Loving Feeling', 'How Great Thou Art', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'Suspicious Minds'. Don't get me wrong, the show is great form start to finish. I just feel the above songs are the strongest of the set. 'Polk Salad Annie' is performed, but Elvis leaves out more than half the lyrics as he turns the song into an extended dry hump after the first verse. 'Bridge' has a hard time getting started as Elvis is continually distracted by what must be some very horny female fans, as he says "I will ball them all!" instead of "I will dry them all" and then has to start over for the fourth or fifth time. 'How Great Thou Art' is first performed live on this tour (Nov 70) and it is very beautifully done, remaining quite close to the original studio recording.

The two best performances of the whole show are 'Loving Feeling' & 'Suspicious Minds'. Add 'How Great Thou Art' and those three songs alone make the CD well worth having. The back of the CD has a reprint of the newspaper review of the concert along with two photos and a copy of the ticket mail order form.

Try and get a copy of this for your collection if you can, it's well worth the trouble.

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

* 'That's All Right' is taken from Las Vegas, August 20 1970

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