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THE THRILL GOES ON - (J.R 9/94) (Released 1994)

1. Review by Ahmet Gulen
Seattle, November 12 1970

That's All Right
I Got A Woman/Amen
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
How Great Thou Art
The Wonder Of You
Heartbreak Hotel
Blue Suede Shoes
Hound Dog
Funny How Time Slips Away (incomplete)
Can't Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp

Content: 4+  Sound: 1+  Artwork: 4

Review by Ahmet Gulen


After closing the Las Vegas Summer Festival in 1970 Elvis gave several concerts in different cities in September. In November, he was on the road again. He gave a concert in Seattle 12 November 1970. This concert was very short -only 35 minute- And JR Production released this one in 1994 under the title "The Thrill Goes On". Unfortunately it's an audience recording and the sound quality is not good. You can too often hear comments from the audience while Elvis sings. But it's a historical concert from November 1970 tour.

Elvis opened the concert with his first hit 'That's All Right'. This version is very strong. Maybe 'I Got A Woman/Amen' medley was used for the first time in Seattle? After this song Elvis talks and jokes about his 1962 movie "It Happened At The Worlds Fair" that he made in Seattle. He then sings his first movie title song 'Love Me Tender' while the female fans are screaming. After this song, Elvis says "I've got a new record that goes like this" and begins with 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me'. He preferred the short version of 'Sweet Caroline' on this concert. Ending this song he begins a very powerful song, namely 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling'. And of course the highlight in this show 'Polk Salad Annie'. This version is shorter than the 1970 Las Vegas versions, though.

During the introduction of his orchestra Elvis makes several jokes. He changes Glenn D. Hardin to Jerry Lee Lewis. And Joe Guercio Orchestra is introduced as "Freddy Martin Orchestra ladies gentleman". This was the orchestra he used in Las Vegas in 1956. After introductions Elvis sings the gospel song 'How Great Thou Art'. It's a pretty good version and he reprises the last part after. A short version of 'The Wonder Of You' is very exciting. And while Elvis sings his old hits like 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Blue Suede Shoes' and of course 'Hound Dog' audience is exciting. Before closing the concert Elvis sings 'Funny How Time Slips Away'. This song was used for the first time since his 1969 Las Vegas shows. Unfortunately this song is incomplete on this CD. After 'Can't Help Falling In Love' and he rushes to leave the stage because Elvis fans are shocked from his magical concert. Of course you can hear famous announce "Elvis has left the building".

© Ahmet Gulen, June 30 2001

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