December 10, 2014 – 1:12 pm

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Event Number 8 [Madison CWP 03, 1CD]

Live at the Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas; March 3, 1974 (early show). Very good soundboard.

From elvisoncd.com:

This show is unusual because Joe Guercio’s orchestra wasn’t there, it’s only Elvis, his rhythm band and his back-up singers… This soundboard recording has a warm feeling of a very small venue since you cannot hear the crowd too much (they were quite far from the stage). You’ll certainly understand what I mean while listening to “Help Me” which sounds almost like an undubbed studio version. You can also feel James Burton, Ronnie Tutt and the other members giving little extras for making it a fuller sound. Most of the performances are excellent but some of the highlights would be Trying To Get To You, Johnny B Goode, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Help Me and Let Me Be There… All in all a very good show from a very good tour.

Thanks to aliasrobert and jeroep for keeping the show alive on the net.

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Track 01. See See Rider 2:25 (4.1MB)
Track 02. I Got A Woman 3:03 (5.1MB)
Track 03. Love Me 1:40 (2.8MB)
Track 04. Trying To Get To You 2:11 (3.7MB)
Track 05. All Shook Up 1:05 (1.8MB)
Track 06. Love Me Tender 1:41 (2.8MB)
Track 07. Johnny B Goode 1:43 (2.9MB)
Track 08. Hound Dog 1:21 (2.3MB)
Track 09. Fever 2:46 (4.6MB)
Track 10. Polk Salad Annie 3:11 (5.4MB)
Track 11. Why Me Lord 2:49 (4.7MB)
Track 12. Suspicious Minds 3:47 (6.4MB)
Track 13. Band Introductions 1:18 (2.2MB)
Track 14. I Can’t Stop Loving You 2:16 (3.8MB)
Track 15. Help Me 2:43 (4.6MB)
Track 16. How Great Thou Art 3:25 (5.7MB)
Track 17. Let Me Be There 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 18. Funny How Time Slips Away 2:37 (4.4MB)
Track 19. Elvis talks 0:50 (1.4MB)
Track 20. Can’t Help Falling In Love 1:44 (2.9MB)
Track 21. Closing Riff 3:52 (6.5MB)
50 mins

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  1. 31 Responses to “ELVIS PRESLEY - HOUSTON 1974”

  2. This Is the 70’s Elvis that I wish could be remembered, not the Vegas or Movie schmaltz. He was putting it on the line here, with the right, tight no-nonsense songs (except hound dog, kept mercifully short) and his selection of songs were very wise here. Very short intros, respectful, and zipping through. Excellent indeed! Very akin to Comeback 68 TV special in entertainment, but very appropriate for the stadium crowd.

    By Job Hunter on Dec 10, 2014

  3. Mary Ann Mobley appeared opposite Elvis in two movies. She just passed away, A fine woman, helping poor children in Asia and Africa.


    By Job Hunter on Dec 10, 2014

  4. I love Elvis as much as the next guy; but the 1970’s stuff - gimme a break as they say - what a waste - 2 min versions and buncha crap songs.

    By rich on Dec 10, 2014

  5. This is pretty astounding because I never knew Elvis *ever* did a 70s show without the Joe Guercio orchestra. What I’m hearing so far makes me think he never should’ve toured with the orchestra at all, and perhaps he could’ve done without so many backups singers, too. This reminds me more of the backup he had in his 1961 Hawaii concert. It’s on youtube if you’re interested, just search for “Elvis Pearl Harbour Concert”, it’s really unbelievable.

    Thanks for posting this, nice find!

    By Robbie J. on Dec 10, 2014

  6. elvis sounds interested thats good no orchestra thats great. its the typical bizarro ’70s vegas elvis set list though- 7 elvis songs 3 gospel and 8 covers including the horrible “let me be there”. its a shame he didn’t fire colonel parker after his ‘68 comeback show. thanks bigO and thanks Robbie J. for the tip.

    By barth on Dec 10, 2014

  7. Being from Memphis, I can certainly appreciate this, as well as the Joel Williamson article. Thank you very much for this. What a great performance; really good start to finish. Yes, it’s “Big Elvis”, but probably the best of this era in the 70’s I have heard yet. God go with Mary Ann Mobley; she truly was a real sweetheart. They just don’t make them like her much anymore. Nice to see Job Hunter here in these comments, also. I think that Pearl Harbor concert mentioned above, of which at least some of the proceeds went into the building of the USS Arizona Memorial, was his last live concert until the ‘68 comeback show. Somebody help me out here, is that right?

    By Mr. Jimmy on Dec 10, 2014

  8. it’s unfortunate that Elvis didn’t let this band loose in concert during the ’70’s…

    with james burton on lead john wilkinson on rhythm jerry scheff on bass & ronnie tutt on drums this lineup could smoke….!!!

    to bad they were confined to Elvis’ goofy vegas show & short tunes…

    By Jerry's Finger on Dec 11, 2014

  9. ^just to add to my post…

    you can hear some of their greatness on different session recordings like American Crown Jewels…Brightest star on sunset blvd sessions….jungle room sessions…

    By Jerry's Finger on Dec 11, 2014

  10. Reminds of the stripped down tapes / version of the Memphis album, without the orchestral overdubs. Take them, if these are too short. And they are. How unfortunate, indeed. A little reminder - of what could have been.
    Thank you.

    By Kint on Dec 11, 2014

  11. Thanks for the comment, Mr. Jimmy. I am restricted from driving. Not for my sake, but the sake of the public that might catch sight of me. My left jaw, cheek and upper neck is swollen to the hilt for the size of my open hand, with a slash through it, following the jawline. The bottom of my neck is slashed from near my left ear to the right side of my neck. The right armpit is slashed starting from the right chest to around towards my right back. And my skin is being held together with dark purple permabond glue! Well, at least it’s not Gorilla snot! (strong glue used in auto applications, etc.)

    By Job Hunter on Dec 11, 2014

  12. heres that pearl harbor show -


    By darth on Dec 11, 2014

  13. Mr. Jimmy: Yes, that was Elvis’s last gig until the ‘68 Comeback concert, with that long slog of the - occasionally fairly good (Kid Galahad) - to mostly not good movies in between. And probably what most people don’t know - nowadays especially - is that Elvis did play a role in getting that Arizona memorial realized. In fact, Elvis gave to various charities probably at least as much as any other celebrity. I just wish more attention would be focused on those things instead of his downslide, which in reality was only the last three years of an unbelievable 23-year career. He didn’t get “Entertainer of the Century” for nothing.

    By Daniel Kershner on Dec 11, 2014

  14. I’m surprised this hasn’t been released as an official Follow That Dream CD. They’ve put out far less interesting (and worse sounding) shows than this one.

    By Ken F on Dec 11, 2014

  15. u know.. while he died in 77.. his career continued on for several decades like jimi hendrix the beatles zeppelin etc. as they say he may have died.. but he lives on as long as his fans remember him. doesnt he.

    By darth on Dec 12, 2014

  16. duh no shit sherlock darth.

    By sherlock darth on Dec 12, 2014

  17. as coroner i must concur i cheerfully examined her..er him elvis is dead .

    By coroner darth on Dec 12, 2014

  18. darth coroner sings


    By coroner darth on Dec 12, 2014

  19. The best thing y’all can do is follow this advice:


    By mackdaddyg on Dec 12, 2014

  20. I see a lot of trolling the troll going on around here. It’s like a darth spiral.

    By Crawdad on Dec 13, 2014

  21. Elvis’ 70s career bored him, and it’s interesting to me that even a small variation -the absence of Joe Guercio- seems to have perked him up a little. Elvis’ spending and immaturity, plus the Colonel’s greed and the unjustifiable 50/50 split put him on an exhausting, monotonous treadmill. If the Colonel hadn’t forced him to limit his recordings to songs he could buy the publishing for, and if he hadn’t insisted on making Elvis’(and his) pay the biggest item in every movie budget, they might have gotten material that challenged Elvis and his audience. Sad.

    By Eric (the other Eric) on Dec 13, 2014

  22. a diagnosis: http://psychcentral.com/disorders/histrionic-personality-disorder-symptoms/

    By darths keyboard on Dec 13, 2014

  23. Thanks BigO. I burned a silver but after the 4th song had heard enough. I enjoy Elvis’ songs on the radio and love his Christmas Album(s), but just couldn’t jell with this. I gave my silver to my Mom!

    By Ron M on Dec 15, 2014

  24. ron - silver discs are what is referred to as coming from ‘the company’ whether it be official or unofficial. they are not produced from mp3’s or cda files. they are created with very professional equipment and sold in shops. when we make cdr’s we are not making silver cds. they appear silver but when the term silver is used it refers to store bought bootlegs or actual official cds. however when the differentiation is made between official product and unofficial product one would then make sure not to say silver cuz that might imply bootleg. we also rarely use the term bootleg. rather the term roio is used. recordings of indeterminate origin. when these are pressed in lots of 500 or 1000 or more even.. they are normally done on what is known as silver discs. the kind that since 83 or so maybe? has been found in the kewl record shops that we know about around town.

    By darth on Dec 15, 2014

  25. yeah ron !

    By Sherrytown Hatters on Dec 15, 2014

  26. What’s darth blathering on about now?

    By Willis on Dec 15, 2014

  27. Darth showed Ron how he was wrong. what’s the big deal? maybe next time Ron won’t look so stupid!

    By Sherrytree on Dec 15, 2014

  28. he wasnt stupid.. he just didnt know.. i was only trying to help. and willis.. u would know what im ‘blathering on about’ if u learned to read. it really isnt that difficult. even u could do it. well.. maybe not. reading is one thing.. understanding is another.

    By darth on Dec 15, 2014

  29. “maybe next time Ron won’t look so stupid!”

    but u undoubtably will Sherrytree if you believe darth.

    By barth on Dec 15, 2014

  30. The atomic bomb of rock n’ roll!

    By elvislives on Dec 15, 2014

  31. LOL To be honest, I really didn’t know. Now I do. Thank-you! No worries.

    I do have a question though… When I burn a disc using Nero, sometimes the first song will have significant noise that sounds like the disc spinning in the drive. What causes this? Poor disc quality? (I am using Memorex CD-R), too fast of a burn speed? Bad burner? Operator error? This does not happen with every disc I burn. Seems to happen when I burn more than one copy. Thank-you in advance.

    By Ron M on Dec 15, 2014

  32. ron its a breath of fresh air to have someone be honest here at darth`s home for lying rock and roll fans.

    By Sherrytree on Dec 15, 2014

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