Promised Land - 19 August 1974 Opening Show - First time Performed Live

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Promised Land - 19 August 1974 Opening Show - First time Performed Live

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This is leon's new video and a summary -

Many fans and critics alike bemoan the fact that Elvis post army did not record anywhere near enough rock 'n' roll and whilst what truth is actually in that statement is up for debate it is a perception that has lingered and grown as the years have gone by and indeed in 1972 during the New York press conference when pressed on this very matter by a journalist answered "If I could find good ones I would record them".
During the second part of his now legendary Stax sessions on Memphis of 1973 Elvis certainly found one albeit a cover of a song first written and recorded by Chuck Berry almost ten years earlier. Elvis' version, recorded on 15 December 1973, is a much more powerful driving version and much like many of the more maudlin ballads that Elvis recorded in his later career reflected his personal life his interpretation of "Promised Land" certainly reflected his professional life a point not lost on the producers of "This Is Elvis" in 1981 who used a version of the song to highlight his intense touring schedule.
Elvis' now infamous but short lived revamp of his setlist at the beginning of his August 1974 season in Las Vegas saw Elvis introduce three songs from his new "Promised Land" album including the title track but whilst "If You Talk In Your Sleep" and "It's Midnight" would last the entire season "promised Land" was dropped after show three of the twenty nine show engagement. Ironically considering the lyrics Elvis rarely performed it on tour, only four versions are known outside Las Vegas to date, and whilst Elvis re-introduced it to his setlist for his March 1975 Vegas engagement it's final rendition would be on tour in Asheville on 23 July 1975 and Elvis gives a superb version of what was the penultimate song of the show.

As with all of these videos, to get the most out of the audio, I highly recommend you use ear /headphones and turn the volume up as much as you dare!

1971 - an awesome year of music and films !