“I told the Colonel to stay off the stage”

Found this video of Elvis live in 1974 on YouTube. I normally don’t link to this kind of thing, but this is the best footage of this nature I have ever seen. Unbelievable.

It doesn’t seem that impressive at first, but wait until 25 seconds in. It is totally captivating after that.

Looks like a fun time. Sure wish I could’ve been there. I had trouble getting tickets, you see, because I wasn’t born yet.

17 thoughts on ““I told the Colonel to stay off the stage”

  1. ” Captivating” a great word indeed.

    “Don’t you move you big son of a […]”, Love it……..

    Thanks Ty

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    • I just couldn’t believe the quality. Sony or EPE or someone official like that should buy this and release it on DVD.

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    • If only more of the audience captured footage over the years was of this quality. Most of what I have seen has been mostly a blur (kind of like the first 20 seconds of the above video). However, this one gives me hope. There’s still so much out there to discover.

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  2. I think FTD should get hold of some of some good quality super 8 footage, like the one you link to, and combine it with a soundboard! Would be great with some new creative ideas from the people running that label (even if it’s already been done unoffically).

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    • FTD is supposed to be a replacement for the bootleggers, so maybe they should widen into this video aspect as well. I think it would take some different skill sets, though. Not to mention any of the production issues involved.

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    • Interesting… so this was the end product of that release? But someone obviously went back and added the sound. Gives me a headache trying to figure all these variants out. That’s why I usually stick with Sony, FTD, etc.

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  3. Maybe they could hire you and me, ehh? All kidding aside, I’d like to see some new ideas from Ernst Jorgensen and co, the newest one was the LP format, and before that the classic album series (which I think is the best product they do nowadays). I have great respect for their work but wouldn’t it be great with some new creative thinking?

    By the way, the footage I mentioned seems to be from the same concert, right?

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    • Yeah, Thomas, like they’d even have to pay us. We’d work for free copies … and we’d probably even pay them for the copies if they insisted!

      Seriously, though, some new blood can lead to new ideas. Maybe Ernst should start a fan committee for ideas and feedback – like a permanent focus group. But then again, I could see how that could quickly get out of hand.

      It does look like the same show. Some of it looks identical, I believe, though varying quality.

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  4. This film preserves just one more example of how Elvis’s personality carried the show. He is so relaxed and as was de riguer for post Feb 70 show’s, he really conserved his energy presenting the songs in a boyish and understated fashion…then as the show progressed he cranked it up to another notch and the rest is history. Just being Elvsi was engaging. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Thanks for this video. He looks great and seems really engaging and in to it. Used to think Aloha was the last really good live King but I guess not. Great to think of all the amateur video that could be cleaned up picture and sound-wise.

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  6. As a fan that got to see Elvis live over a five year period from 1972 to 1977, I can tell you every show was amazing. No two were alike. Thanks for the clip. It brings back so many memories.

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    • Thanks, Sue, I’m glad you enjoyed the link. It’s really cool that you were able to see Elvis live so many times. As someone who wishes he could have seen him just once, I definitely envy you! Welcome aboard The Mystery Train!

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    • I wonder what possessed that person to give him such a gift? I guess it did play to Elvis’ quirky sense of humor – obviously!

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