Dixieland Rocks will blow you away! The sound is awesome with crisp, clear vocals and Elvis is in fine form, both vocally and in his interplay with the band and the very receptive audience. At this stage of his career (1975) some of his concerts were rushed and lacked a little polish, but not his concerts in Murfeesboro, Tennessee on May 6 and 7.
Every one of the 24 selections on this release is strong. From the high energy of I Got A Woman (J.D Sumner's low note has to be heard to be believed) to a rumbling version of Polk Salad Annie, the listener is treated to a great concert from the King.
The excellent sound quality of the CD is never more apparent than on Johnny B. Goode/Long Live Rock and Roll. A 'creeping crud' rendition of Fairytale is engaging while Why Me Lord? is done in a very low, humorous way. On Let Me Be There Elvis is obviously totally engaged in the song and there are well paced versions of I'll Remember You, Little Darling (with that 1950s feel), and Funny How Time Slips Away. A nice slip up on The Wonder Of You adds to the telling of the song.
Is Dixieland Rocks the best ever soundboard release? If it isn't, it comes close and it certainly is a stand-out concert for a 1975 Elvis performance. It is a release you will want to play time and time again. Recommended.
Dixieland Rocks - Elvis Presley FTD CD
(2001: A Space Odyssey) - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen- Love Me - If You Love Me - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - The Wonder Of You - Polk Salad Annie - (Band Intros) - Johnny B. Goode - (Hail Hail Rock'n Roll) - My Boy - T.R.O.U.B.L.E. - I'll Remember You - Why Me, Lord - Let Me Be There - An American Trilogy - Fairytale - Little Darlin' - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can't Help Falling In Love - (Closing Vamp) Bonus Tracks, May 7, 1975 Bridge Over Troubled Water, Love Me Tender