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"The King's" New York City residency shines on CD, disappoints on screen

Elvis Presley - Prince From Another Planet
3 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: January 14, 2013
Elvis Presley

Review by Andy Argyrakis

The Elvis estate's cash cow milks out yet another box set in the steady stream of posthumous releases, this time highlighting his first (and only) New York City residency. Out of four Madison Square Garden shows, Presley's afternoon and evening shows from June, 10, 1972 populate two CDs, though with similar set lists (sans a few variances that could've been tacked on as single disc bonus tracks), it seems like a redundant decision. At least "The King of Rock and Roll" is in top form across classics like "All Shook Up," "Love Me Tender," "Suspicious Minds" and "Can't Help Falling In Love," which sound remarkably rich and luminous thanks to a new round of meticulous mixing.

Considering the quality of his audio performance, it's a shame the concerts were never officially videotaped, though a DVD includes about 20 minutes of choppy fan footage (and tons of gaps filled in by simply blank screens) synchronized with the updated recording. Though it's fun from a nostalgic perspective, there's no need to watch it more than once, while a dozen minute press conference and a mini-documentary (filled mostly with repeated concert and press conference clips) offers little added value to the bloated package.

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