Elvis Presley

Tiger Man

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Thirty years after its recording, the complete set from the second of two concerts given by Elvis on June 27, 1968 was released by RCA as Tiger Man. Only a handful of tracks had been previously released; three were edited into the first concert, broadcast by NBC (and later released on record by RCA) as the knockout Elvis TV Special. The newly compiled material displays Presley even more confident and relaxed than at the earlier show. In fact, he may be a bit too relaxed. He flubs a few songs, forgets lyrics (even on "Heartbreak Hotel"), banters excessively with the audience and his band, and appears to treat the entire show as one of his relaxed recording sessions instead of a performance. For most Elvis fans, this is a goldmine, yet another revelation into his career to file alongside One Hundred Years from Now and Sunrise in RCA's massive reissue campaign. For everyone else, it's simply too disjointed and incoherent to stand on its own worth next to the original Elvis TV Special album.

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