On March 16, 1974, history was made when Elvis performed live in
Memphis for the first time in 13 years. His last appearance was an
February 25, 1961, when he performed at the Ellis Auditorium.
That afternoon, Elvis attended a luncheon, held in his honor, at the
Claridge Hotel where he was presented with a diamond studded watch
by RCA for 75 million record sales. Later, at 2:30 P.M. and 8:30 P.M.,
Elvis would give two shows which raised in excess of $50,000 for the
"Elvis Presley Youth Center" in Tupelo and various other charities.
It seemed inconceivable at the time, but one month later, Elvis
would give his last live concert performance for eight years at the
Block Arena in Hawaii.
During the 70s, Elvis' live albums performed significantly better
than his studio efforts. This was mainly due to the enormous
exposure that they received while he toured continually throughout
America. Each individual Show would attract a minimum of 10,000 fans.
At many venues he would perform an afternoon and evening Show. Few
concert-goers could resist the temptation of buying a memento of
Elvis performing live, after seeing one of his shows.
Ironically, ELVIS: RECORDED LIVE ON STAGE IN MEMPHIS was the first
new album in his entire career that didn't feature him on the sleeve!
All of his studio albums during the 70s featured a picture of him
live in concert, but this one had photos of Graceland on both front
RCA recorded this concert on March 20, in front of 12,500 fans. The
album reached #33 and #44 in the U.S. and U.K. charts respectively.
(from the liner notes)