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Elvis & The Evolution of POLK SALAD ANNIE
by Geoffrey Mc Donnell (Australia)


No Dialogue, a Throbbing Bass start with a Wild shaking Ending-PSA in 72'.

In 1972 PSA was again performed after 'YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELING'.The first version of the Season was actually performed after 'UNTIL IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GO' As a lot of this season was strictly business (performances lacking horseplay or dialogue-just his songs) The still 'wild' Karate demonstration that came at the end of POLK SALAD ANNIE was a real treat and very well received by fans.Versions of course without the minute or so's Dialogue intro are much Shorter-some too short at only 2 and a half minutes! However things like parts of 'I JOHN' at the 2nd week of the season were still common and shows were recorded during the 3rd week, but No release of POLK SALAD from these recordings yet.

Date 'LORD' BASS SOLO @ R/T END R/T Comments

26.1.72 O/S 4x 1'10" 35 2'44" Seems a pretty lightweight version
6.2.72 M/S 1x 1'20" 30 2'55" 1 line I JOHN @ 2.30
11.2.72 M/S 2x 1'24" 27 3'07" 1 line I JOHN @ 2.30
16.2.72 M/S -- 1'17" 28 2'41" Go,go,go -v.fast ending
17.2.72 D/S 4x 1'25" 27 2'59" Fast but good version
19.2.72 D/S -- 1'15" 22 2'32" Very fast-good bass
19.2.72 M/S 3x 1'25" 27 2'55" Usual version - Wild end
21.2.72 D/S -- 1'16" 26 2'40" Slightly longer ending
21.2.72 M/S -- 1'12" 23 2'25" Surprisingly fast visual ending.
22.2.72 D/S -- 1'15" 35 2'50" Fast and meaningless.
22.2.72 M/S 1x 1'10" 25 2'31" Ends then STRAIGHT to next song
23.2.72 D/S -- 1'10" 30 2'22" Muffled furious bass start
23.2.72 M/S -- 1'15" 27 2'40" Extra fast wild end no brass sound.

TOUR #4 Followed which lucky for us was filmed. Abel and Adidge got a big surprise when they filmed POLK SALAD ANNIE at the first show in Buffalo as they saw some great wild Moves. This can be clearly seen for all of us at the Hampton Roads 9.4.72 E/S footage in the Film 'ON TOUR', however it is STILL the end of SUSPICIOUS MINDS that shows us the wildest moves ON TOUR and NOT from PSA.- this ended with Elvis asking the 'Sweets' to 'do it to me' as they chanted chick a boom boom and he did wild rotating arm movement jabs and shakes all over to a drop down and open arm end NO high Karate Kicks in this version!However we can see how much Elvis enjoyed Jerry's bass solo as he watches and stands in front of him!(Remember Jerry getting off the plane in ON TOUR? ('Well it seems a couple of Degrees cooler here") The rehearsal version amounts to not much more than a chance for a joke as he's not taking it at all seriously.Besides without Jerry Scheff it wasn't the same.Although the 'ON TOUR' versions vary a lot in Elvis's versions they are all of a pretty high standard and all featuring great Bass Guitar work,drumming 'Sweets' chanting back up and of course dramatic posed endings from the man himself.However from reports of the recent Winter Vegas Season Elvis wasn't as physical here in April as he was with action songs back then.

Date 'LORD' BASS SOLO @ R/T END R/T Comments

31.3.72 2x Cut 16 -- -- 'dammit,lets get on that horse'
5.4.72 1x 1'19" 26 2'52" Frantic drum ending.
6.4.72 1x 1'20" 24 2'43" Pretty quick drum ending.
7.4.72 1x 1'20" 30 3'00" Thrashing end climax
9.4.72 A/S -- 1'10" 30 2'50" Seems to end rather fast.
9.4.72 E/S 1x 1'25" 25 2'55" Chick a boom,go.go.go end
10.4.72 E/S 1x 1'17" 25 2'40" Lots of brass,karate drum kicks.
11.4.72 E/S -- 1'10" 20 2'22" Very ,very rushed
14.4.72 -- 1'15" 20 2'46" Again very fast ending
16.4.72 E/S -- 1'25" 25 2'47" Fast wah, wah sounds
17.4.72 2x 1'15" 25 2'51" Frantic drum/bass ending
18.4.72 -- 1'16" 25 2'38" Pretty fast again.
19.4.72 -- 1'30" 26 3'10" Ok, good bass playing.

The Summer 1972 tour came after a rest in Hawaii and Elvis was REALLY up for it and looking great. He did MANY killer shows here and that included his Polk Salad annie versions With Jerry's furious Bass start it's like jumping on a moving train into just such an 'intensity' of performance. Jerry's Bass had NEVER sounded Better AND IN ITSELF WAS AMAZINGLY DEEP AND MOVING!.The Madison Square Garden gave us 2 recorded versions from Saturday 10th June and they show us a version that packs far more 'Punch' than 'ON STAGE' Tutt's Drumming creates a Stacatto feel,John Wilkinsons Guitar Playing gives constant drive throughout the song. Jerry's Bass is 'Freaky' and James Burton has started his Wah, Wah sounds.After this performance it sounds as if Madison Square Garden has just crumbled!.Jerry's Bass Solo is very short on the 18th simply because he BLEW IT UP!.Jerry was making sounds come out of his amp it wasn't made to produce!.

Date 'LORD' BASS SOLO @ R/T END R/T Comments

9.6.72 -- 1'20" 32 2'47" Drum end ok.
10.6.72 a/s -- 1'25" 28 2'50" Energetic bass end
10.6.72 e/s -- 1'25" 22 2'45" Good brass and bass here.
11.6.72 -- 1'32" 23 3'00" Ends in a blurr of noise
12.6.72 -- 1'30" 23 3'00" Pretty fast
14.6.72 3x 1'25" 26 2'55" Perfect drumming
15.6.72 1x 1'30" 31 3'08" Great drum end
16.6.72 -- 1'20" 25 2'53" Big drum,percussian ending
17.6.72 a/s -- 1'30" 30 3'10" Fast but ok-very vegas 72 sounding.
18.6.72 -- 2'00" 15 3'20" Jerry's amp blew up on his bass solo!.
19.6.72 -- 1'30" 27 3'02" Ok version

Next was a sizzling Vegas Season where I can report on 35 versions I have heard! Usually performed AFTER 'YOUV'E LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' and virtually ALL versions are performed to a high standard -even if the 'wild' big Karate Move ends(with the high kicks) were finished for now.

Date 'LORD' BASS SOLO @ R/T END R/T Comments

5.8.72 D/S 3x 1'35" 30 3'07" Amazing low Bass ending!
6.8.72 D/S 1x 1'23" 27 2'54" Sock a little ending
6.8.72 M/S 1x 1'25" 27 2'48" Fair sloppy ending
7.8.72 M/S -- 1'25" 25 3'00" Not bad
8.8.72 M/S -- 1'15" 15 2'33" Very,very fast
9.8.72 M/S 1x 1'17" 26 2'41" Bit fast
10.8.72 M/S 1x 1'22" 23 2'48" Ok
11.8.72 D/S 1x 1'30" 30 3'22" Baby's got your granny-repeated
11.8.72 M/S -- 1'55" 1'10" 4'00" Very long instrumentals,J.B wah wah end
12.8.72 D/S -- 1'32" 28 3'00" Casual version
12.8.72 M/S -- 1'28" 27 2'58" A guitar ending
13.8.72 D/S 1x 1'30" 22 3'06" 'welcome to the Holiday Inn'
16.8.72 D/S -- 1'15" 20 2'37" Very very fast sung version
16.8.72 M/S 1x 1'19" 25 2'56" Muddy bass ending
17.8.72 D/S -- 1'20" 16 2'40" Drum,bass go go go end.
17.8.72 M/S -- 1'17" 25 2'50" Far too fast.
18.8.72 D/S 1x 1'37" 25 3'20" Muddy bass end
18.8.72 M/S -- 1'17" 25 2'57" Muddy bass end
19.8.72 D/S 1x 1'33" 25 3'12" Ok, pretty fast
19.8.72 M/S -- 1'21" 30 3'00" Pretty fast
21.8.72 M/S -- 1'27" 29 3'05" Low and funky bass ending
22.8.72 M/S -- 1'50" 30 2'35" Very fast
23.8.72 M/S -- 1'32" 28 3'18" 'Sock a little' good end
24.8.72 D/S -- 1'40" 30 3'25" Good J.D 'gators got your granny'
25.8.72 D/S -- 1'50" 30 3'43" Ok
26.8.72 D/S -- 1'40" 28 3'28" 'think I'm going to do something don't you'
26.8.72 M/S -- 1'35" 31 3'26" End guitar sounds from James-average.
28.8.72 M/S -- 1'25" 22 3'07" Guitar ending,wah wah sounds.
1.9.72 D/S -- 1'29" 37 3'16" Pretty good
2.9.72 3am -- 1'45" 27 3'35" 'It's 4 o' clock in the morning-just kidding'
2.9.72 D/S -- 1'35" 30 3'10" 'I've only just got up'
2.9.72 M/S -- 1'50" 30 3'35" 'you haven't heard anything-have you'
3.9.72 M/S -- 1'35" 35 3'35" 'at least that woke me up' brassy end
4.9.72 D/S -- 1'30" 27 3'23" Quite good end
4.9.72 M/S -- 1'29" 37 3'16" Pretty good

As you can see POLK SALAD wasn't performed right at the opening show, but was at most shows after this. His performance style had changed somewhat so that at the songs ending Elvis would rotate his arm as he would squat down first on the low left side,then quickly change to the right. At the songs end he would quickly do this again This gives the affect of a few quick moves but without a prolonged or sustained work out-Elvis however looked very agile without his Jacket in a shirt and slacks and certainly pleased the crowds.Comments were pretty simple from Elvis as he would kid around before starting the song saying' you think I'm going to do something don't you'. Or 'play the Bass Jerry' afterwoods he might say 'well, that woke me up'.Having J.D Sumner with him was a great asset and towards the middle to end of the season J.D's voice saying 'Gators got your Granny' became an integral part of the song!.Whatever version you listen too from this season(and Iv'e listened to a LOT - you can be assured the standard is very high!)watching Elvis in Las Vegas in Summer 1972 was the only place to be!.

Then one last tour in 1972:- with PSA performed after different songs like 'YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME,'YOU GAVE ME A MOUNTAIN'.Jerry in this last Tour seemed to stand out on Bass even more(if that's possible) and gave us some of most memorable and tremendous Bass Work. Now Elvis was becoming more limited in his moves often just preferring to end with 'dramatic' Karate Styled poses for effect.However that doesn't detract at all from another must see tour with great quality versions performed.

Date 'LORD' BASS SOLO @ R/T END R/T Comments

9.11.72 -- 1'30" 30 3'17" Pretty average normal sounding
11.11.72 -- 1'25" 25 3'00" Real low bassy instrumental
12.11.72 -- 1'30" 32 3'17" Good drum end
13.11.72 -- 1'22" 28 3'00" Fair-ok.
14.11.72 -- 1'29" 30 3'12" Bluesy bass ending -good
15.11.72 -- 1'20" 30 3'07" Really prominent bass solo(like vegas)
17.11.72 -- 1'27" 30 3'00" Fast,but well received
18.11.72 a/s -- 1'25" 31 3'07" Pretty standard with good bass
18.11.72 e/s -- 1'35" 30 3'20" Pretty standard version