Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite [Legacy Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite is a double-album set that captures Elvis' celebrated live television concert from 1973. Arguably, it also captures the peak of the Presley live extravaganzas of the '70s. Spanning two albums and 30 songs (the single-CD reissue from 1992 trims the number of songs to 24), the record finds Elvis pulling out all the stops, running through a set that favors covers and new material at the expense of classics. That's hardly a complaint, since the whole point of his concerts in the '70s was a sensory onslaught, where a bluesy (albeit over the top) version of "See See Rider" could sit next to a schmaltzy showstopper like "American ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite is a double-album set that captures Elvis' celebrated live television concert from 1973. Arguably, it also captures the peak of the Presley live extravaganzas of the '70s. Spanning two albums and 30 songs (the single-CD reissue from 1992 trims the number of songs to 24), the record finds Elvis pulling out all the stops, running through a set that favors covers and new material at the expense of classics. That's hardly a complaint, since the whole point of his concerts in the '70s was a sensory onslaught, where a bluesy (albeit over the top) version of "See See Rider" could sit next to a schmaltzy showstopper like "American Trilogy." And the key to the whole thing is that Elvis actually sounds more committed to "American Trilogy" than "See See Rider." That passion and energy are carried over to each song, and that's what makes the entire enterprise so entertaining. It's also why the record was a massive hit upon its release and why so many fans have fond memories of Aloha from Hawaii decades after the actual concert. As far as Legacy's Elvis Presley expansions go, the 2013 double-disc Aloha from Hawaii is relatively straightforward. It combines the original 1973 double-LP with The Alternate Aloha, adding just a couple of bonus tracks to that 1988 release of the concert's dress rehearsal. Those bonus tracks -- recorded after the live broadcast and featuring Elvis appropriately singing selections from the Blue Hawaii soundtrack, plus a version of Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain" -- are the only additions here (and they've been released elsewhere, scattered on compilations over the years), so what's helpful about this Legacy Edition is that it rounds up all the Aloha performances in a tidy set. Granted, the two performances are quite similar -- it's essentially the same set list, but the broadcast concert ran longer, making room for versions of "Johnny B Goode," "I Can't Stop Loving You," and a speedy "Long Tall Sally"/"Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" medley -- but they have slightly different feels, with the broadcast feeling more insistent and splashy and the Alternate Aloha appealingly loose. It's a subtle difference but one that's apparent on this Legacy Edition, which is enough of a reason to listen to the two sets back to back, but if you happened to listen to one show without the other, you're guaranteed to find Elvis at his spangled '70s prime.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2013
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 887654338921
  • Catalog Number: 543389
  • Sales rank: 8,384

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist
James Burton Guitar
The Sweet Inspirations Vocals, Accompaniment
Charlie Hodge Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Scheff Bass
John Wilkinson Guitar
Kathy Westmoreland Vocals, Accompaniment
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps Vocals, Accompaniment
Ronnie Tutt Drums
Glen Hardin Piano
The Joe Guercio Orchestra Vocals
Technical Credits
Richard Strauss Composer
Don Gibson Composer
Mickey Newbury Composer
Marty Robbins Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Paul Anka Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
George Harrison Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Elvis Presley Arranger, Composer
James Taylor Composer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Dennis Linde Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Mark James Composer
Dick Baxter Engineer
Hal Blair Composer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Sunny David Composer
Pierre Delanoé Composer
Bob Klein Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Hugo Peretti Composer
Al Pachucki Engineer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen Producer
Roger Semon Art Direction
John Davenport Composer
Dave Williams Composer
Joe Guercio Composer
Eddie Cooley Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Larry Schnapf Director
Rob Santos Producer
Al Hoffman Composer
Enotris Johnson Composer
Sidney Wyche Composer
Dick Manning Composer
Claude François Composer
Stuart Colman Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Jim Parham Marketing
Steve Barile Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Sören Szameitat Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Russ Howe Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Charles E. King Composer
George Weiss Composer
Ray Winkler Composer
Robert Blackwell Composer
Jacques Reveaux Composer
John Hathcock Composer
Marisa Magliola Marketing
Kuiokalani Lee Composer
Hans Slebos Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Bruno Pause Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Robert Frieser Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    Elvis Presley is not only the King of Rock and Roll, but also th

    Elvis Presley is not only the King of Rock and Roll, but also the King of the Hawaiian Island. Elvis did an excellent job in bringing a satellite concert around the world fourty years ago. Although Elvis did not performed live in concert throughout Europe and Asia, millions of fans, at that time, could tuned in their television set and watched him performed live in Hawaii in their living room. Without "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii," there won't be a pay-per-view concert event.

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