Title - 'Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite (Legacy Edition)'
Artist - Elvis Presley
As you all pretty much know at this juncture, Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. A cultural icon, he is commonly known by the single name Elvis. One of the most popular musicians of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "The King".
Performed at the H.I.C. Arena in Honolulu on January 14th, 1973, Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite was the first, worldwide live satellite broadcast of a concert. Indeed, it was broadcast to over 40 Nations and screened to others several weeks later. The concert debuted in the U.S. TV on NBC on April 4th and the Nielsen ratings had the show at 33.8% of homes and 51% of those watching TV! And in the Far-East, TV viewing records were broken in Japan, Philippines, Australia, Korea and Hong Kong!
The first CD contains the 24 tracks from the actual concert that appeared on the original vinyl double LP (oh, how I miss vinyl!), though they are in conventional stereo, not Quadraphonic, as the original LP was. Some of those tracks include 'Burning Love,' 'Something,' 'You Gave Me A Mountain,' 'Steamroller Blues,' 'My Way,' 'Johnny B. Goode,' and amongst others, 'Blue Suede Shoes,' 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry,' 'I Can't Stop Loving You,' 'Hound Dog,' and both 'Suspicious Minds' and the finale song, 'Can't Help Falling In Love.'
The second CD, originally issued by RCA as 'Elvis: The Alternate Aloha' in 1988, is the rehearsal concert that was filmed in front of a live audience as a "fail-safe" measure. Both concerts have similar programs, except that three songs done in the final concert were not performed at the rehearsal - 'Johnny B. Goode,' 'I Can't Stop Loving You,' and the medley of 'Long Tall Sally' and 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On.'
The second CD also includes the Dress Rehearsal, along with the five bonus songs that were taped after the concert for the U.S. version of the TV special - 'Blue Hawaii,' 'Ku-U-I-Po,' 'No More' (which was actually cut from the U.S. NBC special, but later appeared on home video releases), 'Hawaiian Wedding Song,' all from the soundtrack of Blue Hawaii, and Gordon Lightfoot's 'Early Morning Rain.'
And so, in closing, if you are an Elvis fan and you like concert CDs, this is a must. Beautiful packaging. Lovely 24 page booklet with rare photos and new liner notes. Great quality production. I have listened to this CD set since I got it and would recommend it highly to anyone with a love for "The King."