Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite [Legacy Edition]

Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite [Legacy Edition]

by Elvis Presley


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/2013
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0887654338921
catalogNumber: 543389
Rank: 1902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist
James Burton   Guitar
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
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 Delanoë   Composer
Bob Klein   Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Hugo Peretti   Composer
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
Larry Schnapf   Director
Rob Santos   Producer
Hoffman   Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   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
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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Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
Before there was pay-per-view, there was Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii: Via Satellite that was shown all over the world. Although Elvis didn't perform live around the world, television viewers could turn on their television set to see the King of Rock and Roll sings all of his greatest hits on stage. Long live, Elvis Presley.
AllyMcB24 More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of Elvis's records since I can remember. I have his albums, his 45's and 33's, and on cassette. Since newer cars won't play the cassette's, you have to buy CD's. That is what I am doing. I have always loved Elvis' records and I have a slew of them. He has a great voice and will always be on my No. 1 list always.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the beginning introduction, to ''Suspicious Minds'', to the slower ''I'll Remember You'', and the ending ''Can't Help Falling In Love'', the good melody of songs never stop. The fast tempo of ''Burning Love'' excites the listener, while the much slower ''My Way'' still keeps you listening as the quality of Elvis' voice takes center stage. The album itself is a landmark of a phenominal live performance and the crowd really never seems to calm down from Elvis' first presence. The kissing of girls, the throwing of scarfs, even the wiping of sweat on a tissue are all evident and contribute to the fun of listening to this album. Elvis clearly moves above the silly movie songs and focuses on ones he really cares about, as evident with ''American Trilogy.'' A big added bonus is the ongoing stage presence of backup singer J. D. Sumner whose voice mixes in great with all the songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this is one of the best performances ever from Elvis! Each song captivates and carries me back to some of my favorite times in my life. The American Triology delivers all personal expression of my true American heritage! This collection is the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago