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Aloha from Hawaii via Deluxe!,
This review is from: Elvis Presley - Aloha From Hawaii (Deluxe Edition) [DVD] (DVD)The world's first satellite-transmitted musical event, which was also in aid of the fight against cancer, gets a remarkable assembly makeover in this special deluxe compilation of material.
Elvis looks fabulous from the moment he first sets foot out of the helicopter on the beach on January 9th to his final bow on stage of the worldwide telecast concert in the early hours of January 14th. There are also some wonderful goodies on view in between, such as the complete rehearsal show that took place on the evening of January 12th and the specially recorded numbers for the US TV version of the show.
This is such a wonderfully historic occasion and you can bask in the glory of the fantastically remastered sound and picture. Elvis is in fine form as he manages to settle into the proceedings with consummate ease (almost 40 countries were tuned into this!) and his focus is totally on the dramatic repertoire of music. The faithful 'TCB Band' are in attendance backing him to the hilt along with Joe Guercio and his Orchestra.
This is Elvis in his second TV special, his first being almost five years before in the groundbreaking rock 'n' roll revival of the '1968 Comeback Special'. However, "Aloha from Hawaii" is another groundbreaking moment from another time in Elvis' monumental career - a time that saw 'The King' develop as the ultimate polished showman.
A very poignant moment during this concert comes before Elvis' rendition of the late Kui Lee's "I'll Remember You", just after he introduces one of his favourite actors in the audience:
"As you're aware we're going out live and we're doing it for the Kui Lee Cancer drive...they asked us to raise twenty-five thousand dollars, and tonight we have seventy-five thousand...so Thank YOU!"