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History in the making
on 2 August 2004
In the summer of 1984, the world rocked to 'Live Aid' (a hugely successful 'fund-raising' event that was broadcast 'Live' around the world). Many thought that this was the first time that such a daring feat had taken place. Not so!
For some 10 years earlier, on the 14th January 1973, Elvis Presley gave a show at the Honolulu International Centre (in aid of the 'Kui Lee Cancer Fund', that would be beamed around the world, via satelite.
Seen by nearly one and a half BILLION people,the 'Aloha from Hawaii' show was THE Elvis show of the 70's.
Here, finally released on an official DVD, is a 2 disc set that gives accounts of both the the originally aired 'live' show, the rehearsal (shot a day before) and the edited version that aired in the US. some 3 months later (This is the version that was released on VHS in the mid 80's).
Added to this are the additional songs that were added to the US. version - seen here totally uncut, as well as the full footage of Elvis' arrival by helicopter to the Centre (also edited for the US. version).
What does the 'Aloha' release mean to Elvis fans? It means seeing him in his 'finest hour', wearing THAT suit. It's also about when he took off his belt and threw it into the audience at the end of 'An American Trilogy' (as well as his $1000+ cape after 'Can't Help falling In Love'), His mention of Jack Lord (of Hawaii 5-0 fame) sitting in the audience and introducing Charlie Hodge as his general 'flunky' - All the things that have never been seen or heard before (unless you were privilaged to see the original broadcast).
Trust me, whether you watch the dress rehearsal, the original aired version or the US. 'edited' one, you'll be in awe as 'The King' rocks his way through favourites such as C.C Rider, Burning Love and Suspicious Minds. The tribute to Kui Lee (an Hawaiian songwriter who penned 'I'll remember You), and Peggy Lee's 'Fever', are particularly special.
Make no mistake, this DVD release is THE one to own for both Elvis fans, musical historians and lovers of pure entertainment.
There was only one King - There still is!
Long live the King!!!