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on 26 March 2013
Elvis Presley's January 14th, 1973 concert from Honolulu in Hawaii was seen by some 1.5 billion people and was the first time that a rock concert had been presented in this way, using what was then revolutionary technology. Often considered to be the last great high of Presley's career, the show was captured on the double-album ALOHA FROM HAWAII VIA SATELLITE for posterity. But did the spectacle of the show itself overshadow the music that was performed?

Well, compared to his previous live album, which had been recorded at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1972 (also as available as a Legacy Edition), the mix of the ALOHA FROM HAWAII album is noticeably superior, although the sound of one of the brass musicians does come through a little intrusively at times, particularly during Presley's rendition of The Beatles' 'Something', during which the singer also sounds rather bored. As usual by this stage in his career, The King was rattling through his oldies like 'Hound Dog' and 'Blue Suede Shoes' with an almost perfunctory abandon (although 'A Big Hunk O' Love' is given a fuller and far more committed work-out towards the close of the show), and it is with the ballads where Presley gives more dedication. 'You Gave Me A Mountain', 'My Way', 'What Now My Love' and 'American Trilogy' are notable highlights, while 'Burning Love' - a song that Presley infamously didn't particularly like - and 'Steamroller Blues' are arguably the best of the harder-edged selections on offer.

Maybe it was nerves on the big night, but The King's voice does actually sound in better shape on the accompanying ALTERNATE ALOHA concert featured on disc two, where a rehearsal performance from January 12th was recorded for safety reasons in case the money ran out of the satellite's meter at the wrong moment. In fact, this listener enjoyed the "alternate" concert rather more than the "official" show, not least for the inclusion of the five after-hours songs; one of these, a truly lovely take on Gordon Lightfoot's 'Early Morning Rain', is quite possibly the highlight of the entire album: here Presley sounds thoroughly relaxed and his delivery of the song is beautifully poised. These extra selections - four of which are songs from Presley's BLUE HAWAII movie - were taped for inclusion in ALOHA's American broadcast, which didn't occur until April of 1973.

Needless to say, ALOHA FROM HAWAII VIA SATELLITE was a huge success upon its release, giving The King his first American chart-topping album since the relatively forgettable ROUSTABOUT soundtrack in 1964. Originally released to standard in quadraphonic sound (but compatible with conventional stereo systems, apparently), it would have been nice if Sony could have released this reissue as a dual layer Super Audio CD, so that those with the right equipment could listen to the album as it was originally intended (a surround mix might help that brass player blend in better with the band too!).

All in all, then, ALOHA FROM HAWAII VIA SATELLITE remains a key event in Elvis Presley's career, but it doesn't represent the best live Elvis. His first two concert albums, ELVIS IN PERSON and ON STAGE, FEBRUARY 1970, are rather superior to this. However, that beguiling version of 'Early Morning Rain' is something I could listen to again and again.
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on 16 October 2014
Elvis Made History (once again) With This Album Having The Show Broadcast Live On Television So That His Fans All Around The World Could See Just What An Elvis Concert Was Like ...And He Did Not Disappoint .
The Voice Was As Strong As Ever He Played To The Audience Like No Other With Fantastic Song Choice For This Very Special Show. This 4 L.P. 180 Gram Vinyl Release To Mark The 40th Anniversary Is Just Fantastic , What Makes This An Exceptional Release For This Legacy Edition Is The Inclusion Of The Rehearsal Show From 12th Jan. Is Truly A Fitting Tribute To All Elvis Fans
Most Elvis Fans Would Have Heard This Show On Bootleg Releases But This Edition Is Far Superior Sound .
This Is A Great Album To Have And I Am Delighted To Add To My Collection.
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on 23 March 2013
Compared to the 25th Anniversary edition, the original album on this Legacy edition sounds exactly the same (to my ear at least) minus the extended talking by Elvis heard on the 25th anniversary edition, as the Legacy edition is a faithful reproduction of the orginal double LP album released in 1973. The linear notes are more extensive and informative as you would expect (with more photos) in this Legacy edition, but for the music itself (at least in regards to the original album) doesn't add anything new. The 2nd CD of the rehearsal concert though, which was previously released in 1988 as the Alternate Aloha (and which I first heard on cassette), is a lot better than the original and has been re-mixed in such a way that it sounds much fresher. If you don't have either album, then I think this purchase is probably worth the extra few pounds over the 25th Anniversary CD, although I also think the latter CD is good enough production wise with the after show songs already included, and the complete original(uninterrupted) recorded concert from start to finish. If you have the original album already, then I think this purchase will probably appeal to die-hard fans only.
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on 12 January 2015
This is the Legacy 40th anniversary vinyl edition which not only has the show in a great new mix but also has the rehearsal too and also newly mixed. All in all four LPs housed in a double gate fold sleeve that also contains a fine album size booklet. I mean, what a product! Absolute full marks for this, a fine way to celebrate a fantastic show that showed Elvis had class. I hope this product is not a limited release because vinyl is really enjoying a comeback at the moment and this quadruple LP set should be in as many collections as possible.
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on 22 April 2017
I do have to say that i am a fan of the legacy editions of Elvis albums, even though i read quite a few
knocks about the quality. That may be true or not depending on your personal view. The quallity for
me, is more than acceptable and i would recommend this album.
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on 30 April 2017
elvis live in concert ,a fantastic singer and performer simply the king ,no one will ever replace him,
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on 7 October 2016
Geat job
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on 26 November 2014
The Collection of successes is wonderful. Loved the vinys, just good music, and the voice of Elvis even better.
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on 3 March 2017
Great as stated!
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on 30 May 2016
Excellent warm sound on good solid heavyweight 180gram vynil, you can actually hear the band, Orchestra, and ELVIS'S VOICE doesn't sound mumbled and echoey like the original mix. Only one criticism why on this reissue have they kept the same tacky and unflattering pictures of ELVIS on the front cover and inside the album artwork these pics were taken during the, ELVIS ON TOUR, shows a year earlier, Always confused me that! Anyway yes it might be a bit pricey but make sure you buy this version as you get the two concerts on 4 vynils, as only two on other labels, so enjoy and relive a piece of music HISTORY, and treat yourself!
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