'Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii'

FTD Special 3 CD Deluxe Edition

- In-depth review by Piers Beagley -

When seeking Elvis' key career highpoints, if one goes by the sales and the audience viewing numbers, there is only one answer. Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite.
- RCA’s double album of the show was released throughout the world in February 1973 and shot to the #1 spot in many countries including the U.S. It is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.

To acknowledge this achievement, FTD is proud to present an upgraded re-release of Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite utilizing the talents of successful Memphian recording engineer Matt-Ross Spang who has newly remixed the original broadcasted show and the after-concert 3:00 AM crowd-less masters including rehearsal performances for the first time.

Below EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new set to see whether it is really worth buying one more time....



EIN has had numerous requests for a detailed review of this upgraded Aloha set as they haven't been able to decide whether it is worth buying all over again. Sorry for the delay but we hope this review will help fans decide.. 

‘ELVIS: Aloha From Hawaii' FTD Deluxe set REVIEW

‘Aloha From Hawaii’ is so well known by every Elvis fan that it hardly needs replaying. It was, of course, the final massive world wide highlight of Elvis’ career before things started taking a turn for the worse.

In front of the TV cameras, with no chance of failure, at the beginning you can feel that Elvis is holding back somewhat knowing what was would be required of him. Not only had he to get every vocal performance perfect, Elvis also had to maintain his iconic magnificent look and posture for the TV cameras and couldn't afford to dissolve into a sweaty mess. This was certainly a big challenge for somebody who liked spontaneity in his concerts and having fun playing to his loving fans.

So in that respect Aloha was always going to be a rather physically restrained vocal performance and more of a premeditated glorious visual feast.

When RCA Legacy released the 2013 40th Anniversary Aloha set my only real complaint was that the audio-mix on the Main concert was so disappointing.

And although I don’t pay this Elvis set very often one of the reasons for me was that it always sounded like you were listening to Elvis’ Aloha performance on your TV set rather than hearing the power and magnificence of what it must have been like that night in the HIC Arena. In previous versions it just sounded “flat”. This was truly demonstrated when the Rehearsal show was re-mixed and re-mastered for 2013 and then sounded quite excellent (See EIN 2013 Aloha review here)

The fact that they didn’t remix the Main show for the 40th anniversary was a huge misstep. Now, thankfully, they have corrected that mistake.

The new FTD features the excellent "Rehearsal Show" 2013 remaster (by Steve Rosenthal & Rob Santos) and while some may feel that is ripping-off-collectors, it was such a good mix that it does make sense.

While I rarely, very rarely, actually listen to my CD of the Aloha show I have always felt that it needed a proper audio remaster and this version by Matt Ross-Spang sounds great.

To be honest it now has the power and dynamic sound of what the actual concert would have felt like that unique night in the H.I.C arena. Whereas previous versions only had a lesser audio impact similar to watching it on TV.  

The Packaging.

A performance of this magnitude deserves a deluxe colour book to capture the excitement and magnificence of the whole of event (check out the 2013 Boxcar 'Aloha' 450 page book) but as a deluxe CD package it is a delight to have the large formatted booklet to go with the three CDs.

The three panel fold-out features some original tape boxes plus Album original cover. Rather oddly the FTD promo for this set (see above) showed the “Chicken of the Sea” sticker which is not included on the actual release. In fact the “Chicken of the Sea” sponsorship is not mentioned anywhere in the liner notes.

It's a real positive that once again FTD have steered clear of using the same photographs that were featured in the 2013 RCA Legacy mini-booklet. However the disappointment is that Elvis looked so is stunning at this performance I cannot see why the booklet is only 24 pages compared to the normal 28 pages that FTD have used in their other complete sessions releases.

The booklet includes a short introduction by Ernst Jorgensen where it is interesting to learn that the sales statistics from March 73 to January 75 were not recorded. The fact that the album is recorded as selling 5.5 million - despite missing the main sales figures from the peak of its success - is incredible.

Inside it is a two-page article by Elvis author Alan Hanson explaining the setup, along with contemporary reviews of the TV show.

Also featured are pertinent quotes from several of the musicians involved in the show, including..

Ronnie Tutt: “Elvis really worked hard to get himself into shape. It was an emotional time as we realised the importance of what we were doing. He was pretty nervous at this particular point in time: he knew a great deal of the world will be looking in at the show. It was not something you could do one night and then do it again next night. It was one-of-a-kind thing, it was pretty amazing. Elvis was so nervous.”

Kathy Westmoreland: "That event made us very nervous. I remember we had long rehearsals, going on for hours. To make it even worse, we had to catch the satellite at the exact moment. … We did not know just how big an event it really was until after the show…. I remember Elvis said to us, “Do you realise what we just did?”'

Some of the photos are particularly impressive and to be honest both front covers have a far greater impact than the original 1973 album sleeve.

There are several pages of relevant memorabilia but the film contact sheet featured on page 17 only makes you want to have extra pages of these sensational photographs of Elvis at Aloha. Some of the contact prints look totally new to me. (The FTD pre-release publicity stated that it would include a 28-page booklet when it is actually only 24.)

It was of course an impressive performance and an amazing achievement which the booklet reflects. While it is a little disappointing that I have previously bought this particular Elvis product so many times already this new FTD packaging is it true delight if you can afford it.

 

Great looking double-page spread from the FTD booklet

CD.1 MAIN SHOW - runs 65:21 – (three minutes longer than previous 2013 release)

From the beginning of the tape with a couple of seconds new audio, the sound is notably clear and crisp right from the start, with Ronnie Tutt's cymbals sounding clean and sparkly in the audio mix.

Listing on headphones it is obvious this is a very wide stereo mix compare to the previously released rather “mono”/ centred version.

It is also a very different mix. Placing James Burton's guitar and backing vocals to the right. Glen D Hardin’s piano left, along with the Orchestra and brass on the left-hand side, with Elvis' vocal nice and clear. Ronnie Tutt’s percussion also nicely cuts through.

The overall effect of listening on headphones or playing loud on a good hifi is much more of the realistic sound of sitting in the HIC arena. You become more involved and you can feel more of the magnificence of the occasion.

‘Burning Love’ feels stronger for the new mix, with a nice bass-line, rockin’ piano playing from Glen D and with all the musicians spread apart it gives the song a more powerful feel. While ‘Burning Love’ was recorded before Madison Square Garden it wasn’t released until after the concerts and so this would be RCA’s first Live release of this classic rocker.

It is also very noticeable how you can now hear and feel more of the excitement of the audience and crowd reaction as now mixed to stereo the excitement surrounds you.

On ‘Something’ you can really notice the crowd's appreciation at the start of the song which was lost on the original mix. The strings were also rather buried in the mix previously whereas here the Orchestra is nice and open with Kathy Westmorland’s sopranos correctly placed on the right-hand side (previously was on the left) once again giving more magnificence to the performance - even if Elvis really hadn't warmed up as yet.

‘My Way’, with piano and strings to the left, now raises Elvis' vocal nice and clear in the mix with the slight echo adding the ambience and the real feeling of being in the arena. The purer sound also evokes a stronger, more emotional feel to the song.

‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ is another track which really benefits from much richer, clearer vocal. Elvis' harmonies with The Imperials are beautifully reproduced here whereas before they all sounded rather buried in the mix.

‘What Now My Love’ again sounds very different with the new mix. Now you can hear the magnificence of the rather complicated arrangement with kettle drums, backing vocals and Orchestra all clearly audible as opposed to being buried in the previous rather mono mix of the original.

‘The Introductions’ are also complete, where the previous version had the odd fade-out before ‘I'll Remember You’. The joke “general flunky” description of Charlie Hodge is present plus Elvis gets to thank producer Marty Pasetta and all his crew and notes how much money they raised for the Kui Lee cancer charity. He also adds that, “One of my favourite actors is in the audience, Jack Lord. I gotta’ say that” which, with the Hawaii-5-0 connection, was so fitting. Incidentally you can now really hear the band’s “coming-home” groove during the intros including some splendid guitar picking from James Burton that was buried in the previous release.

‘I'll Remember You’ is the classic song from this brilliant TV spectacle. The swirling Orchestra is beautifully placed with James Burton's light guitar picking on the right-hand channel and the backing vocals neatly balanced against the Orchestra. The previously mix had the Orchestra in the middle mashed up with James Burton and the backing vocals on the left-hand side. Now it sounds like the true performance and again you feel more emotionally involved.

‘American Trilogy’ of course similarly benefits from the open mix, the anticipation of the audience with the power of the arrangement presenting much more of an emotional punch.

‘A Big Hunk O’ Love’ also benefits from the great new open mix, now sounding much more like an exciting rocker compared to the previous version. This was Elvis’ first live version released by RCA so it would have been exciting for the audience to hear it that night.

To be honest, with the audio mix being that much clearer and separated you can also now hear some more of the reticence in Elvis’ vocal towards the start of the performance where he surely knew he had to pace himself due to it being a continuous satellite performance. The show really takes off and you can feel Elvis knows that “it’s-in-the-bag” at the half-way mark of ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’.

Finally it is worth noting that after ‘Can't Help Falling In Love’ the Closing Vamp goes on for the full 2:33 (in fact it now gets a track number all of its own!) whereas before it faded all too soon after 45 seconds.

There is no question just how splendid this Matt Ross-Spang remix is of this classic performance. The only disappointment can be that this powerful mix wasn’t included in the “general public” re-release back in 2013.

 

CD.2 Rehearsal Show - runs 56 mins
This is identical to the 2013 release where I noted in EIN's review.. "This 2013 audio upgrade of the rehearsal concert is the reason most long-term Elvis fans would want to buy this set all over again for the umpteenth time. And luckily it is worth the effort. The original ‘Alternate Aloha’ was a 1988 Elvis CD that actually featured ‘Audio Technical Production Notes’ but all these years later their techniques seem very out-dated, rather thin sounding and drowned in echo ..

This new 2013 legacy version remixed by Steve Rosenthal & Rob Santos is a delight. Elvis’ vocal is very clean and high in the mix. The overall sound has a richness to it plus a very thick bass sound and this time it really does have "balls".
There is also great band placement across the stereo mix, the drums are really pumping, with a rich bass and an overall strong powerful Elvis vocal, plus well-placed backing vocals.

This is the sort of remix I had hoped would have been released for the Main Aloha concert on this special Legacy re-issue.

From the extreme quiet of the intro and the tension you can feel in the crowd, there is a marvellous build up to the explosion of ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra' and ‘See See Rider.’

 

See full 2013 review here.. It's still just as enjoyable.

 

One of the three pages dedicated to Aloha memorabilia

CD.3 The Bonus Songs (52 minutes)

This is a neat addition to our collection. The complete tape of Elvis’ post-Main-show additionally required material. Compared to previous releases the audio quality of this session (again remixed by Matt Ross-Spang) is outstanding. The sound is rich and full almost as if it was recorded in an RCA studio. Previous releases were very centred-mono and with Elvis’ vocal extremely thin. ‘Early Morning Rain’, for instance, sounds fantastic here.

To be honest it beggars belief that Elvis agreed to do this throw-away NBC requested material when he would obviously be completely exhausted after the biggest show of his career. Damn that Colonel!

I guess Elvis was fooled into thinking that singing his old, easy-going material with cue cards in front of him would be short and sweet. Only five tracks were required and the first song, Blue Hawaii was knocked off in an easy two takes. However things didn’t go as smoothly as planned and listening to the complete session you can really feel the tension building as Elvis just wants it all to end and so they can all go home.

You can hear Elvis and producer Marty Pasetta discuss whether the cameras are rolling as this material was also recorded for the later edited with-commercial-breaks TV broadcast. All five songs were released on the 2004 ‘Aloha From Hawaii’ Deluxe DVD set but the video tapes only run 27 minutes. These RCA audio tapes run 52 minutes so there is plenty new to enjoy.

Blue Hawaii: A previously unreleased short, rough rehearsal of this song sets the scene. Elvis sounds very tentative and you can hear The Stamps rehearsing their backing vocals. While Joe Tunzi’s ‘Sessions 111’ book states that there were 10 takes of this song, from the audio evidence, I don't believe a word of it. On the first take Marty Pasetta asks which musician kicks off the song and then discusses rolling the videotape. Blue Hawaii was completed in two quick takes both sounding like a lazy late-night jazz club version!

Elvis then makes a point about this after-show session, “I will always remember you for this Marty, really!”
“I'm going to play this back to you afterwards, before you leave” jokes Marty. “No, you're not” Elvis definitely replies and then the glorious, “Elvis has left the building”. A pretty unique statement coming from Elvis!

‘Ku-U-I-Po’:  “What’s the intro to this? What’s the middle part? What's the finish? – Help!” jokes Elvis.
By now the session is already slowing down and you can start to hear Elvis' annoyance. However the rehearsals, along with the cute backing vocals, still make it a very enjoyable listen.  
Elvis must surely have been wondering why at 3am he is recording this extremely slight song taken from the Blue Hawaii soundtrack over a decade previously.    
Already Elvis doesn't sound happy saying, “I thought I’d finished with these damn songs. Thought I’d done them and that I was gone.”

Marty Pasetta tries to cheer him up joking about his good-looking jumpsuit. He also suggests, “You know I think it would have been interesting putting these songs into the middle of the show.”
“No I don't” Elvis answers honestly.

On previously unreleased Takes 2 & 3 Elvis sounds noticeably tired - “oh, shit” - and stumbles over the lyrics, but luckily on the next attempt they do manage a complete take. 

While one has to feel sorry for Elvis, as a collector it is still a fascinating insight into what he was being put through at such a crazy time in the morning.
Elvis states, “We’ve got to do this before I go nuts, really” and he doesn't sound that he is kidding.

‘No More’:  It's more of a rehearsal but previously unreleased Take one - with an added samba beat - is a treat. “Making your black eyes shine” sings Elvis as he bursts into laughter. At the least his mood has improved and he jokes laughs along with a band.
A long and rather interesting rehearsal follows with multiple ending try-outs. Elvis and Charlie Hodge discuss the lyrics, while Elvis kids, “Everybody is entitled to one stupid mistake” when Marty says he made an error. “Isn’t this fun?” jokes Elvis sarcastically.
Take 3 (previously on ‘Today, Tomorrow & Forever’) is almost usable except for the mistimed ending and while the following take is better it still falters at points. However “Plus, plus, plus, plus, fantastic!” decides Marty.

‘Hawaiian Wedding Song’:  The vast majority of this recording has never been officially released before so it's interesting to hear how they all had to struggle as they headed towards the end of the session. Previously unreleased Take 1 is more of rehearsal with Elvis joking with the lyrics including, “This is the moment - God damn right” and “Now that we are one - hot damn you!”.  A longer rehearsal follows with Elvis teasing Glen D Hardin, “Don't do all that fancy shit!” and sounding tired.  

Take two is close to perfect but on the following take everything would finally gel. “That's a print” says Marty. Elvis kindly explains, “That Hawaiian Wedding song has always been tough to sing.”

‘Early Morning Rain’:  Gordon Lightfoot's composition is surely the most interesting of the session and rather strange being the only non-Hawaiian focused song. Elvis had recorded the song two years previously but would not add it as a concert set-list regular until 1976 so this inclusion is more fascinating than fans might realise.

The last song of the night, previously unreleased laid-back Take 1 with James Burton's delightful guitar picking is a delight.  Why this hasn't been previously released is a mystery.  As a final request Elvis asks, “Don't hold back too much. Let me hear the fills and the beat. It is awfully isolated out here.” 3am and the final recording of the night, take two captures the band going out on a happy, if somewhat tired, high.
“That’s fantastic. That's it!” says Marty.

“Is that okay? Thank you. Thank you, ladies and gentleman”, says Elvis as thankfully the most prestigious performance of his life is finally finished.

Listening to this made me re-visit the post-show Aloha DVD recordings. Elvis looks even more tired than he sounds on this recording. At times he rolls his eyes at yet another failed take and looks like he is asleep standing-up. His only glimmer of real interest is when he is singing the final song, ’Early Morning Rain’.  

Overall Verdict: Any fan’s first consideration has to be how many times do they listen to the ‘Aloha’ concert on CD. Another thought is that we are all likely to have bought the “special” 40th anniversary edition back in 2013. So with this deluxe package costing £46 / US$65 (@Graceland Shop) it sure isn’t cheap for an audio upgrade of the main concert plus 25 minutes more of NBC “Insert” outtakes. However if you have always been as frustrated as I have about the audio dullness of Elvis’ “Greatest show on earth” then this Aloha Deluxe package is the answer. Having the “complete” RCA tape of the post-show “Insert Songs” is also a delight and even better with the truly impressive new audio remaster. It is also a session worth replaying if only to hear what poor old Elvis was forced to do! The booklet and packaging are also Top Notch. So for fans that can afford this set and who have a real interest in the Aloha show it is highly recommended. Play LOUD and you can really feel the ambiance and also the magnificence of this stunning event.

 

Review by Piers Beagley.
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Note the review images are low-res personal scans and are far worse quality than the stunning images in the FTD release.


'ELVIS: Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite' - 3-CD Deluxe release.
FTD February 2022 release #506020-975164
Album produced and art directed by Ernst Mikael Jørgensen & Roger Semon.
CD1 & CD3 new mixes by Matt Ross-Spang and mastered by Jan Eliasson.
Disc 1
1. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:09
2. See See Rider 3:00
3. Burning Love 3:11
4. Something 3:32
5. You Gave Me A Mountain 3:18
6. Steamroller Blues 3:12
7. My Way 4:20
8. Love Me 1:36
9. Johnny B. Goode 1:43
10. It’s Over 2:09
11. Blue Suede Shoes 1:23
12. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry 2:10
13. I Can’t Stop Loving You 2:27
14. Hound Dog 1:06
15. What Now My Love 3:16
16. Fever 2:48
17. Welcome To My World 1:54
18. Suspicious Minds 4:31
19. Introductions by Elvis 2:41
20. I’ll Remember You 2:32
21. Medley Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
22. An American Trilogy 4:42
23. A Big Hunk O’ Love 2:22
24. Can’t Help Falling In Love 1:42
25. Closing Vamp 2:23
Recorded live at the HIC Arena, January 14, 1973.
Disc 2
1. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:08
2. See See Rider 3:01
3. Burning Love 3:03
4. Something 2:25
5. You Gave Me A Mountain 3:18
6. Steamroller Blues 3:15
7. My Way 4:13
8. Love Me 1:43
9. It’s Over 2:12
10. Blue Suede Shoes 1:23
11. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry 2:08
12. Hound Dog 0:59
13. What Now My Love 3:18
14. Fever 2:35
15. Welcome To My World 1:58
16. Suspicious Minds 4:00
17. Introductions by Elvis 2:24
18. I’ll Remember You 2:37
19. An American Trilogy 4:26
20. A Big Hunk O’ Love 2:44
21. Can’t Help Falling In Love 1:41
22. Closing Vamp 1:56
Recorded live at the HIC Arena, January 12, 1973.

Disc 3 BONUS SONGS
1. Blue Hawaii – rehearsal, takes 1-2 5:31
2. Ku-U-I-Po – rehearsal 2:32
3. Ku-U-I-Po – take 1 2:02
4. Ku-U-I-Po – take 2 (incomplete) 2:12
5. Ku-U-I-Po – take 3 (incomplete) 2:02
6. Ku-U-I-Po – take 4 2:24
7. No More – take 1 (incomplete) 3:10
8. No More – take 2 (rehearsal) 5:06
9. No More – take 3 2:40
10. No More – take 4 3:04
11. Hawaiian Wedding Song – take 1 2:03
12. Hawaiian Wedding Song – rehearsal 4:01
13. Hawaiian Wedding Song – take 2 2:03
14. Hawaiian Wedding Song – take 3 2:06
15. Early Morning Rain – take 1 4:16
16. Early Morning Rain – take 2 3:10
Recorded live without an audience Post-show January 14, 1973.

 


'Aloha From Hawaii' 40th Anniversary release CD Review: There is no doubt that most people reading this review will know Elvis’ phenomenal Aloha From Hawaii' concert inside out. Every fan will know the TV broadcast, most fans will have bought the album several times, a fair number will have also bought the "Alternate Aloha" rehearsal and a few will have seen the original broadcast on TV back in 1973.
We all know this classic record-breaking concert so well. Dressed in his stunning "American-Eagle" jumpsuit, tanned, slim and Adonis-like, Elvis was truly at the peak of his later career.
But with no "new" material to be offered on this Legacy 40th Anniversary re-release do the audio re-masters and packaging with 24 page booklet create a release worth of such a magnificent event.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley takes a good look at this all-important 40th Anniversary release and discovers the Good and the Bad..
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

ALOHA HAWAII 40th Anniversary - The King "live via satellite" a Great Experience in 2013: ... Any lingering suspicions that the long-anticipated "Elvis ‘Aloha from Hawaii’ 40th Anniv Screening" was going to amount to a shared viewing of the familiar television special that’s available for free on YouTube were laid to rest as soon as the lights went down on several thousand Elvis fans who’d assembled to celebrate The King’s "live via satellite" concert last night in Blaisdell Arena.
First, there is no way that watching anything on a p/c screen or "home entertainment center" can match the experience of seeing it on a theater-size screen and hearing it on an arena sound system.
Second, the 40-year-old television special was dramatically modernized and upgraded for the anniversary screening. The entire concert was re-imagined as a multi-image experience — at times there were two or three images on the giant screen.
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie sent a shout out to the people who were seated "right up there in the upper deck" where he had been sitting 40 years ago, and asked everyone who had been in the audience for the original "Aloha from Hawaii" concert to stand — and a notable number of people did.
The bottom line was about more than commemorating an entertainment milestone 40 years on.
So much that the entertainers of today and their fans take for granted began with Elvis.

Go here for NEW images of the 2013 concert EIN EXCLUSIVE REVIEW plus much more on Aloha 2013.
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The set features a good number of previously unreleased outakes and EIN also uncovers plenty of Elvis studio discussions that had been previously edited out on earlier "Classic Album" releases such as Elvis saying, “Here we go already. How do like that arrangement, Red?” an important question to his friend Red West who had composed the song 'That’s Someone You Never Forget'.

With the complete Little Sister / His Latest Flame sessions this is the release collectors have been waiting forty years for!
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley goes in-deep to discover the hidden delights for session collectors....
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On close investigation we discover various Elvis comments that had been previously edited out such as, “I’m gonna’ get this son-of-a-bitch” on ‘Give Me The Right’ - while the frustration of the repetitive 'Wild In The Country Sessions' also becomes obvious.

But it there really enough previously unreleased material to makes this session worth purchasing all over again?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new Deluxe set and discovers some hidden delights for session collectors....
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'The Elvis Is Back! Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released by FTD back in December 2019 'The Elvis Is Back! Sessions' is a 4-CD deluxe set released to celebrate its 60th Anniversary year. Hailed by many as Elvis’ finest recordings, for the first time here are all the songs as recorded in sequence. Included are all the RCA outtakes and masters.
The release includes a deluxe 28-page booklet and fold-out CD carrier adorned with beautiful portraits, rare photos, insightful essay, recording data and classic memorabilia.
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, plus essay by Alan Hanson. The set includes new outakes from songs such as 'Make Me Know It' , 'Soldier Boy', 'Mess Of Blues', 'Fame And Fortune' and 'Girl Of My Best Friend'. All the tracks are newly restored and remastered by Sebastian Jeansson.
But with the vast majority of this studio session having already been released by FTD, can yet another 'Elvis IS Back!' set really be worth purchasing all over again?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates this massive set and finds plenty of new delights
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‘TTWII 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition’ FTD Book Review: FTD's most expensive set ever published, David English and Pal Granlund bring the complete background story of 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is'. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the movie's 1970 release, this ultimate collector's edition includes two hardback books, eight cds with over 450 minutes of music, including newly discovered unreleased performances.
With access to 2,000 original negatives and 35mm slides, restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before, the book also contains items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
Two books, 600 pages, plus all the MGM recorded rehearsals - including 70 tracks officially unreleased.
FTD's most expensive set but with the vast majority of the rehearsals already out on bootleg, can it really be worth the US$270 plus postage. Initially Sold Out and already into its first reprint what makes it so desirable?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our 6000 word review including plenty of extracts and stunning images.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)


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The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson - with all tracks recently remixed and remastered.
A Mexican locale, some Tijuana horns, plus the interesting presence of the Mexican ‘Amigos’ at the recording sessions presented a novel setting for Elvis.
If you like Elvis, sunny locations, sixties movies packed full of songs and the Latino sound then there is no doubt that Fun In Acapulco must be one of your favourites.
But 56 years after the original album and movie can there really be that much of interest left in the vault unreleased?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates this massive set, discovers all the Previously Unreleased Delights - and wonders if 33 minutes of Guadalajara might be too much for some...
A FTD Deluxe set deserves a proper review and EIN gives you 4000 words plus to see if you really need to add this limited release to your collection!
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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