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Super Deluxe Edition Review : Prince From Another Planet

By Paul Sinclairtags
Source: Super Deluxe Edition
March 13, 2013 - 6:09:04 PM

Elvis / Prince From Another Planet

November 21, 2012 by Paul Sinclairtags: 1970s, 2CD+DVD, Elvis Presley

Review

Prince From Another Planet is a must-have for not just Elvis fans, but for anyone who appreciates the history of rock 'n' roll. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, he sings, but how much we all do, still.

Melissa Caruso : Elmore Magazine.

Why can't all music releases be this good? Sony/RCA/Legacy have come up trumps with Prince From Another Planet - an Elvis release which celebrates The King's only New York concerts, in Madison Square Garden in the summer of 1972. Elvis performed four shows over that June weekend in '72 - evening performances on Friday (9th), Saturday (10th) and Sunday (11th), along with an additional matinee performance on the Saturday afternoon. The two Saturday shows were taped, with the evening performance released a mere eight days after the concerts in 1972, entitled Elvis: As Recorded At Madison Square Garden.

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This deluxe edition gets a new title - Prince From Another Planet - and offers three discs, a CD of the afternoon show of 10 June (unreleased until 1997 when it was issued on CD as An Afternoon In The Garden), a further CD of the evening show (the one issued back in 1972) and finally a DVD featuring a documentary about the shows, footage of Elvis's press conference from Friday 9 June (a few hours before his first show) and around 20 minutes of fan-filmed super 8 footage from the 10 June afternoon show.

Inside [and out] : Prince From Another Planet. Note the six panel wallet, containing the three discs.
Inside [and out] : Prince From Another Planet. Note the six panel wallet, containing the three discs.

The CD audio in this deluxe edition has been remixed by Michael H. Brauer (mastered by Vic Anesini), the idea being to put the listener in row four of the audience, right in front of the performance.

It sounds superb and vibrant. A standard two-CD version of the two Saturday shows has been released at the same time as this Prince From Another Planet deluxe edition which maintains both the original title (Elvis: As Recorded At Madison Square Garden) and the original mixes. So the Elvis fan has a choice - the original mixes are not being superseded. This is a sensible approach from RCA/Sony.

What most impresses about this set is the packaging. The care and attention that has gone into creating an eight-inch square slipcase, (with the original design respected) a six panel gatefold wallet holding the discs (again with superb artwork) and a 52-page booklet that is everything you want to accompany an archival release - fantastic photography, reproductions of original newspaper reviews, an absorbing essay from Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye (who was there as a journalist at the time) and details around the work that has gone into restoring the super 8 film and remixing the audio.

Brilliant 52-page booklet : Prince From Another Planet.
Brilliant 52-page booklet.

The DVD is a real highlight here because it brings everything to life. A 25 minute documentary shows plenty of clips from the press conference and the super 8 footage of the concert, with Lenny Kaye talking on camera about what it meant to actually be there, and how Elvis came across as a 'friendly person'. Testimony from some surviving band members is also fascinating, with Elvis apparently nervous about whether New York would like him or not. Elvis is charm personified at the press conference (which is included separately, with around 12 minutes of footage), disarmingly starting proceedings by announcing 'I plead innocent of all charges!'.

But the actual concert footage itself is the big highlight. It's sync'd to the new remixed audio and the beginning sequence is fantastic, with the fan (Don Lance) filming outside Madison Square Garden before going inside to capture the splendid opening sequence in full, with Elvis coming on to the Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey before a frenzy of drums segues into opener That's All Right Mama. There is only 20 minutes of footage, and lots of gaps where Mr Lance would have been frantically trying to change spools on his video camera to continue his filming. It seems rather churlish to complain about these gaps - filming a concert in those days was rather harder than holding up your iPhone. Rather it adds to the authenticity of the film and you do get the full audio on the DVD, so you can just sit back and listen to the music and enjoy the bonus of the video coming (and going) when it does! What is obvious is that Elvis was having a blast on stage, continually punctuating his performance with karate kicks and punching the air with his arms - fantastic to watch.

This package puts many Super Deluxe Edition box sets to shame, The Rolling Stones GRRR! Sony Legacy deserve some plaudits - they are currently leading the way in terms of great content and packaging within 'Legacy' editions at very competitive prices. Michael Jackson's Bad 25 reissue, the Manic Street Preachers' Generation Terrorists sets and now this Elvis package are all testament to that. Long may it continue.

Buy 'Prince From Another Planet' Madison Square Garden Deluxe Edition CD/DVD Set in 8" x 8" packaging.
Buy 'As Recorded At Madison Square Garden' 2 LP 180 Gram Vinyl Set

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Feedback :

Message: Hi , got your e-mail re Prince yesterday got box 11.50 am today, Thurs, always good service.
Opened and all I could say is WOW what packaging for a historic piece, Again Thangyouverymuch , and I always tell people to shop @ Elvis Australia : Robert. [Australia]

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Buy 'Prince From Another Planet' Madison Square Garden Deluxe Edition CD/DVD Set in 8" x 8" packaging.

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Elvis Presley Video Video : DVD Premiere : Prince From Another Planet : Elvis Presley, 'Suspicious Minds' (01:33)

Back in June 1972, Elvis Presley played four hotly anticipated shows at Madison Square Garden. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the concerts, RCA/Legacy is releasing Prince From Another Planet: 40th Anniversary Edition, including two CDs and a DVD. In this clip from 'Prince', previously unseen fan-filmed footage of Elvis performing Suspicious Minds as captured on a hand-held camera by a tenacious fan with a knockout view, the footage is part of hour-long performances, it gives a different sheen to the massive gigs, documenting the experience as from a fan's direct perspective. Elvis shakes, rattles and rolls through his 1969 Mark James-penned hit, and of course, his sparkly blue outfit looks as good as ever.

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Track listing

Disc 1:

The Afternoon Show : Recorded June 10, 1972

  1. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
  2. That's All Right
  3. Proud Mary
  4. Never Been To Spain
  5. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
  6. Until It's Time For You To Go
  7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  8. Polk Salad Annie
  9. Love Me
  10. All Shook Up
  11. Heartbreak Hotel
  12. Medley: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel
  13. Love Me Tender
  14. Blue Suede Shoes
  15. Reconsider Baby
  16. Hound Dog
  17. I'll Remember You
  18. Suspicious Minds
  19. Introductions by Elvis
  20. For The Good Times
  21. American Trilogy
  22. Funny How Time Slips Away
  23. I Can't Stop Loving You
  24. Can't Help Falling In Love
  25. End Theme (Orchestra)

[Originally issued as An Afternoon In the Garden]

Disc 2:

The Evening Show : Recorded June 10, 1972

  1. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
  2. That's All Right
  3. Proud Mary
  4. Never Been To Spain
  5. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
  6. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  7. Polk Salad Annie
  8. Love Me
  9. All Shook Up
  10. Heartbreak Hotel
  11. Medley: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel
  12. Love Me Tender
  13. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
  14. Introductions by Elvis
  15. Hound Dog
  16. Suspicious Minds
  17. For The Good Times
  18. American Trilogy
  19. Funny How Time Slips Away
  20. I Can't Stop Loving You
  21. Can't Help Falling In Love
  22. End Theme (Orchestra)

[Originally as Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden]

Disc 3 (DVD):

Afternoon show filmed June 10, 1972 (approx. 1 hour)

The Deluxe Edition also comes with an extra DVD that presents unseen footage of the Saturday afternoon show, captured on hand-held camera by a fan, and now acquired by Legacy from that fan decades later for this package. Rarely is unseen footage of Elvis in concert discovered, so this footage lends historical importance to the package. The film is a revealing portrait of a physically commanding Elvis and his powerhouse TCB Band, background vocalists, and orchestra. And with the video meticulously synced to the audio ... it will be a gem!

Afternoon press conference held June 9, 1972 (approx. 20 minutes)

Along with the concert film on the DVD is another video document, the press conference that took place on Friday afternoon before the big weekend. Attended by Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis' father, Vernon Presley, Elvis disarms and wins over the New York press corps with his good-natured demeanor. For example, When asked, for example, 'Which kind of song do you like doing the best?' - Elvis answers, 'I like to mix 'em up. In other words, I like to do a song like 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' or 'American Trilogy', or something. Then mix it up and do some rock and roll, some of the hard rock stuff. I'm not the least bit ashamed of 'Hound Dog' or 'Heartbreak Hotel' ...' Rarely is unseen footage of Elvis in concert discovered, so this footage lends historical importance to the package. The film is a revealing portrait of a physically commanding Elvis and his powerhouse TCB Band, background vocalists, and orchestra. This is an historically important discovery.

Buy 'Prince From Another Planet' Madison Square Garden Deluxe Edition CD/DVD Set in 8" x 8" packaging.
Buy 'As Recorded At Madison Square Garden' 2 LP 180 Gram Vinyl Set

Elvis Presley CD, Book and DVD Reviews Review : Prince From Another Planet : 40th Anniversary Madison Square Garden 2 CD + DVD Set
Interviews with or about Elvis Presley Elvis Fan, Don Lance, tells how he managed to film Elvis At Madision Square Garden
Elvis Presley Video Jerry Schilling Shares Memories from Madison Square Garden


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