Review | Aloha From Hawaii CD


By: Elvis Australia
Source: www.elvis.com.au
February 1, 2009

Aloha From Hawaii CD
Aloha From Hawaii CD
Elvis Presley performed before a worldwide television audience of over one billion people on January 14, 1973. The soundtrack from this performance, Aloha From Hawaii, was released on February 4, 1973. It reached number one on both the pop and country charts selling close to five million copies in the United States alone, and almost twelve million worldwide.

Oddly the concert was not broadcast on American television until April of that year. Elvis looked good, performed, well and sang superbly. He surrounded himself with his usual crack TCB band, a full orchestra and two backup groups of singers. The resulting album remains one of the great live documents in music history. The first section of the album presents Elvis at his best. The usual introduction of 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' leads into 'See See Rider' and an energetic and rocking 'Burning Love'. He would always begin his concerts in like fashion in order to ramp up the energy of the audience and the response here is immediate.

It was then Elvis' custom of slowing a concert down and here we find a cover of George Harrison's 'Something'. He follows with 'You Gave Me A Mountain' which remains one of the best live performances ever recorded by him. The vocal and passion still send chills up the spine 35 years later.

'Steamroller Blues' was originally a simple song by James Taylor. Elvis would release it as a single and interprets it from a blues/rock perspective. This song was a classic example of how he could transform songs and make them into his own unique creations.

Elvis continued his trend of giving short shrift to his classic fifties hits. 'Blue Suede Shoes' and 'Hound Dog' both clock in under a minute. He sounds disinterested on 'Love Me' and 'A Big Hunk Of Love'.

He is on more solid ground with the country hits, 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry' by Hank Williams and 'Welcome To My World' by Jim Reeves. He just had the knack of taking these classic country songs and updating them with his wonderful pop voice. He made them accessible to both pop and country fans.

His continued to present 'American Trilogy' as a highlight of any live performance. This song was a medley of 'Dixie/Battle Hymn Of The Republic/All My Trails'. Elvis always treated this song as a gospel type performance. It is also a song of patriotism and it finds Elvis completely invested.

Aloha From Hawaii DVD
Aloha From Hawaii DVD
The original release of Aloha From Hawaii contained 22 songs and was only Elvis' second two disc album. Aloha From Hawaii remains one of the essential releases by Elvis Presley and no serious music collection should be without a copy. Aloha From Hawaii now is presented completly unestited and includes as an extra bonus the 5 especially recorded songs to be added to the US broadcast. Sonically improved and digitally remastered. Upgraded packaging. 12 page booklet with historic photos.

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Also Sprach Zarathrusta - See See Rider - Burning Love - Something - You Gave Me A Mountain - Steamroller Blues - My Way - Love Me - Johnny B. Goode - It's Over - Blue Suede Shoes - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - I Can't Stop Loving You - Hound Dog - What Now My Love - Fever - Welcome To My World - Suspicious Minds - Introductions by Elvis - I'll Remember You - Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - An American Trilogy - A Big Hunk O' Love - Can't Help Falling In Love Bonus Songs: Blue Hawaii - Ku-u-i-po - No More - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Early Morning Rain

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January

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Hawaii | January 9, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Aloha From Hawaii Rehearsal Concert | January 12, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Hawaii | January 13, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Aloha From Hawaii | January 14, 1973
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Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Las Vegas | January 22, 1973
Articles about Elvis Presley The Elvis Presley Hawaii Connection

February

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Jack Lord | Las Vegas | February 10, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali | February 14, 1973
Notes Elvis Presley Las Vegas | February 18, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Amazing Grace | Elvis Presley's Hilton suite, Las Vegas, NV | Friday, February 23, 1973

April

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Phone Bill | April 2, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley April 22, 1973 (3:00 pm). Phoenix, AZ.
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley April 24, 1973 | Anaheim, CA
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley April 26, 1973 | San Diego, CA.
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley April 28, 1973 | (3.00 pm) | Spokane, WA.
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Center Arena, Seattle, Washington | April 29, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley with fans after arriving at the Seattle airport | April 29, 1973

June

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Municipal Auditorium | Mobile AL | June 20, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley 3pm Long Island Ny | June 23, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale | June 24, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Cinncinnati, OH. | June 27, 1973

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Atlanta | Omni Coliseum | June 29, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Atlanta | Omni Coliseum | June 30, 1973

July

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis and Lisa Marie Presley | Atlanta | July 1, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee | In Concert | July 1, 1973
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Atlanta | July 3, 1973

August

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley The King's Court fan club | August 31, 1973

September

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley September 3, 1973 | Caught In A Trap
Elvis Presley Photos Tom Jones and Elvis Presley shake hands | On stage, September 4, 1973

October

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis and Priscilla Divorce Court Appearance | October 9, 1973

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