Whitesburg, Kentucky. Retrieved Andy Williams. Hank Williams. Discography Songs. Hank Williams Jr. Jerry Lee Lewis. The Session Original Golden Hits, Vol. The production lighting also had to be pretty hot, so encased in his heavy suit the show was all about "The Look" and "the vocal performance" instead of Elvis' usual kick-ass exciting performances.
Nowadays these major productions are all performed with breaks and costume changes every 15 minutes, whether it be George Michael or Beyonce. It would be a very different Elvis show had it been done today with a chance for Elvis to let rip and still look super-cool in front of the cameras. In fact when Elvis asks for a pause, "Just bear with me a minute" as he gets ready for 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry' the break is in fact only for 7 seconds! Listening to it again it is obvious that Elvis really is treating the first show as a true rehearsal to the main event where he does then pull out the vocal-power and perfection.
The new Aloha Legacy version is released in the usual Legacy double-pack with 24 page booklet. To be honest after the glorious deluxe pack for the "Prince From Another Planet" this seems a little bit of a let-down for a 40th Anniversary release — although without any "new" material this is a cheaper package at aimed at a different market.
The Package The booklet features some cool photos of Elvis performing see above plus a good selection of memorabilia. But how I wish the booklet had been bigger size and packed with even more rare photos. A few of the images however, I am sure I have seen in better quality as well. Right: Elvis at the rehearsal show, yet the booklet notes that it is the main Jan 14 concert! The very knowledgeable Stuart Colman provides an interesting article explaining the immensity of the whole project - and the truth of the "First ever world-wide broadcast" No solo performer other than Elvis Presley could have headlined such an undertaking, and for that matter no entertainment enterprise other than RCA could have pulled it off.
I love the part that tells of RCA's Joan Deary Felton Jarvis was unfortunately ill that all-important night spending the whole show in a small room checking that the tape VU meters didn't hit distortion. The Quadraphonic double-album of the show was released the first weekend in February, and it dominated the charts, reaching 1 on both the pop and country charts in the United States. Due to demand and the possibility of a long shelf life, the albums were eventually released in standard two-track stereo.
One of the key factors to the success of the venture was the little-trumpeted fact that Elvis had done the show for charity. The Music The rush release of the original double-album just 3 weeks later and in quadrophonic! And sadly this is the major dissapointment with this new Legacy set. The audio here has some bad compression and added reverb giving it a very muffled sound.
There is no shine to the percussion. As the representation of an Elvis original vinyl 'Master' it was understandable that it would match the original release.
However it is still rather odd as the Vic Anesini 'Madison Square Garden' re-master another originally rush-released mix was a great improvement over previous CD versions - which was not the case here. In any case, there was no reason that 'The Complete Masters' had to be used in this Legacy release and I was so hoping for this Legacy release to contain the Vic Anesini remix from the original tapes to bring out the sparkle and excitement of such an important Elvis performance.
In this "LP Master version" the horn section and trumpets annoyingly dominate the sound on the left channel and the whole band seem to blur in a muddied "Narrow" mix somewhere in the centre. There is no real clarity at all. The audience is faded up and down at times rather oddly and there is no real focus or "balls" to the sound.
It is such a shame as the original CD mix remixed by Dennis Ferrante in from the multi-track tapes shines in comparison. In fact this old mix almost sounds like a Vic Anesini new re-mix since the musicians have a great separation, James Burton's guitar sparkles while there is also a real richness to the bass.
Here they are again blurrily massed as one. Even worse this Legacy version is the edited version and not the whole concert. Charlie Hodge is no longer teased as a "general flunky", and Elvis doesn't introduce his favourite actor Jack Lord. Nor does he even mention the fact that the show is a fund-raiser!
It was all edited out of the original album. There can be no doubt that the old version, shown right, with the white cover is still the best audio release of this magnificent concert even 40 years after the event. DISC 2. And luckily it is worth the effort. Interestingly this was an early Elvis release that involved Roger Semon before he teamed up with Ernst Jorgensen.
Listening to the original release now with audio engineering by Rick Rowe one realises just how much the mix was drowned in echo. The audio now sounds very thin and has odd phase and echo effects over the whole sound image, plus the drums having an oddly flat "cardboard box" sound. The horn section is often too high compared to the rest of the musicians.
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. Why not? The piano is also placed correctly on the left channel compared to the original release where it was on the right.
They capture an astounding Elvis performance and on this release he sounds that he is singing far more personally and close rather than echoing around a basketball arena! To be honest it almost sounds as if it is a different performance, it is that different.
If they could be any complaint it would be that this new mix is a little "dry" having less reverb and less audience and the cleaner band sound. These have been remastered by Vic Anesini and although they are all previously released they do sound better here.
Although since they were recorded at 3AM after biggest concert of his life, poor old Elvis still sounds as tired as ever, as do the band. Why on earth did Elvis and the musicians agree to this? They still are a nice little bonus and part of the whole Aloha story. This Legacy set however has been getting very positive reviews in the mainstream media which is nice to see - for instance below Review by Piers Beagley.
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