The Follow That Dream collectors label announced the February 2022 release of 'Aloha From Hawaii', a 3-CD-set. The label also stated that 'The Making of Jailhouse Rock', which was released December 2021, has 'Sold Out'.
From the press-release: When seeking key career highpoints, Elvis’ multi-faceted musical legacy certainly divides opinion amongst fans and critics alike. However, if one goes by the sales and the audience viewing numbers too, there is only one answer. Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite.
RCA’s double album of the show was released throughout the world in February
and shot to the #1 spot in many countries including the U.S. The album went to #1 on the Billboard album chart and reigned supreme from late February until late October, re-entering in late December for another two months. Today in the U.S. the album stands at 5.5 million sales and 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. Also included is the Sony Legacy 2013 remix of the rehearsal show form January 12.
Packaged in our ‘sessions’ style 8” x 8” slipcase, this deluxe 3-CD contains a 28-page color booklet, great photos, memorabilia and insightful essay.
CD 1: Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey) - 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 - Closing Vamp
Recorded live at the Honolulu International Center Arena, January 14, 1973.
Disc 2: Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey) - See See Rider - Burning Love - Something - You Gave Me A Mountain - Steamroller Blues - My Way - Love Me - It’s Over - Blue Suede Shoes - I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hound Dog - What Now My Love - Fever - Welcome To My World - Suspicious Minds - Introductions By Elvis - I’ll Remember You - An American Trilogy - A Big Hunk O’ Love - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp
Recorded live at the Honolulu International Center Arena, January 12, 1973.
Disc 3 - Bonus Songs: Blue Hawaii (Rehearsal, Take 1 - 2) - Ku-U-I-Po (Rehearsal) - Ku-U-I-Po (Take 1) - Ku-U-I-Po (Take 2 - Incomplete) - Ku-U-I-Po (Take 3 - Incomplete) - Ku-U-I-Po (Take 4) - No More (Take 1 - Incomplete) - No More (Take 2 - Rehearsal) - No More (Take 3) - No More (Take 4) - Hawaiian Wedding Song (Take 1) - Hawaiian Wedding Song (Rehearsal) - Hawaiian Wedding Song (Take 2) - Hawaiian Wedding Song (Take 3) - Early Morning Rain (Take 1) - Early Morning Rain (Take 2)
Recorded live without an audience at the Honolulu International Center Arena, January 14, 1973.
I am looking forward to this. And I hope that Ross Matt-Spang has given the and the session more of a band feel. I think songs like I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry or Kuuipo could be the winners. He gave the 70 and 71 recordings a very good sound and I hope the new Aloha sound goes in an equal way.
Why not remaster the January 12, 1973 show as well.
Why not include the complete interviews from September and November 1972
I see The Rehearsal Show master has been pinched from the Legacy double CD. Had that Legacy release been modelled pretty much as this FTD version has been, there would be no need for this latest reissue - this is the fourth 'Aloha' CD release Elvis's fanbase has been asked to buy and the second since it was nailed by BMG in 1998.
Great comprehensive project here. If Matt Ross-Spang can improve on the 1998 25th anniversary version then I'll get it. Besides, we've never had the post concert outtakes for the most part. Let's face it, the 2013 Legacy release was a bit of a pup. However why can't this be a Legacy release for next year on the 50th anniversary?
$65+tax for mostly previously released material (multiple times in the past)... No thanks... I'll pass on this.
~ The normal cost for an FTD 2-cd set is $29.98 ... Now they expect us to pay $65 for 1 additional disc and a booklet with info and photos that we've already seen dozens of times before???
Excellent shows, but I will not buy, the price has become abusive considering the price of previous releases. I agree with Thememphisfan's statement on the price
The post concert song outtakes are available on the Aloha DVD and it appears the Jan 12 concert is a direct copy of the $15 Legacy version. So, $60+ buys you a nice looking box set, a remixed version of the main concert and 26 minutes of post concert insert songs. This is going to be a tough one to justify buying. If they could have made it like the Prince From Another Planet set, with a DVD or Blu-Ray of pre-interviews along with the post songs and charge half the price, it would have been a definite. Still, at least Sony didn't make it a coffee table book edition and charge 300 bucks this time.
I didn't buy the Legacy release because I was waiting for the FTD 7" format in the Classic Album Series. Well, this release in 8" leaves no space for the 7" which I think it's going never happen, so I'll buy this one. Expensive? For sure, but I've been waiting almost ten years for something like this.
I think Sony has realized this product one year before the 50 th anniversary to avoid other labels like MRS, etc realizes similar products...maybe next year edit something new in Blue ray, etc...this format doesn't have competence by other labels....by the way Anybody has news about the 50 th anniversary of MSG concerts? is it possible a new realize? sorry for my english.. isn't my native language...
JORDI: I guess you're right, a Blu Ray release would be the ideal project for 2023, but let's hope they do a far better job than that overpriced package we got of the '68 Comeback Special. It attracted very poor reviews re the picture quality. I was happy enough with the 2004 DVD deluxe sets.
As for MSG '72, I don't think they can improve on Legacy's 'Prince...' CD/DVD package. What's we have from this period has probably all been exhausted.
I heard the new Beatles Blu-ray is with Dolby Atmos sound. It reminds me of the boxset 68Comeback where the sound was 2 ch stereo! I guess the Aloha Blu-ray should be is stereo or even better MONO! (ironic)
I bite my tongue. I had previously commented that I would not buy the ALOHA/FTD CD, after hearing comments praising the CD, especially the sound quality, I decided to buy it. I don't regret the purchase
I'd be really interested to know how good the sound is on this one. I have more than enough different releases of the main show, and they all sound awful.
Is the remixing of this one on a par with 'Prince From Another Planet'?
Viva: I have answer 'no' to your question to be honest. You have to do a playback comparison of the same song between this FTD and previous sets of the same event. The volume is only slightly higher with a touch of some new piano key strokes here and there, not heard in previous mixes. 'Prince...' and 'Live 1969' are far and away much better mixes. Disc 3 is a fun listen though. Elvis still seemed to have enough energy to enjoy himself in this session. But one minor I really enjoyed in this is an unheard full version of the closing vamp where Ronnie Tutt and JB go hell for leather, and not a weak moment on this track. If only it were an Elvis song!
I will buy this release because I expect the main show will finally be released in great sound. Fingers crossed.
Will buy this release hoping for greatly improved sound on main show. Fingers crossed.
My apologies for the double post.
The original concert was Jan 1973, so personally I think this would have been better released 2023, 50 years after. And wasnt there a Japanese docu that possibily could have been included. Theres been so many previous releases of this amazing concert(s) that they should have pushed the boat out.
Discs one and three sound great. Much improved. Disc 2 sounds no better than previous release(s). This will be my final purchase of Aloha material.