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|DELUXE 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION 2-CD+DVD BOX SET
HISTORIC AFTERNOON & EVENING SHOWS FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
NEWLY REMIXED - IN ONE PACKAGE FOR FIRST TIME
HAND-HELD FILM OF AFTERNOON SHOW, PLUS 20-MINS PRESS CONFERENCE
5,000-word liner notes essay by Lenny Kaye, historian and guitarist for Patti Smith
Available everywhere October 30, 2012, through RCA/Legacy
CONCERT FILM TO PREMIERE AUGUST 17th DURING ELVIS WEEK IN MEMPHIS
Of all the live concert recordings released by RCA during Elvis Presley’s lifetime, none carried the historic significance of his long-awaited New York City shows
at Madison Square Garden in June 1972. Now, a pair of hour-long performances have finally been coupled in one package for the first time as PRINCE FROM
ANOTHER PLANET: 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION. This deluxe 2-CD+DVD box set will be available everywhere October 30th through RCA/Legacy, a
division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
PRINCE FROM ANOTHER PLANET takes its title from a New York Times headline that accompanied its rave review of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s four sold-out
shows at Madison Square Garden (80,000 tickets sold), the weekend of Friday through Sunday, June 9-11, 1972. CD two reprises the Saturday night show in
its entirety, some 20 songs (plus introductions) originally issued on LP on June 18, 1972, just eight days after the concert took place. CD one reprises the
(slightly longer) Saturday afternoon show, some 23 songs (plus introductions), archived and issued for the first time 25 years later in 1997, on CD.
The Madison Square Garden recordings have been newly mixed for the first time by respected New York engineer Michael Brauer.
Adding to the historic weight of PRINCE FROM ANOTHER PLANET is an evocative 5,000-word essay written by Lenny Kaye, longtime guitarist for Patti Smith.
Kaye actually covered the press conference and the concerts for his gig as music editor of Cavalier magazine in the ’70s. In addition to his roles as a musician
and a producer of numerous reissues and compilations, Kaye has been annotating albums for more than four decades.
Accompanying the two CDs is a bonus 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
The recently discovered footage is set to make its world premiere during Elvis Week in Memphis on Friday, August 17th, at 4:30 p.m. at a free event in the
Elvis Week Entertainment Pavilion.
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 “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’…”
A closer look at the concert repertoire confirms his answer. The set lists for the afternoon and evening shows are an eclectic mix, something for everyone.
After the bombastic “Also Sprach Zarathustra” theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey, both shows are bookended at the start by “That's All Right” (from 1956),
Creedence’s “Proud Mary” (via Ike & Tina Turner), Hoyt Axton’s “Never Been To Spain” (via Three Dog Night), and Dusty Springfield’s “You Don't Have To Say
You Love Me.” Both shows end with “Suspicious Minds,” Kristofferson’s “For The Good Times,” Mickey Newbury’s “American Trilogy,” Willie Nelson’s “Funny
How Time Slips Away,” Don Gibson’s “I Can't Stop Loving You” (via Ray Charles), and of course, “Can't Help Falling In Love.”
The set lists are virtually identical, though four songs from the afternoon show were not performed at the evening show: Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Until It’s Time
For You To Go,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” Lowell Fulsom’s “Reconsider Baby,” and Don Ho’s “I’ll Remember You” And one song from the evening show
was not performed at the afternoon show: Man Of La Mancha’s “The Impossible Dream.”
With those exceptions, the central portion of each show is very nearly the same something-for-everyone program, starting with the Righteous Brothers’
“You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'” and Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie,” then straight back to 1956-57 for “Love Me,” “All Shook Up,”
“Heartbreak Hotel,” the medley of “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” c/w “Don't Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender,” and “Hound Dog.”
After being roundly excoriated by New York critics after his televised visits of 1956 (on Jackie Gleason’s Stage Show, in January, February and March), and
1957 (Ed Sullivan’s Toast Of the Town in January; and The Steve Allen Show in July), Elvis and his manager Tom Parker did not schedule another New York
performance for some 15 years. Even after Elvis triumphed on his black leather NBC-TV “comeback” special of December 1968, and returned to public
concert touring fulltime in August 1969 (at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, chronicled in 2010 on RCA/Legacy’s On Stage: Legacy Edition), they still
waited three years to play New York.
When asked at the press conference why it took so long, Elvis answers with a straight face: “I think it was a matter of not getting the building, the proper
building. We had to wait our turn in order to get the building. Couldn't get a good building in fifteen years. No, all kidding aside, we had to wait our turn to get
in... into the Garden, you know. I just hope we put on a good show for everybody. Oh, I like it. I enjoy it.”
PRINCE FROM ANOTHER PLANET by ELVIS PRESLEY
ELVIS AS RECORDED LIVE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION (RCA/Legacy 88691 95388 2)
The afternoon show recorded June 10, 1972 (originally issued April 1997, as An Afternoon In the Garden, RCA 67457-2):
101. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
102. That's All Right
103. Proud Mary
104. Never Been To Spain
105. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
106. Until It’s Time For You To Go
107. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
108. Polk Salad Annie
109. Love Me
110. All Shook Up
111. Heartbreak Hotel
112. Medley: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel
113. Love Me Tender
114. Blue Suede Shoes
115. Reconsider Baby
116. Hound Dog
117. I’ll Remember You
118. Suspicious Minds
119. Introductions by Elvis
120. For The Good Times
121. American Trilogy
122. Funny How Time Slips Away
123. I Can't Stop Loving You
124. Can't Help Falling In Love
125. End Theme (Orchestra).
The evening show recorded June 10, 1972 (originally issued June 18, 1972, as As Recorded At Madison Square Garden, RCA LSP 4776):
201. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)
202. That's All Right
203. Proud Mary
204. Never Been To Spain
205. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
206. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
207. Polk Salad Annie
208. Love Me
209. All Shook Up
210. Heartbreak Hotel
211. Medley: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel
212. Love Me Tender
213. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
214. Introductions by Elvis
215. Hound Dog
216. Suspicious Minds
217. For The Good Times
218. American Trilogy
219. Funny How Time Slips Away
220. I Can't Stop Loving You
221. Can't Help Falling In Love
222. End Theme (Orchestra).
Disc 3 (DVD):
301. Afternoon show filmed June 10, 1972 (approx. 1 hour) •
302. Afternoon press conference held June 9, 1972 (approx. 20 minutes).
Guitar: James Burton
Guitar: John Wilkinson
Guitar & Vocals: Charlie Hodge
Bass: Jerry Scheff
Drums: Ronnie Tutt
Piano: Glen D. Hardin
Vocals: J.D.Sumner & The Stamps
Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations
Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland
The Joe Malin Orchestra conducted by Joe Guercio