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Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite

Released:Feb. 15, 1973

Aloha From Hawaii might well be described as the Colonel’s magnum opus – and, from the standpoint of many longtime Elvis fans, certainly, Elvis’ as well. Colonel Parker had come up with this triumph of marketing legerdemain some time earlier. He had gotten the idea of a live one-man show broadcast around the world via satellite transmission from the live broadcasts of President Nixon’s historic trip to China the previous February. When he first announced it in July, he declared, “It is Elvis’ intention to please all of his fans throughout the world” – and since it was “impossible for us to play in every city” throughout the world, this was by implication as close as they would ever get. It was in essence a forerunner of Live Aid and its various global successors, an enterprise of technological sweep and ambition vastly beyond any “event” like Live At Madison Square Garden. It also – and not at all coincidentally in the Colonel’s scheme of things –  served to motivate Elvis, rousing him from his depression, causing him to lose weight and genuinely invest himself in the enterprise. The musical result, shot in Honolulu on January 14, 1973, was somewhere between grand and grandiose, depending upon the individual point of view. As it turned out, it was transmitted directly to most countries in the Far East on the night of the show, to twenty-eight European countries linked by EuroVision later in the day, and to the U.S. (in a somewhat different format) some three months later, where it got a 57 percent audience share. RCA and Colonel Parker claimed a billion worldwide viewers, the album reached Number One in most markets, and it was (and remains) an almost incomparable commercial success, selling more than two million copies initially in the U.S. alone.

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  • Also Sprach Zarathustra

    Richard Strauss. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • See See Rider

    Arranged by Elvis Presley. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Burning Love

    Dennis Linde. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Something

    George Harrison. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • You Gave Me A Mountain

    Marty Robbins. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Steamroller Blues

    James Taylor. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra - Single 74-0910, released March 4, 1973
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  • My Way

    Paul Anka/Jacques Reveaux/Claude Francois. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Love Me

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Johnny B. Goode

    Chuck Berry. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • It's Over

    Jimmie Rodgers. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Blue Suede Shoes

    Carl Perkins. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

    Hank Williams. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • I Can't Stop Loving You

    Don Gibson. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Hound Dog

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • What Now My Love

    Carl Sigman/Gilbert Becaud. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Fever

    John Davenport/Eddie Cooley. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Welcome To My World

    Ray Winkler/John Hathcock. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Suspicious Minds

    Mark James. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Introductions by Elvis.

    Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • I'll Remember You

    Kuiokalaani Lee. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Long Tall Sally/Whole Lot-ta Shakin' Goin' On

    Robert Blackwell/Enortis Johnson/Richard Penniman- - David Williams/Sunny David. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • An American Trilogy

    Mickey Newbury. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • A Big Hunk O' Love

    Aaron Schroeder/Sid Wyche. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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  • Can't Help Falling In Love

    Hugo Peretti/Luigi Creatore/George Weiss. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
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