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Holiday Gift Guide Review: Elvis Presley, “Prince from Another Planet”

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“I’m not kidding myself. My voice alone is just an ordinary voice. What people come to see is how I use it. If I stand still while I’m singing, I’m dead, man. I might as well go back to driving a truck.”

Though Elvis Aron Presley’s vocal instrument was one of the greatest in the entirety of American popular music, the singer wasn’t simply being modest.  Whether threatening staid fifties culture in a pair of tight pants, shaking his famed pelvis, or taking to the Las Vegas concert stage in gold and glitter, Elvis knew he was more than the sum of his parts, an entertainer in every aspect.  And by 1972, nobody would have dared describe any quality of Elvis Presley’s as simply “ordinary.”  Hence The New York Times’ headline proclaiming the once and future King as a “prince from another planet” describing his sold-out stand at Madison Square Garden.  His brief engagement at the Garden quickly became the stuff of rock and roll lore, the return of the prodigal singer to the Big Apple after an absence of fifteen years.  During that period, the rock-and-roll pioneer had served his country, starred in a string of Hollywood hits and most recently been reinvented as a Las Vegas headliner.  These were also Presley’s first (and as it would turn out, only) New York concerts; the earlier appearances were all television broadcasts.

One week following Elvis’ concerts, an album chronicling the event was released.  It went triple-platinum.  Forty years later, Elvis as Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden has gained a new mix, a new title and a new lease on life as Prince from Another Planet: Elvis as Recorded Live at Madison Square Garden  – 40th Anniversary Edition from RCA and Legacy Recordings (2 CDs/1 DVD, 88697 195388 2).  Produced by Rob Santos and Ernst Mikael Jorgensen and with the inclusion of newly-discovered video from the Garden, it’s even more electrifying than before.

Elvis sold out four shows at the Garden, the first artist to do so.  The concert presented on the original album was from Saturday evening, June 10, 1972. That day’s afternoon performance was also recorded, though it wasn’t issued in full until 1997’s An Afternoon in the Garden. Prince from Another Planet pairs both albums for the very first time, with key sonic upgrades:  Michael Brauer has remixed both shows, and Vic Anesini has mastered the two CDs.  As a result, both shows have more vivid presence than ever before.

But the main attraction of this anniversary reissue is the three-segment DVD component, available only in the box set edition.  What will you find here?  Hit the jump for that, and more! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

November 16, 2012 at 10:18