Reprint of an official K-Tel LP from 1981. The content was taken
from the live albums "In Person",
"Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden"
"Aloha From Hawaii
In another tie in with RCA / K-Tel Records the live compilation 'The Ultimate
Performance' was released in the UK in 1981. This album featured live tracks
from the albums 'Elvis In Person', 'Elvis Live On Stage At Madison Square
Garden', and 'Aloha From Hawaii' edited together to make it sound like one
complete concert. The album was TV advertised using clips from the 'Aloha'
special. Once again it made the album charts, and it became a huge seller. The
original album with it's beautiful painted front sleeve, was never released on
Until now !
Using the latest masters and mixed just like the original album, this is indeed
Elvis' Ultimate Performance CD release! Housed in a beautiful 3-panel digipak,
this classic K-TEL release is now available on silver pressed CD, for the very
When Elvis Presley returned to the live cabaret in 1969 a new Presley walked
onto the showroom stage at the Las. Vegas International Hotel. Elvis was now
backed by a large orchestra fronted by Bob Morris - 'complete with strings,
brass and a session band of America's finest musicians, Messrs Burton, Tutt,
Wilkinson, and Scheff. Vocal support was on hand from the Imperials, the Sweet
Inspirations, and Millie Kirkham. The performances on this album were recorded
during three events which meant most to Elvis. Our selections include. songs
from the final week of his first Las Vegas season in August 1969, Elvis' June
10th 1972 show at Madison Square Garden, New York, and a 1973 Hawaiian concert.
The latter was an entertainment landmark. On 14th January that year Elvis
Presley's image and voice were simultaneously beamed around the world by
communications satellites to a quarter of the world's television population. For
the New York and Honolulu concerts Elvis was supported on stage by the Joe
Guercio Orchestra and additional vocals were courtesy of J.D. Sumner & the
Stamps, the Sweet Inspirations- and Kathy Westmoreland-his now regular Las Vegas
line up. '
Glen Hardin had joined the line up, and as usual Charlie Hodge busked on guitar
whilst handing his master the occasional drinks, and the odd scarf which after
mopping his brow was tossed into an eager sea of hands protruding from the
20,000 strong audience. ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA - the title theme from "2001-A
Space Odyssey" had become an opener for many Las Vegas artists. Presley too
liked the dramatic score so much that he made it one of his programme trade
Marks. SEE SEE RIDER, BLUE SUEDE SHOES, and JOHNNY B GOODE left the audience in
no doubt that at least Elvis Presley was on stage. ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT was
perhaps expected, but the three Madison Square Garden performances, NEVER BEEN
TO SPAIN, YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME, and IMPOSSIBLE DREAM were
surprising choices though performed to perfection. After these numbers no one
need ever doubt Presley 's vocal ability.
AMERICAN TRILOGY became an Elvis Fans' Anthem especially following his untimely
death. IN THE GHETTO, SUSPICIOUS MINDS and BURNING LOVE were all hit singles for
Elvis and -the song LOVE ME comes originally from the movie score of his first
picture "Love Me Tender". The Bee Gee's number WORDS is beautifully performed
and nicely arranged.
Remember when listening to this album that there's no- studio wizardery here -
all the tracks were recorded live. POLK SALAD ANNIE is still one of the most
sensual performances ever to be cut on record, and the following number I CAN'T
STOP LOVING YOU gave Elvis the opportunity to unwind after the previous
exhilarating performance. Presley carefully thought out his running order. With
all good things coming to an end the audience were conditioned with the opening
strains of CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE that this was "their" last number with
Elvis - he never gave an encore...he didn't have to - he had performed his very
best, and there was nothing left for him to do.