The unreleased dress rehearsal from the most
watched TV-Special of all time.
Perhaps it was the
knowledge that this was not The Show that gave this performance its
relaxed authority. Perhaps it was in this rehearsal that Elvis
proved privately to himself that he would be able to do it for the
world two days later. Perhaps it was just a lucky phase of the moon.
But whatever the reason, Elvis never bettered what he delivered that
night. As a back up to the actual live broadcast (which was delayed
in the U.S.), the dress rehearsal was recorded in full. These
recently rediscovered, fifteen year-old archival tapes have now been
assembled into a truly extraordinary album.
Producer Rick Rowe has taken full advantage of the advances in
recording and mixing technology since the actual show. This
multi-track digital mix shimmers with a vitality simply never before
available. We're sure you will agree that no live Elvis recording
has ever sounded better, and that no recording has ever better
captured his singular magie and mastery.
The repertoire of the show extends over the full range of Presley's
broad interpretive talent. From the gritty rock of "See See Rider"
and "Blue Suede Shoes" to pop ballad classics like "My Way" and "What
Now My Love", he demonstrates his supple versatility with an ease
that seems effortless. With Hank Williams' immortal "I'm So Lonesome
I Could Cry" he achingly aeknowledges his country roots just as "Hound
Dog" nods to his equal debt to black rhythm and blues. He energizes
James Taylor's "Steamroller Blues" with a blistering erotic heat and
sende genuine chills up the spine with his unabashed Southern
patriotism in "American Trilogy".
lt is all vintage Elvis, still as fresh and moving as the day it was
In addition, also included are three special
Hawaiian numbers recorded at a late night session to reflect the
television special's island theme.
With its superb sound quality, this album offers Elvis fans a
special treat that will never be repeated: A superb Presley
performance from the acme of his career, presented with all the
polish the most modern technology can provide.The resulting sheen is
irresistible but it's still the Power of The King himself that
endures and endures. (from the liner notes)