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DISCOGRAPHY – 1973 

DOUBLE LP: ALOHA FROM HAWAII VIA SATELLITE

 

Songs:
Side
1

Also Sprach Zarathustra

See See Rider »

Burning Love »

Something »

You Gave Me a Mountain »

Steamroller Blues »

Side 2

My Way »

Love Me »

Johnny B. Goode »

It’s Over »

Blue Suede Shoes »

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry »

I Can’t Stop Loving You »

Hound Dog »

Side 3

What Now My Love »

Fever »

Welcome to My World »

Suspicious Minds »

Introductions by Elvis

Side 4

I’ll Remember You »

Long Tall Sally » / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On »

An American Trilogy »

A Big Hunk O’Love »

Can’t Help Falling in Love »

Closing vamp

 

Reference: (US) RCA VPSX 6089 / New number assigned in 1977 (US) RCA CPD2 2642

 

Date of release: February 1973


 


Information: This two-recorded set was the soundtrack to Elvis's January 14, 1973, world TV special, Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii, and RCA's first Quadradisc album. Within a few days of release, the LP achieved over $1 million in sales, making it the first Quadradisc in the industry to go gold. (The Gold Record was certified by the RIAA on February 13, 1973). The cover photograph was taken by the Apollo 15 astronauts (David R. Scott, Alfred M. Worden, and James B. Irwin) during their moon mission (July 26 to August 7, 1971). A depiction of Intelsat IV, the communications satellite that was used to broadcast the TV special to the world, also appeared on the cover. The album opened up to reveal the phrase "We Love Elvis", written in several different languages. Although it was issued in Quadraphonic, first pressions of Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite had "stereo" printed on the cover. In addition, no song titles were listed. To correct the problem, RCA attached two gold stickers: one that had the album's contents and one that said, "Quadradisc". Later pressings listed the song titles on a drawing of the planet Saturn and had "Quadradisc" printed on the jacket. A few promotional copies of Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite were sent to radio stations. Those copies, which were first pressings, had song titles and times listed on a white sticker.

The Stokely Van Camp Company, which sponsored the  April 4, 1973, NBC-TV telecast of the special, took about four or five dozen of the RCA LPs and attached its own "Sneak Preview" sticker to the front cover and an advertisement to the back cover, then distributed them to some of its employees. The Sneak Preview sticker read: "Sneak Preview. Chicken of the Sea Sponsers Elvis Presley's Greatest TV Performance. 'Elvis, Aloha From Hawaii'. April 4/NBC/90 minutes. 8:30-10:00 EST."

Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite reached number one (for one week) on Billboard's Top LPs chart and remained on the chart for 52 weeks. It was Elvis's last number one album.




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