Fans of ‘The King’ will be rushing to get a copy of ‘Prince From Another Planet: 40th Anniversary Edition’, a deluxe two CD + DVD box set containing a pair of hour long performance recordings from his Madison Square Garden shows in June 1972.
The box set takes its name from a New York Times headline for a review of the four sold-out shows. Approximately 80,000 tickets were sold for the concerts performed between the 9th and 11th of June at the iconic venue. CD two reprises the Saturday night show in its entirety, featuring 20 songs (plus introductions) originally issued on LP on the 18th of June 1972, just eight days after the concert took place. CD one reprises the (slightly longer) Saturday afternoon show, some 23 songs (plus introductions), archived and issued for the first time 25 years later in 1997, on CD. For this 40th Anniversary release, the recordings have been newly mixed for the first time by respected New York engineer Michael Brauer.
Accompanying the two CDs is an evocative 5,000 word essay written by Lenny Kaye, long-time guitarist for Patti Smith. There is also a bonus DVD that presents unseen footage of the Saturday afternoon show, captured on hand-held camera by a fan, as well as video of the press conference that took place on Friday afternoon before the big weekend. The recently discovered fan footage is set to make its world premiere during the highly popular ‘Elvis Week’ in Memphis on Friday the 17th of August.
‘Prince From Another Planet: 40th Anniversary Edition’ will be released on the 30th of October through RCA/Legacy records. For a full track listing please visit the official Elvis website here