Two Elvis Presley box sets detailed for 50th anniversary

Massive 50th Anniversary box set of Live 1969 available August 9th and digital unreleased outtakes August 23rd

The 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s transformative Las Vegas residency at the International Hotel will be commemorated this summer with Live 1969, a deluxe 11 CD box set out August 9th on RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Marking his return to the stage for the first time in eight years, Elvis’ 1969 Vegas run featured 57 sold-out shows and the live debut of his signature No. 1 hit “Suspicious Minds” (the track celebrates its 50th anniversary on August 26th). The transcendent performances included The King of Rock and Roll backed by two vocal groups (The Imperials and The Sweet Inspirations), a full orchestra and a band later known as the TCB band.

Live 1969 is the definitive collection of The King at the height of his power. For the first time ever, it features the release of eleven complete sets from Elvis’ August 1969 engagement at Las Vegas’ International Hotel. Of these performances, four are being released in full for the first time ever – including two Elvis shows that have remained almost completely unheard for fifty years (August 22nd and 25th). The package also includes a 52 page booklet with rare photos, memorabilia and an oral history by Ken Sharp curated from historic interviews with Elvis, Colonel Tom Parker, Tom Jones, Jerry Schilling, James Burton, Cissy Houston, Terry Blackwood, George Klein, Fats Domino and more.

Also, being released on August 9th is the special 2 LP Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 26, 1969. The vinyl release features Elvis’ complete set from August 26’s Midnight show. The material includes a repertoire of blues-tinged rock ‘n’ roll, beautiful ballads and his two, brand-new hit singles “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds.” The performance also gives rare insight into an otherwise very private man, as Elvis cracks jokes and tells in-depth stories about his career.

Fans who pre-order these releases through ShopElvis.com can select from bundle packages that include an exclusive t-shirt and a replica International Hotel keychain.

Additionally, an exclusive limited-edition hot pink and yellow version of the 2 LP Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 26, 1969, will be available through Shop Graceland, and fans who use Shop Graceland to pre-order will also receive a collector’s item Elvis TCB keychain with purchase.

Elvis’ residency at the International Hotel followed his massively successful Comeback Special on NBC-TV in 1968, featuring Elvis for 29 nights and a total of 57 sold out performances. The International Hotel boasted the biggest showroom in Vegas at the time, with a stage large enough for a 40-piece orchestra and capable of seating 2,000 (although 200 more were accommodated each night). The shows were considered to be a dazzling success by fans and critics alike.

In addition to Live in 1969, RCA/Legacy Recordings will release American Sound 1969 digitally on August 23rd. The collection features over 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material from Elvis’ 1969 American Sound Studio sessions – which resulted in his From Elvis In Memphis record later that year. From Elvis In Memphis ranks among Elvis’ most universally beloved records, spawning the iconic hit “In The Ghetto.”

The other singles from 1969 include “Don’t Cry Daddy,” “Suspicious Minds,” and “Mama Liked The Roses,” each of which went on to sell over one million copies. “Suspicious Minds” became Elvis’ 18th and final single to top the Billboard 100 – a prime example of his late career renaissance. American Sound 1969 includes alternate versions of each of these classics and more.

11 CD

CD 1:

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I Got a Woman
3. All Shook Up
4. Love Me Tender
5. Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Hound Dog
8. Memories
9. Mystery Train/Tiger Man
10. Monologue
11. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
12. Runaway
13. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
14. Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude
15. Band Introductions
16. In the Ghetto
17. Suspicious Minds
18. What’d I Say
19. Can’t Help Falling In Love

CD 2:

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I Got a Woman
3. All Shook Up
4. Love Me Tender
5. Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Hound Dog
8. Memories
9. Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man
10. Monologue (Lifestory)
11. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
12. Runaway
13. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
14. Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude
15. Introductions
16. In the Ghetto
17. Suspicious Minds
18. What’d I Say
19. Can’t Help Falling In Love

CD 3:

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I Got a Woman
3. All Shook Up
4. Love Me Tender
5. Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Hound Dog
8. Memories
9. My Babe
10. Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man
11. Monologue
12. Baby What You Want Me To Do
13. Funny How Time Slips Away
14. Runaway
15. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
16. Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude
17. Introductions
18. In the Ghetto
19. Suspicious Minds
20. What’d I Say
21. Can’t Help Falling In Love

CD 4:

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I Got a Woman
3. All Shook Up
4. Love Me Tender
5. Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Hound Dog
8. Memories
9. Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man
10. Monologue
11. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
12. Runaway
13. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
14. Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude
15. Introductions
16. In the Ghetto
17. Suspicious Minds
18. What’d I Say
19. Can’t Help Falling In Love

CD 5:

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I Got a Woman
3. All Shook Up
4. Love Me Tender
5. Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Hound Dog
8. Memories
9. Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man
10. Monologue
11. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
12. Runaway
13. Reconsider Baby
14. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
15. Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude
16. Introductions
17. In the Ghetto
18. Suspicious Minds
19. What’d I Say
20. Can’t Help Falling In Love

CD 6:

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I Got a Woman
3. All Shook Up
4. Love Me Tender
5. Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Hound Dog
8. I Can’t Stop Loving You
9. Johnny B. Goode
10. Elvis Talks About His Career
11. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
12. Runaway
13. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
14. Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude
15. Introductions
16. In the Ghetto
17. Suspicious Minds
18. What’d I Say
19. Can’t Help Falling In Love

CD 7:

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I Got a Woman
3. All Shook Up
4. Love Me Tender
5. Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Hound Dog
8. I Can’t Stop Loving You
9. Johnny B. Goode
10. Monologue
11. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
12. Runaway
13. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
14. Words
15. Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude
16. Introductions
17. In the Ghetto
18. Suspicious Minds
19. Can’t Help Falling In Love

CD 8:

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I Got a Woman
3. All Shook Up
4. Love Me Tender
5. Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Hound Dog
8. Memories
9. Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man
10. Monologue
11. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
12. Funny How Time Slips Away
13. Runaway
14. Words
15. Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude
16. Introductions
17. In the Ghetto
18. Suspicious Minds
19. What’d I Say
20. Can’t Help Falling In Love

CD 9:

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I Got a Woman
3. All Shook Up
4. Love Me Tender
5. Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Hound Dog
8. I Can’t Stop Loving You
9. My Babe
10. Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man
11. Monologue
12. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
13. Runaway
14. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
15. Words
16. Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude
17. Introductions
18. In the Ghetto
19. Suspicious Minds
20. What’d I Say
21. Can’t Help Falling In Love

CD 10:

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I Got a Woman
3. All Shook Up
4. Love Me Tender
5. Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Hound Dog
8. Memories
9. My Babe
10. Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man
11. Monologue
12. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
13. Runaway
14. Inherit the Wind
15. Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude
16. Introductions
17. In the Ghetto
18. Suspicious Minds
19. Can’t Help Falling In Love

CD 11:

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I Got a Woman
3. All Shook Up
4. Love Me Tender
5. Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Hound Dog
8. I Can’t Stop Loving You
9. Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man
10. Monologue
11. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
12. Runaway
13. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing Version)
14. Rubberneckin’
15. Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude
16. Introductions
17. In the Ghetto
18. This Is the Story
19. Suspicious Minds
20. Can’t Help Falling In Love

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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