Tuesday, July 2, 2019

'Live 1969,' archival Elvis Presley in Las Vegas box set, due next month

The 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas residency at the International Hotel will be commemorated this summer with "Live 1969," a deluxe 11-CD box set out Aug. 9 on RCA/Legacy.

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 “Suspicious Minds” (the track celebrates its 50th anniversary on Aug. 26). The King of Rock and Roll was backed by two vocal groups (The Imperials and The Sweet Inspirations), a full orchestra and a band later known as the TCB band.

For the first time ever, "Live 1969" features the release of eleven complete sets from Elvis’ '69 engagement. Of these, four are being released in full for the first time ever - including two Elvis shows that have remained almost completely unheard for fifty years (Aug. 22, 25). 

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 Aug. 9 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.

Fans who pre-order these releases through 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.

Check our this trailer for Elvis 1969:

Listen and follow the Elvis Presley: Live 1969 & More playlist:

Besides "Live in 1969," RCA/Legacy Recordings will release "American Sound 1969" digitally on Aug. 23. The collection features over 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material from Elvis’ 1969 American Sound Studio sessions – which resulted in "From Elvis In Memphis" record later that year.

"American Sound 1969" is available for pre-order now:

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