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Laughing version of "Are you lonesome tonight?"

Wed Jun 04, 2003 1:40 pm

Hi all,

Has the laughing version of AYLT ever been released on film??It'd just that during the ELVIS-THE CONCERT show in Dublin last week they played it but edited out the spoken/laughing section!! I don't recall ever seeing Elvis doing this version, or even with his Gretch electric guitar before.The program for the show says that it is from TTWII, but it has been a long time since i saw the original version.

Any Help??


Wed Jun 04, 2003 3:26 pm

The famous laughing version of AYLT is from August ´69.
The footage used in Elvis The Concert is from August ´70 (filmed for TTWII) and originates from the original format for TTWII-SE, but never made it to the videorelease.
The footage is also not edited, Elvis just cuts the song off right before the spoken part.


Wed Jun 04, 2003 3:46 pm

Thanks Edwin,

Is this Aug 70 version released on cd, as i would like to hear it.Elvis does mention the line "Do you gaze at your bald head" and starts laughing in the Elvis-The Concert version so i just presumed it was the famous version edited, as it sounded edited.

And, when did he stop using his Gretch electric guitar on stage?


Wed Jun 04, 2003 4:03 pm

Disc 2 (The Concert) That's The Way It Is - Special Edition by BMG


Wed Jun 04, 2003 5:29 pm

Collectors Gold Disc 3! This is the best place to get this. It is hysterical.

Wed Jun 04, 2003 5:43 pm

It's also on Disc 3 of "Elvis Aron Presley" (Silver Box Set)
The Las Vegas years.


Wed Jun 04, 2003 6:02 pm

Genesim and Sam - you are both refering to the 1969 version.......the post is about the version from 1970. In any event ........Collectors Gold is not the best source for the 1969 rendition.............the Silver Box is. You do not get the full after song comments on Collectors Gold.

Now for the 1970 version - this can be found as already pointed out on Disc 2 of TTWII SE.

The footage of this version was included over the end credits of the restored TTWII SE but was replaced before DVD/Video release with the after show party footage.

However - this footage was circulating among collectors at the time.

The footage is not edited - it is simply a much shorter rendition than the one from 1969.

Wed Jun 04, 2003 6:05 pm

Thanks Clint.

Wed Jun 04, 2003 6:11 pm

You are right Clint. I just automatically think of the 69 version when someone mentions the laughing version. To me the 1970 version is more of a giggle version. He doesn't crack up like in the 69 version.

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Wed Jun 04, 2003 6:17 pm

I always thought the Collectors Gold version sounded better...still I have the Silver box set so I am going to have to do a comparison. I didn't realize one was longer than the other. The Silver Box set is getting more useful all the time. It really was ahead of its time!! To bad more care wasn't put into the mastering and a thought for a bonus tracks. Same goes for the Golden Celebration.

Wed Jun 04, 2003 6:46 pm

Yeah G, but it was only 1980 at the time.
I think for what we got... aside from the TV Special stuff... that box set
easily competes with the likes of Platinum and TT&F.

Wed Jun 04, 2003 8:12 pm

I don't mind the time frame...but it was re-released..remember. They should have put a little time into the sound. Especially considering the rare material.

Wed Jun 04, 2003 8:20 pm

Promocollector -

To answer your original question, no the 'laughing' 1969 version of 'AYLT' which we know from the audio releases, has never appeared on film.

As far as we know, it wasn't filmed.

As you mention, there are other versions on film where he plays around and changes the lyrics etc. but not the full-blown 'laughing' one.

Colin B

Wed Jun 04, 2003 8:52 pm

Thanks Colin B, and everyone for their help!!!


Thu Jun 05, 2003 4:09 am

There's a "laughing" version of "Are You Lonesome Tonight"??!!??

Thu Jun 05, 2003 4:12 am

Yes Doc...

read and learn :wink:


Thu Jun 05, 2003 4:24 am

It was a J - O - K - E.

Read and learn, indeed. You have no sense of humour.

Thu Jun 05, 2003 4:27 am

You think I didn't know that Doc.

Seems you don't have the sense of humour. Did you notice my :wink:


Thu Jun 05, 2003 6:49 am

It is also on Legendary Performer Volume 4

Thu Jun 05, 2003 7:13 am

Legendary Performer Volume 4
IS that the Volume with Plantation Rock on it?

Where else is Plantation Rock found? I know I've got it somewhere. :oops:


Thu Jun 05, 2003 7:55 am


VOL. 4
When it rains, it really pours (unreleased) 4:03
Interview from Tampa 1956 2:09
One night (unreleased) 2:34
I'm beginning to forget you (unreleased) 3:00
Mona Lisa (unreleased) 2:28
Wooden heart (unreleased alternate take) 3:20
Plantation rock (unreleased) 1:52
The lady loves me (unreleased duo) 3:42
Swing down sweet chariot (unreleased) 2:13
That's all right (unreleased live version) 3:04
Are you lonesome tonight? 2:51
Reconsider baby (unreleased live version) 2:47 *
I'll remember you (unreleased live version) 2:35 *

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Thu Jun 05, 2003 10:08 am

Thank you, It's been a long time since I got rid of my records for CDs.
I remember it now. Still wish they'd put out a 2 Cd set of these titles, or even a 4 set with more tracks.