ELVIS: '68 COMEBACK SPECIAL: 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

by Elvis Presley
$199.00
Release Date: 30th November 2018

’68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) is the definitive chronicle of the now legendary NBC-TV show, Elvis. After years of making formulaic movies, Elvis was finally unleashed to perform live again on an intimate stage with his original sidemen, Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana. Playing “That’s All Right”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and many of his great hits, the sheer rawness and excitement of the performances attracted unanimous critical acclaim. Greil Marcus in his book Mystery Train said, “If ever there was music that could bleed, this was it”.  1968 was a profound year for America. Martin Luther King had been assassinated, and while Elvis was making the special, Bobby Kennedy was shot. The closing song “If I Can Dream” encapsulates every emotion that Elvis and the entire production crew felt during the making of the special. NBC-TV’s Elvis is as raw and inspirational today as it was in 1968.

This 50th Anniversary Edition includes all the known audio recordings from RCA’s vault and all the videotaped performances are here for the first time on Blu-ray.

For millions of fans, including a young Bruce Springsteen, the Elvis ‘68 Comeback Special was a life-changing event.  “I remember I waited for weeks for the ’68 Special," Springsteen recollected recently. "I knew it was coming. I can remember exactly where our TV was set up in the dining room, the exact place I was sitting.  I mean, it’s one of those things that’s imprinted on my memory forever."

CAREER-DEFINING ’68 COMEBACK

  • 7-Disc definitive box set chronicles the pivotal NBC-TV ’68 special called Elvis and takes you behind the scenes in audio and remastered 4:3 Blu-ray video
  • Contains ALL KNOWN recordings/rehearsals from the RCA vaults and from original NBC-TV videotapes
  • 80-page book includes a new, oral history on the special, crafted from interviews with producer Steve Binder, recording engineer Bones Howe, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Priscilla Presley, Emmylou Harris, Scotty Moore conducted for Thom Zimny's 2018 documentary, "Elvis Presley: The Searcher.”  
  • The book also features rare photos and memorabilia and full recording data
  • Over 7.5 hours of footage across 2 newly mastered Blu-ray discs, overseen by Thom Zimny.

 

5 CD / 2 Blu-Ray, 80-page book housed in hardshell slipcase

TRACKLISTING:

CD1: ELVIS (NBC-TV Special) original album and outtakes

CD2: First “sit-down” and “stand-up” shows – June 27 and 29, 1968

CD3: Second “sit-down” and “stand-up” shows – June 27 and 29, 1968

CD4: First and second rehearsals in Elvis’ dressing room – June 24 and 25, 1968

CD5: The Wrecking Crew Sessions: studio outtakes from the special – June 20-23, 1968

BD1-2: Original and extended cuts of television special, complete “sit-down” and “stand-up” shows and outtakes

 

ELVIS PRESLEY – ’68 COMEBACK SPECIAL (50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)

CD 1

The Original Album

  1. Trouble / Guitar Man (Opening)
  2. Medley:

   Lawdy, Miss Clawdy

   Baby, What You Want Me To Do

   Dialogue; Medley: Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / All Shook Up

   Can't Help Falling In Love

   Jailhouse Rock

   Dialogue; Love Me Tender

  1. Medley:

    Dialogue; Where Could I Go But To The Lord / Up Above My Head / Saved

  1. Medley:

    Dialogue; Blue Christmas (5:34)

    Dialogue; One Night

  1. Memories
  2. Medley:

     Nothingville / Dialogue; Big Boss Man / Guitar Man / Little Egypt / Trouble / Guitar Man

  1. If I Can Dream

Bonus Cuts

  1. It Hurts Me (splice/edit of part 1 – take 7, part 2 – take 7 & part 1 – take 6)
  2. Let Yourself Go (splice/edit of part 1 – take 1 & part 2 – take 2)
  3. Memories
  4. If I Can Dream

 

CD 2

First "Sit Down" show

  1. That's All Right
  2. Heartbreak Hotel
  3. Love Me
  4. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  5. Blue Suede Shoes
  6. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  7. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  8. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  9. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  10. Blue Christmas
  11. Trying To Get To You
  12. One Night
  13. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  14. One Night
  15. Memories

 

First "Stand Up" show

  1. Heartbreak Hotel
  2. Hound Dog
  3. All Shook Up
  4. Can't Help Falling In Love
  5. Jailhouse Rock
  6. Don't Be Cruel
  7. Blue Suede Shoes
  8. Love Me Tender
  9. Trouble
  10. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  11. If I Can Dream

 

CD 3

Second "Sit Down" show

  1. Heartbreak Hotel
  2. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  3. Introductions
  4. That's All Right
  5. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  6. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  7. Blue Suede Shoes
  8. One Night
  9. Love Me
  10. Trying To Get To You
  11. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  12. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  13. Blue Christmas
  14. Tiger Man
  15. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  16. Memories

 

Second "Stand Up" show

  1. Heartbreak Hotel
  2. Hound Dog
  3. All Shook Up
  4. Can't Help Falling In Love
  5. Jailhouse Rock
  6. Don't Be Cruel
  7. Blue Suede Shoes
  8. Love Me Tender
  9. Trouble/Guitar Man
  10. Trouble/Guitar Man
  11. If I Can Dream

 

CD 4

First rehearsal

  1. I Got A Woman
  2. Blue Moon / Young Love / Oh, Happy Day
  3. When It Rains It Really Pours
  4. Blue Christmas
  5. Are You Lonesome Tonight? / That's My Desire
  6. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
  7. Peter Gunn Theme
  8. Love Me
  9. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  10. Blue Christmas / Santa Claus Is Back In Town

 

Second rehearsal

  1. Danny Boy
  2. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  3. Love Me
  4. Tiger Man
  5. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  7. One Night
  8. Blue Christmas
  9. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  10. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  11. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

 

CD 5

The Wrecking Crew Sessions

  1. Nothingville (Guitar Man's Evil #1) - takes 5 & 6
  2. Guitar Man (Guitar Man's Evil #1) - take 2
  3. Let Yourself Go, part 1 (Guitar Man's Evil #2) - take 5 & 7/M
  4. Let Yourself Go, part 2 (Guitar Man's Evil #3) - take 7/M
  5. Guitar Man (Escape #1, fast) - takes 1, 2 & 5
  6. Big Boss Man (Escape #3) - take 2
  7. It Hurts Me, part 1 (Escape #4) - take 5
  8. It Hurts Me, part 2 (After Karate #1) - take 3
  9. Guitar Man (After Karate #2) - take 1
  10. Little Egypt (After Karate #2) - take 6
  11. Trouble / Guitar Man (After Karate #3) - take 2
  12. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Where Could I Go But To The Lord (Gospel #1) - rehearsal & take 1 (5:23)
  13. Up Above My Head / Saved (Gospel #2) - takes 4 & 7
  14. Saved (Gospel #3) - takes 2 & 4
  15. Trouble / Guitar Man (Opening) - takes 6 & 7
  16. If I Can Dream - take 1
  17. If I Can Dream - takes 2, 3 & 4
  18. Memories - takes 3 & 4/vocal overdub #1
  19. Let Yourself Go (closing instrumental)

 

Blu-ray Disc 1:

Elvis NBC TV Special originally broadcast on December 3, 1968

Black Leather Sit-Down Show #1 - June 27, 1968

Black Leather Sit-Down Show #2 - June 27, 1968

Black Leather Stand-Up Show #1 - June 29, 1968

Black Leather Stand-Up Show #2 - June 29, 1968

 

Blu-ray Disc 2:

Trouble/Guitar Man TV Show Opener - June 30, 1968 - All Takes and Raw Components

If I Can Dream TV Show Closer - June 30, 1968 - All Takes

Huh-Huh-Huh Promo - June 30, 1968

Elvis Closing Credits Without Credit Roll - June 30, 1968

If I Can Dream Special Music Video 2004 - June 30, 1968

Gospel Production Number - All Takes and Raw Components

Guitar Man Production Number - All Takes and Raw Components

Blu-ray Special Feature Re-Cut

 

Musicians

Vocal & guitar: Elvis Presley

 

June 20-23 & 29

The Wrecking Crew:

Guitar: Tommy Tedesco

Guitar: Mike Deasy

Guitar: Al Casey

Bass & keyboards: Larry Knechtel

Bass: Charles Berghofer

Piano: Don Randi

Drums: Hal Blaine

Percussion: John Cyr

Percussion: Elliot Franks

Bongos: Frank DeVito

Harmonica: Tommy Morgan

The NBC Orchestra conducted by Billy Goldenberg

 

June 20-23

Vocals: The Blossoms: Darlene Love, Fanita James, Jean King

Vocals: Julie Rinker, B. J. Baker, Frank Howren, Bill Lee, Gene Merlino, Thurl Ravenscroft, Bill Brown,

Joe Eich, Elaine Black, Dean Parker, Jack Gruberman, Sally Stevens, Jackie Ward, Ronald Hicklin, Tom

Bahler, Mitch Gordon

 

June 24 & 25

Guitar: Elvis Presley

Guitar: Scotty Moore

Percussion: D. J. Fontana

And friends

 

June 27

Guitar: Elvis Presley

Guitar: Scotty Moore

Guitar & Vocals: Charlie Hodge

Guitar case used as Drums: D. J. Fontana

Percussion: Alan Fortas

Tambourine: Lance Legault