ELVIS PRESLEY

Elvis: '68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) (Limited Deluxe Pack)

Model: 19075884022

SKU: 345993 Product ID: 897033

Format ‐ 5CD + 2BLU-RAY + BOOK

Genre ‐ Pop & Rock

Release Date ‐ 30/11/18

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Description

    Limited Deluxe Pack!

    '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!

    Features:

    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.

    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
    Blu-Ray 1-2: Original and extended cuts of television special, complete "sit-down" and "stand-up" shows and outtakes

    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

Details

    Primary Format - Music - CD

    Artist - ELVIS PRESLEY

    Label - Legacy / Sony

    Music Genre - Rock

    Music Genre Primary - Pop & Rock

    Music Genre Secondary - 50s & 60s

Track Listing

CD - 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
  3. Medley: Dialogue; Where Could I Go But To The Lord / Up Above My Head / Saved
  4. Medley: Dialogue; Blue Christmas / Dialogue; One Night
  5. Memories
  6. Medley: Nothingville / Dialogue; Big Boss Man / Guitar Man / Little Egypt / Trouble / Guitar Man
  7. If I Can Dream
  8. It Hurts Me (splice/edit of part 1 take 7, part 2 take 7 & part 1 take 6) (Bonus Cut)
  9. Let Yourself Go (splice/edit of part 1 take 1 & part 2 take 2) (Bonus Cut)
  10. Memories (Bonus Cut)
  11. If I Can Dream (Bonus Cut)

CD - FIRST "SIT DOWN" SHOW / FIRST "STAND UP" SHOW

  1. First "Sit Down" Show: That's All Right
  2. First "Sit Down" Show: Heartbreak Hotel
  3. First "Sit Down" Show: Love Me
  4. First "Sit Down" Show: Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  5. First "Sit Down" Show: Blue Suede Shoes
  6. First "Sit Down" Show: Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  7. First "Sit Down" Show: Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  8. First "Sit Down" Show: Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  9. First "Sit Down" Show: When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  10. First "Sit Down" Show: Blue Christmas
  11. First "Sit Down" Show: Trying To Get To You
  12. First "Sit Down" Show: One Night
  13. First "Sit Down" Show: Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  14. First "Sit Down" Show: One Night
  15. First "Sit Down" Show: Memories
  16. First "Stand Up" Show: Heartbreak Hotel
  17. First "Stand Up" Show: Hound Dog
  18. First "Stand Up" Show: All Shook Up
  19. First "Stand Up" Show: Can't Help Falling In Love
  20. First "Stand Up" Show: Jailhouse Rock
  21. First "Stand Up" Show: Don't Be Cruel
  22. First "Stand Up" Show: Blue Suede Shoes
  23. First "Stand Up" Show: Love Me Tender
  24. First "Stand Up" Show: Trouble
  25. First "Stand Up" Show: Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  26. First "Stand Up" Show: If I Can Dream

CD - SECOND "SIT DOWN" SHOW / SECOND "STAND UP" SHOW

  1. Second "Sit Down" Show: Heartbreak Hotel
  2. Second "Sit Down" Show: Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  3. Second "Sit Down" Show: Introductions
  4. Second "Sit Down" Show: That's All Right
  5. Second "Sit Down" Show: Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  6. Second "Sit Down" Show: Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  7. Second "Sit Down" Show: Blue Suede Shoes
  8. Second "Sit Down" Show: One Night
  9. Second "Sit Down" Show: Love Me
  10. Second "Sit Down" Show: Trying To Get To You
  11. Second "Sit Down" Show: Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  12. Second "Sit Down" Show: Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  13. Second "Sit Down" Show: Blue Christmas
  14. Second "Sit Down" Show: Tiger Man
  15. Second "Sit Down" Show: When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  16. Second "Sit Down" Show: Memories
  17. Second "Stand Up" Show: Heartbreak Hotel
  18. Second "Stand Up" Show: Hound Dog
  19. Second "Stand Up" Show: All Shook Up
  20. Second "Stand Up" Show: Can't Help Falling In Love
  21. Second "Stand Up" Show: Jailhouse Rock
  22. Second "Stand Up" Show: Don't Be Cruel
  23. Second "Stand Up" Show: Blue Suede Shoes
  24. Second "Stand Up" Show: Love Me Tender
  25. Second "Stand Up" Show: Trouble/Guitar Man
  26. Second "Stand Up" Show: Trouble/Guitar Man
  27. Second "Stand Up" Show: If I Can Dream

CD - FIRST REHEARSAL / SECOND REHEARSAL

  1. First Rehearsal: I Got A Woman
  2. First Rehearsal: Blue Moon / Young Love / Oh, Happy Day
  3. First Rehearsal: When It Rains It Really Pours
  4. First Rehearsal: Blue Christmas
  5. First Rehearsal: Are You Lonesome Tonight? / That's My Desire
  6. First Rehearsal: That's When Your Heartaches Begin
  7. First Rehearsal: Peter Gunn Theme
  8. First Rehearsal: Love Me
  9. First Rehearsal: When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  10. First Rehearsal: Blue Christmas / Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  11. Second Rehearsal: Danny Boy
  12. Second Rehearsal: Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  13. Second Rehearsal: Love Me
  14. Second Rehearsal: Tiger Man
  15. Second Rehearsal: Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  16. Second Rehearsal: Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  17. Second Rehearsal: One Night
  18. Second Rehearsal: Blue Christmas
  19. Second Rehearsal: Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  20. Second Rehearsal: When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  21. Second Rehearsal: Blue Moon Of Kentucky

CD - 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
  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

  1. Elvis NBC TV Special originally broadcast on December 3, 1968
  2. Black Leather Sit-Down Show #1 - June 27, 1968
  3. Black Leather Sit-Down Show #2 - June 27, 1968
  4. Black Leather Stand-Up Show #1 - June 29, 1968
  5. Black Leather Stand-Up Show #2 - June 29, 1968

BLU-RAY

  1. Trouble/Guitar Man TV Show Opener - June 30, 1968 - All Takes and Raw Components
  2. If I Can Dream TV Show Closer - June 30, 1968 - All Takes
  3. Huh-Huh-Huh Promo - June 30, 1968
  4. Elvis Closing Credits Without Credit Roll - June 30, 1968
  5. If I Can Dream Special Music Video 2004 - June 30, 1968
  6. Gospel Production Number - All Takes and Raw Components
  7. Guitar Man Production Number - All Takes and Raw Components
  8. Blu-ray Special Feature Re-Cut

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