Elvis Presley The Best of The '68 Comeback Special

The Best of The '68 Comeback Special

Elvis Presley

Released on February 15, 2019 by RCA - Legacy

Main artist: Elvis Presley

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock

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Album : 1 disk - 19 tracks Total length : 00:48:26

  1. 1 Trouble / Guitar Man (Live) (Live)

    Mike Stoller, Composer, Lyricist - Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leiber, Composer, Lyricist - BONES HOWE, Producer, Engineer - Jerry Hubbard, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  2. 2 Heartbreak Hotel (First 'Stand-Up' Show) (Live) (Live)

    Tommy Durden, Composer, Lyricist - Mae-Boren Axton, Composer, Lyricist - Elvis Presley, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : Originally recorded 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  3. 3 Hound Dog (Second 'Stand-Up' Show) (Live) (Live)

    Jerry Leiber, Composer, Lyricist - Mike Stoller, Composer, Lyricist - Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - BONES HOWE, Producer, Engineer Copyright : (P) 2008 BMG Music

  4. 4 All Shook Up (Second 'Stand-Up' Show) (Live) (Live)

    Elvis Presley, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Otis Blackwell, Composer, Lyricist - BONES HOWE, Producer, Engineer Copyright : (P) 2008 BMG Music

  5. 5 Can't Help Falling in Love (First 'Stand-Up' Show) (Live) (Live)

    Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Peretti, Composer, Lyricist - Luigi Creatore, Composer, Lyricist - BONES HOWE, Producer, Engineer - George Weiss, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : Originally Recorded 1968. All rights reserved by BMG Music

  6. 6 Jailhouse Rock (First 'Stand-Up' Show) (Live) (Live)

    Jerry Leiber, Composer, Lyricist - Mike Stoller, Composer, Lyricist - Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : (P) 1998 BMG Music

  7. 7 Don't Be Cruel (First 'Stand-Up' Show) (Live) (Live)

    Elvis Presley, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Otis Blackwell, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 1998 BMG Music

  8. 8 Blue Suede Shoes (Second 'Sit-Down' Show) (Live) (Live)

    Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Perkins, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2008 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  9. 9 Baby, What You Want Me To Do (First 'Stand-Up' Show) (Live) (Live)

    Jimmy Reed, Composer, Lyricist - Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mixer - Jan Eliasson, Re-Mastering Engineer - Roger Semon, Reissue Producer - Ernst Mikael Jørgensen, Reissue Producer Copyright : (P) 1998 BMG Music

  10. 10 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (First 'Sit-Down' Show) (Live) (Live)

    Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Turk, Composer, Lyricist - Lou Handman, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 1998 BMG Music

  11. 11 One Night (Second 'Sit-Down' Show) (Live) (Live)

    Peter King, Composer, Lyricist - Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Bartholomew, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2008 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  12. 12 Love Me Tender (First 'Stand-Up' Show) (Live) (Live)

    Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Presley, Composer, Lyricist - VERA MATSON, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 1998 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  13. 13 Trying To Get To You (Second 'Sit-Down' Show) (Live) (Live)

    Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Singleton, Composer, Lyricist - McCoy Tyner, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) Originally released prior to 1972. All rights reserved by BMG Music

  14. 14 Love Me (Second 'Sit Down' Show) (Live) (Live)

    Jerry Leiber, Composer, Lyricist - Mike Stoller, Composer, Lyricist - Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : Originally recorded 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  15. 15 Memories (Live) (Live)

    Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Strange, Composer, Lyricist - BONES HOWE, Producer, Engineer - Mac Davis, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : Originally Recorded 1968. All rights reserved by BMG Music

  16. 16 A Little Less Conversation

    Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Strange, Composer, Lyricist - Mac Davis, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  17. 17 Suspicious Minds

    Chips Moman, Producer - AL PACHUCKI, Engineer - Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark James, Composer, Lyricist - FELTON JARVIS, Producer Copyright : Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  18. 18 Burning Love

    Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Linde, Composer, Lyricist - FELTON JARVIS, Producer Copyright : (P) 1972 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  19. 19 If I Can Dream (from the NBC Elvis All-Star Tribute)

    Carrie Underwood, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Earl Brown, Composer, Lyricist - Blake Shelton, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Presley, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Darius Rucker, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Shawn Mendes, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Post Malone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Presley, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : (P) 2019 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

About

The King of Rock & Roll's 1968 Christmas television special and corresponding LP needed no other title than ELVIS (emblazoned in letters as tall as the record itself), but it became enshrined as "The '68 Comeback Special." During the late '60s, several years removed from live performance of any kind, Elvis had become something previously unimaginable: safe. His recorded output and material were strictly controlled to maximize profits, his appearances were limited to movie theaters, and only his friends saw the uninhibited rebel that had shocked America during the mid-'50s. But when Presley and Colonel Tom Parker agreed to record a Christmas television special to be directed and co-produced by Steve Binder, it became the catalyst for a comeback. Binder's previous involvement in television (the widely respected T.A.M.I. Show and Hullabaloo) had proved that he understood the best way to present rock music in a television context. On the eve of recording, Binder and his tested crew were on track to produce an excellent show (with dramatic and thematic set pieces tied to Elvis' performances), but it was Binder's chance witnessing of an informal after-hours jam in Elvis' dressing room that transformed a sturdy television vehicle into one of the signal moments in Elvis' career. Binder proposed that Elvis perform part of his special in an informal sit-down jam session, spending time reflecting on the Elvis sensation of the late '50s while he performed some of his old favorites with a group of friends. Although initial reception to the idea was lukewarm (from the Colonel especially), Elvis finally agreed and, with only a few days before taping, invited two of his earliest bandmates, Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana, to join him. Although he exhibited more nerves than he ever had in the past -- a combination of the importance this chance obviously presented plus the large gap between the psychedelic music culture of 1968 and the rather quaint rock & roll of ten years earlier -- Elvis delivered an incredible performance throughout the television special. His vocal performances were loose and gutsy, and his repartee was both self-deprecating and sarcastic about his early days as well as his moribund film career ("There's something wrong with my lip!...I got news for you baby, I did 29 pictures like that"). He was uninhibited and utterly unsafe, showing the first inkling in ten years that life and spirit were still left in music's biggest artistic property. The resulting LP, NBC-TV Special, combined sit-down and stand-up segments, but probably over-compensated on the stand-up segments. Several previous RCA compilations (Memories: The '68 Comeback Special and Tiger Man) issued more of the sit-down shows, but for the 40th anniversary of its recording, RCA released The Complete '68 Comeback Special, a lavish four-disc box set. It collects the original LP plus bonus tracks on the first disc, then presents Elvis' complete performances of the two sit-down shows and two stand-up shows on two successive discs. A fourth disc includes earlier rehearsals for the special that find Elvis incredibly loose and joking with friends as well as the audience. Although four discs centering on a single show verge on overkill for any but the most enthusiastic fans, what impresses about The Complete '68 Comeback Special is how much it prefigures the rest of Elvis' career. Dramatic, intense, driven, and earthy, frequently moving but not without the occasional cloying note, Elvis during the '70s was the apotheosis of rock music, a righteous blend of rock and soul, gospel and pop, blues and country. ~ John Bush

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