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Elvis Presley / ’68 Comeback Special 50th anniversary box set

50th anniversary • All existing audio and video • 5CD + 2 x blu-ray

Sony will celebrate Elvis Presley‘s ’68 Comeback Special will a seven-disc super deluxe edition box set, due to be issued at the end of November.

The TV special was actually called Singer… presents Elvis (the Singer corporation being the sponsor) and was rescued from being a schmaltzy affair (with The King singing Christmas Carols) by producer Bob Finkel and director Steve Binder who combined to produce something that would appeal to a younger demographic and help to update Elvis Presley’s sound.

The really memorable section of the show was the ‘sit down’ element, that had Elvis on stage dressed in black leather, guitar in hand, with guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana. This performance included raw takes of some of Presley’s best records, including ‘That’s All Right’ and ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’ Great versions of  ‘Baby, What You Want Me to Do’ and ‘Lawdy, Miss Clawdy’ signaled Presley’s return to rock ‘n’ roll, after years in Hollywood making  forgettable movies and dubious soundtracks.

The ’68 Comeback Special, as it became known, aired on 3 December 1968 and helped rejuvenate Presley’s recording career.

The new box set features five CDs and two blu-rays and collects all of the existing audio and video from the show, including including the original album, both ‘sit-down’ and ‘stand-up’ performances, rehearsals and sessions recorded with the Wrecking Crew in June 1968, including outtakes. The box set includes an 84-page book with the story told through interviews conducted for this year’s HBO documentary ‘The Searcher’.

This 50th anniversary ’68 Comeback Special box set will be issued on 30 November 2018.

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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”
3. Medley:
Dialogue; “Where Could I Go But To The Lord” / “Up Above My Head” / “Saved”
4. Medley:
Dialogue; “Blue Christmas” (5:34)
Dialogue; “One Night”
5. Memories
6. Medley: “Nothingville” / Dialogue; “Big Boss Man” / “Guitar Man” / “Little Egypt” / “Trouble” / “Guitar Man”
7. “If I Can Dream”
Bonus Cuts
8. “It Hurts Me” (splice/edit of part 1 – take 7, part 2 – take 7 & part 1 – take 6)
9. “Let Yourself Go” (splice/edit of part 1 – take 1 & part 2 – take 2)
10. “Memories”
11. “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
16. “Heartbreak Hotel”
17. “Hound Dog”
18. “All Shook Up”
19. “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
20. “Jailhouse Rock”
21. “Don’t Be Cruel”
22. “Blue Suede Shoes”
23. “Love Me Tender”
24. “Trouble”
25. “Baby, What You Want Me to Do”
26. “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
17. “Heartbreak Hotel”
18. “Hound Dog”
19. “All Shook Up”
20. “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
21. “Jailhouse Rock”
22. “Don’t Be Cruel”
23. “Blue Suede Shoes”
24. “Love Me Tender”
25. “Trouble” / “Guitar Man”
26. “Trouble” / “Guitar Man”
27. “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
11. “Danny Boy”
12. “Baby, What You Want Me to Do”
13. “Love Me”
14. “Tiger Man”
15. “Santa Claus is Back in Town”
16. “Lawdy, Miss Clawdy”
17. “One Night”
18. “Blue Christmas”
19. “Baby, What You Want Me to Do”
20. “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again”
21. “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 Dec. 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

Details as follows:

  1. Opening Production Number
  2. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  3. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  4. Medley: Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / All Shook Up
  5. Can’t Help Falling In Love
  6. Jailhouse Rock
  7. Can I borrow your little whatchacallit?/This leather suit’s hot
  8. Love Me Tender
  9. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  10. Rock & roll music is . . .
  11. Gospel Production Number
  12. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  13. Blue Christmas
  14. Man, I just work here./No strap.
  15. One Night
  16. Memories
  17. Guitar Man Production Number
  18. If I Can Dream – Show Closer
  19. Credits Roll
  20. Elvis takes the stage.
  21. Elvis introduces band-mates.
  22. That’s All Right
  23. Heartbreak Hotel/Spoken Word
  24. Love Me
  25. Swapping axes./Are we on television?
  26. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  27. Touching body with hands./Rock & roll music is . . .
  28. Blue Suede Shoes
  29. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  30. Something wrong with my lip./He’s gotta be crazy.
  31. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  32. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  33. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  34. Blue Christmas
  35. Trying To Get To You
  36. One Night – Somebody pulled the plug, man.
  37. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  38. Man, I just work here./No strap.
  39. One Night
  40. Memories
  41. Audience warm-up./Mr. Elvis Presley.
  42. Heartbreak Hotel
  43. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  44. Elvis refers to script./Introduces band-mates.
  45. That’s All Right/Spoken Word
  46. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  47. Baby, What You Want Me To Do
  48. Can’t even touch myself./You gonna get arrested, boy.
  49. Blue Suede Shoes
  50. We don’t have a strap?/Lines from MacArthur Park.
  51. One Night
  52. Love Me
  53. Hanky flies about./The new music./My style came from . . .
  54. Trying To Get To You/Spoken Word
  55. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  56. Girl saves Elvis tissue lint./Never ceases to amaze me, baby.
  57. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  58. Blue Christmas
  59. Tiger Man
  60. Another tissue girl./MacArthur Park lines.
  61. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  62. Memories/Spoken Word
  63. Audience warm-up./Here’s Elvis Presley.
  64. Heartbreak Hotel/One Night – Sound Goes Out/Spoken Word
  65. Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/All Shook Up/Spoken Word
  66. Can’t Help Falling In Love
  67. Jailhouse Rock
  68. Don’t Be Cruel
  69. Blue Suede Shoes
  70. Love Me Tender/Spoken Word
  71. Anybody got a handkerchief?
  72. Trouble/Spoken Word
  73. Baby, What You Want Me To Do – Impromptu Jam
  74. If I Can Dream – Lip-Synch Performance.
  75. Audience warm-up./And it stars Elvis Presley./Heartbreak Hotel – False start.
  76. Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/All Shook Up
  77. Can’t Help Falling In Love
  78. Jailhouse Rock
  79. Don’t Be Cruel – Moby Dick!
  80. Blue Suede Shoes – False start. One more time, gently.
  81. Blue Suede Shoes
  82. Can I borrow your little whatchacallit?/This leather suit’s hot.
  83. Love Me Tender
  84. Preparation./Who’s that strange man out there, Elvis?
  85. Trouble – Should I be on the microphone here?/Spoken Word
  86. Trouble – I got my lip hung on the microphone./Spoken Word
  87. Trouble/Guitar Man
  88. Lines from MacArthur Park and Tiptoe Through The Tulips
  89. Trouble/Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  90. If I Can Dream – Lip-Synch Performance./Spoken Word

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

Details as follows:

  1. Trouble/Guitar Man
  2. Trouble/Guitar Man
  3. Trouble-Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  4. Trouble/Guitar Man
  5. Trouble/Guitar Man
  6. Trouble/Guitar Man
  7. Trouble/Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  8. Trouble/Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  9. Trouble/Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  10. If I Can Dream
  11. If I Can Dream/Spoken Word
  12. If I Can Dream
  13. If I Can Dream
  14. Huh-Huh-Huh Promo
  15. Elvis Closing Credits Without Credits Roll
  16. If I Can Dream – Special Music Video 2004
  17. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child/Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head
  18. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child/Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head/Spoken Word
  19. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child/Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head/Spoken Word
  20. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
  21. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child/Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Spoken Word
  22. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child/Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head/Spoken Word
  23. Up Above My Head/Saved/Spoken Word
  24. Up Above My Head/Spoken Word
  25. Up Above My Head/Saved/Spoken Word
  26. Up Above My Head/Saved/Spoken Word
  27. Up Above My Head/Saved/Spoken Word
  28. Up Above My Head/Saved/Spoken Word
  29. Saved/Spoken Word
  30. Saved
  31. Saved
  32. Saved/Spoken Word
  33. Saved/Spoken Word
  34. Saved
  35. Saved/Spoken Word
  36. Saved/Spoken Word
  37. Saved/Spoken Word
  38. Big Boss Man/Spoken Word
  39. Big Boss Man/Spoken Word
  40. Big Boss Man/Spoken Word
  41. Big Boss Man/Spoken Word
  42. Big Boss Man/Spoken Word
  43. Big Boss Man/Spoken Word
  44. Big Boss Man/Spoken Word
  45. Big Boss Man/Spoken Word
  46. Big Boss Man
  47. Big Boss Man
  48. It Hurts Me
  49. It Hurts Me/Spoken Word
  50. It Hurts Me/Spoken Word
  51. It Hurts Me/Spoken Word
  52. It Hurts Me/Spoken Word
  53. It Hurts Me/Spoken Word
  54. It Hurts Me
  55. It Hurts Me/Spoken Word
  56. It Hurts Me/Spoken Word
  57. It Hurts Me
  58. It Hurts Me/Spoken Word
  59. It Hurts Me/Spoken Word
  60. It Hurts Me
  61. It Hurts Me/Spoken Word
  62. It Hurts Me/Spoken Word
  63. It Hurts Me
  64. Let Yourself Go/Spoken Word
  65. Let Yourself Go
  66. Let Yourself Go/Spoken Word
  67. Let Yourself Go/Spoken Word
  68. Let Yourself Go/Spoken Word
  69. Let Yourself Go
  70. Let Yourself Go
  71. Let Yourself Go
  72. Let Yourself Go
  73. Let Yourself Go
  74. Let Yourself Go
  75. Let Yourself Go
  76. Let Yourself Go
  77. Bordello – Insert Shots/Spoken Words
  78. Bordello – Insert Shots/Spoken Word
  79. Bordello – Insert Shots/Spoken Recording
  80. Bordello – Insert Shots
  81. Bordello – Insert Shots/Spoken Recording
  82. Bordello – Insert Shots
  83. Bordello – Insert Shots
  84. Bordello – Insert Shots/Spoken Recording
  85. Bordello – Insert Shots/Spoken Word
  86. Bordello – Insert Shots
  87. Bordello – Insert Shots/Spoken Word
  88. Bordello – Insert Shots/Spoken Word
  89. Nothingville
  90. Nothingville/Spoken Word
  91. Nothingville/Spoken Word
  92. Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  93. Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  94. Guitar Man
  95. Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  96. Guitar Man
  97. Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  98. Guitar Man
  99. Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  100. Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  101. Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  102. Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  103. Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  104. Guitar Man/Spoken Word
  105. Guitar Man
  106. Little Egypt/Trouble/Spoken Word
  107. Little Egypt/Trouble
  108. Little Egypt/Trouble/Spoken Word
  109. Little Egypt/Trouble/Spoken Word
  110. Trouble/Spoken Word
  111. Trouble/Spoken Word
  112. Trouble/Spoken Word
  113. Trouble/Spoken Word
  114. Trouble/Spoken Word

33 responses to Elvis Presley / ’68 Comeback Special 50th anniversary box set

  1. joemesk says:

    the Follow that dream edition is a the best available with the best sonic satisfaction , Forget the blu ray

  2. Garry Roche says:

    As technology has changed so much since the last 68′ Comeback box set was released, it may be time for a fresh look at this amazing project.

    The price may be a tad expensive, depending on the size of your wallet, the content worth every penny, especially if this will be the ultimate version available for a while, in quality of sound & vision, blu ray at last, with updated cd mastering.

    The only way to know for sure will be in the tasting of the product, we’ve know the ingredients quality for 50 years, but with new chefs in the archive kitchen, let’s hope when served it gains the 5 Star Michelin status it deserves.

  3. mr mercury says:

    Fantastic bit expensive glad we got bluray though.

  4. MARK LEVY says:

    How about a double LP version of this. Featuring the whole show.

  5. Mylene says:

    The first 4 discs are more or less the last box set (minus A Little Less Conversation for some unknown reason) The 5th CD is all stuff not released on regular CDs. The BDs are the old 3 DVD deluxe with It Hurts Me added to the show itself. I love Elvis but I’m not buying the whole thing again for one CD which will possibly mostly instrumental.

    • AndyB says:

      Thank you for the detail. I have the 40th anniversary edition both cd and dvd. Don’t want to waste any more money. Will pass on this.

  6. Felipe says:

    At long last Elvis is getting lately more than decent packaging and design

  7. Shane says:

    Any chance someone can list just what is added that was not on the multidisc digipak book edition from many years ago, wheh the same treatment was give to Aloha but ikm white? This looks great but indeed the price is steep considering most has already been issued and actual content. Might buy if price drops. A lot.

  8. Mt mark says:

    I one big fan.

  9. Charlie Waffles says:

    I just purchased the four disc box set that was released in 2008 a month ago. A day late and a dollar short.

    The price tag is just too much. There have been so many releases this year. I am exhausted.

  10. Michael Platt says:

    I think I’ll give it a miss i have the previous dvd and CD boxsets so I’ll stick with those

  11. Tony King says:

    Out of the price range for most fans. This is a collectors box, not a paycheck to paycheck fan box. Too bad the people that make these things are millionaires, maybe if they struggled like most people they might make something more affordable.

  12. Mike M. says:

    Hard to tell from the content list, just hoping the complete original 15 minute edit of the “Guitar Man” production number is presented somewhere. The 4 disc DVD deluxe edition version was missing about 2 and a half minutes, although the re-edited “68 Special” single disc released later did contain the whole thing. Maybe that’s what they mean by “Blu-Ray special feature re-cut”. I’m assuming the “originally broadcast” version is the shorter 7 minute edit. Damn I’m picky. I’ll probably end up getting it anyway.

  13. SimonF says:

    This one goes on the Christmas wish list!

  14. Stephen says:

    This has been released in so many configurations it’s hard to keep up. Does it make Memories and Tiger Man redundant? Will this be the ‘final’ and definitive version?

  15. Roy Clay says:

    Seriously how can anyone justify this price?

  16. Mike says:

    Is there anything different to the 40th box set? Is it worth paying again?

  17. Kees says:

    I missed that show because I was somewhere else at that time! Must have it.

  18. Gerbrand says:

    MTV Unplugged avant-la-lettre. An historical comeback and well worth to listen and watch. But this release is for diehards only. This performance has been (re)issued many times before.

  19. Mister Stick says:

    For E fans, this is paydirt in spades, even with the previous editions of the ’68 special. But I get romantic on this one because it aired first on my 4th birthday, and I still remember being plopped down in front of the TV by my older sister.

    It’s not that much fun to listen to multiple takes of the same song in a sequence, as we find on Miles, Dylan, and Van Morrison sets. Interesting, maybe… maybe once, twice. But watching The King do take after take of “Trouble” until he hits it just right will actually be something worth owning. Elvis was the first of the great visual musicians. Television and the early movies gave memory to his magic… See him once, and you will see him forever. Every time you hear that voice, he will be standing right in front of you.

    And just a little note from Chuck Berry’s U-S-A to all our friends elsewhere at the end of another frustrating, bewildering, tiring week: Elvis’s performance of “If I Can Dream”, the capper to the greatest night of TV at the end of a year that was also horrible in many, many ways is among the finest statements of freedom, freedom for everybody everywhere, that has yet been presented by any American. No moment in Elvis’s career can be said to be a greater one. Our country is one of question marks, and “Why can’t my dreams come true?” is the tallest of those questions.

    Can’t wait for this one.

    Thanks, as always, Paul.

  20. Iain says:

    That’s a LOT of content on the Blu ray discs!

  21. Rob says:

    Wow, that’s a pretty complete boxset.
    With all the ’50th anniversary reissues’ I still missed this one.

    For me personally it would be nice to get the Blu-rays as standalones.

  22. Gisabun says:

    Elvis has left the building!
    Seriously, no individual parts? [Not that I would of bought it anyways.]

  23. The Geordie Expat says:

    . . .and that, is how you put together a REAL SDE. No stone left unturned.
    One of the great moments in Rock and Roll getting the treatment it deserves.

  24. Darren Linklater says:

    Looks very nice for the Elvis collector but for those of us wiped out financially with the number of SDEs this year you can pick up the previous 4CD version in fatbox plus the show on DVD for less then £20. Now that’s a bargain.

  25. Guy says:

    Damn, this thing includes everything but a sample of his DNA

  26. george glazener says:

    Very Cool…!
    More presents under the tree for me, and fewer for everyone else..! Oh well..!! Is the Blu Ray audio in 5.1?

    Thanks Paul..!

  27. Phil O. says:

    This looks really nicely done and comprehensive! I might take the leap. (Although wasn’t there some editing done to the sitdown/standup audio discs – removing dialog to get everything down to a single disc in 2008? Can’t recall the details offhand, I might be wrong…)

    I have and have always enjoyed the 1998 releases MEMORIES and TIGER MAN. I wonder: Is it possible to have too much material from the Comeback special?? Still, great to see this monumental special treated so well, even after all these years.

  28. Florian M. Kranz says:

    Tonight on Arte (French-German TV)

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