New edition of Elvis' '68 Comeback Special being released for 50th Anniversary

Elvis 26/10/2018

A reissue of Elvis Presley's comeback special from 1968 is being released for the 50th anniversary of the album on 30th November.

The set will include five CDs of music, plus two Blu-ray discs featuring video content. All existing audio and video from the comeback show is included, with the original album, both sit-down and stand-up performances, rehearsals and sessions recorded with the Wrecking Crew in June 1968 - outtakes and all.

The Blu-ray features the original television special, as well as plenty of extras from the program. 

The original TV special was made after Presley spent most of a decade in Hollywood making films and music to accompany them. He staged a comeback titled simply 'Elvis' that aired on 3rd December 1968, his first live performance since 1961.

The program featured Elvis singing some of his old hits as well as some new songs, against a lavish, Hollywood-style backdrop. It then switched to having Presley spotlighted, decked out in black leather with a guitar alongisde Scotty Moore and drummer DJ Dontana - two of the three that flung Elvis to fame in the mid 1950s with the Sun sessions and early RCA recordings.

The '68 Comeback Special kicked off Elvis' renewed success in the 70s after the release of his album 'From Elvis in Memphis'.  

Here's the tracklisting for the new edition of the comeback special:

Elvis Presley, "68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)' Track Listing
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

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