Elvis Presley - '68 Comeback Special (Special Edition) [DVD] 
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December 3rd 1968 was the day Elvis Presley returned for the first time in eight years with perhaps the greatest performance of his stellar career.
Elvis: '68 Comeback Special shows how, isolated from his original audience after a long sojourn on Hollywood soundstages, and threatened by the vibrancy and social gravity of rock, the King sought to reclaim his throne. This was filmed five years before he achieved broadcast history with his legendary 1973 global satellite telecast, Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, but more than three decades later, it's Comeback Special that looms as the Memphis icon's most substantial achievement as a stage performer. If the candy-coloured sets and hyperactive choreography of its larger production numbers smack of its network packagers' desperation to be hip, Elvis himself rises to a riveting, assured performance at the peak of his powers.
Looking fit and relaxed, and sheathed in black leather, Elvis covers a shrewd song list encompassing early rockabilly hits, gospel (rendered unintentionally hilarious by its florid dance routines) and comparatively restrained ballads. Standout performances include two intimate stage sets that put him literally within his fans' reach, most strikingly in a brief reunion with four of his earliest bandmates (including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer DJ Fontana). The latter segment is only a brief sample of a session posthumously released on video as One Night with You, which is, if anything, even better than this terrific portrait of a towering American artist. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You are not going to see the King in a better mood than this. He laughs, jokes through the songs, plays about with the lyrics.
There is just so much on here, and when you get to DISC 3, believe me when they say it's all on there, they mean it. All the incompleted takes, stops and starts. Just a fantastic package.
5 stars easy.
This show was recorded after Elvis had finished his movie contracts and he really showed the rest of the world what he was made of.
The first disc shows Elvis' original NBC television special in it's entirety. This has some brilliant songs on it with Trouble/Guitar Man being amongst them.
Later in The disc it shows just the sit down shows with old friends Scottie Moore and DJ Fontana playing an unplugged set and talking to a small intimate audience.
The second disc shows Elvis performing on his own and blasting out some classics.
This really is worth every penny for the show which put Elvis back onto the map. This along with Elvis: That's The Way It Is are the greatest Elvis shows you can buy!
From the amazing Lawdy miss Clawdy - to the ripping One Night With You and
great Ballads he holds the audience spellbound. The band are all in their with him demonstrating their huge individual talent and havin a great time with the Boss. Magic!
While some parts, delightful as they are, will definitely be for Elvis fans only (the takes and raw components of the production numbers on disc 3), the bulk of this set is essential watching for any rock enthusiast - the two sit-down shows, the two stand-up shows, and the adapted NBC TV special as it was originally aired on December 3, 1968, represent not only some of Elvis's finest moments of his whole career, but are nothing less than some of the most exciting rock gigs ever filmed. Watching these shows now, in great remastered sound (there's choice between Dolby stereo and Dolby 5.1) and unseen picture quality, and realizing that they have been in the vaults for more than 35 years, one can but wonder why it took them so long to release them. In his almost frightful effort to reinvent himself, Elvis continually transcends the limitations of space and time, revealing along the way as only he could what rock 'n' roll is all about - and we have a true classic performance on our hands.
You can now watch some 7 hours of it. Not to be missed.
(In the European issue of this set "It Hurts Me" has been erroneously left out on the Original Broadcast Version of the Comeback Special.)
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I purchased this item as a gift, am happy with this dvd, item arrived in good time.Published 5 days ago by Debbie
a real treat for true Elvis fans , it really takes you back to the best originals - recommend and enjoyPublished 6 days ago by anne carol iles
I heard this guy way back when he released "Heartbreak Hotel" It was the first teenage record ever released in the UK that kicked off Rock & Roll.He is still the King!Published 9 days ago by Fuzz Lightbeer
so much better than previous disc superior in music choice and productionPublished 18 days ago by A. P. Dixey