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Memories-'68 Come Back Special [CASSETTE] Original recording remastered

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  • Audio Cassette (13 Oct. 1998)
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bmg/RCA
  • ASIN: B00000DM0U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,732,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Trouble/Guitar Man
  2. Heartbreak Hotel
  3. Hound Dog
  4. All Shook Up
  5. Can't Help Falling in Love
  6. Jailhouse Rock [#]
  7. Don't Be Cruel [#]
  8. Blue Suede Shoes [#]
  9. Love Me Tender [#]
  10. Baby, What You Want Me to Do [#]
  11. Trouble/Guitar Man [#]
  12. Gospel Medley: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child/Where ...
  13. Memories
  14. Little Less Conversation [#]
  15. Raod Medley: Nothingville/Big Boss Man/Let Yourself Go/It Hurts Me
  16. If I Can Dream

Disc: 2

  1. When It Rains, It Really Pours [#]
  2. Lawdy Miss Clawdy [#]
  3. Baby, What You Want Me to Do [#]
  4. That's All Right [#]
  5. Heartbreak Hotel [#]
  6. Love Me [#]
  7. Baby, What You Want Me to Do [#]
  8. Blue Suede Shoes
  9. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
  10. Lawdy Miss Clawdy [#]
  11. Are You Lonesome Tonight? [#]
  12. When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again [#]
  13. Blue Christmas [#]
  14. Trying to Get to You [#]
  15. One Night [#]
  16. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
  17. One Night
  18. Memories [#]
  19. If I Can Dream [#]

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By A Customer on 24 Dec. 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you're going to have one CD to document one of the most important phenomenons in popular culture this Century alongside The Beatles, Television and Cinema, this should be it. This is Elvis at his peak, unrivalled except perhaps by himself a decade ago.
Elvis had spent the last 8 years since discharge from the army doing awful movies and awfuller music. Now he needed to get back to what he did best: perform.
The TV special was envisaged originally (by the Colonel) as Elvis doing a series of Christmas songs into camera. You can almost see him looking into camera from his stool and wearing a cardy saying "Merry Christmas everyone, wherever you are". But as things turned out, the Colonel, the critics and the public were in for a shock.
From the opening bars of "Trouble" you know this isn't Movie Elvis, singing to children and animals. This is Renaissance Elvis, getting back to what he was 10 or 12 years ago: a threat. Elvis had lost his edge after a decade making movies; now he seemed to have it back, and to top it off he's dressed head to toe in black leather.
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By A Customer on 8 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is the soundtrack to the '68 Comeback Special TV programme that relaunched Elvis Presley into a world that had largely forgotten why he was so famous in the first place.
After years or increasingly formulaic and forgettable films, Elvis went back to his roots in style and really knocked the opposition for six.
CD1 is the soundtrack of the show that was broadcast. It opens with a raucous version of Trouble/Guitar Man and from the opening verse, you know the man is going to deliver. CD1 includes many of the early hits, delivered live and spectacularly, but it also includes other hits plus a couple of medleys. The gospel medley gives Elvis the chance to go back to his original musical inspiration whilst the road medley lets him rock.
Although CD1 is excellent, CD2 is a real revelation. It contains other recordings from the concerts NBC recorded to make up the broadcast programme. Listening to it is like sitting in the audience listening to Elvis and his musicians jam. The mess about, they joke and interact with each other. In fact it's like they are sitting in Graceland jamming together for fun. There are mistakes and there are times when Elvis forgets the words but it all adds to the magic.
The whole album shows a raw, raucous, raunchy and rocking Elvis. Just the way he should always be remembered. Brilliant.
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Format: Audio CD
The 1968 Comeback Special quiet possibly captured Elvis at his most hungrey for success, certainly at least since his first session at Sun in 1954. After years of increasingly bland Hollywood films Elvis was at a crissis point in his career. When this TV special aired on Dec 3 1968 in the US, he was immediately re-crowned as The King, such was the power of this performance.

It features a romp through his greatest ealy hits, a powerful gospel medley that pays tribute to his greatest musical love and the Guitar Man based "Road Medley", which captures the plot of his best Hollywood movies in a gritier, 15 minute rock opera that could be seen as a pre-cursor to a Meat Loaf album or Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. It has the running theme of a singer on the road trying to earn a living taking the knocks before achieving the success, with several changes of pace in each segment, powerful vocals with quieter moments all of which provide the basic formula for the aforementioned.

This presentation on this 30th Anniversay CD from 1998, provides the extra material not part of the original album released at the time, due to constraints of the single LP vinyl format.

There is also room for a future extras, including the more powerful version of "A Little Less Conversation", which was the bassis of the 2002, No. 1 single. Listen to this and you will realise how subtle the remix was that produced the world wide smash that this single became.

"Baby What You Want Me To Do" was a song clearly in Elvis's head at the time and provide us with some rare and great free flowing guitar playing from Elvis himself.

If he needed a re-crowning moment this event was certainly it and for anyone who is interested in the history of Rock 'n' Roll music, Elvis fan or otherwise then this is a must have CD.
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