Kendra Steiner Editions

May 12, 2017

ELVIS PRESLEY, “Tee Vee Treasures: The ’68 Comeback Special” (5-CD box set)

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ELVIS PRESLEY

TEE VEE TREASURES: THE ’68 COMEBACK SPECIAL (5-CD EU “import” box set)

ELVIS 68 box

This new 5-cd (oh, we don’t use the “B”-word in Elvis fandom–we call them “Imports”) import box set, which arrived at my house today from Europe, is quite satisfying for any fans of the legendary Elvis 68 comeback TV special. The “live” segments–the “sit-down” and the “stand-up” shows, two complete versions of each PLUS two rehearsals–and the original stereo LP of the special and related recordings–are easily available on an RCA 4-cd set called THE COMPLETE ’68 COMEBACK SPECIAL (At the time of that release, there was a special one-night only theatrical event which gave you 2+ hours of video footage of those sit-down and stand-up shows–we took our two then-teenaged daughters to that, and they loved it. They totally understood Elvis’s appeal after seeing him in that leather outfit stomping out the tunes with Scotty Moore, etc. on that set that looked like a boxing ring), so what you’ve got here is pretty much EVERYTHING else. ALL the takes of all the “staged” parts of the special–multiple CD’s worth–plus the original MONO LP version of the soundtrack, a 2008 hour-long radio special with interviews with many of the parties involved, the original Singer announcements and advertisements from the special (!!!!), etc. Even when you are getting umpteen versions of a song and he’s singing along to a playback, not live musicians, it’s quite exciting, as The King is giving it his all—-even on a slower heartfelt track like “Memories”—-he’s bringing his A-game to everything here. A release like this is not for everyone, but I find it stimulating and I love the opportunity to savor Elvis at his best. He KNEW how important this event was, and he delivered the goods.

What’s on this?

DISC 1:
THE ORIGINAL MONO ALBUM

01 TROUBLE / GUITAR MAN
02 LAWDY MISS CLAWDY / BABY WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO / HEARTBREAK HOTEL / HOUND DOG / ALL SHOOK UP / CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE
JAILHOUSE ROCK / LOVE ME TENDER
03 WHERE COULD I GO BUT TO THE LORD / UP ABOVE MY HEAD / SAVED
04 BLUE CHRISTMAS / ONE NIGHT
05 MEMORIES
06 NOTHINGVILLE / BIG BOSS MAN / GUITAR MAN / LITTLE EGYPT / TROUBLE / GUITAR MAN
07 IF I CAN DREAM

THE OUTTAKES / JUNE 20 1968
NOTHINGVILLE / GUITAR MAN (PART 1)
GUITAR MAN’S EVIL SECTION 1
08 WARMING UP
09 TAKE 1
10 TAKE 5 & 6

LET YOURSELF GO (PART 1)
GUITAR MAN’S EVIL SECTION 2
11 TAKE 1
12 TAKE 2-5
13 TAKE 6
14 TAKE 7 (MASTER)

GUITAR MAN (PART 2) / ESCAPE SECTION 1 (FAST)
15 TAKE 1-3
16 TAKE 4-5
17 TAKE 6-8

CALLIOPE CARNIVAL / ESCAPE SECTION 2
18 TAKE 1

BIG BOSS MAN / ESCAPE SECTION 3
19 TAKE 1-2

IT HURTS ME (PART 1) / ESCAPE SECTION 4
20 TAKE 1
21 TAKE 2-4
22 TAKE 5
23 TAKE 6-7 (MASTER TAKE CALL ONLY)


DISC 2:
IT HURTS ME (PART 2) / AFTER KARATE SECTION 1 / JUNE 21
01 TAKE 1
02 TAKE 2-3
03 TAKE 4-5 (TAPE CUT)

SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD / WHERE COULD I
GO BUT TO THE LORD / YES, YES, YES / UP ABOVE MY HEAD
(INTRO) / GOSPEL SECTION 1 / JUNE 21
04 REHEARSAL & TAKE 1

UP ABOVE MY HEAD / I FOUND THAT LIGHT / SAVED (INTRO)
GOSPEL SECTION 2 / JUNE 21
05 TAKE 4 & 7

TROUBLE / GUITAR MAN / GUITAR MAN OPENING / JUNE 22
06 TAKE 1
07 TAKE 2-3

IF I CAN DREAM – RECORD VERSION / JUNE 23
08 TAKE 1
09 TAKE 2-4
10 TAKE 5 (MASTER)

MEMORIES – VOCAL OVERDUB / JUNE 24
11 TRACK ONLY TAKE 3 & 4 WITH V.O TAKE 1

IT HURTS ME – VOCAL OVERDUB & PLAYBACK
AMUSEMENT PIER PART 2 / JUNE 27
12 TAKE 1-3
13 PREPARATION FOR NEXT TAKE
14 TAKE 4
15 TAKE 5
16 TAKE 6-8
17 TAKE 9-10 (MASTER)

TROUBLE / GUITAR MAN – VOCAL OVERDUB OF
AFTER KARATE SECTION 3 TRACK / JUNE 29 6.00 PM SHOW
18 TROUBLE / GUITAR MAN

TROUBLE / GUITAR MAN – VOCAL OVERDUB OF AFTER KARATE
SECTION 3 TRACK / GUITAR MAN WITH ROAD / JUNE 29 8.00 PM
19 TAKE 1-3
20 TAKE 4
21 PREPARATION FOR NEXT TAKE
22 TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS / MACARTHUR PARK
23 TAKE 5

GUITAR MAN – VOCAL OVERDUB ROAD #2 / JUNE 30
24 TAKE 1
25 TAKE 2 (MASTER)

GUITAR MAN – VOCAL OVERDUB ROAD #3 / JUNE 30
26 TAKE 1
27 TAKE 2
28 TAKE 3
29 TAKE 4
30 TAKE 5
31 TAKE 6 (MASTER)
32 IF I CAN DREAM – DUBDOWN OF JUNE 23 MASTER


DISC 3:
IF I CAN DREAM – VOCAL OVERDUB / JUNE 30
01 TAKE 1-2
02 TAKE 3
03 TAKE 4 (MASTER)

TROUBLE / GUITAR MAN – VOCAL OVERDUB & PLAYBACK
OPENING SECTION #1 / JUNE 30
04 TAKE 1
05 TAKE 2
06 TAKE 3-5
07 TAKE 6
08 TAKE 7 (MASTER)

GUITAR MAN – VOCAL OVERDUB / ALLEY / JUNE 30
09 TAKE 1
10 TAKE 2
11 TAKE 3-5
12 TAKE 6 (MASTER)

LITTLE EGYPT / TROUBLE – VOCAL OVERDUB / NIGHTCLUB
JUNE 30
13 TAKE 1
14 TAKE 2 (NO TAKE)
15 TAKE 3
16 TAKE 4 (MASTER)

TROUBLE – VOCAL OVERDUB / DISCO / JUNE 30
17 TAKE 1
18 TAKE 2 (MASTER)
TROUBLE – VOCAL OVERDUB / SUPPER CLUB / JUNE 30
19 TAKE 1
20 TAKE 2
21 TAKE 3 (MASTER)

BONUS:
MEMORIES – VOCAL OVERDUB
22 MEMORIES / JUNE 27 6.00PM SITDOWN SHOW
23 MEMORIES / JUNE 27 8.00PM SITDOWN SHOW

SAVED (PART 1) / PREACH FOR THE SKY / SAVED (PART 2)
GOSPEL SECTION 3 / JUNE 22
24 TAKE 6 – INCOMPLETE USED FOR SPLICED MASTER

25 LET YOURSELF GO – ALTERNATE MASTER
26 MEMORIES – MONO MASTER
27 MEMORIES – STEREO MASTER
28 IF I CAN DREAM – RECORD VERSION MONO MASTER
29 LET YOURSELF GO – SPLICED ‘91 VERSION
30 LET YOURSELF GO – CLOSING INSTRUMENTAL DUBDOWN


DISC 4
THE SOUNDTRACK VERSIONS
01 TROUBLE / GUITAR MAN (INCL. SCRATCH)
02 GOSPEL MEDLEY
03 ROAD MEDLEY
ROAD MEDLEY COMPOSITE
04 COMPLETE VERSION
05 ORIGINAL ALBUM VERSION – UNEDITED
GOSPEL MEDLEY COMPOSITE
06 COMPLETE VERSION
07 COMPLETE VERSION – UNEDITED
08 IT HURTS ME – SPLICED MASTER
09 SAVED – SPLICED MASTER WITH EDITED INTRO
10 TROUBLE / GUITAR MAN – STEREO VERSION
11 TAG – UH UH UH / JUNE 30


DISC 5
THE ORIGINAL SINGER COMMERCIALS
01 SINGER INTRODUCES THE NBC TV SPECIAL #1
02 SINGER INTRODUCES THE NBC TV SPECIAL #2
03 SINGER COMMERCIAL #1
04 SINGER COMMERCIAL #2
05 SINGER COMMERCIAL #3
06 SINGER COMMERCIAL #4
07 SINGER COMMERCIAL #5
08 SINGER COMMERCIAL #6
09 THE ‘68 COMEBACK RADIO SPECIAL

ONE-HOUR RADIO SPECIAL WHICH PREMIERED IN AUGUST 2008 CELEBRATES THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ELVIS PRESLEY’S ‘68 COMEBACK SPECIAL.

ORIGINAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR STEVE BINDER, GUITARIST SCOTTY MOORE AND OTHERS LOOK BACK ON HOW THIS BECAME A TURNING POINT IN ELVIS’
CAREER, AS WELL AS ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC MUSIC SPECIALS IN TV HISTORY.

HOSTED BY SINGER-SONGWRITER LAURA CANTRELL THIS INTERESTING SPECIAL IS PUT TOGETHER BY THE SAME TEAM BEHIND THE ACCLAIMED 2007 ELVIS SPECIALS THE EARLY YEARS, VIVA LAS VEGAS AND HE TOUCHED ME. TOTAL RUNNING TIME : 59.05

Clearly, this “import” box is from the same people who did the 3-CD box of the complete Frankie and Johnny, the 3-CD box of the complete Spinout, the two 5-CD SILVER SCREEN TREASURES box, the 5-CD MONO MASTERS box, the 8-CD THAT’S THE WAY IT IS REHEARSALS box, the 4-CD ON TOUR REHEARSALS box, the 8-CD box THE PURE SOUND 1969-1976 (which has basic tracks minus overdubs), etc. I don’t think any of these have anything that hasn’t come out on some boot or FTD release at one time (things like radio station ads for the movies, the Singer commercials, etc., might not have come out anywhere, but you can understand why something like that hasn’t!), and I probably already have 90% of it, but it’s convenient to have it all in one place, in order. Also, some of these have songwriter demos from the collection of the late Dolores Fuller, who placed many songs with Elvis–and you even get songs she wrote for Elvis AND PAID FOR DEMOS OF HERSELF which were not accepted for any film. There’s something fascinating about that, and baiting the hook with such demos certainly caught me and reeled me in. As my mother used to say, “they saw YOU coming!”

In any event, I’m really enjoying this new ’68 Comeback box set. The 12″ x 12″ booklet has no real notes or info on the sessions or the special (there are a number of books that deal with it and one book I have that gives Steve Binder’s perspective on it), but does have a lot of large photos of The King from the special and rehearsals.

I’m impressed.

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