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Preview Complete '68 Comeback Special

July 26, 2008 | Music
This is a preview of the upcoming "The Complete '68 Comeback" special package which is due for release August 2008.

First impression: there is a very nice and informative booklet included and the overall sound is very good, thanks to Vic Anesini. The audio on the dressingroom rehearsals seems to have improved quite a bit as well! The Boxset is dedicated in memory of Todd Morgan. This Box-set fits nicely next to the Complete '68 Special DVD Box-set.

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Tracklisting "Elvis Complete '68 Comeback Special" 4 CD Box Set

Disc 1. The Original album plus bonus cuts

01) Trouble/Guitar Man
02) Lawdy, Miss Clawdy/Baby, What You Want Me To Do
03) Medley: Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/All Shook Up/Can’t Help Falling In Love/Jailhouse Rock/Love Me Tender
04) Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head/Saved
05) Blue Christmas/One Night
06) Memories
07) Medley: Nothingville/Big Boss Man/Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble/Guitar Man
08) If I Can Dream
09) It Hurts Me
10) Let Yourself Go
11) A Little Less Conversation
12) Memories (stereo Mix)

Disc 2 - First 'Sit down' show

1) Introductions
2) That's All Right
3) Heartbreak Hotel
4) Love Me
5) Baby What You Want Me To Do
6) Blue Suede Shoes
7) Baby What You Want Me To Do
8) Lawdy Miss Clawdy
9) Are You Lonesome Tonight?
10) When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
11) Blue Christmas
12) Trying To Get To You
13) One Night
14) Baby What You Want Me To Do
15) One Night
16) Memories

First 'Stand Up Show'

17) Heartbreak Hotel
18) One Night
19) Heartbreak Hotel
20) Hound Dog
21) All Shook Up
22) Can't Help Falling In Love
23) Jailhouse Rock
24) Don't Be Cruel
25) Blue Suede Shoes
26) Love Me Tender
27) Trouble/Guitar Man
28) Baby What You Want Me To Do
29) If I Can Dream

Disc 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
26) Trouble
27) Trouble/Guitar Man
28) Trouble/Guitar Man
29) If I Can Dream

Disc 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 Gun theme
8) Love Me
9) When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
10) Blue Christmas/Santa Claus Is Back In Town

Second rehearsal (substandard audio quality)

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

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Shaky wrote on July 27, 2008
Looks good but is their anything unreleased on here????
Viva wrote on July 27, 2008
Complete? Where's ALLC then?
Lex wrote on July 27, 2008
CD 1, track 11
glynalone wrote on July 27, 2008
What's the consensus of opinion about the deluxe vs standard edition? Is it worth the extra for a "lavish foil-stamped box, with lift off lid"? And what about the standard edition? Anyone know how the cheaper one is packaged?
Steve V wrote on July 27, 2008
I see nothing new here and I cant warrant spending money on product Ive had so many times over. Plus Id rather watch the stand-up & sit-down shows than just listen to them.
Jesse Garon Presley wrote on July 27, 2008
...maybe nothing new, but there is much improved sound quality especially for the dressing room rehearsals..and last but not least it's complete so i will buy it anyway.. cause it really looks awesome.. but not everyone has to buy it offcourse, that's up to you..i allready made up my mind
lray wrote on July 27, 2008
I agree with Aaron. And for me the big selling point is the name Vic Anesini. This guy knows what he is doing. The studio stereo tracks on disc one should be outstanding. Elvis at his best, and rockin' hard.
Herman wrote on July 27, 2008
OK, it looks nice. But why not a 5 , 6 or 7 cd set with a lot of outtakes on it. And why isn't the complete road medley extra on cd 1 ? Enough space on disc 1 for the long road medley. The same for the gospel medley, why not the long version as on the dvd ? I have a lot of questions for this cd release. So the titel isn't right here: COMPLETE '68 Comeback Special. No way, it's a nice box but far from complete. Why not a box with more material so that we really could have the complete one in our livingroom ?I can't believe this. This could be the product of 2008, what a waste... I guess hoping for vol.2 is waiting for nothing (or release it together with the Elvis on Tour dvd, around 2027, 50 years after !!)
JerryNodak wrote on July 27, 2008
I'll just simply say I agree with Steve V. In addition: I'm not playing tthe improved sound game anymore. There will ALWAYS be improved sound. Those of you young enough will experience vastly improved sound on this material 20 years from now regardless of format. Also, I wish I could just buy disc 1. THAT'S what I'd be interested in.
JerryNodak wrote on July 27, 2008
Herman: 5, 6, or 7 disc? Are you rolling in dough? This set is aimed primarily at the general public. They're not going to part with that much money. Particularly with the high cost of gas and food these days. I'm speaking here about the U.S. Outtakes? They'll be on the FTD "classic" version of the original album which they WILL release at some point anumber of years down the road. Why not the long versions of the gospel and road medleys? Because they weren't part of the ORIGINAL album. If you'll check the title of disc 1 it says: ORIGNAL album.
Herman wrote on July 27, 2008
JerryNodak, I am not rolling in dough. But if disc 1 is the original album why is there: 09) It Hurts Me 10) Let Yourself Go 11) A Little Less Conversation 12) Memories (stereo Mix) ? They where not on the original album. Yes, you could say: that's the bonus and that's true. But if you read my message good, I said that there was enough space for the long road medley, extra on cd 1 and also as a bonus. So 2 times the road medley like they did with 2 times Memories. And do you think that all the outtakes will be on the FTD release of this album ? I don't think so. They should have done some outtakes on this release. As you know, the essential series vol. 1 - 6 was also for general public. But like I said: It's a nice release but far from complete. When they release all the material from the 68 comeback than we talk about COMPLETE. This is just a new upgraded version of the '68 comeback special. First Memories: the 68 comeback special on 2 cd's in 1998 and now this one another upgraded version with 4 cd's. When will we have another upgraded version with 6 cd's ? It's always upgrade, upgrade....come on, give us the complete version.
JerryNodak wrote on July 28, 2008
Herman: The 3 DVD Comeback SE from EPE is about as "complete" as I can take. For me that was so complete it was exhausting. I had to force myself to watch all those production number bits and pieces. I'll probably never sit through them again. No, I don't expect all the outtakes to be on the FTD classic version of the original album when Ernst and crew get around to it, but I expect Ernst will make sure the "bast" is there and that will be good enough for me. I'm not an Elvis fan who wnats or needs everything. I stopped being one of those when cds took over from vinyl.
Herman wrote on July 28, 2008
JerryNodak, I agree that I also don't watch all the production numbers again. I don't have to hear a song about 20 times over and over again. But for me personel, I was just hoping for a little extra outtakes on this cd set. As you know that some production numbers are very good and if you have them on cd you don't have to search on the dvd anymore. And nice for in the car. And indeed, the best outtakes will be on the FTD release of the classic album serie.
schemies wrote on July 28, 2008
Hi there, for me discs 2 and 3 are most intersting, since I think those shows are most important for Elvis' decision to go back to live perfomances, and for the first time we get all shows complete. (on the older releases of the stand up shows "Blue Suede Shoes" was switched, remember ?). Nice idea to pack all 4 shows on 2 CD's But why include the lip-synced version of "If I Can Dream" two times? I would have loved it to get some outtakes of this song instead (e.g. all 3 from the vocal overdub which are on the DVD set, too). Disc four is really not necessary for the general public, I think, so a 3-CD.boxed set would have been enough, in my opinion (and cheaper). I guess I will never listen to those rehearsals again.
circleG wrote on July 29, 2008
My guess is when the FTD comes out (with original cover thankfully) it will have studio outtakes like the 'let yourself go' Cd. I also agree that the road medley should be in the complete order if this indeed supposd to be a 'complete' boxset.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on August 01, 2008
For me,this should be the last set dvd or cd put out on the 68 special,i understand that this was a big deal,but lets get to something else!
elvistruth wrote on August 04, 2008
My patience with Sony-Bmg has finished. The review from our friends of Norway is definitive. I don't want this poor release. It's incredible! Year 2008 and worst sound that a release of past century. That's only happens with Elvis. For me they are absolutely joking with the fans. Please we can see how are the boxes, regular cd releases of Sinatra, Dylan, Stones, Richard, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Chris Ledoux, Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves, and many more great artist...always better that Elvis . Remember the 70's box released without more of 30 studio master tracks left out? And this was the better box ever (7 unreleased songs), but always incomplete things. And the sound... always I'm working with my pc music program for updating the dry sound of FTD. Yes, more better that many years ago but always worst that the rest of great (or no great) musicians and singers of all time. It's real or a nightmare hear a million of time better sound on music of the 40's that the entire career of Elvis? Sometimes that happen, believe or not. Specially with releases of last couple of years. Elvis absolutely ignored by Sony. And I don't want to speak of the Estate. They are busy thinking how making money with the new toy with Elvis head and animal body. So this is the sad "elvistruth". If only that can be changed...