Details Upcoming '68 Comeback 40th Anniversary Box?

The Japanese Elvis World site mentions a possible tracklisting for the upcoming 40th Anniversary box set of the "'68 Comeback Special". The set appears to come as a "special black leather luxury" package with a 36 page booklet filled with rare photographs" and 103 tracks on four discs. According to The Man And His Music magazine there is no unreleased material on this set.The set should be due August 16, 2008 according to Amazon Japan.

The discs could contain:

  1. Sit Down Show One - June 27th. 6 pm;
  2. Sit Down Show Two -  June 27th. 8 pm;
  3. Dressing Room Rehearsal - 24 June;
  4. Stand Up Show One - June 29th. 6 pm;
  5. Stand Up Show Two - June 29th 8 pm;
  6. Production Numbers.

For details on the set and tracklisting go to the Japanese site (CD News) and try to translate the page with tools like Google. You can also read the thread on the FECC Forum.

(If a Japanese visitor of this site could translate the information for us we'd be grateful :-))

Source: Various / Updated: May 31, 2008 
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Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 10, 2008report abuse
With all due respect, Jerry, you do sound extremely jaded. I've had the album since '78 when I saw the Ann-Margaret-hosted version on NBC, a good ten years after you first saw it. I wish they could find whole songs and albums of unreleased Elvis material but let's face it, the pot is dwindling. The guy's been gone 30-plus years and I commend you for even logging onto the site today : it's a measure of his still-captivating legacy. But new releases? They'll be mostly outtakes and more likely live concerts and re-masters. (Check out the excellent 2008 reissue of "HE TOUCHED ME" from BMG for an example of what a do-over can do for old tapes.)

So maybe in 2018, I'll be the same way but really, why be against the first ever "complete" boxset of all the material that has come our way to date? Sure, I paid a pretty penny for FTD's like "'68 Burbank" and more recently the companion "Let Yourself Go" as well as the late '90s stellar two-CD set. (Out of curiousity: did you buy either FTD?) I suspect you're not a *huge* '68 Comeback fan, period. But here it is in 2008 and if they have a way to "put a bow on it all," so be it. Sure, it's mostly attracts new fans and a few critical revisiting of the Presley legacy, what's not to like? Along the same lines, how was your breakfast this morning, Jerry? :)
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 8, 2008report abuse
I'm not putting it down. It was a historic event. I've heard it in some form since '68. Watched it on video since the '80s. I think it's great that it's coming out again for those who don't have it or want to buy it again for whatever reason. BUT, I've already got it and I don't need it again. Fancy packaging or "improved" sound notwithstanding. Go ahead, enjoy the newest repackaging.
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 6, 2008report abuse
And if it's geared to "newbies," that's not a bad thing either. See you in the funny papers ! :)
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 6, 2008report abuse
Jerry and Steve: with all due respect, you both sound like very tired and (gulp) less-than-loyal Elvis fans ( and I know that's not the case) if you are seriously putting down what many consider one of his most exciting career highlights: the '68 Singer NBC special, better known as the "'68 Comeback!"

Rank on Sony/ BMG issuing too many movie, Christmas and hit comps but a new swing at the '68 Special? Go for it and let the project get the praise it deserves. Released to death? Elvis *himself* is dead! Let's enjoy any smart repackaging of this landmark event, including some of the FTD '68 Comeback titles I suspect you two boycotted...! Say it ain't so! Bravo, to Sony/ BMG for putting this together. I'm hoping either the sound is improved (somehow) or the packaging incredible and maybe just maybe a rarity or two. Who could root against that?
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2008report abuse
No point in this release except for newbies. Its been released to death enough already.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 4, 2008report abuse
I can already "live it up" as I've already got all of this. I've got all the '68 Comeback I need.
Mofoca22 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 4, 2008report abuse
people will buy elvis even if we were in the great depression. hes worth every dime and im gonna buy it when it comes out. its been awhile since anything like this has come out as a box set live it up people they are becoming more and more rare in release.
victor jose (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2008report abuse
Hi: Do you know something about 21-23 june sessions at western records for special tv show: Working on the Building, Hi Heel sneakers, Long Legged Girl and others. It´s time for released (BMG or FTD). Thank you.
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2008report abuse
You are right, Steve. Let's be fair: while the CD market is declining rapidly and the US economy is feeling a real squeeze, I don't begrudge Ernst for doing a full-audio showcase of the '68 comeback, all in one spot, probably with some extras added in some way. It's very easy for this forum to become the "bitch session" site. If the Sun Sessions can be re-visited every five to ten or 15 years (including the much-awaited deluxe book / CD), why not do the same with '68? Are we Journey or Styx fans.... or Elvis fans? In 20 years, such a thing might not happen at all but let's enjoy what they are trying to assemble here....and yes, see what on earth it is when it does come out.
Steve Morse (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2008report abuse
TBG - are you confusing DVDs with CDs ? I believe these are CDs, only.
TBG (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2008report abuse
What about the Dressing Room Rehearsal - 24 June? I Dont remember that one being on the original box-set?
GeertFromNl (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2008
Invisible because there was bad language used
FLASHBOY (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2008report abuse
Wow this is stange! why did they go with this set again? we all have the 68 deluxe boxset with everything on it. What we need is either a more complete thats the way DVD or Elvis on tour with the same great sound that Elvis that's the way it is special edition have! This new comback special ain't gonna sell and i don't need to be nostradamus to predict it
elvislives72 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2008report abuse
BMG picked the worst time to release this box set knowing the country is in a decline economically right now. Gas is outrageous and they now expect people to pay $70.00 for a set of music that they already have when gas cost about that much just to fill up a tank. Come on now. What kind of morons are running that company? Is this Ernst' idea of matching what the import market puts out? If it is then he's about 25 years too late. I'll predict it now that this will be the lowest selling box set of Elvis out there to date.
Mofoca22 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2008report abuse
i already have all the comeback cds there is and the dvds but what the heck if this is a 4 cd set with everything why not id be glad to have that as well its his comeback for god sake the best performances of his career were here.
Jumpin Jehosaphat (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2008report abuse
maybe they should make the Godzilla Edition and give you a model of elvis being carried off by rodan
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on May 31, 2008report abuse
If this is indeed the correct tracklisting I won't be buying this boxset. Why? Because I already have all this. Oh sure, it will all come enclosed in a pretty box with a booklet and there probably will be some sound improvement. But the fact remains that I'm not going to shell out $50.00-$70.00 USD for something I already have and rarely play now. Just another example of old wine in a fancier bottle.
Palle (profilecontact) wrote on May 31, 2008report abuse
Why isn't this in the right timeline?? If it were, it might be something I would consider buying -- despite I have it all, and I'm normally very harsh towards re-releases, but it would be great to have all the '68 comeback on one set. However, as this will not be in the right chronological order (if the above tracklist will be as it is listed) I will not be buying this ...hopefully BMG will take notice
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on May 31, 2008report abuse
Ok sounds cool even though I already have all this over about 5 or 6 cd's but its probably for collectors or the one off buyer (it's alot better than celebrating the anniversary of the show with an Elvis duck) but what I'd really prefer is the VHS version of the show on DVD and blue-ray not the silly re-edited version that was recently released.

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