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Five years before he achieved broadcast history with his legendary 1973 global satellite telecast, Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, Elvis Presley brought a less grandiose but far more urgent mission to this Christmas season network special: 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 nothing less than to reclaim his throne.
More than three decades later, what has since become known as Elvis: '68 Comeback Special looms as the Memphis icon's most substantial achievement as a stage performer. If the candy-colored 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, he covers a shrewd song list encompassing early rockabilly hits, gospel (albeit 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 D.J. 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
Wonderful (best) collection ever. Worth every penny. LOTS and LOTS of the KING! Get it if you love Elvis.Published 1 month ago by Linda W.
I just received the 68 comeback with Elvis on dvd and I need to sat that I was disappointed.
Two segments on this dvd was definitely too long, plus he repeated some songs. Read more
I am returning this DVD. I am so disappointed. I certainly did not expect to watch retake after retake, etc.!! I knew it was a costly DVD and expected much more than I got. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Redhead
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No, you're not imaging this! Sorry this answer is so late, but I just saw your question. You probably found your answer by now, but here it is in case you haven't. The song is indeed in the box set...but only in pieces, the way it was actually filmed. The makers of this set later claimed it was... Read More
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