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Complete 68 Comeback Special: 40th Anniversary Edition Box set

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During a career of invention and re-invention the'68 Comeback Special is perhaps THE pivotal performance of Elvis' career. He was back from the movie career that had kept him away from the live arena throughout most of the 60's and what's more he looked and sounded amazing. To celebrate the 40th anniversary we are releasing the Complete '68 Comeback Special, a box set that features the whole story from the rehearsals to the finished show, outtakes and rarely heard gems. Deluxe Edition - 4 disc box set including over 103 songs, CD sized Box with text foil stamped lift off lid. Each disc is housed in mini LP style wallets with a 36 page booklet. This album contains 8 previously unreleased tracks.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 2008)
  • 40th Anniversary Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 259 minutes
  • ASIN: B001AX60KU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael Slater on August 8, 2008
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RCA/BMG have taken yet another potentially great idea for a new release and screwed it up again! Will it never end?! The title "Complete '68 Comeback Special" is a LIE in itself. This set is NOT COMPLETE! The big blunder is the fact that disc 1 is called "The Original Album", which is the LAST thing they should have included here! I enjoyed it when it was first released, but I think that most serious Elvis fans have learned since then that there were MANY things wrong with this LP! A lot of what should be in true stereo were only included in flat mono sound, including "Memories" and "If I Can Dream" and the opening of the Gospel Medley ("Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child") was completely cut from the album. The instrumental breaks on this medley were shortened as well. A few years back, RCA released the 2-disc set "Memories-The'68 Comeback Special", and although this was far from complete, it DID include the entire Gospel Medley completely un-cut! Why then did they go back to releasing the cut version on this set which claims to be complete?! You would think a set like this would by now be the definitive version, but it's not! I really believe the label does these things purposely to get as much money out of the poor Elvis fan as they can! Even the huge DVD set of this show had a mistake in it. The "It Hurts Me" sequence was only included in separate pieces (the way it was filmed) and not in its' entirety! A 4-disc set!...and I also had to go out and buy the single disc version, which came out later, just to have this entire song sequence, which is one of my favorites! If you're a casual Elvis fan, then these things probably won't mean anything to you...but if you're a die-hard fan like me, then you'll still be longing for RCA/BMG to get something right so we won't have to keep buying it over and over!
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When this was released it had been a fair while since Sony/BMG released a top-class Elvis product to the general public.
The Deluxe Version contains over 100 songs, a 32 page booklet & with each disc housed in stylish mini LP paper sleeves. The box is CD sized with text foil stamped lift-off lid.
The presentation is one of the best ever from BMG and both releases contain a delightful 32 page booklet of photos and memorabilia. The text by Harvey Kubernick nicely sets the scene and includes some interesting stories from Elvis' buddy Lance LeGault including,,,

"Elvis and I played a lot of music over the years," LeGault acknowledges. "He sang all the time. We didn't go to lunch breaks; we went to dressing rooms and jammed. Now, Elvis was very insecure when we started and I think that's why he called me up. Because Elvis had a charming insecurity. But then he warmed up and relaxed, which didn't take long. Look at the opening of that sit-down part - he had an acoustic guitar. And then he traded with Scotty and took the electric. And then it all became electric."

There is the thought that as serious Elvis fans, haven't we bought the entire musical content before? This is of course basically true and I admit that the 2000 BMG double CD 'Memories' is one of best "Comeback" compiles around.
However I disagree with the other reviewer here as on this set we not only get the ORIGINAL Album version (The 'Memories' set was a very different compilation) but there is something refreshing about the way this new set has been compiled. Once I started playing these CDs I was grabbed once again by how fresh and exciting this rock'n'roll renaissance still sounds even forty years later.
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Sony/BMG purchased RCA years ago and since then they have destroyed the entire Elvis catalog and saturated the market with multiple compilations --How many times do we need to have "Hound Dog"?????-- instead or reissuing Elvis' original catalog in a fine remastered way with eco packaging and original artwork--as is the latest trend and one that is quite appealing. But, what else would you expect from a foreign company? (Sony/BMG is a German company).

However, SONY/BMG does not hold the rights to everything that Elvis recorded. In fact, Graceland has formed FTD (Follow That Dream records) and they issue top-quality cds for the true Elvis fan. Hard to get performances well worth the money--a few dollars more than the standard cd.

So, if you really want Elvis' music as it should be, you can find the original studio releases and then go to [...] and purchase great cds from Graceland! Say NO to Sony/BMG!
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I bought this and own it and I believe that shows who this man was and why until today he is the King. This was the first in person appearance after Elvis come back from the army, and here he shows to the world that he was still Elvis Presley when a lot of people was thinking he was done. He sang, he dance and went on even to sing balads, he did gospel music which were his beginnings as he said in the documentary. This is a must have for any Elvis fan and for anyone that considers themselves real musicians. It is very sad that the world was deprived of him at such an early age.
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This review also applies to Elvis: '68 Comeback and Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special (Three-Disc Deluxe Edition)

I bought this collection some time ago, and am generally pleased with it. I also have the MEMORIES and TIGER MAN collections from 1998, as well as the two DVD sets listed above. Next time around, Legacy should do the following:

For the casual Elvis fan: A CD/DVD package, with the audio CD containing the best performances of each song from the four concerts, and the studio master recordings in stereo (similar to Disc 1 of MEMORIES, but with stereo versions of "If I Can Dream, ""Memories," and "A Little Less Conversation," and the alternate vocal version of "If I Can Dream" from 06/30/68).

The DVD (or Blu-ray) should be a nice long edit of all of the songs in the show, from both the live and the studio segments - basically, an expanded version of the 2006 SPECIAL EDITION with any missing songs included.

For the rabid Elvis fan: A 5-CD set similar to this release, with Disc 1 containing ONLY the tracks that appeared on the original vinyl LP (LPM-4088). Disc 2 would have all of the stereo master takes - "If I Can Dream," "Memories," "A Little Less Conversation," the unedited "Trouble/Guitar Man" sequence, the complete Gospel Medley, the complete Road Medley, and the alternate vocal version of "If I Can Dream" from 06/30/68. Disc 3 would have the rehearsals, Disc 4 would have the first "sit-down" and "stand-up" shows, and Disc 5 would have the second "sit-down" and "stand-up" shows.
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