In June of 1968 Elvis Presley saved his career and made the best music of his life. These accomplishments are attributed to the legendary “ELVIS” TV Special.
The Special which was sponsored by Singer Sewing Machines was the first time that Elvis had performed in front of a live audience in 7 years. In what was supposed to be a Christmas Special, Elvis, clad in his trademark black leather suit, performed emotional renditions of his greatest hits and more recent songs in different settings including an intimate unplugged session. The edited 60 minute version aired on December 4th 1968 on NBC. It was the network’s highest ratings and the season’s number-one rated show. The “ELVIS” Special was so successful not only for NBC but also for Elvis’ career that it is more commonly referred to as the infamous “’68 Comeback Special” and has become one of the major moment in music history.
On August 5th, Sony BMG celebrates the 40th anniversary of the legendary Special with the release of a deluxe 4 CD set entitled – “ELVIS – THE COMPLETE ’68 COMEBACK SPECIAL.”
The deluxe package includes the entire recordings from the taping of the “ELVIS” TV Special – the production numbers, the two black leather stand-up shows, the two black leather sit-down shows and rehearsals. It contains 87 tracks on 4 CDs – 20 which have never been released before to the general public as well as a 32 page booklet with detailed liner notes, photos and memorabilia.
Also available are the Elvis: ’68 Comeback Special Deluxe (3 disc set) and single DVDs.