Available now for pre-order is The Best Of The ‘68 Comeback Special. The disc will be released on Friday (February 15th) as a tie-in with The Elvis All-Star Tribute, which airs on Sunday (February 17th) on NBC. The show was taped last October, and features stars of various musical genres, including pop artists like Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Pistol Annies, Darius Rucker, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Josh Groban, Jennifer Lopez, Adam Lambert, and Post Malone. Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley will appear on the special, as will his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.
The special, hosted by Shelton, will create the look and feel of The King’s legendary ‘68 Comeback Special, where he performed both stand-up, rocking numbers and a more intimate, stripped-down set wearing black leather.
The Best of the ‘68 Comeback Special includes 15 remastered Elvis performances from the ‘stand-up’ and ‘sit-down’ shows filmed for the ’68 broadcast, plus three original studio recordings to represent songs that appear in the new special — including a new version of “If I Can Dream,” featuring Elvis’ original vocals plus those of Underwood, Mendes, Rucker, Shelton, and Malone.
Shortly before his 2016 death, “Memphis Mafia” member Joe Esposito said it’s a testimony to Elvis’ good spirit that his legacy continues to endure: [“It’s just unbelievable the reaction that’s still going on today about him, and it’s like a resurgence in him, y’know? And I tell ya’, I feel great because the people. . . Anybody that ever met Elvis Presley would love the guy. Not what you read about him, what you hear about him, people say about him, but once you meet him you cannot help but like him. And that’s been done by a lot of people that said bad things about him back in the ’60s and ’50s, then when they met him in the ’70s or something like that, their whole outlook on Elvis Presley changed. He had that kind of charisma.”] SOUNDCUE (:31 OC: . . . kind of charisma)
The tracklisting to Elvis Presley’s Best Of The ‘68 Comeback Special:
“Trouble / Guitar Man”
“Heartbreak Hotel” (First ‘Stand-Up’ Show)
“Hound Dog” (Second ‘Stand-Up’ Show)
“All Shook Up” (Second ‘Stand-Up’ Show)
“Can’t Help Falling In Love” (Second ‘Stand-Up’ Show)
“Don’t Be Cruel” (First ‘Stand-Up’ Show)
“Blue Suede Shoes” (Second ‘Sit-Down’ Show)
“Baby, What You Want Me To Do” (First ‘Stand-Up’ Show)
“Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (First ‘Sit-Down’ Show)
“One Night” (Second ‘Sit-Down’ Show)
“Love Me Tender” (First ‘Stand-Up’ Show)
“Trying To Get To You” (Second ‘Sit-Down’ Show)
“Love Me” (Second ‘Sit Down’ Show)
“A Little Less Conversation”
“If I Can Dream” (from the NBC Elvis All-Star Tribute)” – Elvis Presley, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood.
CHECK IT OUT: Elvis performing “All Shook Up” from The ’68 Comeback Special: