For many rock & roll hardliners at the time, Elvis Presley’s efforts as an actor in the 1960s signaled that the King had fallen from his throne. For the most part Presley wasn’t recording, and when he did, it was songs for his movies that lacked the raw rock & roll attitude of his earlier work. But when Presley’s 1968 “comeback” special hit the NBC airwaves on Dec. 3, with Presley clad in black leather, at least in that moment, the King had returned.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark television event, an all-inclusive box set is due out on Nov. 30. As Rolling Stone reported, the box set will contain 5 CDs and two Blu-Ray discs which will feature the newly restored video of the special as well as extra footage and outtakes. There is also an entire disc dedicated to the sessions Presley recorded with the famous Wrecking Crew studio band. The box set will come with an 80-page booklet as well, containing rarely seen photographs, memorabilia and a new oral history of the special compiled from Thom Zimny’s HBO documentary “Elvis Presley: The Searcher.”
The box set is available for pre-order here.