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The Best of the '68 Comeback Special

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Elvis Presley 21/5/2019

Review

A single-disc distillation of Sony Legacy's massive box set celebrating the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special, this 2019 compilation covers ground that has been covered many times before. Back in 1968, RCA put out a soundtrack album to the special, and once the show entered in the realm of legend, it was repackaged on its anniversary three times over. All of this is a roundabout way of saying that The Best of the '68 Comeback contains a bunch of easily available material, yet none of the previous compilations assembled these tracks in precisely the same way (nor did they contain a new version of "If I Can Dream" plucked from NBC's anniversary special, a version distinguished by the presence of Shawn Mendes, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, and Post Malone…not precisely a dream lineup for an Elvis fan). While other comps may be a bit better overall experience -- it's hard to beat the original '68 LP if you're just wanting a taste of this music -- 18 of the 19 tracks here are wonderful and they're a pleasure to hear in whatever context you choose. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Trouble/Guitar Man [Opening] Elvis Presley 3:25
  3. 2 Heartbreak Hotel [First "Stand Up" Show] Elvis Presley 1:3
  4. 3 Hound Dog [Second "Stand Up" Show] Elvis Presley 0:47
  5. 4 All Shook Up [Second "Stand Up" Show] Elvis Presley 1:37
  6. 5 Can't Help Falling in Love [Second "Stand Up" Show] Elvis Presley 2:25
  7. 6 Jailhouse Rock [Second "Stand Up" Show] Elvis Presley 2:3
  8. 7 Don't Be Cruel [First "Stand Up" Show] Elvis Presley 1:42
  9. 8 Blue Suede Shoes [Second "Sit Down" Show] Elvis Presley 1:42
  10. 9 Baby, What You Want Me to Do [First "Stand Up" Show] Elvis Presley 3:3
  11. 10 Are You Lonesome Tonight? [First "Sit Down" Show] Elvis Presley 2:51
  12. 11 One Night [Second "Sit Down" Show] Elvis Presley 3:6
  13. 12 Love Me Tender [First "Stand Up" Show] Elvis Presley 3:31
  14. 13 Trying to Get to You [Second "Sit Down" Show] Elvis Presley 2:58
  15. 14 Love Me [Second "Sit Down" Show] Elvis Presley 2:43
  16. 15 Memories Elvis Presley 3:17
  17. 16 A Little Less Conversation Elvis Presley 1:57
  18. 17 Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley 4:19
  19. 18 Burning Love Elvis Presley 2:48
  20. 19 If I Can Dream Elvis Presley 3:10

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