||From the Vault...
"NBC TV Special"
© RCA/BMG Records
Year of Release: 1969
Lawdy Miss Clawdy/
Baby What You
Want Me To Do
All Shook Up/
Can't Help Falling
Don't Be Cruel/
Blue Suede Shoes/
Love Me Tender
Where Could I Go
But To The Lord/
Baby What You
Want Me To Do/
That's All Right/
Trying To Get
Big Boss Man/
Let Yourself Go/
It Hurts Me/
If I Can Dream
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"NBC TV Special"
C L A S S I C ! !
December 3, 1968, a date in music history... Elvis Presley appeared on NBC,
as the TV show was released as an album. It was classic for Elvis, and a perfect
time for him, making him the Comeback Kid. His movies hadn't been doing well,
(let's face it, has ANY of his movies been good?), and his records hadn't been
as popular since the Beatles and Psychedelic Era took over. Yet, in watching
the performances of this TV special, it was classic. In reading about this
particular album, which later surfaced on CD, there was another CD that would
later be released, Memories, which consisted of many of the songs unedited
and assorted outtakes.
The music and spoken dialogue on this original CD is truly classic, and one
of the dialogues that was a major standout was Elvis' look on gospel music, as
his 3-song gospel medley "Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My
Head/Saved" stands out as Elvis being an excellent gospel singer, since
gospel music was Elvis' first love of music, before he became the King of Rock
The first 3 medley tracks captures Elvis at his roughest (vocal style) and
his best (in stage performances). "Trouble/Guitar Man" (the first track)
is classic Elvis, as many can remember seeing his upclose face starting out the
"Trouble" song: If you're looking for trouble, you've come to the
right place... The medley of Lloyd Price's "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and
Jimmy Reed's "Baby What You Want Me To Do" also shows Elvis at his best,
with his grit vocals and raging frontman appearance.
It goes the same with his roughest best with a medley of his beginning hits:
"Heartbreak Hotel"/"Hound Dog"/"All Shook Up"/"Can't Help Falling In
Love"/"Jailhouse Rock"/"Don't Be Cruel"/"Blue Suede Shoes"/"Love Me Tender."
Elvis returns with the rough and grit style with the medley of "Baby What You
Want Me To Do"/That's All Right"/"Blue Christmas"/"One Night"/"Tiger
Man"/"Trying To Get To You." (A note, on both of his early hit medleys, the
combination of fast songs as in "Hound Dog" to the softer "Can't Help
Falling In Love" on one medley and the fast "That's All Right" to the
softer "Blue Christmas" blends the two different styles beautifully.
"Memories" (which would be a CD later released with the unedited
concert footage) is a beautiful song, one song that could be used in anyone's
past memories, as think about their personal memories, mostly good memories.
Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were" comes to mind as well, looking back
at one's personal memories. The last medley is another assortment of the
rough-and-grit with some slower tunes: "Nothingsville"/"Big Boss Man"/"Let
Yourself Go"/"It Hurts Me"/"Guitar Man"/"Little Egypt"/"Trouble"/"Guitar Man."
The last song is another Elvis classic: "If I Can Dream" -- a song
that makes all want to dream of another Elvis comeback that could have happened
in 1977. The death of his mother, bad movies, divorce, drug addiction, weight
gain were all major issues in Elvis' life. We can imagine what could have
happened if Colonel Tom Parker approved Barbra Streisand's choice of leading
man in her movie A Star Is Born. Elvis died way too young, and we also
dreamed of Elvis taking on the issues, and losing the weight, and looking as
great as he did in 1968. We can only dream of what could have been...
Elvis Presley left behind a legacy of great music, from his prime years in
the birth of Rock n Roll, to the early 1960s before the Beatles. Despite the
bad movies, the music from these movies were exceptional, although many may not
have recognized that there was some great music from these movies. Changes in
music occurred too, and personal issues mentioned would take its toll on Elvis'
life. He is still The King, and will always be. The NBC-TV Special
captures how we will remember him best, as well as other performances. Elvis
Aaron Presley will always be THE KING OF ROCK & ROLL.
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