Elvis Presley Elvis: NBC TV Special on 180g LP
Mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios & Manufactured at RTI
Elvis Presley was born during the Great Depression into a poor family in Mississippi. They moved to Memphis during the early-'50s, and as a struggling young truck driver, he cut some demos at Sun Studios as a gift for his beloved mother Gladys. These initial songs, of which he had only paid a few dollars to record, would become the catalyst that would kick-start the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar unlike the world has ever known.
The folks at RCA Victor knew that this young fellow named Elvis was destined for superstardom. They quickly bought out his contract and signed the legend to a long-term deal, and his first RCA single "Heartbreak Hotel" forever etched “The King Of Rock And Roll” trademark to his name. Over the next three decades, Elvis Presley would release dozens of hit albums and tons of smash singles, spend time in the Army, star in over 35 top charting films, as well as sell out concert tours around the states and Canada making him the most successful solo artist of all time.
In 1968, after a series of very successful movies and top charting recordings, Elvis made a wise decision to work with the folks at NBC and develop a Christmas TV special, which would have The King perform in front of a live studio audience for the first time in years. This legendary career move spread like wildfire and soon was hailed as “The Comeback,” further igniting his career to an all new high. The King took his shows to the theatres and casinos and super massive stadium tours over the next number of years, while releasing a plethora of even more gold and platinum recordings
With the soundtrack album nearing release, it was already gaining popularity in advance thanks to the chart single smash "If I Can Dream." This masterwork album included a treasure trove of rare television studio performances that captured a very great time in the musical history of the groundbreaking artist. In addition to the wonderful hit single, The King reaches back to his early Memphis days with his first chart topper "Heartbreak Hotel" and more '50s classics like "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," "All Shook Up" and even a pair of Jimmy Reed blues classics with "Big Boss Man" and "Baby, What You Want Me to Do."
More hit tracks and sensational medleys abound including "Guitar Man," "Blue Christmas," "Love Me Tender" and "Can’t Help Falling in Love" plus the beautiful ballad "Memories" which has since become an Elvis fan favorite. Elvis Presley’s NBC TV Special album would go on to become one of his biggest albums ever, as fans rushed to the stores to buy this stunning rock and roll soundtrack back in December of 1968.
In honor of the Man, the Music, the Legend, the King of Rock and Roll, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the 45th anniversary/180 Gram Vinyl Series release of Elvis Presley's RCA Records classic NBC TV Special, mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and housed in gatefold album artwork.
Elvis Presley Elvis - NBC TV Special Track Listing:
1. Trouble/Guitar Man
2. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy/Baby, What You Want Me to Do
3. Dialogue/Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/All Shook Up/Can’t Help Falling in Love/Jailhouse Rock/Dialogue/Love Me Tender
4. Dialogue/Where Could I Go But to the Lord/Up Above My Head/Saved
5. Dialogue/Blue Christmas/Dialogue/One Night
7. Nothingville/Dialogue/Big Boss Man/Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble/Guitar Man
8. If I Can Dream