Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special is getting a 50th anniversary box set re-release

23 October 2018, 17:39 | Updated: 1 November 2018, 11:58

It was one of the most iconic live performances of all time...

The 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's groundbreaking 1968 NBC TV comeback special will be marked with the release of a special deluxe box set.

The new set will be released on Friday, November 30, just days before the anniversary of the world premiere broadcast of the original TV special on December 3.

The 50th Anniversary Edition shows Elvis at the peak of his powers, and for the first time ever, all previously-released audio and newly-restored video from the special will be available in one huge package.

Elvis special
Picture: RCA/Legacy

This includes unused performances and studio outtakes, and an entire disc showcasing the legendary sessions for the special recorded with Elvis and the Wrecking Crew.

It will come as a 5 CD, 2 Blu-ray disc deluxe package, along with an 80-page book featuring rare photographs and a new oral history on the special, created from interviews for Thom Zimny's 2018 documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher.

The package includes:

CD1: ELVIS (NBC-TV Special) original album and outtakes
CD2: First "sit-down" and "stand-up" shows – June 27 and 29, 1968
CD3: Second "sit-down" and "stand-up" shows – June 27 and 29, 1968
CD4: First and second rehearsals in Elvis' dressing room – June 24 and 25, 1968
CD5: The Wrecking Crew Sessions: studio outtakes from the special – June 20-23, 1968
BD1-2: Original and extended cuts of television special, complete "sit-down" and "stand-up" shows and outtakes