Elvis’ original guitarist, Scotty Moore, and drummer, DJ Fontana, rejoined Elvis to be part of the 68 Comeback Special band. Scotty and TV director Steve Binder recall how the spontaneous acoustic jam segment came together as organically as it looks.
The “sit down” set wasn’t even part of the original plan, but Binder knew he had to add this to the special once he stumbled on a backstage jam session. Although the broadcast only included less than 20 minutes of it, both full “sit down” concert tapings are included in the Complete 68 Comeback box set.
Many fans and critics agree that these “unplugged” sessions feature some of Elvis Presley’s finest recorded live performances. After seeing a screening earlier this year, LA Times TV writer Robert Lloyd wrote, “Elvis sweats real sweat as he sings the old songs with new energy…as raw and real as any performance I’ve ever seen.”
Elvis Presley – The Complete ‘68 Comeback Special: 40th Anniversary Edition 4-CD box set