Presley, Elvis: Elvis: NBC TV Special (Vinyl LP)

Presley, Elvis: Elvis: NBC TV Special (Vinyl LP)

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Elvis-NBC TV Special [180 Gram Vinyl] (1968) Elvis (NBC-TV Special) is the thirty-fourth album by Elvis Presley, released by RCA Records in mono, LPM 4088, in November 1968. Recording sessions took place in Burbank, California at Western Recorders on June 20, 21, 22 and 23, 1968, and at NBC Studios (Burbank) on June 27 and 29, 1968. It peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200. It was certified Gold on July 22, 1969 and Platinum on July 15, 1999 by the RIAA. Unlike the drudgery of the feature film soundtrack recordings, Presley was genuinely excited by the project. For the album, the musical format presented Presley in three different settings: production numbers featuring medleys of his material; an informal small band featuring medleys in front of a live audience; and the two original numbers with Presley backed by an orchestra in front of a live audience. Prior to the videotaping of the Singer Christmas Special, a soundtrack album to be released before the December 3 broadcast was recorded. Several initial contract stipulations were obviated by Presley and program producer Steve Binder, notably the one against having a live audience present, but album producer Bones Howe was unable to requisition proper recording equipment, getting the sound feed from the single-channel microphones on the video cameras. Hence, the album was released in mono only, at a time when the recording industry was switching over to stereophonic records exclusively for both albums and singles. Trouble/ Guitar Man, Lawdy Miss Clawdy/Baby What You Want Me to Do, Medley: Heartbreak Hotel/ Hound Dog /All Shook Up / Can't Help Falling in Love/ Jailhouse Rock /Love Me Tender, Where Could I Go But to the Lord/Up Above My Head/ Saved, Blue Christmas / One Night, Memories, Medley: Nothingville /Big Boss Man Guitar Man /Little Egypt /Trouble /Guitar Man, If I Can Dream