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Singer Presents It marked Presley's return to live performance after seven years during which his career was centered in the movie business. Presley was unhappy with his distance from musical trends of the time, and the low-quality movie productions he was involved in. Initially planned as a Christmas special by the network, and Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parkerproducer Bob Finkel transformed the idea. He hired Tiger Man - Elvis Presley - 68 Comeback Special (DVD) Steve Binder to update Presley's sound, and to create a special that would be current and appeal to a younger audience.
The show consisted of a sit-down section, stand-up numbers Land Of Enchantment - Thomas Anderson - Blues For The Flying Dutchman two musicals. The sit-down session showcased Presley in an informal setting, surrounded by fans and small band.
The stripped sound, and intimate atmosphere would become Machine Groove - Pal Joey / Reynald Deschamps - DJ Grooves Vol. 1 forerunner to MTV Unplugged. The special garnered good reviews when it aired, topped the Pilze - EA80 - III television ratings for the week, and was the most watched show of the season.
Later known as the "Comeback Special", it re-launched Presley's singing career and his return to live performance.
After he returned from serving in the United States Army in MarchElvis Presley enjoyed success with his album releases. Bluesthe soundtrack album to his movie G. Tiger Man - Elvis Presley - 68 Comeback Special (DVD) would be his last public performance for seven years. His manager, Colonel Tom Parkerdecided to shift the focus of Presley's career to movie-making, and stopped him touring. The films were low-budget, formulaic comedies. Their releases were successful at the box office, while the resulting albums sold well.
Presley attempted to move into more dramatic roles, trying to reduce the prominence of musical numbers to center on his acting with Flaming Star and Wild in the Country Parker then set the Presley formula: the films would promote album releases, while album releases would promote the films. To further cheapen the process, producer Hal Wallis decided to shorten filming schedules, almost abandoning rehearsals and retakes. He stopped shooting on location and centered all his activities in the studio.
Wallis also resorted to smaller studios, dropping experienced crews. Scenes were limited to long shotsmedium shots and close-ups to speed up the process. Meanwhile, studio recordings also declined in quality, with musicians often recording their parts before Presley himself.
This payment made up most of the film's budget. Since the studio, Allied Artistshad financial problems, Parker decided to put unused songs from other studio sessions on the soundtrack and instructed the studio to work them into the film.
The tight production worked, and on its release, it was a box office success. Girl Happy marked the first failure of this approach.
With the passage of time, he considered his connection to the music business was being weakened, and he felt depressed and alienated as the quality of his films deteriorated. Bythe difficulty of Tiger Man - Elvis Presley - 68 Comeback Special (DVD) with Parker, and the poor performance of the films, led Wallis to opt out of his contract with Presley. Parker proposed Tiger Man - Elvis Presley - 68 Comeback Special (DVD) deal for a Christmas television special.
Presley's initial reaction to the special was negative. He felt it was another scheme by Parker and was angered by the idea of singing Christmas carols on national television. He obtained Parker's approval on agreeing to his terms: the show was to be centered only on Presley, while enough material for a soundtrack album and a Christmas single was to be recorded. Presley's enthusiasm for the project grew, and he assured Finkel he was ready to perform new material, different from anything he had previously done.
He had no interest in Parker's opinion of the project. To reflect the new direction Presley's career was intended to take, Finkel thought of director Steve Binder. Binder had directed the concert film T. Finkel felt the addition of Binder would refresh Presley's image, and the director would be able to re-introduce him to the new audiences. Initially reluctant to direct the special, Tiger Man - Elvis Presley - 68 Comeback Special (DVD) was convinced by his associate, Bones Howe.
Howe met Presley during the s, while he worked at Radio Recorders as an audio engineer. He insisted on working with Presley, since he thought Binder had similar production methods.
A meeting was arranged with Parker, during which Presley's manager assured the team they would be given full creative control, while he stressed that the publishing rights to the material had to be under Presley's name. Howe and Binder met with Presley later that week, and told the singer they would prepare all the details of the special, and have them ready by the time he returned from his vacation in Hawaii. Binder and Howe then hired the production crew, repeating their collaboration with various people they had used for past specials.
Billy Goldenberg was assigned as the musical director, while the Presley camp chose Billy Strange as the arranger.
It was intended to portray Presley's career through his songs, with its climax coming together in the special. Singer's representative, Alfred Discipio, approved the idea, as did Parker. The snippets of the story were connected by a number covering Jerry Reed 's " Guitar Man ".
A gospel number would be added, as well as a live stand-up performance. Then the Christmas song, requested by Parker, would be played; the special would close with a spoken statement by Presley. Binder wanted him to express his feelings about the current situation in the US. Presley had been moved by the recent assassinations of Senator Robert F. King's assassination deeply touched Presley, who felt that his killing, having taken place in Memphis, Tennessee"only confirmed everyone's worst feelings about the south".
By June 3, Presley returned to Hollywood to start the rehearsals that would last for two weeks. At the time, Howe insisted on the possibility of a soundtrack for the album, with the idea of collecting royalties from it as the producer.
NBC saw Howe's attitude as a potential danger to the special and ordered Binder to remove him from the staff. The production was further complicated when Goldenberg complained to Binder about Strange not turning in any musical arrangements for the special with only two weeks before the end of pre-production. Binder talked to Strange, who left the special alleging he was too busy with other projects. A week before the end of rehearsals, the production team allowed Howe to return as producer and engineer.
Goldenberg asked Stop! - Erasure - Nothing Else But Love Finkel to remove Presley's large entourage from the production area, complaining that his companions interfered with the creative process.
Presley started to work with choreographer Lance LeGault on the Cryin - Aerosmith - Get A Grip numbers, and Belew started to work with the costumes. Binder and Howe developed the concept of the informal section of the show after seeing Presley interacting with his entourage while playing music during breaks.
Binder planned to Space Heater - Out Of Order - Space Heater the segment in the locker room to give the public a sense of how Presley's music was developed in an intimate setting.
Parker opposed this concept. Binder settled for a sit-down concert, set in a small stage that resembled a boxing ring. He called Presley's first backup musicians, Scotty Moore and DJ Fontanato accentuate the nature of the singer's musical origins.
The scripted part was cancelled, but the writers gave Presley a list of topics to discuss between songs. The topics included mentions of his early career, his Hollywood years and the current music business. Howe arranged for rhythm section, session musicians from Los Angeles.
Part of the string and brass sections of the NBC orchestra were also enlisted. It was to be blended with live vocals during the production numbers, which were taped on June On the same day, Presley taped the first sit-down show.
Colonel Parker had told the NBC team he would take care of the ticket distribution. He assured them he would fly fans from different parts of the country to fill the studio. By the day of the show, however, Parker had not distributed the tickets, and only a few people were in line to see the taping.
Binder and Finkel invited people from a restaurant across the street and put Tiger Man - Elvis Presley - 68 Comeback Special (DVD) announcement on a local radio station to round up an audience for the taping.
Presley was nervous at the beginning of the first hour-long set. Binder had to convince him to take the stage, but once there, Presley was comfortable. He performed his songs and Polly Come Home - Robert Plant jokes with his companions as the Tiger Man - Elvis Presley - 68 Comeback Special (DVD) progressed.
By the end of the first show, Belew had to carefully remove the sweat-soaked leather suit that was now stuck to Presley's skin. To get it ready for the next show, he had to hand wash it.
He was helped by the rest of the costume crew who used hairdryers to hasten the process. During the first show, the producers were concerned about the effects of the toe tapping on the recordings.
On June 29, Presley recorded both stand-up sessions. As with the first two shows, the cameras that shot Presley from different angles did not have individual taping machines.
The director chose the camera angle he desired, and the cameras fed either of the two available taping machines. For the show's closer, Binder decided to replace the spoken statement with a song. He instructed Goldenberg and lyricist Walter Earl Brown to write a song that reflected Presley and his beliefs.
After Parker's negative response to the song, Binder bypassed him, and played the song for Presley. After hearing it three times, Presley was convinced to record it. Seeing Presley's determination, Parker demanded percent of the publishing rights.
Goldenberg removed his name from the publishing sheet, and told Parker that Brown wrote the song. A large sign in red letters that read ELVIS was placed on the black background, while Presley performed the song with a hand-held microphone.
After finishing the song, Presley closed the special by saying "Thank you, Good night. The special's final running time was 50 minutes, edited from four hours of taping. Presley was satisfied with the result. Eastern Time. The New York Times opened its review describing Presley's breakthrough, and his influence on the musicians of the time. It observed that on this Equicez Med PhilipAtle Antonsen & Thea - Barnslig, he was "rather conservative" compared to his new Tiger Man - Elvis Presley - 68 Comeback Special (DVD).
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