Burbank '68 is the first release from the long awaited 'collectors label' Follow That Dream and contains a plethora of unreleased tracks from one of the only parts of Elvis Presley's career that almost every fan and critic agree on: The TV-special filmed and recorded for NBC in June 1968. What we get here are 23 tracks (including two tracks of dialogue) of which no less than 14 are previously unreleased. The parts of the TV-special in focus here are the June 25th so called 'dress rehearsal' and the June 29th, 6 PM 'stand up' show, supplemented with a few studio tracks.
The most interesting part of this CD is the second dressing room rehearsal which has never been heard before - not even on bootlegs. This is the complete and, in principal, unedited tape. That means that if there were any distracting noises that were just annoying to hear - like someone knocking over a chair or something - then we've taken that out. And if there's a pause for, say, 11 seconds where no-one says anything, then we've cut that out too. But none of the music or relevant dialogue has been edited. In fact, 'Tiger Man' from this rehearsal was used on the 'Platinum' set but we edited it because Elvis messed it up in the middle. This time we use the whole thing. He plays around with an instrumental version of 'Danny Boy' and there's lot of dialogue and stuff that's interesting. 'Blue Moon Of Kentucky' was always rumoured to have been done for the NBC show and it's interesting to hear it because he tries to sing it in the original key and he can't hit the high notes. He even makes fun of it himself by saying, "I used to like that song!". The other section of the CD may be familiar because it's been bootlegged before, but it's the first time RCA have put it out - and we're not repeating any of the material from the 'Memories' CD. Ernst Jorgensen.
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Danny boy (Instrumental) (2.00) Dress rehearsal June 25, 1968, Baby what you want me to do (Inst.) (3:22) Dress rehearsal June 25, 1968, Love me (2:38) Dress rehearsal June 25, 1968, Tiger man (3:14) Dress rehearsal June 25, 1968, Dialogue with Steve Binder (2:55) June 25, 1968, Lawdy miss Clawdy (2:18) Dress rehearsal June 25, 1968, One night (2:19) Dress rehearsal June 25, 1968, Blue Christmas (2:29) Dress rehearsal June 25, 1968, Baby what you want me to do (1:25) June 26, 1968, When my blue moon turns to gold again (1:14) Rehearsal June 25, 1968, Blue moon of Kentucky (1:43) Dress rehearsal June 25, 1968, Elvis dialogue 2 - June 26, 1968, Heartbreak hotel (1:15) June 29, 1968, 8 PM show, Hound dog (0:55) June 29, 1968, 8 PM show, All shook up (1:36) June 29, 1968, 8 PM show, Can t help falling in love (2.25) June 29, 1968, 8 PM show, Jailhouse rock (2:14) June 29, 1968, 8 PM show, Don t be cruel (1:36) June 29, 1968, 8 PM show, Love me tender (3:23) June 29, 1968, 8 PM show, Blue suede shoes (2:32) June 29, 1968, 6 PM show, Trouble/guitar man (Splice Take 1) (2:38) June 22/June 29, 1968, If I can dream (alternate vocal take splice) (3:21) June 23/June 30, 1968, Let yourself go (Instrumental) June 1968 (exact date unknown)