Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Elvis Presley singing "Blue Christmas" from the 1968 Comeback Special. By 1968, the world had moved on from old Elvis rockabilly and his Hollywood shtick. This was the year of heavy albums from the counter-culture like the Beatles "White Album", the Stones' "Beggar's Banquet," and Jimi's "Electric Ladyland." Dylan had gone electric and back by this time. So Elvis staged this show. He came out looking lean and mean in black leather and sounded great. Even better than the big production numbers, were these loose informal jam sessions featuring original band members DJ Fontana and Scotty Moore. A casual King, predating "Unplugged" by a couple decades.