Words & Music by Billy Strange / Mac Davis
Only just a two-bit town
Where nothing's real
They treat me like a country clown
I ain't gonna keep-a-hangin' round'
The doors keep slammin' in my face
People keep puttin' me in my place
It's a rat's race at a snail's pace
Recorded: 1968/06/20, first released on Elvis NBC TV Special
June 20, 1968 Western Recorders - Burbank, California
1968 NBC TV Special 'Elvis' Sessions
Nothingville / Guitar Man (Part 1) (Guitar Man Section 1) WPA1 8045-10
Let Yourself Go (Part 1) (Guitar Man Section 2) ____-07
Let Yourself Go (Composite) WPA1 8112-SP
Guitar Man (Part 2 - Fast) (Escape Section 1) ____-08
Big Boss Man (Escape Section 3) WPA1 8046-03
It Hurts Me (Part 1) (Escape Section 4) ____-07
June 21, 1968 Western Recorders - Burbank, California
Guitar Man (Part 2 - Slow) (Escape Section 1 Remake) ____-07
It Hurts Me (Composite) WPA1 8113-SP
Guitar Man (Part 3) / Little Egypt (After Karate Section 2) WPA1 8048-10
Trouble / Guitar Man (Part 4) (After Karate Section 3) WPA1 8030 / 8047-03
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Where Could I Go But to The Lord / Up Above My Head - Intro (Gospel Sect. 1) WPA1 8039-07
Up Above My Head / I Found That Light / Saved - Intro (Gospel Section 2) ____-11
June 22, 1968 Western Recorders - Burbank, California
Up Above My Head / I Found That Light / Saved - Intro (Gospel Section 2) (Continued) WPA1 8040-13
Saved (Part 1) / Preach For The Sky / Saved (Part 2) (Gospel Section 3) WPA1 8041-SP
Trouble (Opening) / WPA1 8030-21
Guitar Man (Opening) WPA1 8047-SP
June 23, 1968 Western Recorders - Burbank, California
If I Can Dream WPA1 8029-05
If I Can Dream (Dubdown to Track)
Memories (Track) ____-04
Memories (Short Track) ____-02
Let Yourself Go (Closing Instrumental) ____-05
A Little Less Conversation (Track) ____-NA
June 24, 1968 Western Recorders - Burbank, California
June 26, 1968
Elvis, cast and crew enjoy a party in honour of his manager Colonel Tom Parker's birthday. It 'snows' as nod to Colonel's longstanding tongue-in-cheek fraternal order known as the Snowmen's League of America. Elvis performs special new comedic lyrics to the song It Hurts Me, giving a send-up to Colonel and his finagling with the producers. Executive producer Bob Finkel gives Colonel a portrait of himself as Napoleon.
June 30, 1968 NBC Studios - Burbank, California
Guitar Man (Road Section 2) (Vocal Overdub) ____-02
Guitar Man (Road Section 3) (Vocal Overdub) ____-06
Tag ('Huh Huh Huh') ____-01
If I Can Dream (Soundtrack Version)(Vocal Overdub) CPA5 5189-04
Trouble (Opening) (Vocal Overdub) ____-07 / Guitar Man (Opening) (Playback)
Guitar Man (Alley) (Vocal Overdub) ____-06
Little Egypt / Trouble (Nightclub) ('Little Egypt' - V.O.) ____-04
|Elvis - NBC TV Special LP 1968|
December 3, 1968, the broadcast of Elvis' television special, Elvis, turned his career around by introducing him to hipper recording material and new directions. The '68 Special opens (The actual name of this television special is Elvis.) with Elvis singing a hot new version of the gutsy 'Trouble', from his 1958 film King Creole. This segues into Guitar Man, which, with its semi-autobiographical lyrics, becomes the underlying theme of the show.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.