From Comeback to Final Days
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In the third and final edition of The Elvis Years, we track Elvis’s later career from his 1968 “Comeback Special” through to his final days at Graceland and explore the many musical avenues taken by the King in his last decade.
Inside, we tell the story of Elvis’s infamous TV Special and take an exclusive look behind the scenes with the help of show director Steve Binder, plus we examine hit album From Elvis In Memphis, and the triumphant Vegas residencies that followed in its wake.
We get behind the lens for Presley’s intimate documentary film That’s The Way It Is and his ground-breaking global satellite telecast Aloha from Hawaii, and explore some of the standout albums of his later life including Elvis Country, He Touched Me and Today.
Elsewhere, we step inside Elvis’s infamous STAX studio sessions, before heading to Graceland’s Jungle Room to retrace the King’s last recordings – furthermore, ex-Sun Studio engineer Matt Ross-Spang discusses working on those final tracks for the Down In The Jungle Room compilation.
We chat with The Memphis Boys’ lead guitarist Reggie Young about his experiences recording with the King, songwriter Mark James tells us about the making of Suspicious Minds and, in one of his final interviews, the late great Tony Joe White reveals all about his track Polk Salad Annie, a regular favourite in Elvis’s set lists. Also in Volume 3, we survey Presley’s sartorial choices in later life, including his many infamous jumpsuits, we explore his love of martial arts and we deliver our final alternative Top 20 tracks.