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Review : From Elvis In Memphis CD

By: David Bowling
Source: BC Music
July 15, 2008 - 10:53:30 PM
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From Elvis In Memphis
From Elvis In Memphis
Elvis Presley's 1968 NBC TV Special had been well received and critically acclaimed and the resulting soundtrack had sold a million copies. Elvis quickly returned to the studio and recorded one of the better albums of his career.

Elvis decided to stay close to home and record at Chip Moman's American Studios in Memphis. Chips Moman would share producing credits with Elvis' personal producer, Felton Jarvis. The resulting album, From Elvis In Memphis,was a mix of country, rhythm & blues and rock 'n' roll songs. The album, released June 17, 1969, would be a huge pop hit and also reach number 2 on the national country charts. One of Elvis' late career signature songs graces this album. 'In The Ghetto' was a significant hit and showed, at age 34, a mature Elvis who was now far from his film career of just a year ago. Released several months before From Elvis In Memphis, this socially conscious song provided the musical foundation and interest for the album which followed.

'Wearin' That Loved On Look' is the first track on the album and is an energy filled romp. Elvis' voice is in fine form as he roars through this song written by Dallas Frazier especially for this album. The old Eddy Arnold country song, 'I'll Hold You In My Heart', is given a fine blues interpretation. The Hank Snow classic, 'I'm Movin' On', is a combination of classic country with a pop vocal. 'Gentle On My Mind' and 'Any Day Now' have vocal performances that are smooth like butter. The Johnny Tillotson pop tune, 'It Keeps Right On A Hurtin', is interpreted as an effective country song.

The Memphis sessions also produced a number of outstanding tracks that were left off the album and were issued as stand alone single releases. They have been added as bonus tracks to most modern day CD releases of this album. These tracks only serve to make a very good album better. The beautiful and tender ballad 'Don't Cry Daddy', the mellow 'Kentucky Rain' and the number one hit 'Suspicious Minds' were all products of these recording sessions and would keep Elvis in the public eve and on the radio for almost a year.

In addition two underrated Elvis performances, 'Mama Liked The Roses' and 'The Fair Is Moving On' were also recorded at this time.

From Elvis In Memphis proved to be a highlight in the recording career of Elvis Presley. Oddly he would never work with Chips Moman again which was a regrettable decision given the quality of their work together. This album, both the original release and the lengthened CD issues, are essential listening for any Elvis fan.

Buy From Elvis In Memphis : 40th Anniversary Legacy Edition 2 CD Set

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From Elvis In Memphis : 40th Anniversary Legacy Edition 2 CD Set

Track listing

Disc 1: Elvis Is Back (1960)

From Elvis In Memphis : 40th Anniversary Legacy Edition - 2 CD Set Elvis Presley Lyrics Make Me Know It
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Elvis Presley Lyrics
The Girl Of My Best Friend
Elvis Presley Lyrics
I Will Be Home Again
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Dirty, Dirty Feeling
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Thrill Of Your Love
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Soldier Boy
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Such A Night
Elvis Presley Lyrics
It Feels So Right
Elvis Presley Lyrics
The Girl Next Door Went A'Walking
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Like A Baby
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Reconsider Baby
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Stuck On You
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Fame And Fortune
Elvis Presley Lyrics
It's Now Or Never
Elvis Presley Lyrics
A Mess Of Blues
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Elvis Presley Lyrics
I Gotta Know
Elvis Presley Lyrics

Disc 2: Something For Everybody (1961)

The original 'Back In Memphis' album Elvis Presley Lyrics There's Always Me
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Give Me The Right
Elvis Presley Lyrics
It's A Sin
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Sentimental Me
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Starting Today
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Elvis Presley Lyrics
I'm Coming Home
Elvis Presley Lyrics
In Your Arms
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Put The Blame On Me
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Elvis Presley Lyrics
I Want You With Me
Elvis Presley Lyrics
I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell
Elvis Presley Lyrics
I Feel So Bad
Elvis Presley Lyrics
(Marie's The Name Of) His Latest Flame
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Little Sister
Elvis Presley Lyrics
Good Luck Charm
Elvis Presley Lyrics Anything That's Part Of You

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Elvis Presley and the band - Studio B, Nashville, June 1970
Elvis Presley and the band - Studio B, Nashville, June 1970

Top, (left to right): David Brigs, Norbert Putman, Elvis Presley, Al Pachucki, Jerry Carrigan; bottom: Felton Jarvis, Chip Young, Charlie McCoy, James Burton (Early morning hours June 9, 1970)

Guitar: James Burton (June sessions), Eddie Hinton (September sessions), Chip Young, Elvis Presley
Bass: Norbert Putnam
Drums: Jerry Carrigan
Piano: David Briggs
Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy

Overdubbed later:

Guitar: James Burton, Harold Bradley ('Snowbird' only)
Percussion: Jerry Carrigan
Percussion & Vibes: Farrell Morris
Organ: David Briggs
Steel guitar: Weldon Myrick
Banjo: Bobby Thompson ('Little Cabin On The Hill' only)
Fiddle: Buddy Spicher ('Little Cabin On The Hill' only)
Trumpet: Charlie McCoy, George Tidwell, Don Sheffield, Glenn Baxter
Sax: Wayne Butler, Norman Ray
Trombone: Gene Mullins
Flue and Trombone: William Puett
Flute, Sax And Clarinet: Skip Lane
Vocals: The Imperials, The Jordanaires, Millie Kirkham, Mary (Jeannie) Greene, Mary Holladay, Ginger Holladay, Temple Riser, June Page, Sonja Montgomery, Dolores Edgi

Elvis Presley Video Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.

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.

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.