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Elvis Country [Legacy Edition]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Western swing, blues, countrypolitan, traditional country, gospel -- if it was music that even brushed the airwaves of a Southern state, Elvis Presley at his best could make it his own, and Elvis was at his peak when he cut Elvis Country. Actually, Elvis Presley was positively on a roll at the time. A decade after the end of what were thought to be his prime years, he was singing an ever-widening repertoire of songs with more passion and involvement than he'd shown since the end of the 1950s; he was no longer transforming the nature of popular music with every record and performance, but he was a major concert draw and tickets to his shows were in nearly as much demand as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Western swing, blues, countrypolitan, traditional country, gospel -- if it was music that even brushed the airwaves of a Southern state, Elvis Presley at his best could make it his own, and Elvis was at his peak when he cut Elvis Country. Actually, Elvis Presley was positively on a roll at the time. A decade after the end of what were thought to be his prime years, he was singing an ever-widening repertoire of songs with more passion and involvement than he'd shown since the end of the 1950s; he was no longer transforming the nature of popular music with every record and performance, but he was a major concert draw and tickets to his shows were in nearly as much demand as those for the far less accessible Frank Sinatra. What's more, his voice had achieved a peak of perfection as an instrument, acquiring a depth and richness, a beauty to go with its power at which even his best work of the early years had only hinted. And it all came together on Elvis Country, his greatest long-player of the 1970s, and one of his three or four best albums ever. Elvis threw himself into this record with every bit of the passion displayed on its better-known, soul-oriented predecessor, From Elvis in Memphis, and it was even more personal; new or old, these were all songs he cared about. And he's a commanding and charismatic vocal presence, whether he's covering "Snowbird" a then recent hit for Anne Murray, a 1940s classic by Ernest Tubb "Tomorrow Never Comes" in an arrangement akin to Roy Orbison's "Runnin' Scared," a Bill Monroe standard of the same decade "Little Cabin on the Hill", Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" in a version dominated by the guitar and bass and with scarcely any piano, or Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away" as a slow blues. He doesn't necessarily supplant the originals except for "Snowbird," where he does make you forget Anne Murray, but he gives you more than enough reason to listen, again and again, to everything here. And good as he is on the covers, nowhere is Presley better than on "It's Your Baby, You Rock It," the only new song on the album and as fine a record as he cut during this entire boom period in his career. Producer Felton Jarvis and a cadre of Nashville sidemen augmented by James Burton provided backup as good as Presley ever got, including a hard-rocking electric guitar and harmonica sound on Bob Wills' "Faded Love" and a gospel-style accompaniment to "Funny How Time Slips Away," and giving "Make the World Go Away" a lean, more urgent sound than Eddy Arnold's original hit. [A 2012 Legacy Edition of Elvis Country featured the same remastered sound as a 2000 edition of the album, but added a second disc featuring the entirety of 1971's Love Letters from Elvis, along with a total of six bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/3/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886919043921
  • Catalog Number: 90439
  • Sales rank: 22,765

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Snowbird (2:17)
  2. 2 Tomorrow Never Comes - The Imperials Quartet (4:06)
  3. 3 Little Cabin On the Hill (1:58)
  4. 4 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (3:09)
  5. 5 Funny How Time Slips Away - The Imperials Quartet (4:31)
  6. 6 I Really Don't Want To Know - The Imperials Quartet (2:58)
  7. 7 There Goes My Everything - The Imperials Quartet (3:09)
  8. 8 It's Your Baby, You Rock It (3:03)
  9. 9 The Fool (2:33)
  10. 10 Faded Love (3:19)
  11. 11 I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water (3:56)
  12. 12 Make the World Go Away - The Imperials Quartet (3:53)
  13. 13 I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago (3:15)
  14. 14 A Hundred Years From Now (1:42)
  15. 15 Where Did They Go, Lord (2:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Love Letters (2:54)
  2. 2 When I'm Over You (2:29)
  3. 3 If I Were You (3:03)
  4. 4 Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off of It (4:39)
  5. 5 Heart of Rome (2:57)
  6. 6 Only Believe (2:52)
  7. 7 This is Our Dance (3:17)
  8. 8 Cindy, Cindy (2:35)
  9. 9 I'll Never Know (2:27)
  10. 10 It Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing) (2:49)
  11. 11 Life (3:15)
  12. 12 The Sound of Your Cry (3:18)
  13. 13 Sylvia (3:19)
  14. 14 Rags To Riches (1:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Harmony
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
The Imperials Vocals
The Jordanaires Vocals
James Burton Guitar
Joe Babcock Vocals
Wayne Butler Saxophone
Jerry Carrigan Percussion, Drums
Chip Young Guitar
Dolores Edgin Vocals
Charlie Hodge Guitar, Harmony
Ginger Holladay Vocals
Mary Holladay Vocals
Skip Lane Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Sonja Montgomery Vocals
Farrell Morris Percussion, Vibes
Weldon Myrick Steel Guitar
Norman Ray Saxophone
June Page Vocals
Norbert Putnam Bass
Temple Riser Vocals
Don Sheffield Trumpet
Bobby Thompson Banjo
George Tidwell Trumpet
Glenn Baxter Trumpet
Charlie McCoy Organ, Harmonica, Trumpet
William Puett Flute, Trombone
Gene Mullins Trombone
David Briggs Organ, Piano
Mary "Jeannie" Green Vocals
Millie Kirkhan Vocals
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Earl Scruggs Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Elvis Presley Adaptation
Ernest Tubb Composer
Johnny Bond Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Joe Babcock Composer
Howard Barnes Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Sunny David Composer
Naomi Ford Composer
Nora Fowler Composer
Dallas Frazier Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Gene MacLellan Composer
Shirl Milete Composer
Al Pachucki Engineer
Geoff Stephens Composer
Ben Weisman Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Victor Young Composer
Roger Semon Art Direction
Alan Blaikley Composer
Dave Williams Composer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Les Reed Composer
Fred Karger Composer
John Wills Composer
Bernie Baum Composer
Sid Wayne Composer
Stuart Colman Liner Notes, Essay
Dolores Fuller Composer
Bill Giant Composer
Florence Kaye Composer
Gerald Nelson Composer
Shorty Hall Composer
Neal Merritt Composer
Paul Rader Composer
Chris Giles Memorabilia
Arthur Leo Owens Composer
Ken Howard Composer
Preston Foster Composer
Alice Joy Composer
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