From Elvis in Memphis [Legacy Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One of the undisputed classic LPs of the rock & roll era, From Elvis in Memphis certainly deserves a deluxe expanded reissue -- and in a sense it received it more than once. Released in June of 1969, the 12-track From Elvis in Memphis received a sequel almost immediately when a full LP of material from the same sessions appeared as half of From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis, a double-LP set released a mere five months after From Elvis, commemorating both the inauguration of Presley's historic four-week stand at the International Hotel in Las Vegas and the success of the album itself. That second album was released individually as Back in Memphis a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One of the undisputed classic LPs of the rock & roll era, From Elvis in Memphis certainly deserves a deluxe expanded reissue -- and in a sense it received it more than once. Released in June of 1969, the 12-track From Elvis in Memphis received a sequel almost immediately when a full LP of material from the same sessions appeared as half of From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis, a double-LP set released a mere five months after From Elvis, commemorating both the inauguration of Presley's historic four-week stand at the International Hotel in Las Vegas and the success of the album itself. That second album was released individually as Back in Memphis a year later, marking the first recycling of sessions that were repackaged numerous times, most of them enjoyable, two of them quite exceptional: 1987's double-LP The Memphis Record, which collected highlights from the sessions, and 1999's Suspicious Minds, which presented them in full, complete with alternate takes. With all these releases on the market, a deluxe edition wasn't necessarily needed -- all the sessions were available, no bonus tracks seemed to exist -- but when the double-disc, 36-track Legacy Edition appeared on the 40th anniversary of the album's 1969 release, it was welcome. It's a handsomely produced package, graced with very good liner notes by Robert Gordon and Tara McAdams and featuring plenty of photos, but the chief attraction of this Legacy Edition is its sequencing. Of all the reissues of these 1969 sessions, this is the most compulsively listenable, presenting the From Elvis in Memphis album in its entirety on the first disc followed by four bonus tracks (including "I'll Be There" and "Hey Jude"), leaving the second disc devoted to Back in Memphis and the ten singles released from this session -- including "In the Ghetto," "Any Day Now," "Suspicious Minds," "Rubberneckin'," and "Kentucky Rain" -- in their original mono masters. There's nothing new, nothing surprising, just Elvis' arguably best recordings in a definitive reissue, which is reason enough to have this music reissued again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/2009
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886975149728
  • Catalog Number: 751497
  • Sales rank: 11,879

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano
Bobby Wood Piano
Gene Chrisman Drums
Tommy Cogbill Bass
Bobby Emmons Organ
Jack Hale Trombone
John Hughey Steel Guitar
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Ed Kollis Harmonica
Mike Leech Bass
Ed Logan Trombone
Gerald Richardson Trombone
Glen Spreen Saxophone
Reggie Young Guitar, Sitar
Tony Cason French Horn
J.P. Luper Saxophone
Dick Steff Trumpet
R.F. Taylor Trumpet
Jackie Thomas Trombone, Saxophone
Andrew Lowe Saxophone
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Eddy Arnold Composer
Mac Davis Composer
John Hartford Composer
Eddie Rabbitt Composer
Hank Snow Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Neil Diamond Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Johnny Tillotson Composer
Bobby Russell Composer
Sandy Posey Vocal Overdubs
Joe Babcock Vocal Overdubs
Dolores Edgin Vocal Overdubs
Guy Fletcher Composer
Dallas Frazier Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Ginger Holladay Vocal Overdubs
Mary Holladay Vocal Overdubs
Leon Huff Composer
Millie Kirkham Vocal Overdubs
Shirl Milete Composer
Sonja Montgomery Vocal Overdubs
Geoff Morrow Composer
June Page Vocal Overdubs
Susan Pilkington Vocal Overdubs
Danny Small Composer
Donna Thatcher Vocal Overdubs
Roger Semon Art Direction
Doug Flett Composer
Bernie Baum Composer
Vern Stovall Composer
Bobby George Composer
Dick Heard Composer
Bill Giant Composer
Florence Kaye Composer
Dory Jones Composer
Bunny Warren Composer
John Christopher Composer
Tara McAdams Liner Notes
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