From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Now this is a box set: an expansive focus on a specific period of a prolific recording artist's career, thoroughly documented liner notes by a recognized authority Peter Guralnick, complete sessionography and discographies U.S. and U.K., and abundant photographs. The song selection includes only the secular recordings Elvis made between 1960 and 1969. In this narrow focus, it's possible to see that John Lennon was all wrong about Elvis having died when he went into the army. For one, the material is almost uniformly first-rate. Presley knew from great songwriters, and the '60s proved an especially fertile time for one of his favorite sources, the Doc Pomus–Mort Shuman ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Now this is a box set: an expansive focus on a specific period of a prolific recording artist's career, thoroughly documented liner notes by a recognized authority Peter Guralnick, complete sessionography and discographies U.S. and U.K., and abundant photographs. The song selection includes only the secular recordings Elvis made between 1960 and 1969. In this narrow focus, it's possible to see that John Lennon was all wrong about Elvis having died when he went into the army. For one, the material is almost uniformly first-rate. Presley knew from great songwriters, and the '60s proved an especially fertile time for one of his favorite sources, the Doc Pomus–Mort Shuman team, whose contributions are among Presley's foremost artistic triumphs: "A Mess of Blues," "Suspicion," "His Latest Flame," "She's Not You," "Surrender," "Little Sister," "Night Rider." He scorched a Bob Dylan song "Tomorrow Is a Long Time"; he cut songs by Otis Blackwell, Leiber & Stoller, and Neil Diamond; and, as usual, he took material by lesser writers such as Eddie Rabbitt and found the poetry in them "Kentucky Rain". Finally, come 1969, we are in Memphis again, at Chips Moman's American Studios, in the remarkable sessions that produced "In the Ghetto," "Suspicious Minds," and the From Elvis in Memphis album. This is a portrait of an evolving artist, his growth reflected in his deeper emotional involvement in the material and in his ability to use tonal shadings to probe the subtleties of a lyric in a way that escaped him in earlier years. Impressive, on all counts, and essential.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since The King of Rock 'n' Roll was the complete '50s masters, it was easy to assume that its five-disc '60s sequel, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters, rounded up all the masters from that decade, which is simply not the case. The producers deliberately avoided the soundtracks to Elvis' movies, which perhaps makes sense, given that they are roundly and rightly disparaged as Presley's low point, which then opened the doors to presenting just what they judged as the best non-soundtrack recordings he made during the '60s. They also disregarded the gospel recordings, saving them for the double-disc 1994 collection Amazing Grace: His Greatest Gospel Songs, leaving this as an overview of the best of his pop and rock material of the '60s, all recorded after he got back from the army. Instead of being a detriment, this is a brilliant move, distilling his erratic, wide-ranging '60s recordings to their very best, providing a relatively comprehensive overview of the greatest material Elvis recorded during his most inconsistent decade. Its biggest flaw is that in its zeal to overlook the soundtracks, the box skips over even the hits from the films, so this does not have "Can't Help Falling in Love," "GI Blues," "Follow That Dream," "Viva Las Vegas," "Little Less Conversation," and "Return to Sender," as well as other, lesser hits. They are missed, particularly because there is a surfeit of pop-oriented material from the early '60s. That's one area where this box excels: It proves that Presley did turn toward pop in the early '60s. Contrary to conventional wisdom, he did not abandon rock & roll, and there are many tough performances from the early years of the decade that stand their own with the '50s RCA sides, but by the middle of the box -- which roughly corresponds with the middle of the decade -- it becomes clear that Elvis needed to change his approach, and he did with stunning power. That's where the scope of the box comes into play: By disc three, there's been plenty of good, sometimes great, music, but when Elvis gets his swagger back just before the songs that formed From Elvis in Memphis, the growing energy is kinetic, and the fourth disc, along with half of the fifth, are intoxicating in how Presley rediscovers his power and starts to not only sing songs worthy of his talents, but have productions and performances that match. This is the greatest music on this set -- "Long Black Limousine," "Rubberneckin'," "Wearin' That Loved on Look," "In the Ghetto," "Suspicious Minds," "True Love Travels on a Gravel Road," and "Kentucky Rain" are among the best of this batch -- towering over the rest of the music here and holding its own with the Sun material. This is presented in more thorough form elsewhere, but the long view and scope of this set really make his comeback dramatic on From Nashville to Memphis. That narrative makes the set essential, as does the judicious selection of his early- and mid-'60s highlights. It's done well -- well enough to almost excuse the very, very big hits that are missing, even if it doesn't completely account for their absence. That is a pretty big flaw, but even so, From Nashville to Memphis is necessary for any serious pop library, which speaks volumes for the quality of the music within the box.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1993
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • UPC: 078636616025
  • Catalog Number: 66160
  • Sales rank: 290,272

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Make Me Know It (1:58)
  2. 2 Soldier Boy (3:04)
  3. 3 Stuck on You (2:18)
  4. 4 Fame and Fortune (2:29)
  5. 5 A Mess of Blues (2:39)
  6. 6 It Feels So Right (2:09)
  7. 7 Fever (3:31)
  8. 8 Like a Baby (2:38)
  9. 9 It's Now or Never (3:14)
  10. 10 The Girl of My Best Friend (2:21)
  11. 11 Dirty, Dirty Feeling (1:35)
  12. 12 Thrill of Your Love (2:59)
  13. 13 I Gotta Know (2:15)
  14. 14 Such a Night (2:58)
  15. 15 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (3:05)
  16. 16 Girl Next Door Went A'walking (2:12)
  17. 17 I Will Be Home Again (2:33)
  18. 18 Reconsider Baby (3:39)
  19. 19 Surrender (1:51)
  20. 20 I'm Comin' Home (2:20)
  21. 21 Gently (2:15)
  22. 22 In Your Arms (1:50)
  23. 23 Give Me the Right (2:32)
  24. 24 I Feel So Bad (2:53)
  25. 25 It's a Sin (2:39)
  26. 26 I Want You with Me (2:13)
  27. 27 There's Always Me (2:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Starting Today (2:03)
  2. 2 Sentimental Me (2:31)
  3. 3 Judy (2:10)
  4. 4 Put the Blame on Me (1:57)
  5. 5 Kiss Me Quick (2:46)
  6. 6 That's Someone You Never Forget (2:47)
  7. 7 I'm Yours (2:21)
  8. 8 (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame (2:07)
  9. 9 Little Sister (2:30)
  10. 10 For the Millionth and the Last Time (2:05)
  11. 11 Good Luck Charm (2:23)
  12. 12 Anything That's Part of You (2:04)
  13. 13 I Met Her Today (2:42)
  14. 14 Night Rider (2:08)
  15. 15 Something Blue (2:57)
  16. 16 Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (2:27)
  17. 17 (Such an) Easy Question (2:18)
  18. 18 Fountain of Love (2:12)
  19. 19 Just for Old Time Sake (2:08)
  20. 20 You'll Be Gone (2:23)
  21. 21 I Feel That I've Known You Forever (1:39)
  22. 22 Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello (1:51)
  23. 23 Suspicion (2:34)
  24. 24 She's Not You (2:08)
  25. 25 Echoes of Love (2:38)
  26. 26 Please Don't Drag That String Around (1:53)
  27. 27 (You're the) Devil in Disguise (2:20)
  28. 28 Never Ending (1:57)
  29. 29 What Now, What Next, Where To? (1:56)
  30. 30 Witchcraft (2:17)
  31. 31 Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers (1:47)
  32. 32 Love Me Tonight (2:00)
Disc 3
  1. 1 (It's A) Long, Lonely Highway (2:20)
  2. 2 Western Union (2:09)
  3. 3 Slowly But Surely (2:13)
  4. 4 Blue River (1:32)
  5. 5 Memphis Tennessee (2:08)
  6. 6 Ask Me (2:05)
  7. 7 It Hurts Me (2:27)
  8. 8 Down in the Alley (2:48)
  9. 9 Tomorrow Is a Long Time (5:20)
  10. 10 Love Letters (2:50)
  11. 11 Beyond the Reef (3:03)
  12. 12 Come What May (1:58)
  13. 13 Fools Fall in Love (2:04)
  14. 14 Indescribably Blue (2:47)
  15. 15 I'll Remember You (4:05)
  16. 16 If Every Day Was Like Christmas (2:42)
  17. 17 Suppose (3:01)
  18. 18 Guitar Man/What'd I Say (2:57)
  19. 19 Big Boss Man (2:50)
  20. 20 Mine (2:35)
  21. 21 Just Call Me Lonesome (2:05)
  22. 22 Hi-Heel Sneakers (4:46)
  23. 23 You Don't Know Me (2:27)
  24. 24 Singing Tree (2:17)
  25. 25 Too Much Monkey Business (2:29)
  26. 26 U.S. Male (2:42)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Long Black Limousine (3:37)
  2. 2 This Is the Story (2:28)
  3. 3 Wearin' That Loved on Look (2:44)
  4. 4 You'll Think of Me (3:58)
  5. 5 Little Bit of Green (3:21)
  6. 6 Gentle on My Mind (3:20)
  7. 7 I'm Movin' On (2:52)
  8. 8 Don't Cry Daddy (2:46)
  9. 9 Inherit the Wind (2:56)
  10. 10 Mama Liked the Roses (2:47)
  11. 11 My Little Friend (2:43)
  12. 12 In the Ghetto (2:45)
  13. 13 Rubberneckin' (2:09)
  14. 14 From a Jack to a King (2:23)
  15. 15 Hey Jude (4:29)
  16. 16 Without Love (There Is Nothing) (2:51)
  17. 17 I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) (4:32)
  18. 18 I'll Be There (2:21)
  19. 19 Suspicious Minds (3:28)
  20. 20 True Love Travels on a Gravel Road (2:37)
  21. 21 Stranger in My Own Home Town (4:23)
  22. 22 And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind (3:08)
  23. 23 Power of My Love (2:34)
Disc 5
  1. 1 After Loving You (3:05)
  2. 2 Do You Know Who I Am? (2:47)
  3. 3 Kentucky Rain (3:14)
  4. 4 Only the Strong Survive (2:40)
  5. 5 It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin' (2:36)
  6. 6 Any Day Now (2:58)
  7. 7 If I'm a Fool (For Loving You) (2:43)
  8. 8 The Fair Is Moving On (3:07)
  9. 9 Who Am I? (3:07)
  10. 10 This Time/I Can't Stop Loving You (3:50)
  11. 11 In the Ghetto (2:46)
  12. 12 Suspicious Minds (3:14)
  13. 13 Kentucky Rain (3:10)
  14. 14 Big Boss Man (3:36)
  15. 15 Down in the Alley (3:11)
  16. 16 Memphis Tennessee (2:12)
  17. 17 I'm Yours (2:17)
  18. 18 (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame (2:00)
  19. 19 That's Someone You Never Forget (2:38)
  20. 20 Surrender (1:50)
  21. 21 It's Now or Never (3:14)
  22. 22 Love Me Tender/Witchcraft (1:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Electric Bass
Ronnie Milsap Piano
Jerry Reed Guitar
Ray Stevens Trumpet
The Imperials Vocals
The Jordanaires Vocals
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
The Memphis Horns Horn
Scotty Moore Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar, Vibes
Bobby Wood Piano
Sandy Posey Vocals
Joe Babcock Vocals
Chip Young Guitar
Gene Chrisman Drums
Tommy Cogbill Bass
Dolores Edgin Vocals
Bobby Emmons Organ
D.J. Fontana Drums
Buddy Harman Drums
Charlie Hodge Vocals
Mary Holladay Vocals
John Hughey Steel Guitar
Jerry Kennedy Guitar
Millie Kirkham Vocals
Ed Kollis Harmonica
Mike Leech Bass
Rufus Long Saxophone
Sonja Montgomery Vocals
June Page Vocals
Susan Pilkington Vocals
Boots Randolph Saxophone
Gordon Stoker Piano
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Donna Thatcher Vocals
Charlie McCoy Bass, Harmonica
Mary Greene Vocals
Bob Moore Bass
Henry Slaughter Piano
David Briggs Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
Eddy Arnold Composer
The Jordanaires Contributor
Paul Evans Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Dick Baxter Remastering
Hal Blair Composer
Wally Gold Composer
Peter Guralnick Liner Notes
Jim Malloy Engineer
Geoff Morrow Composer
A.L. Owens Composer
Al Pachucki Engineer
Erik Rasmussen Contributor, Data Entry
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Bill Vandevort Engineer
Don Wardell Contributor
Norman Moore Art Direction
Vaughn Horton Composer
Ollie Jones Composer
Paul Williams Executive Producer
Bill Porter Engineer
Bernie Baum Composer
J. Leslie McFarland Composer
Joy Byers Composer
Eduardo DeCapua Composer
Thomas Dilbeck Composer
Charles E. Daniels Composer
Bill Giant Composer
Florence Kaye Composer
Dory Jones Composer
Matt Williams Composer
Christian Arnold Composer
David Martin Composer
Bunny Warren Composer
Jimmy Cassin Composer
A.C. Solberg Composer
Jr. Ted Williams Composer
Chris Moore Booklet Design
Jim Morehead Composer
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