Tomorrow Is a Long Time

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
Many critics and listeners think of Elvis Presley's pre-comeback, mid-'60s recording period as a creative graveyard filled with awful soundtrack songs. While he definitely did record too much soundtrack dreck during this period, Presley also managed to sneak some rock & roll gems out of the studio during the time. Most of this material was previously only available via singles or as bonus tracks on soundtrack albums, but they have finally been given a proper compilation in Tomorrow Is a Long Time. Two of the most notable tracks on this album are a pair of Jerry Reed-penned tracks that became hits, "Guitar Man" and "U.S. Male." The former is a fast-paced and witty...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
Many critics and listeners think of Elvis Presley's pre-comeback, mid-'60s recording period as a creative graveyard filled with awful soundtrack songs. While he definitely did record too much soundtrack dreck during this period, Presley also managed to sneak some rock & roll gems out of the studio during the time. Most of this material was previously only available via singles or as bonus tracks on soundtrack albums, but they have finally been given a proper compilation in Tomorrow Is a Long Time. Two of the most notable tracks on this album are a pair of Jerry Reed-penned tracks that became hits, "Guitar Man" and "U.S. Male." The former is a fast-paced and witty tale of Southern boy's travails on the way to stardom, and the latter is a talking blues presenting Presley at his most macho as he warns a would-be Romeo to stay away from his girl. Tomorrow Is a Long Time a hefty compliment of rootsy rock performances, including gritty takes on Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" and the R&B classic "High Heel Sneakers." It's truly a joy to hear Presley cut lose on tracks like these. Elsewhere, the album's rock & roll contingent is balanced by some effective ballads: "Love Letters" is a quietly moving, almost hymn-like reading of the Ketty Lester classic, and "Indescribably Blue" features Presley hitting operatic heights of melodrama over a backing that effectively mixes a flamenco guitar melody with ghostly choral backing vocals. The biggest surprise in the ballad department is the title track, a subtle, country-inflected take on the Bob Dylan classic that Dylan once named his personal favorite cover version of his work. Some of the material doesn't hit the same heights as these highlights: "Come What May" and "Fools Fall in Love" come off as slight, insubstantial pop tunes despite tight, energetic production on both. Despite these occasional inconsistent moments, Presley delivers fine, committed vocal performances throughout the album, and there are more than enough worthwhile moments to make it worthwhile for Presley fans. As a result, Tomorrow Is a Long Time shapes up as a definitive retrospective of an underappreciated period in the career of one of rock's finest performers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • UPC: 078636774022
  • Catalog Number: 67740

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Too Much Monkey Business (2:32)
  2. 2 Guitar Man (2:16)
  3. 3 Tomorrow Is a Long Time (5:21)
  4. 4 U.S. Male (2:42)
  5. 5 Big Boss Man (2:51)
  6. 6 Love Letters (2:51)
  7. 7 Indescribably Blue (2:48)
  8. 8 Fools Fall in Love (2:06)
  9. 9 Hi-Heel Sneakers (4:33)
  10. 10 Down in the Alley (2:49)
  11. 11 Come What May (1:59)
  12. 12 Mine (2:36)
  13. 13 Just Call Me Lonesome (2:06)
  14. 14 You Don't Know Me (2:28)
  15. 15 Stay Away (2:21)
  16. 16 Singing Tree (2:18)
  17. 17 Going Home (2:29)
  18. 18 I'll Remember You (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist
Floyd Cramer Organ, Piano
Jerry Reed Guitar
Ray Stevens Trumpet
The Imperials Vocals
The Jordanaires Vocals
Pete Drake Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Scotty Moore Guitar
Harold Bradley Guitar
Chip Young Guitar
Dolores Edgin Vocals
D.J. Fontana Drums
Buddy Harman Drums
Hoyt Hawkins Organ
Millie Kirkham Vocals
Rufus Long Saxophone
June Page Vocals
Boots Randolph Saxophone
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Charlie McCoy Organ, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica
Bob Moore Bass
Henry Slaughter Organ
Homer Randolph Saxophone
David Briggs Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
Jerry Reed Composer
The Clovers Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Roy Bennett Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes
Freddie Hubbard Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Felton Jarvis Producer
A.L. Owens Composer
Al Pachucki Engineer
Jesse Stone Composer
Sid Tepper Composer
Bill Vandevort Engineer
Victor Young Composer
Jerry Reed Hubbard Composer
Klaus Schmalenbach Executive Producer
Minnie McCoy Composer
James Malloy Engineer
A.C. Solberg Composer
K. Lee Composer
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