Tomorrow Is a Long Time

Tomorrow Is a Long Time

by Elvis Presley
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
Label:
Bmg / Elvis
UPC:
0078636774022
catalogNumber:
67740

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist
Floyd Cramer   Organ,Piano
Jerry Reed   Guitar
Ray Stevens   Trumpet
Imperials   Vocals
Jordanaires   Vocals
Pete Drake   Pedal 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
Clovers   Composer
Roy Bennett   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
A.L. Owens   Composer
Pachucki   Engineer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Bill Vandevort   Engineer
Victor Young   Composer
Klaus Schmalenbach   Executive Producer
Minnie McCoy   Composer
James Malloy   Engineer
A.C. Solberg   Composer

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