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From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters
     

From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters

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by Elvis Presley
 

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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

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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.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/1993
Label:
Bmg / Elvis
UPC:
0078636616025
catalogNumber:
66160

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Make Me Know It
  2. Soldier Boy
  3. Stuck on You
  4. Fame and Fortune
  5. A Mess of Blues
  6. It Feels So Right
  7. Fever
  8. Like a Baby
  9. It's Now or Never
  10. The Girl of My Best Friend
  11. Dirty, Dirty Feeling
  12. Thrill of Your Love
  13. I Gotta Know
  14. Such a Night
  15. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  16. Girl Next Door Went A'walking
  17. I Will Be Home Again
  18. Reconsider Baby
  19. Surrender
  20. I'm Comin' Home
  21. Gently
  22. In Your Arms
  23. Give Me the Right
  24. I Feel So Bad
  25. It's a Sin
  26. I Want You with Me
  27. There's Always Me

Disc 2

  1. Starting Today
  2. Sentimental Me
  3. Judy
  4. Put the Blame on Me
  5. Kiss Me Quick
  6. That's Someone You Never Forget
  7. I'm Yours
  8. (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame
  9. Little Sister
  10. For the Millionth and the Last Time
  11. Good Luck Charm
  12. Anything That's Part of You
  13. I Met Her Today
  14. Night Rider
  15. Something Blue
  16. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow
  17. (Such an) Easy Question
  18. Fountain of Love
  19. Just for Old Time Sake
  20. You'll Be Gone
  21. I Feel That I've Known You Forever
  22. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
  23. Suspicion
  24. She's Not You
  25. Echoes of Love
  26. Please Don't Drag That String Around
  27. (You're the) Devil in Disguise
  28. Never Ending
  29. What Now, What Next, Where To?
  30. Witchcraft
  31. Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
  32. Love Me Tonight

Disc 3

  1. (It's A) Long, Lonely Highway
  2. Western Union
  3. Slowly But Surely
  4. Blue River
  5. Memphis Tennessee
  6. Ask Me
  7. It Hurts Me
  8. Down in the Alley
  9. Tomorrow Is a Long Time
  10. Love Letters
  11. Beyond the Reef
  12. Come What May
  13. Fools Fall in Love
  14. Indescribably Blue
  15. I'll Remember You
  16. If Every Day Was Like Christmas
  17. Suppose
  18. Guitar Man/What'd I Say
  19. Big Boss Man
  20. Mine
  21. Just Call Me Lonesome
  22. Hi-Heel Sneakers
  23. You Don't Know Me
  24. Singing Tree
  25. Too Much Monkey Business
  26. U.S. Male

Disc 4

  1. Long Black Limousine
  2. This Is the Story
  3. Wearin' That Loved on Look
  4. You'll Think of Me
  5. Little Bit of Green
  6. Gentle on My Mind
  7. I'm Movin' On
  8. Don't Cry Daddy
  9. Inherit the Wind
  10. Mama Liked the Roses
  11. My Little Friend
  12. In the Ghetto
  13. Rubberneckin'
  14. From a Jack to a King
  15. Hey Jude
  16. Without Love (There Is Nothing)
  17. I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)
  18. I'll Be There
  19. Suspicious Minds
  20. True Love Travels on a Gravel Road
  21. Stranger in My Own Home Town
  22. And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind
  23. Power of My Love

Disc 5

  1. After Loving You
  2. Do You Know Who I Am?
  3. Kentucky Rain
  4. Only the Strong Survive
  5. It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin'
  6. Any Day Now
  7. If I'm a Fool (For Loving You)
  8. The Fair Is Moving On
  9. Who Am I?
  10. This Time/I Can't Stop Loving You
  11. In the Ghetto
  12. Suspicious Minds
  13. Kentucky Rain
  14. Big Boss Man
  15. Down in the Alley
  16. Memphis Tennessee
  17. I'm Yours
  18. (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame
  19. That's Someone You Never Forget
  20. Surrender
  21. It's Now or Never
  22. Love Me Tender/Witchcraft

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Electric Bass
Ronnie Milsap   Piano
Jerry Reed   Guitar
Ray Stevens   Trumpet
Imperials   Vocals
Jordanaires   Vocals
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
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
Jordanaires   Contributor
Paul Evans   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Hal Blair   Composer
Wally Gold   Composer
Peter Guralnick   Liner Notes
Jim Malloy   Engineer
Geoff Morrow   Composer
A.L. Owens   Composer
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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