|From Elvis in Memphis|
|Studio album by Elvis Presley|
|Released||June 17, 1969|
Rhythm and Blues
|Elvis Presley chronology|
From Elvis in Memphis is the thirty-fourth album, not counting budget compilations on the RCA Camden subsidiary, by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Records, LSP 4155, in June 1969. Recorded at American Sound Studios in Memphis, it peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200. In 2003, the album was ranked number 190 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
After the success of his television special the previous year, Presley decided to regain active control over the direction of his career. He had grown tired of the grind in making approximately three films a year, all successful, but of the type which have come to be known as "Elvis movies." The informal jam session during the special, with old bandmates Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana, had proven that Presley could reconnect with the elements of his music that had made him popular in the first place.
Presley hadn't recorded in Memphis in the thirteen years since he had left Sun Records. In the interim, Memphis had become a thriving center for soul music, with Stax Records, Hi Records, and American Sound Studios in the city, and FAME Studios in nearby Muscle Shoals.
Presley chose American Sound Studios, started by songwriter and session guitarist Chips Moman, who had assembled a group of house session musicians well-versed in the same kinds of music familiar to Presley: blues, gospel, country, and soul. Elvis was made aware of Moman and American Studios by his close longtime friend,Marty Lacker who had left Elvis' payroll to form a new Memphis record label and discovered a young Rita Coolidge as one of his first artists. Lacker produced Coolidges first couple of hits at American Studios using the American rhythm section and because he quickly learned about all the hits Moman and the band had produced he kept telling Elvis about it because Lacker thought they would be a perfect match. Finally at Graceland in January '69, Lacker talked Elvis into recording there and Elvis had Lacker set the sessions up with Moman. This album by Presley would be one of American Studios' most famous products, along with Dusty in Memphis, which was released on January 13, 1969—right at the beginning of the sessions with Presley.
Many of the songs recorded at American by Presley derived from the country and western repertoire, such as the 1962 hit "It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'" by Johnny Tillotson, Hank Snow's #1 country smash in 1950, "I'm Movin' On," and Eddy Arnold's 1947 chestnut, "I'll Hold You In My Heart." Even the more modern, late sixties country approach in "Gentle On My Mind" found a place. By including these songs, along with contemporary soul such as Jerry Butler's recent "Only the Strong Survive," like Ray Charles earlier in the decade with Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Presley reinforced the musical links between country and rhythm and blues.
Chuck Jackson had sung the original Top 40 version of "Any Day Now" by Burt Bacharach in 1962, and future country singer and 1970s television star Mac Davis provided "In the Ghetto," Presley's stab at a message or protest song aligned with the times. Released as the lead single on April 14, two months before the album hit the stores, it went to #3 on the singles chart, and provided another break with his public image as cultivated by the escapist fare of his sixties film career.
The album was remastered and released for compact disc on May 16, 2000, including six tracks released as either A or b sides recorded at the same sessions for the album. "Don't Cry Daddy," also by Davis, and "Kentucky Rain" were both sizeable hits in 1970, but "Suspicious Minds" became one of Presley's signature tunes, and gave him the final chart-topper of his career as the decade came to a close.
The 2000 reissue has been replaced by a two-disc deluxe set, appearing on July 28, 2009 as part of Sony's Legacy Edition series to commemorate the album's 40th anniversary. It included four additional tracks from the American sessions as bonus tracks on disc one, as well as the entirety of Back In Memphis and ten tracks originally issued as singles in mono, such as "Suspicious Minds" and "Kentucky Rain," on disc two. This edition entered the Billboard Comprehensive album chart at #155, and landed inside the top ten in both the Pop and Country Catalog charts.
|1.||1/13/69||Wearin' That Loved On Look||Dallas Frazier and A.L. Owens||2:46|
|2.||2/19/69||Only the Strong Survive||Jerry Butler, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff||2:42|
|3.||1/22/69||I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)||Eddy Arnold, Thomas Dilbeck, Vaughan Horton||4:34|
|4.||1/13/69||Long Black Limousine||Bobby George and Vern Stovall||3:38|
|5.||2/20/69||It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'||Johnny Tillotson||2:36|
|6.||1/14/69||I'm Movin' On||Hank Snow||2:43|
|1.||2/18/69||Power of My Love||Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye||2:36|
|2.||1/14/69||Gentle On My Mind||John Hartford||3:21|
|3.||2/18/69||After Loving You||Janet Lantz and Eddie Miller||3:05|
|4.||2/17/69||True Love Travels On A Gravel Road||Dallas Frazier and A.L. Owens||2:38|
|5.||2/20/69||Any Day Now||Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard||2:59|
|6.||1/20/69||In the Ghetto||Mac Davis||2:45|
Chart positions for singles from Billboard Hot 100
|Track||Recorded||Catalogue||Release Date||Chart Peak||Song Title||Writer(s)||Time|
|1.||2/21/69||47-9747b||6/17/69||The Fair Is Moving On||Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett||3:08|
|2.||1/22/69||47-9764||8/26/69||1||Suspicious Minds||Mark James||4:29|
|3.||1/14/69||47-9764b||8/26/69||You'll Think of Me||Mort Shuman||4:00|
|4.||1/15/69||47-9768||11/11/69||6||Don't Cry Daddy||Mac Davis||2:48|
|5.||2/19/69||47-9791||1/29/70||16||Kentucky Rain||Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard||3:14|
|6.||1/15/69||47-9835b||4/20/70||Mama Liked the Roses||John Christopher||2:47|