ELVIS PRESLEY - Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology (1999)
Elvis Presley never sounded better than he does on these recordings made in Memphis at Chip Moman's American Sound Studios in January 1969. The artist was still on an incredible high following the success of his legendary NBC-TV "comeback" special, which had aired a little over a month earlier. Eager to record some relevant music after a decade of horrible movie soundtracks, Presley decided to work with Moman's smash-making (122 hits in three years) Memphis house band. Indeed, four charting singles came from these sessions--"Suspicious Minds," "Don't Cry Daddy," "In the Ghetto," and "Kentucky Rain"--as well as two critically acclaimed albums, From Elvis in Memphis and Back in Memphis. This two-disc set includes all the music the King recorded during that stint at Moman's studio, ranging from Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, and Beatles covers to current and old country hits ("Gentle on My Mind," Johnny Tillotson's "It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'") to a cover of Chuck Willis's classic "Any Day Now" that tops the R&B original. Of special note is "Long Black Limousine," a song about a huge star returning to her small hometown in a hearse. All the originally released American recordings are available on the From Nashville to Memphis box set. RCA fleshes out this collection with previously unreleased alternate takes (including the in-between studio chatter), as well as the Darin tune ("I'll Be There," a hit for Gerry & the Pacemakers) and a snippet of one previously unheard tune, "Poor Man's Gold." There's been much debate about the mix, but these tracks sounded great on vinyl in the late 1960s, and they'll continue to sound great for years to come, no matter the format. - amazon.com 1, 2, 3, 4.
DISC 1: 01. Wearin' That Loved On Look 02. Only The Strong Survive 03. I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms) 04. Long Black Limousine 05. It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' 06. I'm Movin' On 07. Power Of My Love 08. Gentle On My Mind 09. After Loving You 10. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road 11. Any Day Nowk 12. In The Ghetto 13. Mama Liked The Roses 14. Suspicious Minds 15. You'll Think Of Me 16. Don't Cry Daddy 17. The Fair's Moving On 18. Kentucky Rain 19. Stranger In My Own Home Town 20. Without Love (There Is Nothing)
DISC 2: 01. This Time / I Can't Stop Loving You 02. After Loving You (alt. take 2) 03. Without Love (alt. take 1) 04. I'm Movin' On (Alt. mix/vocal) 05. From A Jack To A King 06. It Keeps Right On A Hurtin' (alt. take 2) 07. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Alt. take) 08. Power Of My Love (Alt. take 1) 09. You'll Think Of Me (Alt. Take 14) 10. If I'm A Fool (For Loving You) 11. Do You Know Who I Am 12. A Little Bit Of Green 13. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind 14. This Is The Story 15. I'll Be There 16. Hey Jude 17. Rubberneckin' 18. Poor Mans Gold (Incomplete) 19. Inherit The Wind 20. My Little Friend 21. Who Am I? 22. Kentucky Rain (alt. take 3) 23. Suspicious Minds (alt take 7) 24. In The Ghetto (Alt. Take 3)
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