Spotlight Album: From Elvis In Memphis

From+Elvis+In+Memphis+PNG+Cover+Scan1969: Music was changing: The Beatles were in the studio working on their last album together as a band, Motown artists were working on themed album concepts over top 40 singles, and Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin were taking rock music into a heavier and darker area. During this transition time, Elvis Presley made his comeback with a legendary NBC TV Special. After years of movies and pop soundtrack singles, Elvis followed it up with his 35th album: “From Elvis In Memphis”.  The album was a masterpiece of well-written songs that emotionally moved Elvis and generated an intensity and vulnerability that stands out in his illustrious career.

elvis_1969_snapMemphis was the original scene for Elvis’ early recordings with Sun Records. But in the decade to follow, Memphis moved beyond rockabilly and the famous Stax record label became a leader in authentic soul music. Elvis blended his love of gospel, country, and R&B during these Memphis Sessions. The best songwriters of the time: Mac Davis (Suspicious Minds), Burt Bacharach (Any Day Now), Gamble & Huff, even Eddy Arnold contributed material. In 2000, a reissue version included 6 bonus tracks recorded at the same time.

SIDE ONE:

WEARIN’ THAT LOVED ON LOOK

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE

I’LL HOLD YOU IN MY HEART

LONG BLACK LIMOUSINE

IT KEEPS RIGHT ON A-HURTIN’

I’M MOVIN’ ON

SIDE TWO:

POWER OF MY LOVE

GENTLE ON MY MIND

AFTER LOVING YOU

TRUE LOVE TRAVELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD

ANY DAY NOW (video: studio demo)

IN THE GHETTO

BONUS:
THE FAIR IS MOVIN’ ON

SUSPICIOUS MINDS

YOU’LL THINK OF ME

DON’T CRY DADDY

KENTUCKY RAIN

MAMA LIKED THE ROSES

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