From Elvis in Memphis: Legacy Edition
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Even more impressive, the album's dozen tunes are less than half the Memphis sessions' output. RCA's 2-CD Legacy reissue collects 36 tracks from Elvis' stay at Chip Moman's American Studio, adding ten tracks from the second platter of From Memphis to Vegas - From Vegas to Memphis (subsequently reissued as ...Read more ›
The original 1970 release of _From Elvis in Memphis_ contained 12 tracks, with "In the Ghetto" as the torch-bearer. The new reissue pads the original 12 tracks with another 8 which were initially released as singles around the same time. The result is perhaps the best single Elvis CD ever released.
While the King is generally regarded as a "country boy", it is the R&B tracks which are most memorable. "Wearin' That Loved On Look" kicks off the proceedings with a fiery energy which sustains itself throughout the entire CD. "Long Black Limousine" and "Power of My Love" easily justify Elvis' title as the King of Rock n' Roll. These are the performances of a man reborn; a man eager to reclaim his place in the rock and roll hierarchy.
No Elvis record is complete without a country influence. This CD does more than satisfy. "It Keeps Right On a-Hurtin'" and "True Love Travels on a Gravel Road" both come across as heartfelt performances while Glen Campbell's "Gentle on My Mind" gives this reviewer goosebumps.Read more ›
Vocally, this is a very different Elvis from even two years earlier, when he was still producing the sweet almost-crooning sound associated with soundtracks such as Blue Hawaii. Here his voice is stronger and darker, and the raucous opening track (Wearin' that loved on look) shows he is not afraid to sacrifice beauty of sound for a more dramatic effect. That's not to say this album doesn't contain some mellow singing as well - In the Ghetto is proof of that.
But what makes this album great is the sheer individuality displayed in every track as Elvis gives each song his trademark commitment and energy. Stand-outs for me include Only the Strong Survive, in which Elvis transforms an otherwise standard song into a very personal statement; a definitive Gentle on My Mind; After Loving You (with its brilliant vocal gyrations); Any Day Now; and the haunting and moving True Love Travels On A Gravel Road.
The bonus tracks include two songs that should have been on the original album - Suspicious Minds and Kentucky Rain. It's great to have them reunited with their companion pieces from the same recording sessions.
Just one tiny criticism - why has BMG included a photo of the Hollywood Elvis on its cover? It's precisely THAT Elvis that this album seeks to escape from! Perhaps they were being ironic?
The liner notes are excellent, and complement a masterful artistic statement from pop's greatest icon.
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The sound quality is excellent, quite an improvement over previous releases of these tunes and the packaging and liner notes are first rate all the way. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Tony Brice
Great Cd in a wonderful package.
The Legacy editions are worth the price.
I have been looking everywhere for this album. Price was reasonable and I'm thrilled with it.Published 1 month ago by Pleased Customer
Great product!! Great price!! Excellent recording. I have been listening and collecting Elvis music for many years. This show is a classic.Published 2 months ago by Larry A. Grief
These remarkable recordings were made during Elvis's return to the studio and his hometown after milking a movie career he should've abandoned long before this. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Drew T. '77
I bought this album because of the reviews describing it as an essential to his body of work. I was disappointed. Nothing stood out as remarkable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by savvyshop
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The sound quality is appreciably better on this set than the '60s box set, especially "Long Black Limousine" and "Wearin' That Loved-On Look," so it would be a good buy for you. Unfortunately, it's not quite as big a leap in improvement to this set from the "Suspicious... Read More
Jul 10, 2011 by R. Long | See all 4 posts