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The Memphis 1969 Anthology: Suspicious Minds


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Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.

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  • Audio CD (April 13, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • ASIN: B00000IFT8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Wearin' That Loved On Look - Elvis Presley
2. Only The Strong Survive - Elvis Presley
3. I'll Hold You In My Heart - Elvis Presley
4. Long Black Limousine - Elvis Presley
5. It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' - Elvis Presley
6. I'm Movin' On - Elvis Presley
7. Power Of My Love - Elvis Presley
8. Gentle On My Mind - Elvis Presley
9. After Loving You - Elvis Presley
10. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - Elvis Presley
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Disc: 2
1. This Time/I Can't Stop Loving You
2. After Loving You - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
3. Without Love - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
4. I'm Movin' On - (previously unreleased, alternate mix & vocal)
5. From A Jack To A King
6. It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' (Alternate Take) - Elvis Presley
7. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
8. Power Of My Love - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
9. You'll Think Of Me - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
10. If I'm A Fool (For Loving You)
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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. --Bill Holdship

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The young Elvis is lauded because of the impact he made on the music world.
bob turnley
It collects all of Elvis's 1969 Memphis studio sessions, which to me were the best of his career.
Anton Karidian
If you enjoy Elvis; you certainly will enjoy this awesome collection of songs.
Doyle E. Bannister

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. Luhrs on April 3, 2005
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While there's no debating the five-star quality of Elvis' 1969 American Studios recordings, SUSPICIOUS MINDS probably deserves to lose at least half a star for its extreme, and at times quite intrusive, remixing and remastering. Depending on your sound system, you may (as I did) find the King himself remastered right into the background on many tracks, while the instruments come forward with almost surreal (and decidedly post-sixties) clarity. I found that turning off the surround/loudness seemed to help a bit, but there were still more than a few awkward moments. The mix doesn't help things any, as the bass is confined to the left channel for most of the songs and the backing vocals are frequently all but inaudible no matter how one fiddles with the equalizer.

Several prior reviewers have given this set a thumbs-down in favor of 1987's THE MEMPHIS RECORD, which does indeed preserve the feel of the vinyl originals better overall. But with essential tracks like "My Little Friend" and "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind" missing, TMR is an ultimately unsatisfying package as well. SUSPICIOUS MINDS' great strength is its comprehensiveness, as it offers at least one version of every song Elvis recorded at American Studios a well as numerous outtakes and alternates (many without overdubs) to paint a truly definitive picture of these legendary sessions.

And what songs they are! The justly famed album FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS starts things off, its original running order preserved intact. The King gives some epochal performances here, notably on "Only the Strong Survive," "Any Day Now," the wrenching mini-tragedy "Long Black Limousine," the wistful and wordy "Gentle on My Mind" and of course his trademark hymn of late-sixties social conscience, "In the Ghetto.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "tigerman1969" on March 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Simply put, this IS Elvis at his finest. After all the stupid movie soundtracks of the 60's, there had to be something to redeem him from that treadmill. And this is it. It did start with the '68 Special, but many (if not all) of those had been previously recorded by Elvis. This was the first step in a new direction for Elvis and his music. It's a tragedy that he didn't do more songs in this style in the later years, but let's be greatful for what we have. I love the content of both CDs and get a kick out of listening to them frequently. I love how powerful all of the songs are. There has been a lot of debate among reviewers about the remixes of the Memphis Record and the new discs here. I am going to say that I thoroughly enjoy the sound on this one (Suspicious Minds) much better. Yes, the bass pretty much takes over the duties of lead guitar, the drums are really loud, and there are a lot of horns, and Elvis' voice is in front of the music, but I not only feel this is the way that Elvis would have wanted it, but also that it makes you feel like you are there in the recording studio with Elvis and the musicians, listening to them and if you close your eyes picturing them making history with these songs. The alternate vocal/master/take selections on the second disc are superb. To have the "After Loving You" take with Elvis playing piano is priceless. This CD came out right when I was ready to buy The Memphis Record, and I was so glad that I waited to buy it. Also it's a money saving oppurtunity for us Elvis fans that couldn't shell out the $80 for the The 60's Masters that came out a few years before. I also loved the packaging and graphics. Very nice choices also over The Memphis Record. The picture on the front of The Memphis Record wasn't even taken in '69!!!!!! It was from the '68 Special. We get a very nice Las Vegas on stage picture of Elvis in the White Herringbone Suit. Excellent choice for an excellent collection.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. Schmidt on June 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you're an Elvis completist (I'm leaning in that direction) then this is the set for you! Otherwise, you will probably best served by the more concise 1-CD reissue of _From Elvis in Memphis_.
What does this set offer that _From Elvis in Memphis_ doesn't? Well, to begin with, tons of alternate takes. In addition to previously released alternates of "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto", the listener is treated to previously unreleased recordings of "Kentucky Rain", "I'm Movin' On", and "After Loving You", just to name a few.
There are also a number of previously released gems that were not included on the recent single-disc reissue. "Stranger in My Hometown" and the somewhat ridiculous "Rubberneckin'" are quite possibly the funkiest tracks that Elvis ever laid down. Other highlights not included on _From Elvis in Memphis_ are the lovely "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind" and the majestic "This is the Story".
It's the numerous forgettable alternate takes that ultimately keep this from being a five-star collection. Who really needs to hear TWO versions of such relatively forgettable tracks like "Without Love", "You'll Think of Me" or "It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'"? The cover of the Beatles' "Hey Jude" is entertaining but sloppy and the incomplete (ie. 12 second-long) take of "Poor Man's Gold" is a complete waste of time.
Also, there's been a fair amount of criticism concerning the mixing of this collection. When the Beach Boys' immortal _Pet Sounds_ album was remixed and released in stereo for the first time a couple of years ago, there was a universal negative outcry from fans.
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