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For the Completist,
This review is from: The Memphis 1969 Anthology: Suspicious Minds (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. The same thing happened when an echo effect was added to many of Elvis' sun sides in the mid-80's. These recordings are presented in their historically accurate mixes and should not be tampered with in any way. End of discussion.
In the end though, it's such classics as "Wearin' That Loved On Look", "Long Black Limousine", "In the Ghetto", "Suspicious Minds", and "Gentle on my Mind" (just to name a few!) that elevate this collection to its deserved reputation as some of the best music that Elvis ever recorded. Enjoy!
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Initial post: May 24, 2013, 11:59:04 PM PDT
Anton Karidian says:
Overall I like your review, but I do think that the sound quality and mixes are much better on this SUSPICIOUS MINDS CD than they are on THE MEMPHIS RECORD CD. I dislike a lot of the mixes so much on TMR that I would not recommend that one at all to anybody. However, I have not heard the recent Legacy edition of FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS so I can't compare it to these, but I suspect that it has the best sound.
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