Elvis Presley Elvis Country
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- Released: June 7, 2004
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: RCA Victor Europe
Rolling Stone - 3/4/71, p.48"...Elvis Presley has come out with a record which gives us some of the very finest and most affecting music since he first recorded for Sun almost 17 years ago..."
Uncut (magazine) - p.1024 stars out of 5 -- "The honky-tonk strum of Ernest Tubb's 'Tomorrow Never Comes' becomes a blood-and-thunder ballad....Hank Cochran's 'Make The World Go Away' re-emerged as a dark sermon from the church of the broken-hearted."
- 2.Tomorrow Never Comes
- 3.Little Cabin on the Hill
- 4.Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
- 5.Funny How Time Slips Away
- 6.I Really Don't Want to Know
- 7.There Goes My Everything
- 8.It's Your Baby, You Rock It
- 9.The Fool
- 10.Faded Love
- 11.I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water
- 12.Make the World Go Away
- 13.It Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing)
- 14.A Hundred Years from Now
- 15.If I Were You
- 16.Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands off of It
- 17.Where Did They Go, Lord
- 18.I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago
Producers: Felton Jarvis, Steve Sholes.
Reissue producers: Tony Brown, David Briggs.
Personnel includes: Elvis Presley (vocals, guitar); The Jordanaires, The Imperials Quartet (background vocals).
Compilation producers: Chick Crumpacker, David Briggs, Tony Brown, Felton Jarvis, Steve Sholes.
Recorded between June 4 & September 22, 1970. Includes liner notes by Colin Escott.
Adapter: Elvis Presley.
Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
Recording information: 06/04/1970-09/22/1970.
Directors: Klaus Schmalenbach; Michael Omansky.
Western swing, blues, countrypolitan, traditional country, gospel -- if it was music that even brushed the airwaves of a southern state, Elvis Presley at his best could make it his own, and Elvis was at his peak when he cut Elvis Country. Actually, Elvis Presley was positively on a roll at the time. A decade after the end of what were thought to be his prime years, he was singing an ever-widening repertory of songs with more passion and involvement than he'd shown since the end of the 1950s; he was no longer transforming the nature of popular music with every record and performance, but he was a major concert draw and tickets to his shows were in nearly as much demand as those for the far less accessible Frank Sinatra. What's more, his voice had achieved a peak of perfection as an instrument, acquiring a depth and richness, a beauty to go with its power at which even his best work of the early years had only hinted. And it all came together on Elvis Country, his greatest long-player of the 1970s, and one of his three or four best albums ever. Elvis threw himself into this record with every bit of the passion displayed on its better known, soul-oriented predecessor, From Elvis in Memphis, and it was even more personal; new or old, these were all songs he cared about. And he's a commanding and charismatic vocal presence, whether he's covering "Snowbird" (a then recent hit for Anne Murray), redoing a 1940s classic by Ernest Tubb ("Tomorrow Never Comes") in an arrangement akin to Roy Orbison's "Runnin' Scared," a Bill Monroe standard of the same decade ("Little Cabin on the Hill"), reprising Jerry Lee Lewis's "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" in a version dominated by the guitar and bass (and with scarcely any piano), or covering Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away" as a slow blues. He doesn't necessarily supplant the originals (except for "Snowbird," where he does make you forget Anne Murray), but he gives you more than enough reason to listen, again and again, to everything here. And good as he is on the covers, nowhere is Presley better than on "It's Your Baby, You Rock It," the only new song on the album and as fine a record as he cut during this entire boom period in his career. Producer Felton Jarvis and a cadre of Nashville sidemen (augmented by James Burton) provided as good backup as Presley ever got, including a hard-rocking electric guitar and harmonica sound on Bob Wills's "Faded Love" and a gospel-style accompaniment to "Funny How Time Slips Away," and giving "Make the World Go Away" a lean, more urgent sound than Eddy Arnold's original hit. ~ Bruce Eder
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