- Released: May 15, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: BMG / Elvis
Rolling Stone - p.824.5 stars out of 5
-- "What makes these sessions remarkable: the newfound maturity and soulfulness in Elvis' vocals, and producer Chips Moman's warm, distinctly Southern musical backing."
Rolling Stone - 12/11/03, p.136Ranked #190
in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"
Rolling Stone - 8/2/01, p.665 stars out of 5
- "...The studio sine qua non of his late-Sixties comeback period: new as polyester yet old as leather, religiously involved yet flashy as neon, refined like pop yet savage like rock & roll..."
Q (Magazine) - p.1254 stars out of 5
-- "[T]he results were the closest he came to realising his all-embracing vision of American music."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.914 stars out of 5
-- "[A] portrait of a mature, richer-voiced talent that had the relocated the ability to leave listeners awestruck."
- 1.Wearin' That Loved On Look
- 2.Only The Strong Survive
- 3.I'll Hold You In My Heart
- 4.Long Black Limousine
- 5.It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'
- 6.I'm Movin' On
- 7.Power Of My Love
- 8.Gentle On My Mind
- 9.After Loving You
- 10.True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
- 11.Any Day Now
- 12.In The Ghetto
- 13.The Fair Is Moving On
- 14.Suspicious Minds
- 15.You'll Think Of Me
- 16.Don't Cry Daddy
- 17.Kentucky Rain
- 18.Mama Liked The Roses
Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals, guitar, piano); Reggie Young (guitar); John Hughey (steel guitar); The Memphis Horns (horns); Bobby Wood (piano); Bobby Emmons (organ); Ed Hollis (harmonica); Mike Leech, Tom Cogbill (bass); Gene Chrisman (drums); Mary Greene, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Sonja Montgomery, Mildred Kirkham, Dolores Edgin, Joe Babcock, Hurschel Wiginton (background vocals).
Recorded at American Studios, Memphis, Tennessee in January & February 1969. Includes liner notes by Peter Guralnick, Colin Escott.
One month after Elvis' 1968 Comeback Special aired on national television, Presley made the most artistically successful recordings of his later career. In January and February of 1969, he held sessions at American Studios in Memphis. Presley was reportedly worried that his recording career was finished, that he had been displaced by newcomers such as the Beatles. Perhaps goaded on by this perception, Presley reached new heights during the American sessions.
The material he chose was impassioned, gritty, and bluesy, the complete opposite of the movie songs he had sung for most of the previous decade. A slight case of laryngitis actually improved his performances, lending his voice an appropriate roughness. Many of the best recordings from these sessions appear on FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS, including the hit "In the Ghetto." FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS demonstrates how thoroughly Presley could remake a song to suit his talents, especially on the country standards "Long Black Limousine" and "I'll Hold You In My Heart," which he transforms into R&B screamers. This is intense, heartfelt, adult music, much like the blues Presley loved as a kid on Beale Street.