Rolling Stone - 11/11/93, p.765 Stars
- Classic - "...FROM NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS reveals that reclaiming [his] roots meant Elvis' artistic resurrection....[it] belies any notion that only the '50s Elvis was vital....[Elvis] remains the finest singer rock & roll has ever produced..."
Melody Maker - 10/23/93, p.36
"...[FROM NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS] is the sound of Presley calming down, recognizing his talents, acknowledging the craft of the song rather than merely the lascivious bluster..."
NME (Magazine) - 10/2/93, p.32
7 - Very Good - "...These are the most majestic performances of his career, songs that stretched all his resources, the consummate artist of his era re-identifying with the very land he once sprung from like a thunderbolt...."
FROM NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS contains 130 tracks (19 previously unreleased) and a 94-page booklet with a complete '60s discography, session notes and many rare photos. It comes with a sheet of color stamps depicting 36 Presley album covers from the '60s.
Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals, guitar, piano); The Jordanaires, Charlie Hodge, Millie Kirkham, Joe Babcock, The Imperials, June Page, Dolores Edgin, Sandy Posey, Mary Greene, Mary Holladay, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilikington, Sonja Montgomery, Hurshel Wiginton, Frank Sinatra (vocals); Scotty Moore, Harold Bradley, Neal Matthews, Jerry Kennedy, Chip Young, Jerry Reed (guitar); Charlie McCoy (guitar, harmonica, organ, bass); Grady Martin (guitar, vibraphone); Hank Garland (guitar, electric bass); Pete Drake, John Hughey (steel guitar); Ed Kollis (harmonica); Gordon Stoker (accordion, piano); Boots Randolph (saxophone, vibraphone, shakers, claves); Rufus Long (saxophone); Ray Stevens (trumpet); The Memphis Horns (horns); Floyd Cramer, Henry Slaughter, David Briggs (piano, organ); Ronnie Milsap, Bobby Wood (piano); Bobby Emmons (organ); Bob Moore, Henry Strzelecki, Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech (bass); D.J. Fontana, Gene Chrisman (drums); Buddy Harman (drums, tympani).
Compilation Producers: Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Roger Semon.
Engineers include: Bill Porter, Ron Steele, Jim Malloy.
Principally recorded at RCA's Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee and American Studios, Memphis, Tennessee between March 20, 1960 and February 22, 1969. Includes liner notes by Peter Guralnick.
Digitally Remastered by Dick Baxter (BMG Recording Studios, New York).
Unlike its predecessor THE COMPLETE 50'S MASTERS, the '60s box set FROM NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS does not include all of Elvis Presley's recordings from a single decade. To whittle the set down to a manageable five discs, RCA reissued Presley's movie soundtracks and gospel recordings separately, focusing this set instead on Elvis' secular single and album releases. The set starts promisingly with Presley's brilliant first post-Army recordings, originally released on the album ELVIS IS BACK! The middle discs in the set, however, demonstrate that at some point in the early Sixties Elvis stopped receiving publishers' best material.
The singing is still great, but too many of the songs are as mediocre as Presley's soundtracks of the period. Fortunately, the story told by FROM NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS has a happy ending, as the set wraps up with the King's triumphant American Studio recordings, which include the hits "In the Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds." Even Presley's lean years yielded their share of great recordings, making FROM NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS an essential addition to any serious music fan's collection.