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  • Audio CD (June 6 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00004T0UT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wearin' That Loved On Look
2. Only The Strong Survive
3. I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)
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's Moving On
14. Suspicious Minds
15. You'll Think Of Me
16. Don't Cry Daddy
17. Kentucky Rain
18. Mama Liked The Roses

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Japanese 24bit remaster in a limited edition LP-style sleeve available for a limited time only.


In January 1969, Elvis Presley was still mighty fired up from the success of his legendary NBC-TV "comeback" special, which had aired only a little over a month before. Eager to record some relevant music after a decade of, for the most part, horrible movie soundtracks, Presley entered Chip Loman's famous (122 chart hits in three years at the time) American Studio in Memphis to jam with the also famous house band. Several hit singles would come from these sessions, including "Suspicious Minds", "Don't Cry Daddy", "In the Ghetto", and "Kentucky Rain". From Elvis in Memphis is the first of two albums that came from the American recordings--and it's slightly better than Back in Memphis, including as it does "Long Black Limousine" (about a huge star returning to a small hometown in a hearse, and a song many Presley obituaries would late quote) and a cover of Chuck Willis's "Any Day Now" that actually tops the original. It's worth noting that all the tracks from the American Sessions are available on the box set From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60s Masters. --Bill Holdship

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Niarchos on July 15 2009
Format: Audio CD
Forget the Elvis sightings, the gaudy impersonators, the peanut butter and banana tales... this 2-CD set is the essence of what Elvis Presley's legacy was all about. This collection of songs speaks out to ALL music fans as it contains an ecclectic sampling of various genre (soul, blues, country, gospel, rock, pop and everything inbetween). Presley delivers each song as if it was his final plea to showcase his mastery as an artist. And showcase it he does - From the yearning and haunting vocals of Long Black Limousine and In The Ghetto to the "in your face" attitude of the blues and rock inspired Stranger In My Own Hometown and Power of My Love. From the country rocker I've Movin' On, to the power ballad of Without Love to the contemporary pop feel of Any Day Now. One song is better than the next. Everytime you listen you will find a new personal favourite. There are many hidden gems here - not to mention classics like Kentucky Rain, Don't Cry Daddy and the superbly crafted Suspicious Minds which became Elvis 18th number one hit! Ladies and gentlemen this is the "real" Elvis. And just in case you're one who hasn't quite understood what all the "fuss" is about when it comes to Elvis Presley, this set will definitely put your doubts to rest. I guess one doesn't get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Hall of Fame on looks alone! It must be why he's called the KING!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LP Quagmire on Feb. 25 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's been said many times: "There's Elvis...and there's everyone else."

When Elvis entered American Studios in January of 1969 he was still hot off the success of his NBC Comeback Special. If the "'68 Comeback" restored the sheen to a musical legacy jeopardized by a decade of recording largely fifth-rate movie soundtracks, then the album he was to create at American was to redefine him as a performer and cement his legend to near-mythic proportions. Simply put, FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS rates as the single greatest artistic rebirth in the history of popular music; it is a masterpiece!

As a young Elvis so astutely commented when he walked into Sam Phillips' Sun Studios for the very first time, "I sing all kinds," and no album offers greater validation of this claim than FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS. Clearly inspired, Elvis digs deep and delivers crunching, blues-infused rock 'n' roll ("Power of My Love," "After Loving You"), passionate, gospel-tinged soul ("Wearin' That Loved On Look"), and smart and classy pop ("Gentle on My Mind" and his exquisite cover of Burt Bacharach's "Any Day Now"). He also follows up the '68 Special's powerful "If I Can Dream" with another "message" song, "In the Ghetto," -- an instant classic.

Not forgetting his country roots, Elvis turns in a sensational performance -- and a rare harmony vocal! -- on the graceful, lilting ballad, "True Love Travels on a Gravel Road," and emotes plaintively on "It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'," a traditional country and western weepie.

Still, it's the magnificent "Long Black Limousine" and its seamless and effortless blending of country, rock, gospel and blues, that takes top honours; this is Elvis at his most soulful and dynamic -- it's why "there's Elvis and then there's everyone else."

Elvis had a few more triumphs to come as he entered the 1970's, but never again would he record an album of such remarkable depth and purpose; FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS is Elvis' best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Jewhurst on Jan. 19 2008
Format: Audio CD
I can only reiterate what every other reviewer has said when declaring this the best album Elvis ever did. Parker is reputed to have had less to do with what tunes were recorded and it IS very easy to hear that Elvis loves every song he's singing instead of singing per the usual TP formula. This despite the fact that Elvis had a cold while he was recording this album. I usually favor more of the early Elvis but I'm currently just playing this one over and over again. No Elvis fan should be without this CD.
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Format: Audio CD
5 big gold stars!
from the first track to the last, totally magic.
such a great funky '70s sound, "wearing that loved on look", you can just see those chicks in their mini skirts & knee high boots in formation doing that '70s "shake your heard 'round" dance - far out!
my fave "king" album, ever.
partly as it includes my fave "king" song "any day now" totally beautiful, original issued on a double A vinyl single with "in the ghetto" also included herein, and also a great song, for totally different reasons, an early soundoff song to the state of the nation.
also "suspicious minds" one of his top hit singles, great harmonies.
my other two fave songs here have to be "i'll hold you in my heart" for it's fade-out/fade-(back)in theme... "the stars up in the sky........" & love the "ho ho ho, please wait for me" & "after loving you" as is such a great heartbreaker track, that's cos i'm no good, i'm no good to anyone........
"true love travels on a gravel road" is another lovely song, with a humble message.
"the power of my love" - break it, pound it, lick it, etc,
you'll be taken by the strange & mighty power.....
"kentucky rain" love the theme of trudging town to town, searching for love lost, i kinda know how that feels......!
overall, a brilliant album, an essential one from "the king".
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