Elvis Country [Legacy Edition]

Elvis Country [Legacy Edition]

by Elvis PresleyElvis Presley

CD(Bonus Tracks / Digi-Pak)

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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 repertoire 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), 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"), Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" in a version dominated by the guitar and bass (and with scarcely any piano), or 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 backup as good as Presley ever got, including a hard-rocking electric guitar and harmonica sound on Bob Wills' "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. [A 2012 Legacy Edition of Elvis Country featured the same remastered sound as a 2000 edition of the album, but added a second disc featuring the entirety of 1971's Love Letters from Elvis, along with a total of six bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/03/2012
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886919043921
catalogNumber: 90439

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Harmony
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Imperials   Vocals
Jordanaires   Vocals
James Burton   Guitar
Joe Babcock   Vocals
Wayne Butler   Saxophone
Jerry Carrigan   Percussion,Drums
Chip Young   Guitar
Dolores Edgin   Vocals
Charlie Hodge   Guitar,Harmony
Ginger Holladay   Vocals
Mary Holladay   Vocals
Skip Lane   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Sonja Montgomery   Vocals
Farrell Morris   Percussion,Vibes
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Norman Ray   Saxophone
June Page   Vocals
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Temple Riser   Vocals
Don Sheffield   Trumpet
Bobby Thompson   Banjo
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Glenn Baxter   Trumpet
Charlie McCoy   Organ,Harmonica,Trumpet
William Puett   Flute,Trombone
Gene Mullins   Trombone
David Briggs   Organ,Piano
Mary "Jeannie" Green   Vocals
Millie Kirkhan   Vocals

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Composer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Earl Scruggs   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Elvis Presley   Adaptation
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Johnny Bond   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Joe Babcock   Composer
Howard Barnes   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Sunny David   Composer
Naomi Ford   Composer
Nora Fowler   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Gene MacLellan   Composer
Shirl Milete   Composer
Pachucki   Engineer
Geoff Stephens   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Roger Semon   Art Direction
Alan Blaikley   Composer
Dave Williams   Composer
Reed   Composer
Fred Karger   Composer
John Wills   Composer
Bernie Baum   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
Stuart Colman   Liner Notes,Essay
Dolores Fuller   Composer
Bill Giant   Composer
Florence Kaye   Composer
Gerald Nelson   Composer
Shorty Hall   Composer
Neal Merritt   Composer
Paul Rader   Composer
Chris Giles   Memorabilia
Arthur Leo Owens   Composer
Ken Howard   Composer
Preston Foster   Composer
Alice Joy   Composer

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