From Elvis in Memphis

From Elvis in Memphis

by Elvis PresleyElvis Presley


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After a 14-year absence from Memphis, Elvis Presley returned to cut what was certainly his greatest album (or, at least, a tie effort with his RCA debut LP from early 1956). The fact that From Elvis in Memphis came out as well as it did is something of a surprise, in retrospect -- Presley had a backlog of songs he genuinely liked that he wanted to record and had heard some newer soul material that also attracted him, and none of it resembled the material that he'd been cutting since his last non-soundtrack album, six years earlier. And he'd just come off of the NBC television special which, although a lot of work, had led him to the realization that he could be as exciting and vital a performer in 1969 as he'd been a dozen years before. And for what was practically the last time, the singer cut his manager, Tom Parker, out of the equation, turning himself over to producer Chips Moman. The result was one of the greatest white soul albums (and one of the greatest soul albums) ever cut, with brief but considerable forays into country, pop, and blues as well. Presley sounds rejuvenated artistically throughout the dozen cuts off the original album, and he's supported by the best playing and backup singing of his entire recording history.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1990
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078635145649
catalogNumber: 1456

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Ronnie Milsap   Piano
Bobby Wood   Piano
Joe Babcock   Vocals
Gene Chrisman   Drums,Snare Drums
Tommy Cogbill   Bass
Dolores Edgin   Vocals
Bobby Emmons   Organ
Ed Hollis   Harmonica
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
Millie Kirkham   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Leech   Bass,Overdubs
Ed Logan   Tenor Saxophone
Sonja Montgomery   Vocals,Background Vocals
Susan Pilkington   Vocals
Glen Spreen   Overdubs
Donna Thatcher   Vocals,Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Guitar
Mary Greene   Vocals,Background Vocals
Susan Pilington   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Memphis Horns   Contributor
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Chips Moman   Producer
A.L. Owens   Composer
Pachucki   Engineer
Jacqueline Murphy   Art Direction
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Bernie Baum   Composer
Thomas Dilbeck   Composer
Bill Giant   Composer
Florence Kaye   Composer

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From Elvis in Memphis 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JWDAV More than 1 year ago
This review pertains to the Friday Music vinyl edition. The brilliant American Sound sessions resulted in two albums - From Elvis in Memphis and Elvis Back in Memphis and several hit singles - Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, Don't Cty Daddy and Kentucky Rain. In the Ghetto ws the only single included in an album - From Elvis in Memphis. I have From Elvis in Memphis many times over, including an audiophile vinyl release from the 1980s. I discovered Friday Music earlier this year; their gatefold cover 180g vinyl releases are great. From Elvis in Memphis (1969) marks Elvis' second comeback just as Elvis is Back (1960) marked his first post-army comeback.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a slew of corny movies and a slide into artistic irrelevance, Elvis swung back hard and strong in 1968 with what is now know as "The 68 Comeback Special," an NBC TV program in which the King of Rock'n'Roll reclaimed his Crown from the British boys who had ruled the charts and airwaves in his abscence. From there, Elvis returned to Memphis and took up residence with some serious Soul session men who weren't buying what Elvis had been selling and would've rather been recording with Neil Diamond or Dusty Springfield. For the first time in a long time Elvis was challenged in the studio, and the results are nothing short of amazing. FYI, the album cover pictured here is for "Elvis Country," which is another animal entirely. The cover to the album I'm talking about here has Elvis in front of a black and red background and is a shot directly from the NBC Special.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago