Great Country Songs

Great Country Songs

by Elvis PresleyElvis Presley


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A reissue of a 1996 anthology, Great Country Songs is one of the top-drawer collections in the King's voluminous catalogue. For starters, the 24 songs illustrate Elvis's understanding of the shifting tides of country music. In a career that began with a fiery reimagining of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky," Elvis proved himself at once a traditionalist and a progressive, balancing his love for the genre's rootsy side with a sure feel for the new generation's predilection for stylistic cross-pollination. The former is exemplified here not only by the Monroe song but also by Red Foley's "Old Shep," "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold," Hank Williams's "Your Cheatin' Heart," and "(Now and Then) There's a Fool Such as I," popularized by Hank Snow. But Elvis's repertoire would grow to include songs such as Eddie Rabbitt's evocative "Kentucky Rain," "Green, Green Grass of Home" (by way of Tom Jones), John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind," Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night," and "You Asked Me," a Waylon Jennings–Billy Joe Shaver co-write. Charles Wolfe's impeccable liner notes guide the listener through the history of the songs here (which include five previously unissued alternate takes), and the remastering makes them shine all the brighter. Of special note are the original version of "Always on My Mind," a hit for Elvis ten years before Willie Nelson found it, and his cover of the Jim Reeves hit "He'll Have to Go," recorded on October 30, 1976, at Elvis's final recording session, held in Graceland's Jungle Room. Solid and historically resonant, Great Country Songs is a fine tribute to an artist who mastered many styles but never strayed far from the sources of his original inspiration.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/07/2003
Label: Bmg / Elvis
UPC: 0078636513621
catalogNumber: 65136
Rank: 24102

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Jerry Reed   Composer
Hank Snow   Composer
Jordanaires   Contributor
Glen D. Hardin   Arranger
Fred Foster   Composer
Imperials Quartet   Contributor
Mike Leech   Arranger
Cam Mullins   Arranger
Curly Putman   Composer
Glen Spreen   Arranger
J.D. Sumner   Contributor
Don Tweedy   Arranger
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen   Producer
Roger Semon   Producer
Stamps   Contributor
Kathy Westmoreland   Contributor
Sherrill Nielsen   Contributor
Gene Sullivan   Composer
Charles K. Wolfe   Liner Notes
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Wiley Walker   Composer
Michael Omansky   Director
Klaus Schmalenbach   Director
Thomas Dilbeck   Composer
VOICE   Contributor
Willis Arthur   Composer

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