From Elvis in Memphis is the tenth studio album by American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley. It was released by RCA Records on June 17, 1969. It was recorded at American Sound Studio in Memphis in January and February 1969 under the direction of producer Chips Moman and backed by its house band, informally known as "The Memphis Boys". Following the success of Presley's TV special Elvis and its soundtrack, the album marked Presley's return to non-soundtrack albums after the completion of his film contract with Paramount Pictures. Presley's entourage convinced him to leave the RCA studios and record this album at American Sound, a Memphis studio at the peak of a hit-producing streak. The reason for going to Moman's studio was for the soul sound of the house band, 'the Memphis Boys'. The predominance of country songs among those recorded in these sessions gave them the feel of the "country soul" style. This impression was emphasized by the frequent use of the dobro in the arrangements. The Memphis Boys had a solidly southern soul sound. From Elvis in Memphis was released in June 1969 to favorable reviews. The album peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200, number two on the country charts and number one in the United Kingdom, and its single "In the Ghetto" reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1970. In later years, it garnered further favorable reviews, while it was ranked number 190 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.Wikipedia
Late era Elvis...by this time, he sounds less like a guttural, saucy rockstar and more like a Vegas pop performer. That doesn't mean the music is bad, but it sounds like the kind of music that an audience at a bar would half-listen to while ordering drinks not realizing that it's really good. The talent is still there and the lyrics are more mature than older Elvis music, but he's missing a lot of the grit and energy. Maybe Hollywood or the war took it out of him. Maybe this is just over-produced. Regardless, I did like a lot of tracks on the back end, enough for me to adjust to the style and realize this is still a great album, even if it's not what I was expecting. "In the Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" are more than worth the price of admission. Favorite tracks: Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, True Love Travels on a Gravel Road, After Loving You. Album art: I like the picture, especially with what I hope is thousands of Elvis impersonators in the background. But you can tell from his outfit that this is the dawn of a new age of Elvis. He's got that ascot/scarf on, maybe a streak of grey in his hair--this is the beginning of Elvis the aging Vegas performer. 4/5
Fantastic album. Was trying to choose favourite songs, but they were all brilliant. Southern soul sound. FSs: (All), Suspicious Minds, In The Ghetto, Long Black Limousine, Only The Strong Survive, True Love Travels On a Gravel Road
This is my favourite Elvis album
Look how fit he is on that cover JESUS CHRIST. Production so crisp, like what? Is that Cello on 'In the Ghetto'? Chelloooo we got a bass. I can't tell you how long I've been looking for a good Elvis collection. Insane.
Elvis is on fire here. I had heard some songs off this album before but holy smokes I liked this record. His voice is fried but it suits the songs that he is singing very well. The playing on this album is insane for an Elvis record. The focus is supposed to be on him but I couldn’t help but wander to the bass and guitar parts holding it together. This is an incredible Elvis record and I liked it a lot. Favorite song: Suspicious Minds Least favorite song: Daddy Don’t Cry
I ain't never heard a song from this album before, and boy was I a fool for that. I thought that much of Elvis' discography was like "Hound Dog" - early rock n roll. But clearly Elvis was much more diverse, branching into blues and Western like I never imagined. This album has songs that I feel are the natural evolution of the narrators from Robbins' "Gunfighter Ballads", and I love it for that. I think it will be my next on my record hunt...
Surprisingly great album and think it's strong all around. In the Ghetto and Suspicious Minds are most popular song but others are great too. 9/10.
It's the king! Elvis has always been a part of my life, so much so I was almost named Elvis. My dad is a huge fan and I became one very quickly at a young age. This was a fantastic album with a few classics like In the Ghetto and Suspicious Minds but I found a few other gems like Wearin' That Loved On Look and True Love Travels On a Gravel Road. I thought this would be a live album but it didn't seem so despite what the title and cover show. I hope we get more Elvis because I can always listen to him.
i get why elvis was so big now. great old 50s style funky organ classic old rock. enjoyed alot
I love this project because of how much it shows off certain artists and how they are up my alley. Elvis is a perfect example of this. His voice is incredible and there is a reason he is called the King. Album starts strong even with lesser known longs. Middle gets a bit tiring, but Suspicious Minds is incredible. Side note: One of my first CDs was the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack which is half Elvis!
love how he aligns the drummer against "I said Ill hold you in my heart..." at the start cool album - love Elvis!
Great album.... Elvis was so young...
omg actual good music i am having such a pleasant time ☺️☺️ ok i literally love this also wearin that loved on look is code for fucked-out face, right? RIGHT?!?!? THIS WAS SO GOOD elvis slaps idgaf
I know it's cliche, but I really do love Elvis. What a voice. Great songwriting. One of my favorites is 'Suspicious Minds.' Underrated musician and guitarist. And I'm a sucker for the Hagstrom guitar he's holding in the album cover photo. So freaking cool!
Very good listen
Great performance, lots of emotion with epic buildups.
excelente album, nunca habia escuchado en profundidad su música pero a raíz de este disco creo que voy a comenzar a interiorizarme un poco más..
Not a fan of some of the crooning which hasn't aged well but the more upbeat stuff is 🔥
Like most of Elvis' oeuvre, this has peaks and troughs, but because it's Elvis, on this album the troughs are still higher than many artists peaks.
Avant de démarrer la critique de cet album, il faut que je vous remette un peu de contexte. Il faut savoir qu'en plus du générateur des 1001 albums, j'ai crée 3 générateurs pirates, me proposant respectivement des albums de rap français, hard/punk rock, rnb/pop/chanson française. Dans le dernier cité, j'ai récemment découvert Elvis Presley, au cours d'un excellent album intitulé Today. C'est donc avec joie que je lançais cet album de Elvis Presley, m'attendant à aussi bien voir mieux, étant donné que Today n'avait pas été selectioné par Robert dans sa liste des 1001. Mais c'était mal connaître ce diable de Robert... Souvenez vous, Robert prend toujours soin de selectionner les albums les moins intéressants de chaque artiste. Face à cette nouvelle désillusion, j'ai décidé de partager mes générateurs pirates aux plus intéressés, plus d'informations à venir dans ma prochaine review d'Elvis Presley.
L'Eddy Mitchell américain nous prouve avec cet album qu'il peut assumer la comparaison et proposer un projet au moins tout aussi bon que ceux de son homologue.
An Elvis relic rather than a rock 'n' roll one. And one that's only good enough. No more, no less.
I love elvis
El rey... Punto
My score is even for the original album (without later added singles like Suspicious Minds etc).
Discazo. No me encantan las canciones muy lentas tipo sus baladas de los primeros discos pero lo demás es excelente. Además de las obvias, Only the Strong survive y Don't Cry Daddy directo a las gustadas en Spotify. Los arreglos con cuerdas y metales son excelentes, sobre todo cuando explota su voz. Songs: Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, Only The Strong Survive, Don't Cry Daddy, Kentucky Rain
The king will always be the king and he shows it with these songs that many were unaware of. Great.
Was not expecting this to be anywhere near as good as it was. Never really enjoyed the late 50s stuff which I find pretty corny, but this is on entirely different level which I think has a lot to do with the band behind him. Someone give that man on bass a medal. This is ultimate cool. Soul infused almost funk composition overlaid with perfectly delivered lyrics. The man's got a voice no doubt about it.
As with anyone who grew up in North America, I've heard Elvis songs off and on my whole life, but this is the first time I've ever listened to a full album. This is very much 'Blues-y'/slower Elvis, rather than his rock n' roll approach in the 1950's, but it's just so damn good. There's nothing quite like Elvis' soulful voice, and all of these songs are just so delightfully melodic and well-written, both musically and lyrically.
Suspicious Minds has always been my favourite Elvis song but I had never really realized that he'd done more countrysoul like that. And that it's this great. I mean, it's Elvis so there is quite a bit of unnecessary cheese here and I often find his voice a bit to smarmy but yes I will definitely come back to this one. 9/10
Elvis is good
Probablement le meilleur j'ai entendu de Elvis. Et hé ne suis pas fan des albums live 5
You can hear that Elvis is tired in this album and his voice is not what it used to be but my goodness you can ferl the emotion in these songs. Great arrangements, superb gospel vibes in the album and great Hammond organ solos. Really loved this. Elvis is arguably the most influential popular music icon of the 20th century and he certainly reigns as The King here.
Always a Classic. I runned listenning it.
The king. Period.
Crazy that maybe the most famous musician in our western civilization isn't even overrated at all.
Very good thank you Elvis
Amazing - track 3 gave me goosebumps
really liked this album. I never considered myself an Elvis lover but he is a great musician.
Dælme lækkert album og en fed soul stil. Helt sikkert en man skal have på vinyl
Elvis joengee lekker schijfje hoor! In the ghetto certified banger
I couldn't love the sound of Elvis's voice more than I do. He could sing whatever he wanted and I would listen.
A very wistful album in my mind. Early Elvis feels sexy and cutting edge. This era is reaching back to grab his childhood, and I can tell that he is basically sitting in the corner of the bar of America, weeping and playing a guitar as the bar is being renovated.
Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Wearin that loved on look, Only the strong survive, In the ghetto, Suspicious minds, Don’t cry daddy, Kentucky rain
Who doesn't love some live Elvis?!?!
Great album, solid performance by the king, no weak tracks with great ones scattered through
I have never been a huge Elvis fan, mostly due to lack of exposure, but this album has changed that. It is truly captivating. The passionate emotion present in the songs, the theatricality, and the crooning tone make the performances and performer both larger than life and almost painfully intimate. Standout songs are Long Black Limousine and Suspicious Minds.
I really like Elvis. But these are the Elvis songs that I love.
The horns make late ‘60s Elvis sound cheesy and fun.
I dig it, and I never thought I'd enjoy Elvis. I can see myself revisiting this often now that I've given it a chance.
I am far from an Elvis Presley expert but this probably has some of my favourite Elvis Pressley standards....In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds, (though the Allmusic reviewed version does not include this cut so not sure that I should consider it), Gentle on My Mind (not really familiar with Elvis' rendition but he absolutely kills it!). Plus there are some others that I had not heard previously that are great as well (Wearin' That Loved On Look, It Keeps Right on Hurtin', Only The Strong Survive, I'm Movin' On and others). Throughout the plaing, production, back-up vocals and production are quite simply outstanding. Even if I don't include the stellar Suspicious Minds This is still a no-brainer 5 star album.
Legendary album power of my love is such a banger
Watched Elvis movie, then listened to this album. If movie is to be believed, a very sad story of evil and tragedy.
Amazing album, so powerful and completely holds up
Elvis... There's some of his greatest songs here when he was still able to weave some kind of spell. It's always going to be about the man himself with his people around him. It's a very stylised 70's production as you might expect. No-one did it like the man.
Elvis at his best
So, in my youth, I was a strictly Sun years Elvis fan. The fat. bloated, besequinned jumpsuit Elvis karate chopping his way across the stage, sweating out 'ludes and benzedrine did not do it for me. And then I met my wife, who was quite insistent that Vegas Elvis was the most glorious incarnation of Elvis. And she won me over. I mean, he is still fat and bloated, the jumpsuits are covered in sequins, and the karate moves are ridiculous, and he is still befuddled with the drugs... but it is also glorious in its overblown . He finds the real power in his voice. he is sentimental as all hell, and he wrings every drop of melodrama out of every note. And he kept doing some truly dreadful material right up until the end. But there are moments of real magnificence, such as his gospel material... and this. How he ended up recording some decent material with a decent band in a decent material seems like a glorious accident that his manager and minders (and his own terrible instincts) didn't manage to stuff up, for once. The cornerstone of the really great material from the last decade of his life basically these sessions. It's super cheesy, and somewhat overdone (which prevents it from being quite a funky as it might be), but this is, to my mind, probably the greatest individual Elvis album, especially when the bonus tracks are included. I used to hate it, then I liked it ironically, and now I just love it.
Elvis is always good.
Much better than I expected. Didn't realise Suspicious Minds was by Elvis. Kentucky Rain was pretty fantastic.
1969. Key Songs: Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, Any Day Now
timeless classic 7/10
Long Black Limousine
It's effin elvis
There's lots of bad Elvis. This is good Elvis.
Really liked it. Loved the country, soul vibe. Bit of a gospel feel. Incredible talent, never listened to a whole album from Elvis.
Solid Elvis, I think this starts to show a more individual voice than the last one I listened to.
He da man, that voice does things to ye. Sounds incredible, and there's a sexy cover of Gentle On My Mind.
Came in with very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. His band sounded really good and his vocals matched the tone of the songs quite well.
Not entirely up my alley but it's really soothing to listen to. Carries the nostalgic mood of a by-gone era of music, tbh I'd probably put this on as background music.
Pretty good, Favorite track- Suspicious Minds
It’s not just Elvis that is magical it is the band - man- those cats can play!
this was a great album, since I only really ever listened to the classic Elvis songs. would totally add this into a chill mix playlist.
After Presley's 1960 return from military service, his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, shifted the focus of the singer's career from live music and albums to films and soundtracks. In March 1961, he performed what would become his last live concert for the next eight years: a benefit for the construction of the USS Arizona Memorial at Boch Arena in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During the first half of the 1960s, three of Presley's soundtrack albums reached number one on the pop charts and a number of his most popular songs were from his films, including 1961's "Can't Help Falling in Love" and 1962's "Return to Sender". After 1964, Parker decided that Presley should only record soundtrack albums. He viewed the films and soundtracks as complementary, with each helping to promote the other. As it turned out, the commercial success of Presley's films and soundtracks steadily diminished (Paradise, Hawaiian Style; Easy Come, Easy Go; Speedway), while he was increasingly disappointed with the quality of his work. From 1964 to 1968, Presley had just one top-ten hit: "Crying in the Chapel" (1965), a gospel number recorded in 1960. Only one LP of new material by Presley was issued: the gospel album How Great Thou Art (1967), which won him his first Grammy Award in the Best Sacred Performance category. In 1968, Colonel Parker arranged a deal with NBC for a Christmas television special starring Presley in front of a live audience. Parker originally planned to have Presley sing Christmas carols only, but producer Steve Binder convinced the singer to perform songs from his original repertoire. The high ratings received by the special and the success of its attendant LP re-established Presley's popularity. During the making of the special, Presley said to Binder: "I'll never sing another song that I don't believe in, I'm never going to make another movie that I don't believe in." As part of his decision to refocus on music rather than film, Presley decided to record a new album.[
Got a kick out of this - I forgot how wild Elvis' careers shifted over the decades. A real Icarus. Doesn't have all the hits, but I think it captures his essence well and shows you what you need from him.
I like Elvis but he's not my favorite from the era and this album doesn't have many of my favorite songs on it.
Creo que nunca había oído ningún disco completo del "Rey". Craso error, me gustó, tiene como una atmósfera fascinante y por supuesto su voz es como un imán. Le compro toda la reputación que tiene, como cantante, actor, sex symbol, lo que sea. Esto que me sonó medio country, medio blues, medio rock, fluye bastante bien, aunque diría que es más un disco para escucharlo a solas que en compañía, ni mucho menos para animarse. Mis favs: "Only the Strong Survive", "Power of My Love" y "Mama Liked the Roses". 8.5/10
Ameeeerica and ameeeeerica
He sounds like slim shady
Some cheesy background vocals but overall solid and holds up v well. Lots of keepers
4.2 - So many great songs, so much soul. \"Long Black Limousine\", \"In the Ghetto\", \"Don't Cry Daddy.\" It's a testament to Elvis's talent as a singer that these songs don't come off as sappy to my jaded ear. The lyrics and musical arrangements sound like something from a soap opera but he sings them with such conviction. I actually feel emotional listening to \"Mama Liked the Roses\" - I don't know many singers that could pull that off.
Great Voice. Okay music.
Solid, great voice and character. Wouldn't listen to it every day tho
Way better than I anticipated, and his vocal range really impressed me. My favorite tracks were Suspicious Minds (that's my fav Elvis song tho), Gentle on my Mind, In the Ghetto, and I'll Hold you in my Heart
Un disco maravilloso, y mucho mejor su versión extendida. A este Elvis solo se le podria reprochar que no fuera tambien compositor.
So totally surprised at how uplifting this was. Have never really listened to much Elvis but thoroughly enjoyed this.
Nice easy listening Rock with country/blues overtones AND its Elvis. Most of the songs were pleasantly forgettable, but I enjoyed listening to the hits ‘In the Ghetto’ , ‘Gentle on my Mind’ and especially ‘Suspicious Minds’. I was impressed with the backing band throughout and a little surprised when I read it wasn’t the famous Tennessee Two’ who were his original band. Bass player Tommy Cogbill was really good, and the Wikipedia rabbit hole says he also played on a lot of other great 1960s music. 4 stars for the King!
The Elvis hits!
Wat tragere nummers dan ik verwachte, maar al bij al een goed album
Well, I didn’t expect this, but I kinda like this stuff. Adding to the library for sporadic listening.
I'm not the biggest Elvis fan but was a really good album, worth 4 stars for In the Ghetto alone.
Good music, I've always liked Elvis. Not his very best ones, but a couple of nice songs on here such as In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds and Don't Cry Daddy.
Great Elvis voice perfect combine with guitar melodies. The album fuse slow and melodic tracks with driving and fast songs.
elvis is a simp but a vibe. i enjoyed this way more than i expected
Very smooth album. Flows well together. A few standout tracks
Ocjena više zbog sumnjičavih umova
Unexpectedly hip. Gotta listen to more Elvis.
Not what I expected from Elvis. I mostly his hits and so I was pleasantly surprised by this more country/soul album. Not being that familiar with the genre I would say it reminds me of Orville Peck, who, of course, must have been greatly influenced by this sound. I may need to explore this genre more...
Thoroughly enjoyed it — twice. Honorable mention for “Wearin’ That Loved On Look.”
Great Album! Great Song and Singer. Unfortunately, he didn't write any of these songs himself. (8/10) Favourite Tracks: I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms), After Loving You , Suspicious Minds
Elvis is rockin’ all the way through here. He sounds revitalized and excited about this new music. His voice is in great shape and the new band make things exciting to listen to.
Enjoyable. Would definitely play it again
Gracias a los dioses aliens por The King of Rock n' Roll
Sounds pretty good, but yet again I was not in the right mood for this, having discovered a new progressive death metal band on the same day...
Omdat t elvis is.
Es difícil calificar un disco de Elvis porque la carrera es demasiado larga y prolífica y a nosotros ya nos tocó oír puros discos de éxitos. En el caso de este en especial, vienen dos de mis canciones favoritas (Suspicious Minds y In The Ghetto) y otras tantas que no conocía pero resultan casi tan buenas. El sonido ya no es Rock n Roll, y ahora es una mezcla curiosa de Soul y Country con arreglos muy bien cuidados. Creo que al final es interesante por ser su último gran éxito, antes de que se tratara de únicamente repetir su repertorio.
Me agradó, creo que me sorprendió a lo que esperaba en cuanto a que esperaba decir "otro disco de Elvis, es Elvis y suena bien y lo que sigue." Creo que muestra un lado interesante de Elvis, todavía a pesar de que por años está muy cerca del Elvis karateca de Las Vegas (que de hecho me agrada mucho) aquí pareciera el puente final entre ese y el Elvis joven, mostrando que es un gran interprete y que a pesar de los años todavía tiene calidad y energía sin sonar más como el muchachillo calientafaldas de sus inicios. Bastantes canciones buenas, una banda que suena impecable, grabación limpia y con energía con sus toques suaves cuando lo requiere rozando a ratos el soul de manera casi sorpresiva. No soy un experto en la discografía de Elvis pero sin duda se me hace un disco que vale bastante la pena y que se distingue del resto lo suficiente. Interesante que la canción de él que más conocía de estas (In the Ghetto) es realmente la que se siente como un poco descuadrada y que pudiera pertenecer a otro disco... aun así sin quejas reales. Disco muy sólido y excelente disco de Elvis.
4/5 Relaxing balade
2 tracks to die
Surprisingly good! And quite unlike most of the Elvis music I’m familiar with - less poppy, more serious.
Elvis the rhinestone years. Actually I like this period in his music although he does have a penchant for the melancholy.
A good elvis album to put on
Not a bad start to the album. It somehow has an old feel but a modern beat at the same time. Always liked Elvis songs and has been sung for as long as I can remember. It’s overall a solid album. Not one songs is bad and it’s almost like a flow of themes from one song to another. Guess that’s why they called him the King. Definitely an album to listen to or play while you’re doing stuff or just ant a soundtrack for the day.
It's the fucking King and he's feeling funky. A mix of soul, R&B and country. Elvis owns it. Best Tracks: Wearin' the Loved On Look; Only The Strong Survive; In The Ghetto
There’s better music on this album than the singles
This album has my all time favorite Elvis song (Suspicious Minds) so it gets an extra star just for that. The rest of it is exactly what you'd expect... which definitely isn't bad.
Elvis has such a lovely voice. It's great just how many songs are packed into this rather short album, and with a decent amount of variety. In the Ghetto back to back with Suspicious Minds was the highlight for sure.
A delightful rainy morning listen
None specifically grabbed me but they are all listenable. Pretty killer stuff and should revisit.
It’s better than I expected! I liked the opening track and the variety of the album. Some slow crooner tracks and some uptempo, glitzy rock and roll.
I don't have a ton of experience listening to Elvis, but his voice is damn near angelic. His ability to inflect the emotion of the song is second to none. Its probably for these reasons that this version of "Long Black Limousine" became so famous. "Only The Strong Survive" and "I'm Movin' On" are my personal favorites after listening to this.
I’d go back to it in the right mood
Liking the slower Elvis songs. First time to go through an Elvis album and I can see the lasting appeal.
Couple of great songs but mostly filler
Elvis’s voice just rubs me in the wrong way, which is a shame because the production is so clean and the band sounds so good. 7/10
7/10. Sounds like Elvis
8/10 great performance
Some cracking bassline in this album. Some great guitar work here. Can't help but feel it would be better with a voice less Elvisy than Elvis, and let the music stand up on its own.
Way better than I thought it might be. A little bit cruise crooner in places, but also really beautiful in others
Favorite song: In the Ghetto
Elvis embraces his country and soul side on this album. This album is very well produced but doesn’t quite capture the authenticity and energy of earlier soul albums. There are certainly some gems on this album and it is a great album by all accounts, but after the experimentation on the late 60s, this album sounds a bit behind
Good ol' Elvis
Never heard this album before. Great performer, great album would listen to again.
Great album. Probably not super inclined to listen to it on it's own, but definitely good background music. I feel like there weren't really any standout songs until the end of the album. Loved Suspicious Minds (did not know this was an Elvis song) and Kentucky Rain.
Elvis is another one I haven't given a focused listen to beyond what you get via general cultural osmosis but you know, I really dig this actually. Beyond the massive impact he had on rock music, these songs are just great to listen to.
Вот, можешь же, когда хочешь. Старый, добрый старина Элвис.
Standouts here are: • Only the Strong Survive • I’ll Hold You In My Heart • I’m Movin’ On • True Love Travels on a Gravel Road • Suspicious Minds
Elvis sounds great, essentially like a studio recording. The songs aren't for me, as they're not the most famous of his songs that I already know.
Never was an Elvis fan but I can recognize the importance of his talent
Hell yeah, this was some great country-funk from Elvis. Loved the backing band on this album. And there were some classics on it as well.
It’s a great clean soulful Elvis. Everything here is good or really good… maybe with the exception of don’t cry daddy, which just is too sappy. The rest is strong and an enjoyable listen.
You kind of forget Elvis's roots until you listen to his crooning, gospel-ey voice. It's almost as if God is wooing you himself. If Elvis had lived, he'd be alive. And almost 87 years old. Let that sink in. And who knows, he may living with Jimmy Hoffa somewhere. The album itself is uneven, at best. Mix of blues, gospel, sadness (yeah, it's a musical genre I just made up - some people might call it heartbreak music. blah). I'm moving on kicks the beat up a bit into the rock category. I liked his tempo on Any Day Now, which is slightly askew with the previous versions.... and then you get to In the Ghetto and Suspicious Minds... The tone of the album is sad, and the delivery makes you realize that great music isn't always upbeat.
A near perfect album. If all his records would have been this good!
Not usually fussed by Elvis but got to admit this is good stuff
Too many of these sound like a bad Elvis impersonator. But I still like it.
Love me some Elvis and his buttery voice! Not my favorite set of Elvis songs (I prefer his earlier stuff) but I'd listen to The King sing the phonebook and be happy. Suspicious Minds is such an A+ song
Some soulful tunes here, if there's an Elvis period I like it might be this one.
Elvis never wrote any of his songs but he definitely knew how to sing them.
I liked the crooning Elvis more than I expected. Lots of slower material compared to the Rock n Roll 50s period with plenty of ballads. It is a record you do have to be in the right mood to listen with enjoyment. I was lucky over the weekend I had time to listen to it three times. I never listened to any of the material on this so was quite interesting listening to Elvis completely blind. Favourite song was definitely Suspicious Minds with In The Ghetto and Long Black Limousine not far behind.
Almost perfect pop and love songs
Super quality! The strings and backing choir add so much magic to it
This was good, solid. I enjoyed listening to it
Synthèse des musiques populaires américaines de l’époque, dirigées par nul autre que le king.
two of my favorite elvis songs on here - suspicious minds and in the ghetto - great album
I can think of no other artist, with the possible exception of Dolly Parton, to sing songs that are so blatantly attempting to fabricate an emotional response in the listener and yet, despite this cheap trick and an initial roll of the eyes at the audacity, by the end of the track you’re bawling your eyes out. The man sure sold the songs. I know what you’re trying to do, Elvis. You’re not going to get me this time… oh damn why am I crying?
Classic Elvis and all of the songs were good but suspicious minds and the gentle on my mind cover were great
I've got a raging boner for the king and fuck you if you can't stand him. Unless it's on racist grounds... In which case fair enough.
Elvis is the king of rock'n'roll, the best.
4 stars for the band ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Elvis. Can't deny that man's influence on music. A pleasant record with a few hits. Not my favourite genre, but still a time well spent.
Pretty clearly a late-career album, and one I have nothing bad to say about. Elvis-as-product is more interesting historically than musically, and that shows up a little bit on the recording. But he gets into the pocket on more tracks than not, which means the iconic voice, classic band work, and divine instrumental flourishes just beneath the surface.
The arrangements and production is superb. The band sounds amazing. Very nearly a 5
4. Voice in great nick and the songs he chose are mostly great. And, lets fuckin face it, any album with in the ghetto scores high...!
So I get it now. Probably the first time I have listened to an Elvis album, and then I listened to it three times on repeat. Aspects of Johnny Cash which I discovered in my early 30's So yep, getting added to the list
Couple gems on there like suspicious minds, and overall great album. Some songs of his I’d never heard despite being a pretty big fan.
Didn't expect to be in to this, was close to just not bothering as I've never really enjoyed Elvis, but I'm glad I did
Great album. Wish there had been more thematic variety. I did get a bit of that from In The Ghetto and Don't Cry Daddy. The same sound kind of wore on me after a while and some the songs blended together a bit but it was an excellent performance.
Wistful and almost melancholic takes from the iconic King. The one thing that drags it a bit is the overly-glossy production and orchestration that sometimes turns sweet to saccharine.
Long black limo, after loving you, suspicious minds is good. Must admit this is the first time I've listened to an Elvis album start to finish. Never really considered myself a fan. Turns out I didn't even know Suspicious Minds was an Elvis song and I love it! Long Black Limo and After Loving You are both solid tracks as well. I wouldn't say I'm converted, but I'm definitely coming around on Elvis.
Not a huge Elvis fan, so I thought I was going to be underwhelmed. Thankfully, this was a great album. In particular, I enjoyed I'm Moving On, Suspicious Minds (obviously) and Kentucky Rain. 70/100gecs
Torn on this one. It's a 4 for sure, couldn't decide whether to give it a 5. It's missing a bit of Elvis' energetic vocals and I can't tell if that's because he was older and/or going for a more mature sound or because of his cold while recording the album. But the mature instrumental sound is pretty appealing - the Memphis Boys provide great backing (I especially love the bass work on this album). It's a real smooth and easy listen but another knock might be a lack of undeniable big tunes, with the exception of the closer In the Ghetto (a true classic). Maybe if the non-album singles like Suspicious Minds (my absolute favorite Elvis tune, hands-down), Don't Cry Daddy, or Kentucky Rain had actually been on this album I'd go even higher. Still a very good album.
Always enjoy the King!
Now seems like a good time to point out that Elvis didn't write songs, so while he may have been the greatest cover artist of all time, he was a cover artist nonetheless. At least the songs on this album weren't huge hits like some of Elvis's earlier albums. This album is pleasant enough. The production is great. It has a live feel while still sounding very clean. Elvis's voice was still holding up great at this point in his career, though it's a bit quiet on some of the songs. There aren't a lot of what I would consider to be standout tracks on this album, other than In The Ghetto, but all of the songs are good. It's a solid album to play in the background 4/5
Dated themes but some great classic Elvis.