Album #152 – From Elvis in Memphis

Album #152

Ironically, the next album on the list is also an album that was recorded in and influenced by Memphis. I believe this album was even recorded in the same studio as Dusty in Memphis. With that being said, this album tries to do the very same thing that the previous album did. The songs Elvis chose for this album are a mixture of country and r&b/soul whereas Springfield chose mostly pop and r&b/soul songs. This album would influence the sound that Presley would have for the rest of his career. This album added to Elvis’ sound a horn section and soulful backup singers. These things would become an integral part of Elvis’ live show. This is also the first album released after Elvis’ ’68 Comeback Special. The special, simply called Elvis, was revolutionary in many ways and revived Elvis’ fledgling career. The biggest hit of this album is In The Ghetto. It is one of his biggest hits from that period. Also on this album are:  a great, soulful cover of Hank Snow’s classic, I’m Movin’ On as well as, Gentle On My Mind (made famous by Glen Campbell) and Any Day Now (later a hit for Ronnie Milsap). Although Elvis changed his sound somewhat for the better, I have to agree with a friend of mine who is a big Elvis fan. This album is not that spectacular. The only reason this album is on the list is because it marks a shift in Elvis’ sound. The album would be a bit better if Suspicious Minds was included on the original album instead of being released as a single during this period. This is sadly another attempt to capitalize on the Memphis Soul sound. Overall, I give this album 4 out of 5.

Next: The Velvet Underground’s self-titled 3rd album

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