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From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters

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Elvis Presley 9/28/1993

Review

Since The King of Rock 'n' Roll was the complete '50s masters, it was easy to assume that its five-disc '60s sequel, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters, rounded up all the masters from that decade, which is simply not the case. The producers deliberately avoided the soundtracks to Elvis' movies, which perhaps makes sense, given that they are roundly and rightly disparaged as Presley's low point, which then opened the doors to presenting just what they judged as the best non-soundtrack recordings he made during the '60s. They also disregarded the gospel recordings, saving them for the double-disc 1994 collection Amazing Grace: His Greatest Gospel Songs, leaving this as an overview of the best of his pop and rock material of the '60s, all recorded after he got back from the army. Instead of being a detriment, this is a brilliant move, distilling his erratic, wide-ranging '60s recordings to their very best, providing a relatively comprehensive overview of the greatest material Elvis recorded during his most inconsistent decade. Its biggest flaw is that in its zeal to overlook the soundtracks, the box skips over even the hits from the films, so this does not have "Can't Help Falling in Love," "GI Blues," "Follow That Dream," "Viva Las Vegas," "Little Less Conversation," and "Return to Sender," as well as other, lesser hits. They are missed, particularly because there is a surfeit of pop-oriented material from the early '60s. That's one area where this box excels: It proves that Presley did turn toward pop in the early '60s. Contrary to conventional wisdom, he did not abandon rock & roll, and there are many tough performances from the early years of the decade that stand their own with the '50s RCA sides, but by the middle of the box -- which roughly corresponds with the middle of the decade -- it becomes clear that Elvis needed to change his approach, and he did with stunning power. That's where the scope of the box comes into play: By disc three, there's been plenty of good, sometimes great, music, but when Elvis gets his swagger back just before the songs that formed From Elvis in Memphis, the growing energy is kinetic, and the fourth disc, along with half of the fifth, are intoxicating in how Presley rediscovers his power and starts to not only sing songs worthy of his talents, but have productions and performances that match. This is the greatest music on this set -- "Long Black Limousine," "Rubberneckin'," "Wearin' That Loved on Look," "In the Ghetto," "Suspicious Minds," "True Love Travels on a Gravel Road," and "Kentucky Rain" are among the best of this batch -- towering over the rest of the music here and holding its own with the Sun material. This is presented in more thorough form elsewhere, but the long view and scope of this set really make his comeback dramatic on From Nashville to Memphis. That narrative makes the set essential, as does the judicious selection of his early- and mid-'60s highlights. It's done well -- well enough to almost excuse the very, very big hits that are missing, even if it doesn't completely account for their absence. That is a pretty big flaw, but even so, From Nashville to Memphis is necessary for any serious pop library, which speaks volumes for the quality of the music within the box. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Make Me Know It Elvis Presley 1:58
  3. 2 Soldier Boy Elvis Presley 3:3
  4. 3 Stuck on You Elvis Presley 2:17
  5. 4 Fame and Fortune Elvis Presley 2:29
  6. 5 A Mess of Blues Elvis Presley 2:39
  7. 6 It Feels So Right Elvis Presley 2:8
  8. 7 Fever Elvis Presley 3:30
  9. 8 Like a Baby Elvis Presley 2:37
  10. 9 It's Now or Never Elvis Presley 3:14
  11. 10 The Girl of My Best Friend Elvis Presley 2:19
  12. 11 Dirty, Dirty Feeling Elvis Presley 1:32
  13. 12 Thrill of Your Love Elvis Presley 2:59
  14. 13 I Gotta Know Elvis Presley 2:14
  15. 14 Such a Night Elvis Presley 2:58
  16. 15 Are You Lonesome Tonight? Elvis Presley 3:5
  17. 16 Girl Next Door Went A'walking Elvis Presley 2:11
  18. 17 I Will Be Home Again Elvis Presley 2:32
  19. 18 Reconsider Baby Elvis Presley 3:39
  20. 19 Surrender Elvis Presley 1:51
  21. 20 I'm Comin' Home Elvis Presley 2:20
  22. 21 Gently Elvis Presley 2:15
  23. 22 In Your Arms Elvis Presley 1:49
  24. 23 Give Me the Right Elvis Presley 2:32
  25. 24 I Feel So Bad Elvis Presley 2:52
  26. 25 It's a Sin Elvis Presley 2:39
  27. 26 I Want You With Me Elvis Presley 2:12
  28. 27 There's Always Me Elvis Presley 2:16
  29. 1 Starting Today Elvis Presley 2:3
  30. 2 Sentimental Me Elvis Presley 2:30
  31. 3 Judy Elvis Presley 2:10
  32. 4 Put the Blame on Me Elvis Presley 1:56
  33. 5 Kiss Me Quick Elvis Presley 2:46
  34. 6 That's Someone You Never Forget Elvis Presley 2:47
  35. 7 I'm Yours Elvis Presley 2:20
  36. 8 (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame Elvis Presley 2:6
  37. 9 Little Sister Elvis Presley 2:29
  38. 10 For the Millionth and the Last Time Elvis Presley 2:5
  39. 11 Good Luck Charm Elvis Presley 2:22
  40. 12 Anything That's Part of You Elvis Presley 2:4
  41. 13 I Met Her Today Elvis Presley 2:41
  42. 14 Night Rider Elvis Presley 2:7
  43. 15 Something Blue Elvis Presley 2:57
  44. 16 Gonna Get Back Home Somehow Elvis Presley 2:27
  45. 17 (Such An) Easy Question Elvis Presley 2:18
  46. 18 Fountain of Love Elvis Presley 2:12
  47. 19 Just for Old Time Sake Elvis Presley 2:7
  48. 20 You'll Be Gone Elvis Presley 2:22
  49. 21 I Feel That I've Known You Forever Elvis Presley 1:38
  50. 22 Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello Elvis Presley 1:51
  51. 23 Suspicion Elvis Presley 2:33
  52. 24 She's Not You Elvis Presley 2:8
  53. 25 Echoes of Love Elvis Presley 2:37
  54. 26 Please Don't Drag That String Around Elvis Presley 1:53
  55. 27 (You're The) Devil in Disguise Elvis Presley 2:20
  56. 28 Never Ending Elvis Presley 1:57
  57. 29 What Now, What Next, Where To? Elvis Presley 1:55
  58. 30 Witchcraft Elvis Presley 2:17
  59. 31 Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers Elvis Presley 1:45
  60. 32 Love Me Tonight Elvis Presley 1:59
  61. 1 (It's A) Long, Lonely Highway Elvis Presley 2:20
  62. 2 Western Union Elvis Presley 2:9
  63. 3 Slowly But Surely Elvis Presley 2:11
  64. 4 Blue River Elvis Presley 1:31
  65. 5 Memphis Tennessee Elvis Presley 2:7
  66. 6 Ask Me Elvis Presley 2:6
  67. 7 It Hurts Me Elvis Presley 2:27
  68. 8 Down in the Alley Elvis Presley 2:47
  69. 9 Tomorrow Is a Long Time Elvis Presley 5:20
  70. 10 Love Letters Elvis Presley 2:49
  71. 11 Beyond the Reef [Previously Unreleased][Take][Original Undubbed Master] Elvis Presley 3:5
  72. 12 Come What May [Previously Unreleased][Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 1:57
  73. 13 Fools Fall in Love Elvis Presley 2:4
  74. 14 Indescribably Blue Elvis Presley 2:46
  75. 15 I'll Remember You [Previously Unreleased][Take][Original Unedited Master] Elvis Presley 4:5
  76. 16 If Every Day Was Like Christmas Elvis Presley 2:52
  77. 17 Suppose [Previously Unreleased][Master] Elvis Presley 3:1
  78. 18 Guitar Man/What'd I Say [Original Unedited Master][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 2:54
  79. 19 Big Boss Man Elvis Presley 2:50
  80. 20 Mine Elvis Presley 2:35
  81. 21 Just Call Me Lonesome Elvis Presley 2:4
  82. 22 Hi-Heel Sneakers [Original Unedited Master][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 4:45
  83. 23 You Don't Know Me Elvis Presley 2:26
  84. 24 Singing Tree Elvis Presley 2:16
  85. 25 Too Much Monkey Business Elvis Presley 2:29
  86. 26 U.S. Male Elvis Presley 2:41
  87. 1 Long Black Limousine Elvis Presley 3:36
  88. 2 This Is the Story Elvis Presley 2:27
  89. 3 Wearin' That Loved on Look Elvis Presley 2:43
  90. 4 You'll Think of Me Elvis Presley 3:58
  91. 5 Little Bit of Green Elvis Presley 3:20
  92. 6 Gentle on My Mind Elvis Presley 3:20
  93. 7 I'm Movin' On Elvis Presley 2:50
  94. 8 Don't Cry Daddy Elvis Presley 2:46
  95. 9 Inherit the Wind Elvis Presley 2:54
  96. 10 Mama Liked the Roses Elvis Presley 2:46
  97. 11 My Little Friend Elvis Presley 2:43
  98. 12 In the Ghetto Elvis Presley 2:44
  99. 13 Rubberneckin' Elvis Presley 2:8
  100. 14 From a Jack to a King Elvis Presley 2:22
  101. 15 Hey Jude Elvis Presley 4:28
  102. 16 Without Love (There Is Nothing) Elvis Presley 2:52
  103. 17 I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) Elvis Presley 4:31
  104. 18 I'll Be There Elvis Presley 2:20
  105. 19 Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley 4:27
  106. 20 True Love Travels on a Gravel Road Elvis Presley 2:36
  107. 21 Stranger in My Own Home Town Elvis Presley 4:21
  108. 22 And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind Elvis Presley 3:7
  109. 23 Power of My Love Elvis Presley 2:33
  110. 1 After Loving You Elvis Presley 3:4
  111. 2 Do You Know Who I Am? Elvis Presley 2:46
  112. 3 Kentucky Rain Elvis Presley 3:12
  113. 4 Only the Strong Survive Elvis Presley 2:39
  114. 5 It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin' Elvis Presley 2:35
  115. 6 Any Day Now Elvis Presley 2:57
  116. 7 If I'm a Fool (For Loving You) Elvis Presley 2:41
  117. 8 The Fair Is Moving On Elvis Presley 3:8
  118. 9 Who Am I? Elvis Presley 3:17
  119. 10 This Time/I Can't Stop Loving You [Previously Unreleased][Informal Recording] Elvis Presley 3:48
  120. 11 In the Ghetto [Alternate Take 4][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 2:45
  121. 12 Suspicious Minds [Previously Unreleased][Alternate Take 6] Elvis Presley 3:14
  122. 13 Kentucky Rain [Alternate Take 9] Elvis Presley 3:9
  123. 14 Big Boss Man [Previously Unreleased][Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 3:37
  124. 15 Down in the Alley [Previously Unreleased][Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 3:10
  125. 16 Memphis Tennessee [Alternate Take 1 from the "1963 Session"][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 2:12
  126. 17 I'm Yours [Previously Unreleased][Alternate Take 1 Undubbed Version] Elvis Presley 2:17
  127. 18 (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame [Alternate Take 4][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 1:59
  128. 19 That's Someone You Never Forget [Previously Unreleased][Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:37
  129. 20 Surrender [Alternate Take 1][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 1:49
  130. 21 It's Now or Never [Previously Unreleased][Original Undubbed Master][Take] Elvis Presley 3:14
  131. 22 Love Me Tender/Witchcraft [Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 1:42

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