Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old)

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Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old)
Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released January 2, 1971
Recorded June and September 1970
Genre Rock
Length 38.49
Label RCA Victor
Producer Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley chronology
That's the Way It Is
(1970)
Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old)
(1971)
You'll Never Walk Alone
(1971)
Singles from Elvis Country
  1. "I Really Don't Want to Know"
    Released: December 8, 1970 (1970-12-08)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) is the eleventh studio album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Records (LSP 4460 in January 1971. Recorded at RCA Studio B in Nashville, it reached number 12 on the Billboard 200.[2] It peaked at number six in the United Kingdom, selling over one million copies worldwide.[3] It was certified Gold on December 1,1977 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[4]

The lead single for the album, "I Really Don't Want to Know" b/w "There Goes My Everything" was released on December 8, 1970 and peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, number two on the Adult Contemporary chart, and number 23 on the country singles chart.[5]

Content[edit]

The bulk of the album came from five days of recording sessions in June 1970 which yielded 35 usable tracks. Presley performed every track "live", recording his vocal part in the same take as the band as was standard practice for him. Eight tracks from the session were released two months earlier in November 1970 on the That's the Way It Is album. During the sessions, Presley and producer Felton Jarvis realized they had several country songs in hand, and decided to record several more to create a full album of country material. Needing two more satisfactory tracks, Elvis returned to the same studio in September where he recorded "Snowbird" and a manic, one-take version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On."

Along with his albums Elvis, Elvis' Christmas Album, Elvis Is Back!, and From Elvis in Memphis, Elvis Country stands as one of Presley's cohesive musical works - the closest he came to concept albums, a mere handful from his large catalogue.

Nearly every style of country music is represented; bluegrass, honky tonk, Western swing, rockabilly, countrypolitan, and even the then-nascent "outlaw" movement. Snippets of the song "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago" act as a bridge between each track to enhance the sense of continuity.

After this album, Presley would return to his usual practice of recording a seemingly random batch of songs on each trip to the recording studio, letting his producer assemble them into albums.

The June 14, 2004, compact disc reissue included six bonus tracks from the same sessions. Three of them had been previously released on the LP Love Letters from Elvis. The others were the B-side "Where Did They Go, Lord?" (a track that made its first LP appearance on the 1978 compilation "He Walks Beside Me"), and the unabridged version of "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago" later released on Elvis Now.

In late 2011, RCA Legacy (owned by Sony) announced a 2-CD "Legacy Edition" set of the Elvis Country album. Enthusiasm was short-lived as fans quickly criticized the decision to pair the album with the leftover set that was 1970's Love Letters LP instead of compiling rarities from the acclaimed Elvis Country set.[citation needed] However, both albums originated from the same recording sessions.

Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Snowbird"   Gene MacLellan September 22, 1970 2:17
2. "Tomorrow Never Comes"   Johnny Bond and Ernest Tubb June 7, 1970 4:07
3. "Little Cabin on the Hill"   Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt June 4, 1970 1:58
4. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"   Dave "Curly" Williams and Sunny David September 22, 1970 3:10
5. "Funny How Time Slips Away"   Willie Nelson June 7, 1970 4:32
6. "I Really Don't Want to Know"   Howard Barnes and Don Robertson June 7, 1970 2:59
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "There Goes My Everything"   Dallas Frazier June 8, 1970 3:10
2. "It's Your Baby You Rock It"   Shirl Milete and Nora Fowler June 5, 1970 3:04
3. "The Fool"   Naomi Ford and Lee Hazlewood June 4, 1970 2:34
4. "Faded Love"   Bob Wills and Johnnie Lee Wills June 7, 1970 3:19
5. "I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water"   Joe Babcock June 7, 1970 3:54
6. "Make the World Go Away"   Hank Cochran June 7, 1970 3:46

2000 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

Tracks 1-12 are from the original album
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
13. "It Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing)"   Shorty Hall, Alice Joy Merritt, Neal Merritt June 6, 1970 2:47
14. "A Hundred Years From Now"   Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs June 4, 1970 1:40
15. "If I Were You"   Gerald Nelson June 8, 1970 3:01
16. "Got My Mojo Working" / "Keep Your Hands Off of It"   Preston Foster, Elvis Presley June 5, 1970 4:34
17. "Where Did They Go, Lord"   Dallas Frazier and A.L. "Doodle" Owens September 22, 1970 2:27
18. "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago"   Traditional June 4, 1970 3:13

2012 legacy edition reissue[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Snowbird"   Gene MacLellan 2:17
2. "Tomorrow Never Comes"   Johnny Bond and Ernest Tubb 4:07
3. "Little Cabin on the Hill"   Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt 1:58
4. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"   Dave "Curly" Williams and Sunny David 3:10
5. "Funny How Time Slips Away"   Willie Nelson 4:32
6. "I Really Don't Want to Know"   Howard Barnes and Don Robertson 2:59
7. "There Goes My Everything"   Dallas Frazier 3:10
8. "It's Your Baby You Rock It"   Shirl Milete and Nora Fowler 3:04
9. "The Fool"   Naomi Ford and Lee Hazlewood 2:34
10. "Faded Love"   Bob Wills and Johnnie Lee Wills 3:19
11. "I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water"   Joe Babcock 3:54
12. "Make the World Go Away"   Hank Cochran 3:46
13. "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago"   Traditional 3:13
14. "A Hundred Years From Now"   Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs 1:40
15. "Where Did They Go, Lord"   Dallas Frazier and A.L. "Doodle" Owens 2:27
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love Letters"   Edward Heyman, Kang Dadang 2:53
2. "When I'm Over You"   Shirl Milete 2:28
3. "If I Were You"   Gerald Nelson 3:01
4. "Got My Mojo Working" / "Keep Your Hands Off of It"   Preston Foster, Elvis Presley 4:36
5. "Heart of Rome"   Alan Blaikley, Ken Howard, Geoff Stephens 2:56
6. "Only Believe"   Paul Rader 2:50
7. "This is Our Dance"   Les Reed, Geoff Stephens 3:16
8. "Cindy, Cindy"   Dolores Fuller, Buddy Kaye, Ben Weisman 2:32
9. "I'll Never Know"   Fred Karger, Sid Wayne, Ben Weisman 2:25
10. "It Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing)"   Shorty Hall, Alice Joy Merritt, Neal Merritt 2:49
11. "Life"   Shirl Milete 3:10
12. "The Sound of Your Cry"   Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Buddy Kaye 3:17
13. "Sylvia"   Geoff Stephens and Les Reed 3:17
14. "Rags to Riches"   Richard Adler and Jerry Ross 1:54

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Elvis Presley Pop Albums - Billboard's Top Pop Albums". Elvis Presley: The Official Site of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Elvis Express Radio - The UK Album Charts". 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Searchable database". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America. 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013.  Note: Enter search for "Elvis Country"
  5. ^ "Elvis Country Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013.