From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

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From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters
Box set by Elvis Presley
Released September 28, 1993
Recorded March 1960-February 1969
Genre Rock
Length 5:44:14
Label RCA Records
Producer Ernst Mikael Jorgensen
Roger Semon
Elvis Presley chronology
The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters
(1992)
From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters
(1993)
Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Performances
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]

From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters is a box set five-disc compilation of studio master recordings by Elvis Presley during the decade of the 1960s, released in 1993 on RCA Records, catalogue number 66160-2. In its initial format as a long box issue, it included a set of collectable stamps duplicating the record jackets from every release LP, and those from the singles pertinent to this box set, on RCA Records. It also includes a booklet with an extensive sessionography, discography, and lengthy essay by Peter Guralnick. It was certified Gold on 11/30/1993 and Platinum on 1/6/2004 by the R.I.A.A.

Contents[edit]

The box comprises every master recording made by Presley during the decade and released in his lifetime, with the exception of those made at sessions for movie soundtracks or for television broadcasts, with one exception in the latter case. The set also excludes Presley's gospel recordings and live performances, but does include songs that had been recorded at non-soundtrack sessions, but which were released on soundtrack albums in order to bring the album running-time to an acceptable length, such as the sessions of May 26 and May 27, 1963. As a result of these criteria, only two of Presely's 1960s original albums are represented in their entirety in the set: Elvis Is Back! and From Elvis in Memphis; all other Presley albums of the decade, with the exception of two gospel albums, included at least one film-derived recording, or in the case of From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis, live recordings.

The first four discs and the first nine tracks of the fifth disc present the studio masters in chronological session order, with the above noted exceptions. The opening eighteen tracks of the first disc contain Elvis Is Back! and its three attendant chart-topping singles: "Stuck on You," "It's Now or Never," and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?;" along with their b-sides. The remainder of disc one and discs two and three include the highlights "Surrender," His Latest Flame," "Little Sister," "Suspicion," "She's Not You," his cover of Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is a Long Time," and "U.S. Male." Disc three includes two previously unreleased recordings, an unreleased alternate take, and three unedited masters including a long version of the "Guitar Man" single that segues into "What'd I Say."

Disc four and the first nine tracks of disc five cover the entire released output of the Memphis sessions at American Sound Studio, yielding the albums From Elvis in Memphis and the studio disk of the double album From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis, along with various hit singles including his latter-day signature song, "Suspicious Minds." The remainder of disc five contains nine previously unreleased alternate takes, a version of Chuck Berry's "Memphis Tennessee" from an earlier session, an unreleased recording from the Memphis sessions, an undubbed version of his 1960 #1 hit single "It's Now or Never," and the duet medley of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" between Presley and Frank Sinatra, broadcast on Sinatra's ABC television special to welcome Elvis home after his service in the army ended by the spring of 1960.

RCA issued two similarly configured companions, a box set for the 1950s and another one for the 1970s. A separate two-disc set surveys highlights from the 1960s soundtracks. The two non-soundtrack studio albums from the 1960s whose contents do not appear on this box, His Hand in Mine and How Great Thou Art, were released in a similar two-disc set for the gospel recordings in 1994, Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Performances.

The Sinatra/Presley duet was recorded at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida. All other recordings were made in Tennessee at either RCA Studio B in Nashville, or at American Studio in Memphis. Original recordings produced by Steve Sholes, Chet Atkins, Felton Jarvis, and Chips Moman.

Collective Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Chart positions for LPs from Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; positions for singles from Billboard Pop Singles chart. Certain tracks listed as unreleased on the insert card of the jewel cases are unedited masters of issued tracks; those are indicated with an asterisk and listed with the original issue information for the released master. By late 1968, Billboard discontinued charting b-sides.

Disc One[edit]

Track Recorded Original LP Issue Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 3/20/60 Elvis Is Back! LSP 2231 4/8/60 #2 Make Me Know It Otis Blackwell 2:31
2. 3/20/60 Elvis Is Back! LSP 2231 4/8/60 #2 Soldier Boy David Jones and Theodore Williams Jr. 1:55
3. 3/20/60 47-7740 3/23/60 #1 Stuck on You Aaron Schroeder and S. Leslie McFarland 2:18
4. 3/20/60 47-7740b 3/23/60 #17 Fame and Fortune Fred Wise and Ben Weisman 2:30
5. 3/20/60 47-7777b 7/5/60 #32 A Mess of Blues Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:39
6. 3/20/60 Elvis Is Back! LSP 2231 4/8/60 #2 It Feels So Right Fred Wise and Ben Weisman 2:31
7. 4/3/60 Elvis Is Back! LSP 2231 4/8/60 #2 Fever John Davenport and Eddie Cooley 2:58
8. 4/3/60 Elvis Is Back! LSP 2231 4/8/60 #2 Like A Baby Jesse Stone 2:24
9. 4/3/60 47-7777 7/5/60 #1 It's Now or Never Eduardo di Capua, Aaron Schroeder, Wally Gold 3:15
10. 4/3/60 Elvis Is Back! LSP 2231 4/8/60 #2 The Girl of My Best Friend Beverly Ross and Sam Bobrick 2:21
11. 4/3/60 Elvis Is Back! LSP 2231 4/8/60 #2 Dirty Dirty Feeling Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 2:12
12. 4/3/60 Elvis Is Back! LSP 2231 4/8/60 #2 Thrill of Your Love Stan Kesler 2:38
13. 4/3/60 47-7810b 11/1/60 #20 I Gotta Know Paul Evans and Matt Williams 2:15
14. 4/3/60 Elvis Is Back! LSP 2231 4/8/60 #2 Such A Night Lincoln Chase 2:15
15. 4/3/60 47-7810 11/1/60 #1 Are You Lonesome Tonight? Lou Handman and Roy Turk 3:05
16. 4/3/60 Elvis Is Back! LSP 2231 4/8/60 #2 Girl Next Door Went A-Walking Bill Rise and Thomas Wayne 2:24
17. 4/3/60 Elvis Is Back! LSP 2231 4/8/60 #2 I Will Be Home Again Bennie Benjamin, Raymond Leveen, Lou Singer 2:28
18. 4/3/60 Elvis Is Back! LSP 2231 4/8/60 #2 Reconsider Baby Lowell Fulson 2:31
19. 10/30/60 47-7850 2/7/61 #1 Surrender Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 1:51
20. 3/12/61 Something for Everybody LSP 2370 6/17/61 #1 I'm Comin' Home Charlie Rich 2:20
21. 3/12/61 Something for Everybody LSP 2370 6/17/61 #1 Gently Murray Wisell and Edward Lisbona 2:15
22. 3/12/61 Something for Everybody LSP 2370 6/17/61 #1 In Your Arms Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold 1:50
23. 3/12/61 Something for Everybody LSP 2370 6/17/61 #1 Give Me the Right Fred Wise and Norman Blagman 2:32
24. 3/12/61 47-7880 5/2/61 #5 I Feel So Bad Chuck Willis 2:53
25. 3/12/61 Something for Everybody LSP 2370 6/17/61 #1 It's A Sin Fred Rose and Zeb Turner 2:39
26. 3/12/61 Something for Everybody LSP 2370 6/17/61 #1 I Want You With Me Woody Harris 2:13
27. 3/12/61 Something for Everybody LSP 2370 6/17/61 #1 There's Always Me Don Robertson 2:16

Disc Two[edit]

Track Recorded Original LP Issue Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 3/12/61 Something for Everybody LSP 2370 6/17/61 #1 Starting Today Don Robertson 2:03
2. 3/12/61 Something for Everybody LSP 2370 6/17/61 #1 Sentimental Me James T. Morehead and James Cassin 2:31
3. 3/12/61 Something for Everybody LSP 2370 6/17/61 #1 Judy Teddy Redell 2:10
4. 3/12/61 Something for Everybody LSP 2370 6/17/61 #1 Put the Blame On Me Fred Wise, Kay Twomey, Norman Blagman 1:57
5. 6/25/61 Pot Luck with Elvis LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Kiss Me Quick Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:46
6. 6/25/61 Pot Luck with Elvis LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 That's Someone You Never Forget Red West and Elvis Presley 2:47
7. 6/25/61 Pot Luck with Elvis LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 I'm Yours Hal Blair and Don Robertson 2:21
8. 6/25/61 47-7908 8/8/61 #4 (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:07
9. 6/25/61 47-7908b 8/8/61 #5 Little Sister Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:30
10. 10/15/61 Elvis for Everyone LSP 3450 8/10/65 #10 For the Millionth and Last Time Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper 2:05
11. 10/15/61 47-7992 2/27/62 #1 Good Luck Charm Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold 2:23
12. 10/15/61 47-7992b 2/27/62 #31 Anything That's Part of You Don Robertson 2:04
13. 10/15/61 Elvis for Everyone LSP 3450 8/10/65 #10 I Met Her Today Hal Blair and Don Robertson 2:42
14. 10/15/61 Pot Luck with Elvis LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Night Rider Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:08
15. 3/18/62 Pot Luck with Elvis LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Something Blue Paul Evans and Al Byron 2:57
16. 3/18/62 Pot Luck with Elvis LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Gonna Get Back Home Somehow Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:27
17. 3/18/62 Pot Luck with Elvis LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 (Such An) Easy Question Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott 2:18
18. 3/18/62 Pot Luck with Elvis LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Fountain of Love Bill Giant and Jeff Lewis 2:12
19. 3/18/62 Pot Luck with Elvis LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Just for Old Time Sake Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper 2:08
20. 3/18/62 47-8500b 2/9/65 You'll Be Gone Red West, Charlie Hodge, Elvis Presley 2:23
21. 3/19/62 Pot Luck with Elvis LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 I Feel That I've Known You Forever Doc Pomus and Alan Jeffreys 1:39
22. 3/19/62 47-8041b 7/17/62 #55 Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 1:51
23. 3/19/62 Pot Luck with Elvis LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Suspicion Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:34
24. 3/19/62 47-8041 7/17/62 #5 She's Not You Doc Pomus, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller 2:08
25. 5/26/63 Kissin' Cousins LSP 2894 4/2/64 #6 Echoes of Love Bob Roberts and Paddy McMains 2:38
26. 5/26/63 47-8188b 6/18/63 Please Don't Drag That String Around Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott 1:53
27. 5/26/63 47-8188 6/18/63 #3 (You're the) Devil in Disguise Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye 2:20
28. 5/26/63 47-8400b 7/14/64 Never Ending Buddy Kaye and Phil Springer 1:57
29. 5/26/63 Double Trouble LSP 3787 6/1/67 #3 What Now, What Next, Where To Hal Blair and Don Robertson 1:56
30. 5/26/63 47-8243b 10/1/63 #32 Witchcraft Dave Bartholomew and Pearl King 2:17
31. 5/26/63 Elvis for Everyone LSP 3450 8/10/65 #10 Finders Keepers Losers Weepers Dory Jones and Ollie Jones[disambiguation needed] 1:47
32. 5/26/63 Fun in Acapulco LSP 2756 11/1/63 #3 Love Me Tonight Don Robertson 2:00

Disc Three[edit]

Track Recorded Original LP Issue Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 5/27/63 Kissin' Cousins LSP 2894 4/2/64 #6 (It's A) Long Lonely Highway Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:20
2. 5/27/63 Speedway LSP 3989 5/1/68 #82 Western Union Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper 2:09
3. 5/27/63 Fun in Acapulco LSP 2756 11/1/63 #3 Slowly but Surely Sid Wayne and Ben Weisman 2:13
4. 5/27/63 47-8740b 12/3/65 #95 Blue River Paul Evans and Fred Tobias 1:32
5. 1/12/64 Elvis for Everyone LSP 3450 8/10/65 #10 Memphis Tennessee Chuck Berry 2:08
6. 1/12/64 47-8840 9/22/64 #12 Ask Me Domenico Modugno, Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye 2:05
7. 1/12/64 47-8307b 2/10/64 #29 It Hurts Me Joy Byers and Charlie Daniels 2:27
8. 5/25/66 Spinout LSP 3702 10/31/66 #18 Down in the Alley Jesse Stone 2:48
9. 5/25/66 Spinout LSP 3702 10/31/66 #18 Tomorrow Is a Long Time Bob Dylan 5:20
10. 5/26/66 47-8870 6/8/66 #19 Love Letters Edward Heyman and Victor Young 2:50
11. 5/26/66 previously unreleased Beyond the Reef Jack Pitman 3:03
12. 5/28/66 unreleased alternate take Come What May Frank Tableporter 1:58
13. 5/28/66 47-9056b 1/10/67 Fools Fall In Love Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 2:04
14. 6/10/66 47-9056 1/10/67 #33 Indescribably Blue Darrell Glenn 2:47
15. 6/10/66 Spinout LSP 3702 10/31/66 #18 I'll Remember You* Kui Lee 4:05
16. 6/10/66 47-9056 11/15/66 If Every Day Was Like Christmas Red West 2:42
17. 3/20/67 previously unreleased Suppose Sylvia Dee and George Goehring 3:01
18. 9/10/67 47-9425 1/9/68 #43 Guitar Man / What'd I Say* Jerry Reed / Ray Charles 2:57
19. 9/10/67 47-9341 9/26/67 #38 Big Boss Man Luther Dixon and Al Smith 2:50
20. 9/10/67 Speedway LSP 3989 5/1/68 #82 Mine Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper 2:35
21. 9/10/67 Clambake LSP 3893 10/10/67 #40 Just Call Me Lonesome Rex Griffin 2:05
22. 9/11/67 47-9425b 1/9/68 Hi-Heel Sneakers* Robert Higginbotham 4:46
23. 9/11/67 47-9341b 9/26/67 #44 You Don't Know Me Cindy Walker and Eddy Arnold 2:27
24. 9/11/67 Clambake LSP 3893 10/10/67 #40 Singing Tree A.L. Owens and A.C. Solberg 2:17
25. 1/15/68 Elvis Sings Flaming Star PRS 279 10/68 Too Much Monkey Business Chuck Berry 2:29
26. 1/16/68 47-9465 2/28/68 #28 U.S. Male Jerry Reed 2:42

Disc Four[edit]

Track Recorded Original LP Issue Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 1/13/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 Long Black Limousine Bobby George and Vern Stovall 3:37
2. 1/13/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 This Is the Story Calvin Arnold, David Martin, Geoff Morrow 2:28
3. 1/13/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 Wearin' That Loved On Look A.L. Owens and Dallas Frazier 2:44
4. 1/14/69 47-9764b 8/26/69 You'll Think of Me Mort Shuman 3:58
5. 1/14/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 A Little Bit of Green Calvin Arnold, David Martin, Geoff Morrow 3:21
6. 1/14/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 I'm Moving On Hank Snow 2:52
7. 1/14/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 Gentle On My Mind John Hartford 3:20
8. 1/15/69 47-9768 11/11/69 #6 Don't Cry Daddy Mac Davis 2:46
9. 1/15/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 Inherit the Wind Eddie Rabbitt 2:56
10. 1/15/69 47-9835b 4/20/70 Mama Liked the Roses John Christopher 2:47
11. 1/16/69 47-9791b 1/29/70 My Little Friend Shirl Milete 2:43
12. 1/20/69 47-9741 4/14/69 #3 In the Ghetto Mac Davis 2:45
13. 1/20/69 47-9768b 11/11/69 Rubberneckin' Dory Jones and Bunny Warren 2:09
14. 1/21/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 From A Jack To A King Ned Miller 2:23
15. 1/21/69 Elvis Now LSP 4671 2/20/72 #43 Hey Jude John Lennon and Paul McCartney 4:29
16. 1/22/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 Without Love Danny Small 2:51
17. 1/22/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 I'll Hold You In My Heart Eddy Arnold, Thomas Dilbeck, Vaughan Horton 4:32
18. 1/22/69 Let's Be Friends CAS 2408 4/70 #105 I'll Be There Bobby Darin 2:21
19. 1/22/69 47-9764 8/26/69 #1 Suspicious Minds Mark James 3:28
20. 2/17/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 True Love Travels on a Gravel Road Dallas Frazier and A.L. Owens 2:37
21. 2/17/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 Stranger In My Own Home Town Percy Mayfield 4:23
22. 2/17/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind Neil Diamond 3:08
23. 2/18/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 Power of My Love Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye 2:34

Disc Five[edit]

Track Recorded Original LP Issue Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 2/18/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 After Loving You Janet Lantz and Eddie Miller 3:05
2. 2/18/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 Do You Know Who I Am Bobby Russell 2:47
3. 2/19/69 47-9791 1/29/70 #16 Kentucky Rain Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard 3:14
4. 2/19/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 Only the Strong Survive Jerry Butler, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff 2:40
5. 2/20/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' Johnny Tillotson 2:36
6. 2/20/69 47-9741b 4/14/69 Any Day Now Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard 2:58
7. 2/20/69 Let's Be Friends CAS 2408 4/70 #105 If I'm A Fool (For Loving You) Stan Kesler 2:43
8. 2/21/69 47-9747b 6/17/69 The Fair Is Moving On Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett 3:07
9. 2/22/69 You'll Never Walk Alone CALX 2472 3/22/71 #69 Who Am I? Charles Rusty Goodman 2:07
10. 2/17/69 previously unreleased This Time / I Can't Stop Loving You Chips Moman / Don Gibson 3:50
11. 1/20/69 previously unreleased take In the Ghetto Mac Davis 2:46
12. 1/22/69 previously unreleased take Suspicious Minds Mark James 3:14
13. 2/19/69 previously unreleased take Kentucky Rain Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard 3:10
14. 9/10/67 previously unreleased take Big Boss Man Luther Dixon and Al Smith 3:36
15. 5/25/66 previously unreleased take Down in the Alley Jesse Stone 3:11
16. 5/27/63 previously unreleased Memphis Tennessee Chuck Berry 2:12
17. 6/25/61 previously unreleased take I'm Yours Hal Blair and Don Robertson 2:17
18. 6/25/61 previously unreleased take (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:00
19. 6/25/61 previously unreleased take That's Someone You Never Forget Red West and Elvis Presley 2:38
20. 10/30/60 previously unreleased take Surrender Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 1:50
21. 4/3/60 previously unreleased version It's Now or Never Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold 3:14
22. 3/26/60 previously unreleased Love Me Tender / Witchcraft Vera Matson and Elvis Presley / Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh 1:42

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