Suspicious Minds (album)

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Suspicious Minds
Compilation album by Elvis Presley
Released April 18, 1999
Recorded January 1969–February 1969
Genre Rock
Length 2:13:00
Label RCA
Producer Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Roger Semon
Elvis Presley chronology
Sunrise
(1999)
Suspicious Minds
(1999)
Tomorrow Is A Long Time
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Q 4/5 stars[2]

Suspicious Minds: The Memphis 1969 Anthology is a two-disc compilation of Elvis Presley's studio recordings at American Sound Studio during the winter of 1969, released in 1999, RCA 67677-2. This set features all of the master recordings made by Presley that would eventually feature on multiple singles as well as the albums From Elvis in Memphis and the studio disk of From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis. Original recordings produced by Chips Moman and Felton Jarvis.

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For the bulk of the 1960s, Elvis had been trapped in a cycle of making three movies a year, and recording their attendant soundtracks in either Nashville or Hollywood. After the success of his Christmas special on NBC in December 1968, Presley made a decision not to continue with business as usual, but instead to return to recording in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, to take advantage of the thriving soul music scene active at the city's studios such as Stax and Hi Records.[3] Presley chose American Studios, run by songwriter Chips Moman, for several reasons. First, their music staff was populated by session musicians steeped in Elvis' upbringing in blues, country, gospel, and rock and roll; second, they knew how to give the music a "commercial" gloss, Moman having already produced or written hits for Aretha Franklin and The Box Tops; third, after hitting the top ten on the singles chart only once since 1963 with a song that had been recorded in 1960, Presley needed hits.[4]

The choice would prove fortuitous, as singles gleaned from these sessions would yield three top ten hits, including the last chart-topper of Presley's career, his latter-day signature song "Suspicious Minds." The album work would be equally respected, From Elvis in Memphis being considered by myriad sources as one of Presley's greatest. In 2003, the album was ranked number 190 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The first twelve tracks of disc one present From Elvis in Memphis in order, including the lead single of "In the Ghetto" backed with "Any Day Now," released two months before the album hit the stores. It continues with the hit singles and "Stranger in My Own Hometown," a song Presley would return to in the future, a live version issued on disc five of the 1970s box set. The second disc compiles the balance of From Memphis to Vegas, along with the remaining masters that ended up buttressing various albums in the 1970s. Ten alternate takes are included, along with a previously unissued snippet of a song attempted at the sessions but never completed. The success of this material would infuse Presley's career with a new vigor, which would fuel re-acquaintance with his talents both in the studio and in live performance during the early years of the new decade.

Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Chart positions for LPs Billboard 200 chart; positions for singles from Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Disc One[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 Wearin' That Loved-On Look A.L. Owens and Dallas Frazier 2:44
2. 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
3. 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
4. 1/13/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 Long Black Limousine Bobby George and Vern Stovall 3:37
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. 1/14/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 I'm Moving On Hank Snow 2:52
7. 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
8. 1/14/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 Gentle On My Mind John Hartford 3:20
9. 2/18/69 From Elvis in Memphis LSP 4155 6/17/69 #13 After Loving You Janet Lantz and Eddie Miller 3:05
10. 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
11. 2/20/69 From Elvis in Memphis 47-9741b 4/14/69 Any Day Now Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard 2:58
12. 1/20/69 From Elvis in Memphis 47-9741 4/14/69 #3 In the Ghetto Mac Davis 2:45
13. 1/15/69 47-9835b 4/20/70 Mama Liked the Roses John Christopher 2:47
14. 1/22/69 47-9764 8/26/69 #1 Suspicious Minds Mark James 3:28
15. 1/14/69 47-9764b 8/26/69 You'll Think of Me Mort Shuman 3:58
16. 1/15/69 47-9768 11/11/69 #6 Don't Cry Daddy Mac Davis 2:46
17. 2/21/69 47-9747b 6/17/69 The Fair Is Moving On Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett 3:07
18. 2/19/69 47-9791 1/29/70 #16 Kentucky Rain Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard 3:14
19. 2/17/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 Stranger In My Own Home Town Percy Mayfield 4:23
20. 1/22/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 Without Love Danny Small 2:51

Disc Two[edit]

Track Recorded Original LP Issue Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 2/17/69 From Nashville to Memphis 66160-2 9/28/93 This Time / I Can't Stop Loving You Chips Moman / Don Gibson 3:50
2. 2/18/69 unreleased alternate take After Loving You Janet Lantz and Eddie Miller 3:38
3. 1/22/69 unreleased alternate take Without Love Danny Small 2:59
4. 1/14/69 unreleased alternate mix and vocal I'm Moving On Hank Snow 2:58
5. 1/21/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 From A Jack To A King Ned Miller 2:23
6. 2/20/69 unreleased alternate take It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' Johnny Tillotson 2:53
7. 2/17/69 unreleased alternate take True Love Travels on a Gravel Road Dallas Frazier and A.L. Owens 2:28
8. 2/18/69 unreleased alternate take Power of My Love Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye 3:15
9. 1/14/69 unreleased alternate take You'll Think of Me Mort Shuman 4:33
10. 2/20/69 Let's Be Friends CAS 2408 4/70 #105 If I'm A Fool (For Loving You) Stan Kesler 2:43
11. 2/18/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 Do You Know Who I Am Bobby Russell 2:47
12. 1/14/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 A Little Bit Of Green Calvin Arnold, David Martin, Geoff Morrow 3:21
13. 2/17/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind Neil Diamond 3:08
14. 1/13/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 This Is the Story Calvin Arnold, David Martin, Geoff Morrow 2:28
15. 1/22/69 Let's Be Friends CAS 2408 4/70 #105 I'll Be There Bobby Darin 2:21
16. 1/21/69 Elvis Now LSP 4671 2/20/72 #43 Hey Jude John Lennon and Paul McCartney 4:29
17. 1/20/69 Almost In Love 47-9768b 11/11/69 Rubberneckin' Dory Jones and Bunny Warren 2:09
18. 1/21/69 previously unreleased Poor Man's Gold Scott Davis 0:13
19. 1/15/69 Memphis to Vegas LSP 6020 11/69 #12 Inherit the Wind Eddie Rabbitt 2:56
20. 1/16/69 Almost In Love 47-9791b 1/29/70 My Little Friend Shirl Milete 2:43
21. 2/22/69 You'll Never Walk Alone CALX 2472 3/22/71 #69 Who Am I? Charles Rusty Goodman 2:07
22. 2/19/69 unreleased alternate take Kentucky Rain Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard 3:12
23. 1/22/69 unreleased alternate take Suspicious Minds Mark James 3:53
24. 1/20/69 unreleased alternate take In the Ghetto Mac Davis 2:40

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Kane, Peter. "Review: Elvis Presley, Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology". Q (EMAP Metro Ltd) (July 1999): 144. 
  3. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley, A Life In Music. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; ISBN 0-312-18572-3, p. 263
  4. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley, A Life In Music. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; ISBN 0-312-18572-3, p. 267