Separate Ways (Elvis Presley album)

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Separate Ways
Separate Ways.jpg
Compilation album by Elvis Presley
Released January 1973
Genre Rhythm and blues, pop, country, rock
Label RCA Camden
Elvis Presley chronology
Burning Love and Hits from His Movies, Volume 2
Separate Ways
Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite

Separate Ways is a compilation album by Elvis Presley from 1973. Released on the RCA Camden label exactly one month after another compilation, Burning Love and Hits from His Movies, Volume 2, Separate Ways was the second and final attempt by RCA to repackage older Elvis recordings by pairing them with a recent hit single, in this case "Separate Ways" and its flipside "Always On My Mind". The remainder of the album — which was not promoted as a compilation on the front cover — consisted of a mixture of previously released recordings from Presley film soundtracks of the 1960s, plus one song, "Old Shep", dating back to 1956. The album was reissued by Pickwick/Camden utilizing the original catalogue number CAS-2611. The only apparent difference is the cover indicates Pickwick at the bottom center front, where as the original issue indicated RCA. The contents of the re-issue are exactly the same as the original issue.

Separate Ways peaked on the Billboard chart at number 46 and the Country Album chart at number 12 on its release and has since gone on to sell over 3 million copies world-wide.[1] It was certified gold on March 27, 1992, and platinum on January 6, 2004, by the RIAA.[2]

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Presley recorded "Separate Ways", written by Red West and Richard Mainegra, on March 27, 1972, and the country song "Always On My Mind" on March 29. They were released together as a single on October 31, 1972. It reached gold status in the US for sales of over half a million copies. It was listed as a double sided hit reaching #16 on Billboard magazine's Hot Country Singles chart in November 1972.[3] In the UK "Always On My Mind" was the hit song and "Separate Ways" was the b-side.

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Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Separate Ways"   Richard Mainegra / Red West March 27, 1972 2:38
2. "Sentimental Me"   Jimmy Cassin / Jim Morehead March 12, 1961 2:34
3. "In My Way" (from Wild in the Country) Ben Weisman / Fred Wise November 7, 1960 1:24
4. "I Met Her Today"   Hal Blair / Don Robertson October 15, 1961 2:45
5. "What Now, What Next, Where To?"   Hal Blair / Don Robertson May 26, 1963 1:59
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Always on My Mind"   Johnny Christopher / Mark James / Wayne Carson March 29, 1972 3:41
2. "I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell" (from Wild in the Country) Ben Weisman / Fred Wise November 8, 1960 1:38
3. "It Is So Strange"   Faron Young January 19, 1957 2:31
4. "Forget Me Never" (from Wild in the Country) Ben Weisman / Fred Wise November 7, 1960 1:38
5. "Old Shep"   Red Foley September 2, 1956 4:10


  1. ^ "Separate Ways (Awards)". Allmusic. Rovi, Inc. 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Searchable Database". RIAA. 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015.  Note: Enter search for "Separate Ways"
  3. ^ "Top 20 Country Billboard Singles". The Official Elvis Presley Website. Retrieved 2007-12-02.