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Album Review

The product of the same early 1969 Memphis sessions under producer Chips Moman that yielded the classic From Elvis in Memphis LP in 1969, Back in Memphis is usually thought of as a distinctly lesser album, but that's far too simplistic and harsh a judgement. For starters, any album that contains Elvis' rendition of Percy Mayfield's "Stranger in My Home Town" isn't going to be seriously "lesser" than too many albums on the planet — that's a given. Indeed, any other singer who released an LP comprised of ten songs as good as those found here could have sat back and congratulated himself on a job magnificently done. "This Is the Story," "Inherit the Wind," "A Little Bit of Green," and "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind" are all superb Presley vocal showcases, presenting him at his most powerful and expressive up to that point, with the last among the most beautiful album tracks that the King ever cut. His rendition of Mort Shuman's "You'll Think of Me" is a soaring, passionate record, Elvis' voice lofted over a soul chorus and a brass- and dobro-dominated accompaniment, all carrying one of the prettiest melodies that he ever sang. And the finale, "Without Love," is another Presley homage to Clyde McPhatter, one of the first soul singers to inspire him, whose work Elvis first embraced officially on the finale of his very first long-player (ending Elvis Presley with his rendition of McPhatter's hit "Money Honey" back in 1956). Oh, there's nothing here of the extraordinary quality of "In the Ghetto," "Any Day Now," or "Long Black Limousine" — though "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind" and "Stranger in My Hometown" come very close — but how often does (or can) one get three records like that coming out of one place and one set of sessions? [Back in Memphis has appeared as a limited-edition audiophile reissue from Japan. Like From Elvis in Memphis, everything on it and a lot more was compiled on the double-CD Suspicious Minds, but LP fans, Elvis completists, and any other interested parties would have to look long and hard to find better albums from 1970 (or any other year) by anyone else.]

Customer Reviews

His Voice Is THE BEST

This is a touch of the classic voice of Elvis Presley. Soft, heartfelt songs where you feel like he's singing to you. Elvis is the best singer and performer there ever was or will be.

So many songs to make you cry

This album is full of songs that can make a person cry, to name 2 "In the Ghetto" and "Mama Liked the Roses" (recorded 10 years after Gladys' death) Elvis' voice here is very well, and the songs here are awesome, some call this a "soft" album, but i NEVER call Elvis' albums "soft", if anything it's got more of a sentimental feeling to it, which is unsurprising since Elvis was a very sentimental man. To those who think Elvis is simply "ok" (and if that's what you think you better get your ears checked) listen to this, others reading this, either listen to the songs (if you don't know them) or buy this, it's great

Excellent Album!

one of the best albums from Elvis Comeback!


Born: January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, MS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Elvis Presley may be the single most important figure in American 20th century popular music. Not necessarily the best, and certainly not the most consistent. But no one could argue with the fact that he was the musician most responsible for popularizing rock & roll on an international level. Viewed in cold sales figures, his impact was phenomenal. Dozens upon dozens of international smashes from the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s, as well as the steady sales of his catalog and reissues since his death...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Soft Rock, Rock & Roll, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Nov 1970

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