In The Ghetto - Elvis Presley - A New Decade, A New Sound (CD)

Little Cabin On The Hill. Cindy, Cindy. Bridge Over Troubled Water. How The Web Was Woven. Stranger In The Crowd. Mary In The Morning. Just Pretend. This Is Our Dance. Heart Of Rome. Disc 2 - Masters. Faded Love. Tomorrow Never Comes. The Next Step Is Love. A New Sound (CD) The World Go Away. Funny How Time Slips Away.

What are the most important albums that helped define this monumental career? Later sets like Sunrise and A Boy From Tupelo include outtakes and the four private recordings Elvis made at Sun before he was signed by the label. Still riding high on his recent newfound successes, Elvis Country showed the musical direction Elvis would take in the new decade. In desperation, RCA sent a recording truck to his home, Graceland, where he recorded a total of 16 tracks in February and October, his final sessions.

All the masters are on the Way Down in the Jungle Room set, which has a revelatory second disc of the songs without the schmaltzy overdubs, revealing what a strong singer Elvis remained, until the end.

Elvis made 31 feature films, most accompanied by a soundtrack LP or EP. The television special Elvis put Elvis in front of a live audience for the first time in seven years, and showed that with the right material he was still a powerful cultural force to In The Ghetto - Elvis Presley - A New Decade reckoned with.

DVD Film. On From Elvis In Nashville, Presley's studio tracks from the marathon sessions are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spring John Prine, Jason Isbell without the added overdubs or orchestration appearing on earlier releases.

From Elvis In Nashville In The Ghetto - Elvis Presley - A New Decade as a mirror and companion to his earlier Memphis recordings, bringing fresh fire, exuberance, humor and emotional resonance to the Studio B sessions. Because he hated doing overdubs, he wanted to cut loose live in the studio with a band in sync with his sensibility.

Freed from obligations to music publishers, Elvis was able to pick and record songs that were contemporary, relevant and meaningful to him, from covers--including his transcendent interpretation of "Bridge Over Trouble Water"--to the epic material then powering his Las Vegas residencies and return to live performing. In alone, Elvis performed two-month-long engagements at the International, playing two shows a night. Under the direction of producer Felton Jarvis, Elvis joined forces with one of the most potent studio ensembles ever assembled to create an often underrated chapter in Presley's rich legacy.

For his Nashville sessions, Elvis was able to handpick his own repertoire and, delve into the rich variety of American music in his marrow, combining elements of bluegrass, honky tonk, Western swing and the rockabilly he'd virtually invented with contemporary pop, ballads and epic showstoppers. Bringing a fresh and vital new approach to pop and country music, Elvis' performances on From Elvis In Nashville presaged and encompassed emerging trends from countrypolitan and Americana to outlaw country.

Cale, Kris Kristofferson, Alice Cooper, among others. Known colloquially as the "Nashville Cats," this finely-honed studio ensemble, like Elvis himself, connected the worlds of pop, rock and country music. Elvis is different. His career peaks are rarely ever solo performances. I wanted to show how making an album is a team effort, even when the artist is Elvis Presley—especially when that artist is Elvis Presley—and try to paint a portrait of a studio working at its peak.

It is the story of a small community. Once I had this approach, I knew exactly where to start. It was a great test to describe the music and how it builds, keeping tabs on all of the players, as well as Elvis himself. Nearly all the musicians, as well as producer Chips Moman, has passed away. What sources did you use instead? Sadly, of this group, only Chrisman and Wood A New Sound (CD). Through other scholars, I was able to get the emails for Wood and Chrisman, but never heard back from either one.

I also reached out to some of the backup singers A New Sound (CD) the sessions, who I also did not hear back from. For everyone else, I relied on secondary sources and interviews. Chips definitely had the most out there, but it seems like all of the band members were profiled at one time or another by one of the magazines that covered their instruments Gene Chrisman in Modern A New Sound (CD)etc.

I reached out to Allen and he very graciously helped me get some information. Any surprises? Part of the magic of Elvis is how his singing transcends genre, so if I think of From Elvis in Memphis as anything, I think of it as a sort of blue-eyed soul, which I assume would draw from rhythm and blues and blues music.

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