FROM NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS contains 130 tracks (19 previously
unreleased) and a 94-page booklet with a complete '60s discography,
session notes and many rare photos. It comes with a sheet of color
stamps depicting 36 Presley album covers from the '60s.
Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals, guitar, piano); The Jordanaires,
Charlie Hodge, Millie Kirkham, Joe Babcock, The Imperials, June
Page, Dolores Edgin, Sandy Posey, Mary Greene, Mary Holladay, Donna
Thatcher, Susan Pilikington, Sonja Montgomery, Hurshel Wiginton,
Frank Sinatra (vocals); Scotty Moore, Harold Bradley, Neal
Matthews, Jerry Kennedy, Chip Young, Jerry Reed (guitar); Charlie
McCoy (guitar, harmonica, organ, bass); Grady Martin (guitar,
vibraphone); Hank Garland (guitar, electric bass); Pete Drake, John
Hughey (steel guitar); Ed Kollis (harmonica); Gordon Stoker
(accordion, piano); Boots Randolph (saxophone, vibraphone, shakers,
claves); Rufus Long (saxophone); Ray Stevens (trumpet); The Memphis
Horns (horns); Floyd Cramer, Henry Slaughter, David Briggs (piano,
organ); Ronnie Milsap, Bobby Wood (piano); Bobby Emmons (organ);
Bob Moore, Henry Strzelecki, Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech (bass); D.J.
Fontana, Gene Chrisman (drums); Buddy Harman (drums,
Compilation Producers: Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Roger Semon.
Engineers include: Bill Porter, Ron Steele, Jim Malloy.
Principally recorded at RCA's Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee and
American Studios, Memphis, Tennessee between March 20, 1960 and
February 22, 1969. Includes liner notes by Peter Guralnick.
Digitally Remastered by Dick Baxter (BMG Recording Studios, New
Unlike its predecessor THE COMPLETE 50'S MASTERS, the '60s box set
FROM NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS does not include all of Elvis Presley's
recordings from a single decade. To whittle the set down to a
manageable five discs, RCA reissued Presley's movie soundtracks and
gospel recordings separately, focusing this set instead on Elvis'
secular single and album releases. The set starts promisingly with
Presley's brilliant first post-Army recordings, originally released
on the album ELVIS IS BACK! The middle discs in the set, however,
demonstrate that at some point in the early Sixties Elvis stopped
receiving publishers' best material.
The singing is still great, but too many of the songs are as
mediocre as Presley's soundtracks of the period. Fortunately, the
story told by FROM NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS has a happy ending, as the
set wraps up with the King's triumphant American Studio recordings,
which include the hits "In the Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds." Even
Presley's lean years yielded their share of great recordings,
making FROM NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS an essential addition to any
serious music fan's collection.