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Elvis Country [Import]

Elvis Presley Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000008JKD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Being of a certain age I recall this album having been released and re-released a few times and can still recall the first time I heard it on vinyl then CD back in the early 90's. At the time I did'nt care much for the segue of Born about 10,000 years ago between tracks but now I appreciate it as something that Elvis wanted and I guess the spirit of the jam fits with the artwork/cover and with his own selection of country classic tunes that he truly believed in and understood well. So it is own "concept" album I guess but some may still prefer the tracks without the segue. However many of the musicians present had played on the tracks by the original artists (e.g Willie Nelson / Funny How Time Slips Away during his RCA tenure)and many good country artists were on the same label. It is Elvis's command and strength of his vocal in 1970 that really impresses and along with the soundtrack to Thats The Way It is, recorded around the same time he never sounded so confident and with such warm and rich tones to his voice. He was also obviously enjoying himself and this comes across on Washed My Hands in Muddy Water and Little Cabin On The Hill (you can actually hear Elvis chuckle at one point)Shakin Goin On is wild and individual and the fun continues on Faded Love. Outakes from the sessions on other CD's and the filmed rehearsals for Thats the Way It is show a slim and happy Elvis at the top of his game really enjoying his new found liberty off the back of his comeback that had started with the How Great Thou Art sessions/the 68 Comeback and subsequent return to live shows. But probably more than anything the tracks here all fall and fit together well and sound "right" together in a way that some of his later albums struggled with. Read more ›
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Widely hailed as Elvis Presley's finest album of the 1970s, ELVIS COUNTRY ticks all the boxes. From the way The King tackles the lilting melody of the Anne Murray hit 'Snowbird' to the way that he sings his heart out across 'Funny How Time Slips Away', 'There Goes My Everything' and the closing 'Make The World Go Away', it's clear that Elvis Presley's 1970 sessions in Nashville were by and large fulfilling and immensely productive for the singer, who was then riding high on his comeback wave. The closest Presley came to making a "concept" album (never his original intention with the record), ELVIS COUNTRY doesn't restrict itself entirely to a country music repertoire though, as the bruising interpretations of 'I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water' and Jerry Lee Lewis' 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On' will attest; they are surely two of the hardest, driving rockers The King ever recorded. Along with the album being wrapped in a sleeve of infinitely greater imagination than most of Presley's other albums put together, ELVIS COUNTRY represented a peak in the relationship between Presley and his longtime producer Felton Jarvis.

Really, ELVIS COUNTRY is easily a five-star album; unfortunately, it has been let down in this Legacy Edition version by being coupled with the barrel-scraping LOVE LETTERS FROM ELVIS. Released in May 1971 apparently without Presley's approval (according to the book THE ROUGH GUIDE TO ELVIS), LOVE LETTERS FROM ELVIS was a mopping-up exercise from the Nashville sessions, spearheaded by the oddball single 'Life', a shoe-horning of evolutionary theory into a three-minute pop song. In contrast with ELVIS COUNTRY, the album is merely pleasant as opposed to unforgettable listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis chose them 5 Jan 2012
By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The original "Elvis Country" LP was the last great Presley studio album though amongst his later releases it's far less well known than either the "1968 Comeback Special" or "From Elvis in Memphis" let alone the Vegas performance albums which seem to have a popularity all of their own. It's been packaged in a number of different ways over the years. This is the latest of those and like other legacy editions it features the main album, a follow-up plus extra tracks. The follow-up in this case was "Love Letters".

The material all comes from fruitful sessions held in RCA Studios B, Nashville in June and September, 1970 with Felton Jarvis presiding and with James Burton present along with several of the regular session guys. I say "fruitful" because these sessions produced the studio tracks which supplemented the live tracks in the documentary album "That's the Way it is", the entire original "Elvis Country" and the entire original "Love Letters" album, in that order. There does have to be a hint here from the ordering that the "Love Letters" tracks weren't considered the most vital.

The first 12 tracks on Disc 1 of this set are as they appeared in the original "Elvis Country" with the 13th track "I was born about 10,000 years ago" also being present in the segue between tracks (which I'm aware is a cause of irritation to some). Reportedly four days into the June recording session the usual fairly bland batch of songs that they were working on ran out due to the speed with which they were nailing them. Elvis stepped in with a number of songs, the majority of which were country. It's largely those songs which we get on "Elvis Country".

The start isn't auspicious. "Snowbird" is pop country of the type you might have heard years ago from someone like George Hamilton IV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Country Legacy Edition
Elvis Country gets 5 stars every time. Elvis singing the music from his roots, 1970 Elvis was in his prime and it shows with this collection of country masters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by stephen doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Country CD
All I can say about this CD is wow. I used to own it on vinyl. Elvis could sing anything and be great.
Published 4 months ago by borg
5.0 out of 5 stars The King
One more to ad to my vast collection. Played regularly, what more can you say about this fantastic singer, long live the King.
Published 6 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars ELVIS COUNTRY.
ELVIS COUNTRY I love this. I have it on a caset tape.so I wanted the cd.my favaret song is this is our dance.fab
Published 7 months ago by maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Country and Love LETTERS
A rather a nice set of the 2 albums. Elvis Country with bonus tracks and Love Letters ( a recording of his orginal record of this title} again this album has bonus with bonus... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thomas Ryall
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME....
ELVIS at his best if you love ELVIS you will love this nicely put together set, 10/10 some outtakes included...
Published 13 months ago by Fred Chamberlain
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Country especially ranks amongst his finest studio work
What a period Elvis enjoyed from the second half of 1968 through January 1973! This legacy release captures Elvis in the middle of this prolific period and Elvis Country must rank... Read more
Published 15 months ago by JKM
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis the Pelvis
Yes, I like this CD, it is very good, and I would recommend it to any Elvis fans. Good music to listen to and also to dance too, in fact your can line-dance to a lot of this... Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. R. Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars elvis albums
i am really a big fan of the kings 70s albums. i already have got these on vinyl.. great value.
Published on 4 May 2012 by burty
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Country Legacy Edition
Item arrived on time as promised Amazon keeps there promise. This Legacy Edition is great i think all Elvis fans should have this in there collection i'm glad i have it in mine one... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by Ramsey Anne Hodges
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