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A Journey Back to 1969,
This review is from: From Elvis In Memphis (Legacy Edition) (Audio CD)
This two-disc version of `From Elvis In Memphis' collects together the `From Elvis In Memphis' and `Back In Memphis' albums, both of which were derived from Elvis's celebrated 1969 recording sessions in Memphis. Leftovers and singles taped at those sessions are also included. I won't appraise the merits of these songs because they have been eulogised already by many people. Instead, I'll address if it's worth upgrading the previous inclusive Memphis 1969 compilation, the double CD set `Suspicious Minds'. Make no mistake, this release is phenomenally good. The sound has a warmth that enhances the rawness and emotionality that underpinned the greatness of the original album. And the sound is crystal clear - I've never before heard Elvis sounding so evocative, so nuanced and so engaged on these recordings. The technicians who prepared this collection are clearly musically-literate and really have done The King proud. Closing the final disc with the singles means that the set ends on a run of mostly good songs. Some of the mono single mixes are very distinctive particularly `Kentucky Rain', its ending shorn of overdubbed strings - I'd not heard it in this form since dispensing with the old UK vinyl compilation `Hits of the 70s' half a lifetime ago. The FEIM Legacy Edition doesn't contain the outtakes found on the `Suspicious Minds' set nor its informal fragments. But this is easily one of the most tasteful remastering jobs I have ever heard, the enormity of Elvis's talent is plain for anyone to hear, and I would urge all his fans to check it out for themselves.