af Peter Krogh og Allan Tychsen

Elvis Country sendes på gaden den 7.  januar 1971.
Som titlen indikerer, er der tale om et album som tager udgangspunkt i country-musik i alle afskygninger. 

Coveret prydes af en 2 år gammel Elvis. Samme billede er indlagt i pladen som en bonus-gave til køberne.

Trackliste

Side 1
Snowbird
(Gene MacLellan)
Tomorrow Never Comes (Johnny Bond, Ernest Tubb)
Little Cabin on the Hill (Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt)
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Dave “Curlee” Williams, Sunny David)
Funny How Time Slips Away (Willie Nelson)
I Really Don’t Want to Know (Howard Barnes, Don Robertson)

Side 2
There Goes My Everything (Dallas Frazier)
It’s Your Baby, You Rock It (Shirl Milete, Nora Fowler)
The Fool (Naomi Ford, Lee Hazlewood)
Faded Love (Bob Wills, Johnnie Lee Wills)
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water (Joe Babcock)
Make the World Go Away (Hank Cochran)

Brudstykker af
I Was Born About Ten Tousand Years Ago (Adapted by Elvis Presley)
er sat ind imellem hvert nummer på albummet.
Nummeret blev først udgivet i sin helhed på “Elvis Now” albummet i februar 1972.

Hovedparten af albummet er indspillet over fem dage i Nashville i juni 1970, hvor Elvis og et band i topform, indspiller ikke mindre end 35 sange.

Ankomst til Studio B i Nashville den 4. juni 1970

Recording sessions

RCA Studio B – Nashville, Tennessee

Producer : Felton Jarvis
Engineer : Al Pachucki

Torsdag den 4. juni 1970 kl. 18:00 – Fredag den 5. juni 1970 kl. 4:30:

I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago
ZPA4 1595 – Master er take 1.

The Fool
ZPA4 1597 – Master er take 2 med kor overdubs.

Little Cabin On The Hill
ZPA4 1598 – Master er take 2 med overdubs af violin og banjo.

Fredag den 5. juni 1970 kl. 18:00 – Lørdag den 6. juni 1970 kl. 4:30:

It’s Your Baby, You Rock It
ZPA4 1603 – Master er take 5 med kor overdubs.

Søndag den 7. juni 1970 kl. 18:00 – Mandag den 8. juni 1970 kl. 4:30:

I Really Don’t Want To Know
ZPA4 1616 – Master er take 4 med overdubs af blæsere, strygere og kor.

Faded Love
ZPA4 1617 – Master er take 1 med overdubs af blæsere og strygere.

Tomorrow Never Comes
ZPA4 1618 – Master er en sammensætning af take 13 og workpart take 1, med overdubs af blæsere, strygere og kor.

Make The World Go Away
ZPA4 1620 – Master er en sammensætning af take 3 og workpart take 1, med overdubs af blæsere, strygere og kor.

Funny How Time Slips Away
ZPA4 1621 – Master er take 1 med overdubs af blæsere, strygere og kor.

I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
ZPA4 1622 – Master er take 1 med overdubs af blæsere, strygere og kor.

Mandag den 8. juni 1970 kl. 18:00 – Tirsdag den 9. juni 1970 kl. 4:30:

There Goes My Everything
ZPA4 1624 – Master er take 3 med overdubs af blæsere, strygere og kor. Desuden indspillede Elvis en harmoni vokal den 23. juni, der også blev sat på masteren.

Musikere

Vokal og guitar: Elvis Presley
Guitar: James Burton  
Guitar: Chip Young  
Guitar: Charlie Hodge  
Trommer: Jerry Carrigan
Piano: David Briggs
Bas: Norbert Putnam
Orgel og harmonika: Charlie McCoy

RCA Studio B – Nashville, Tennessee

Producer : Felton Jarvis
Engineer : Al Pachucki

Tirsdag den 23. september 1970 kl. 18:00 – Onsdag den 24. september 1970 kl. 1:00:

Snowbird
ZPA4 1797 – Master er take 6 med overdubs af kor og strygere. Desuden indspillede Elvis en harmoni vokal samme dag, der også blev sat på masteren.

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
ZPA4 1799 – Master er take 2 der dog er redigeret i længden. Der blev lavet blæsere overdubs, men disse blev fjernet igen før udgivelsen.

Musikere

Vokal: Elvis Presley
Guitar: Eddie Hinton
Guitar: Chip Young
Trommer: Jerry Carrigan
Piano: David Briggs
Bas: Norbert Putnam
Orgel og harmonika: Charlie McCoy

Note: Der blev indspillet mange flere sange under disse sessions, som ikke er nævnt her.

Originale RCA session noter

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Single udgivelse

To af numrene fra albummet blev udgivet på single den 8. december 1970, som forløber for albummet.

Rolling Stone Magazine

Peter Guralnick skriver om “Elvis Country” i Rolling Stone den 4. marts 1971:

You wonder sometimes just who is controlling Elvis’ career. In the middle of a typical movie soundtrack album, Spinout, you come across not only a raunchy “Down in the Alley” but the interpretation by which Bob Dylan would most like to be known. “Tomorrow is a Long Time.” In a bland follow-up to his dynamic Memphis album, Back in Memphis, you find a brilliant and impassioned treatment of the Percy Mayfield blues, “Stranger in My Own Home Town.” And now at a time when it seemed as if his career must sink beneath the accumulated weight of saccharine ballads and those sad imitations of his own imitators. Elvis Presley has come out with a record which gives us some of the very finest and most affecting music since he first recorded for Sun almost 17 years ago.

Elvis Country is, obviously, a return to roots. If nothing else the album cover, with its picture of a quizzical Depression baby flanked by grim unsmiling parents, would tell you so. Its subtitle, too, “I’m 10,000 Years Old” — taken from a song which weaves mystifyingly all through the record, fading in and out after every cut — should give a clue to its intent. And the selection of material, its manner and presentation, from the Bill Monroe tune which echoes “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” the very first Sun release, to the Willie Nelson and Bob Wills blues, is a far cry from the slick country-politan which Elvis has been leaning on so heavily lately in his singles releases.

But it’s the singing, the passion and engagement most of all which mark this album as something truly exceptional, not just an exercise in nostalgia but an ongoing chapter in a history which Elvis’ music set in motion. All the familiar virtues are there. The intensity. The throbbing voice. The sense of dynamics. That peculiar combination of hypertension and soul. There is even, for those who care to recall, a frenzied recollection of what the rock era once was, as Elvis takes on Jerry Lee Lewis’ masterful “Whole Lotta Shakin'” and comes out relatively unscathed. He has never sung better.

But the core of the album, and perhaps the core of Elvis’ music itself, are the soulful gospel-flavored ballads, “Tomorrow Never Comes,” “Funny (How Time Slips Away),” and the Eddie Arnold-Solomon classic, “I Really Don’t Want to Know.” Well, it’s often seemed as if Elvis bore more than a passing resemblance to Solomon Burke. The way in which he uses his voice, his dramatic exploitation of vocal contrast, the alternate intensity and effortless nonchalance of his approach all put one in mind of a singer who passed this way before, only going the other way. And here he uses these qualities to create a music which, while undeniably country, puts him in touch more directly with the soul singer than with traditional country music. It was his dramatic extravagance in fact which set him apart from the beginning, and it is to this perhaps as much as anything else — to the very theatrics which Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis all brought to hillbilly music — that we can trace the emergence of rock & roll.

There’s not much to reproach about the album. Except for “Snowbird,” an unaccountable choice to open this album or any other, the choice of material is unexceptionable. It does continue, it’s true, a puzzling fascination with Eddie Arnold’s songs, but these, too, are invested with Elvis’ own particular brand of passion, and even “Make the World Go Away” becomes by transformation a kind of urgent plea. The production is fine and a big improvement on recent records. Instrumentation is perfect, from driving bass and rocking gospel-flavored piano to more traditional fiddle, harmonica, and dobro. On a good many of the songs there’s the tasteful suggestion of strings and horns and a chorus appears on about half, but we really haven’t heard so much of Elvis in a long, long time, and certainly the element of playfulness in his voice, the degree to which he is willing to take risks is something that has been absent since the very earliest days. There remains only the mystery of the album’s theme and the song which gives it its title. Even that is not so much of a drawback as a puzzlement, though, since the song — fragmented as it is- gives promise of being one of his more exciting revival-styled numbers. If only it were put together again.

Well, I don’t know what, really, this promises for the future. Elvis has never been exactly noted for his taste. Unlike Jerry Lee Lewis, say, who seems to possess a sure instinct for sticking to exactly what he is good at, Elvis has shown a distressing inability over the years to distinguish his strengths from his weaknesses. What is so encouraging about the album, of course, is its indication that he has not altogether laid waste to his talents, merely squandered them on efforts not worthy of his energy. The energy is still there, though, that much is certain. And if Elvis can only be persuaded to put out an album of blues now, too, we’ll have in capsule a picture of the genesis of rock & roll and what first went into the make-up of one of its few authentic geniuses, this brilliant and altogether original performer.

Alternative udgivelser

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Pladeanmeldelse

af Jess Møller Rasmussen

“Jeg har altid tænkt at det var lidt underligt at kalde dette album for country, men hvis man ser tilbage til 1970, så var country musikken i en rivende udvikling, og dette album har i virkeligheden mange genre på, inklusiv bluegrass, honky tonk, western swing, rockabilly, og måske endda en smule “outlaw”. Ikke direkte, men inspireret.

Et ganske fantastisk album, og en smule overset. Vi er ikke i nærheden af indspilninger fra starten af 1969, men man fornemmer stadig en artist som har lyst til at indspille plader, og en sanger som gerne vil bevise, at han stadig er berettiget til at være på musikscenen. Stor klasse og bør stå i enhver Elvis samling.”

Elvis Country i dag

Elvis Country albummet er naturligvis genudgivet utallige gange, både på LP, kassettebånd og ikke mindst CD.
Vi vil ikke gennemgå dem alle her, men flg. genudgivelser skal fremhæves.

FTD Special Edition

2 CD i 7″ cover. Udgivet 2008

 Follow That Dream Records/Sony-BMG Denmark 88697 40723 2

I 2008 udgav FTD “Elvis Country” som dobbelt cd med de originale tracks plus en del bonus numre og outtakes. Det hele pakket lækkert ind i et 7” cover.

CD 1
The original album
Snowbird
Tomorrow Never Comes
Little Cabin On The Hill
Whole Lot-ta Shakin’ Goin’ On
Funny How Time Slips Away
I Really Don’t Want To Know
There Goes My Everything
It’s Your Baby, You Rock It
The Fool
Faded Love
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
Make The World Go Away
Bonus songs
I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago
Where Did They Go, Lord
The country jam
Faded Love (Country Version)
The Fool (Take 1)
A Hundred Years From Now (Takes 1 & 2)
Little Cabin On The Hill (Take 1)
Alternate masters
It’s Your Baby, You Rock It (Take 3)
Faded Love (Take 3)
First takes
Tomorrow Never Comes (Take 1)
Tomorrow Never Comes (Take 2)
Snowbird (Rehearsal & take 1)
Where Did They Go, Lord (Take 1)

CD 2
The undubbed June 7 masters
I Really Don’t Want To Know*
Faded Love (Takes 2 & 3*)
Tomorrow Never Comes (Takes 12 & 13*)
Make The World Go Away (Takes 1 & 3*)
Funny How Time Slips Away*
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water* 
June outtakes
I Didn’t Make It On Playing Guitar (Jam)
Tomorrow Never Comes (Takes 3 & 11)
There Goes My Everything (Take 1)
September outtakes
September Warm Up (instrumental)
Snowbird (Takes 4, 5 & 2)
Where Did They Go, Lord (Takes 2 & 3)
Whole Lot-ta Shakin’ Goin On (Rough mix with horn overdubs)
Bonus cuts : Undubbed rough mixes
When I’m Over You*
The Next Step Is Love*
Love Letters*

* Rough mixes lavet af Felton Jarvis lige efter indspilningerne, før der blev lavet nogen overdubs på båndene.

Legacy Edition

I 2012 udgav RCA/Sony Legacy “Elvis Country” på endnu en dobbelt cd i deres Legacy serie.
Denne gang uden outtakes. Vi får her masterne i en lækker digipak indpakning.
CD 2 indeholder albummet “Love Letters From Elvis”, som også blev indspillet i juni 1970.

2 CD i digipak. Udgivet 2012

Sony/RCA Legacy 88691 90439 2

CD 1
“Elvis Country” original album
Snowbird
Tomorrow Never Comes
Little Cabin On The Hill
Whole Lot-ta Shakin’ Goin’ On
Funny How Time Slips Away
I Really Don’t Want To Know
There Goes My Everything
It’s Your Baby, You Rock It
The Fool
Faded Love
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
Make The World Go Away
Bonus tracks
I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago
A Hundred Years From Now (Studio jam)
Where Did They Go, Lord

CD 2
“Love Letters From Elvis” original album
Love Letters
When I’m Over You
If I Were You
Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off Of It
Heart Of Rome
Only Believe
This Is Our Dance
Cindy, Cindy
I’ll Never Know
It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing)
Life
Bonus tracks
The Sound Of Your Cry
Sylvia
Rags To Riches

FTD Vinyl

Ligeledes i 2012 udsender FTD “Elvis Country” i deres eksklusive dobbelt vinyl serie, som udsendes i begrænset oplag. Denne gang indeholder produktet udelukkende outtakes.

2 stk 180g. vinyl LP. Udgivet 2012

Follow That Dream Records/Sony LSP-4460-2

Side 1
Snowbird (Takes 4, 5)
Tomorrow Never Comes (Take 11)
Whole Lot-ta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Rough mix with horns)
Funny How Time Slips Away* (Undubbed rough mix)
I Really Don’t Want To Know* (Undubbed rough mix)

Side 2
There Goes My Everything (Take 1)
It’s Your Baby, You Rock It (Alternate master)
Faded Love (Take 3 – alternate master)
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water (Undubbed rough mix)*
Make The World Go Away (Take 1* – undubbed rough mix)

Side 3
I Didn’t Make It On Playing Guitar (Studio jam)
Where Did They Go, Lord (Take 1)
The Fool (Take 1)
Faded Love (Country version)
Little Cabin On The Hill (Take 1)
A Hundred Years From Now (Take 2)
Snowbird (Rehearsal + take 1)
I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago (Master)

Side 4
Tomorrow Never Comes (Take 2)
Faded Love (Takes 2, 1* – undubbed rough mix)
The Next Step Is Love* (Undubbed rough mix)
Where Did They Go, Lord (Takes 2, 3)
When I’m Over You* (Undubbed rough mix)

* Rough mixes lavet af Felton Jarvis lige efter indspilningerne, før der blev lavet nogen overdubs på båndene.

Salgstal

USA: 500.000

Worldwide: 1.100.000

Hitliste placeringer

USA Billboard Pop Albums #12

USA Billboard Country Albums #10

England POP-Chart #6

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