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From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis is the thirty-fifth studio album by Elvis Presley released on RCA Records (LSP 6020) in November 1969. The set was issued to capitalize upon the success of Presley's previous album, From Elvis in Memphis, and his newfound success as a headliner in Las Vegasmarker. It is Presley's first double album, and it peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200.

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The first album carried the title Elvis in Person at the International Hotel and consisted of live performances taped at the International Hotelmarker in August 1969. These concerts were Presley's first live performances since his March 1961 benefit concert in Hawaiimarker. It was also Presley's first live album release. These performances were the inaugural engagement of the group that would come to be known as the TCB Band in the 1970s, but with Larry Muhoberac on piano in place of TCB regular Glen D. Hardin.

The second album carried the title Back in Memphis, and consisted of further recordings from the early 1969 sessions at American Studios in Memphismarker. Of these, "The Fair's Is Moving On" and "You'll Think of Me" had previously appeared as the b-sides to "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" and "Suspicious Minds" earlier in the year. As this album was a compilation of leftovers and did not include "Suspicious Minds" or two additional tracks held for future singles, "Don't Cry Daddy" and "Kentucky Rain," the album lacked the impact of its predecessor. Only "Stranger in My Hometown" was said to equal the intensity of the already issued songs.

In November 1970 RCA reissued the double LP as individual albums each identified by their original subtitles, LSP 4428 and LSP 4429. The album is currently out of print in its original format. The studio tracks from Back in Memphis can be found on both the From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60s Masters box set and the Suspicious Minds double-disc retrospective of Presley's winter 1969 Memphis sessions. Elvis in Person at the International Hotel is also out of print, although the complete show from August 24, 1969, which provided three songs for this album, can be found on disc one of the 2001 box set Live in Las Vegas.

Personnel

Elvis In Person at the International Hotel



Back In Memphis

  • Elvis Presley - vocals, guitar
  • Reggie Young - guitar
  • Dan Penn - guitar
  • Bobby Wood - piano
  • Bobby Emmons - organ
  • Tommy Cogbill - bass
  • Mike Leech - bass
  • Gene Chrisman - drums
  • Ed Kollis - harmonica
  • Joe Babcock - backing vocals
  • Dolores Edgin - backing vocals
  • Mary Greene - backing vocals
  • Charlie Hodge - backing vocals
  • Ginger Holladay - backing vocals
  • Mary Holladay - backing vocals
  • Millie Kirkham - backing vocals
  • June Page - backing vocals
  • Susan Pilkington - backing vocals
  • Sandy Posey - backing vocals
  • Donna Thatcher - backing vocals
  • Hurschel Wiginton - backing vocals


Track listing

Side One: Elvis In Person at the International Hotel

Track Recorded Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 8/25/69 Blue Suede Shoes Carl Perkins 2:06
2. 8/24/69 Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry 2:12
3. 8/25/69 All Shook Up Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley 2:15
4. 8/24/69 Are You Lonesome Tonight? Lou Handman and Roy Turk 3:16
5. 8/25/69 Hound Dog Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 1:53
6. 8/25/69 I Can't Stop Loving You Don Gibson 3:19
7. 8/25/69 My Babe Willie Dixon 2:12


Side Two: Elvis In Person at the International Hotel

Track Recorded Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 8/25/69 Mystery Train / Tiger Man Junior Parker and Sam Phillips / Joe Hill Louis and Lewis Burns 3:46
2. 8/25/69 Words Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb 2:46
3. 8/24/69 In the Ghetto Mac Davis 2:56
4. 8/26/69 Suspicious Minds Mark James 7:46
5. 8/26/69 Can't Help Falling In Love George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore 2:12


Side Three: Back In Memphis

Track Recorded Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 1/15/69 Inherit the Wind Eddie Rabbitt 2:56
2. 1/13/69 This Is the Story Calvin Arnold, David Martin, Geoff Morrow 2:28
3. 2/17/69 Stranger In My Own Home Town Percy Mayfield 4:23
4. 1/14/69 A Little Bit of Green Calvin Arnold, David Martin, Geoff Morrow 3:21
5. 2/17/69 And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind Neil Diamond 3:08


Side Four: Back In Memphis

Track Recorded Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 2/18/69 Do You Know Who I Am Bobby Russell 2:47
2. 1/21/69 From A Jack To A King Ned Miller 2:23
3. 2/21/69 The Fair's Is Moving On Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett 3:07
4. 1/14/69 You'll Think of Me Mort Shuman 3:58
5. 1/22/69 Without Love Danny Small 2:51


References

  1. Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley, A Life in Music. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; ISBN 0-312-18572-3, p. 154
  2. Ibid. p. 289



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