Album Title : The Memphis Record
Catalogue Number : 6221 - 1 - R
Year Release : July 1987
Side A : Stranger In My Home Town - Power Of My Love - Only The Strong Survive - Any Day Now - Suspicious Minds
Side B : Long Black Limousine - Wearin' That Loved On Look - I'll Hold You In My Heart - After Loving You - Rubberneckin' - I'm Movin' On
Side C : Gentle On My Mind - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' - You'll Think Of Me - Mama Liked The Roses - Don't Cry Daddy
Side D : In The Ghetto - The Fair Is Moving On - Inherit The Wind - Kentucky Rain - Without Love - Who Am I?
Brief History :
The Memphis Record was RCA's first serious effort to assemble the highlights of what is usually called Elvis Presley's comeback, but which, arguably, could be considered the best album sessions of his career. For the first time since the middle to late '50s, he went into the studio without "Colonel" Tom Parker, his manager, in control of the repertoire, and cut songs because they were good and he liked them, without regard for whether Elvis' business half had an interest in the publishing. The result was one of the greatest white R&B albums ever done, filled from beginning to end with some of the best work of Elvis' career: "Suspicious Minds," "Kentucky Rain," and "In the Ghetto" became hit singles and speak for themselves, but "Any Day Now," "Stranger in My Home Town," "Long Black Limousine," and "Only the Strong Survive," among the other cuts here, are the equal of anything he ever recorded in musical excellence, excitement, and intensity. This material, some of which was originally divided up between two separate LPs, From Elvis in Memphis and Back In Memphis.