Elvis: Back In Nashville, the definitive presentation of Elvis Presley's May-June 1971 Nashville studio sessions
Source: Sony Music
August 14, 2021
Elvis: Back In Nashville will be available as a 4CD/digital collection featuring 82 pristine original recordings capturing Elvis and his musicians live-in-the-studio laying down central tracks and performances intended for later release. These revelatory sessions chronicle the last time Elvis would record in Nashville. Some of Elvis' 1971 Nashville studio recordings appeared, with subsequent orchestral and vocal overdubs, on the seasonal collection Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas (1971), the Grammy-winning gospel album He Touched Me (1972), Elvis Now (1972) and 1973's Elvis.
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Hosts Tom Brown and mixing engineer Matt Ross-Spang will discuss the new Elvis: Back In Nashville collection and perform an unboxing of the CD and LP packages for a live attending audience.
A 2-LP 12" vinyl version of the album will also be available.
Like its predecessor, From Elvis In Nashville (released November 2020), Elvis: Back In Nashville is designed to showcase Elvis Presley and his core band as they sounded during the actual sessions without orchestral overdubs and vocal accompaniment. A key difference between Elvis' 1970 and 1971 Nashville sessions is that many of the 1971 recordings included backing singers; therefore, Elvis: Back In Nashville offers a variety of song performances both with and without vocal augmentation.
Given the prolific output of great recordings created by Elvis and his musicians during the fabled 1970 marathon sessions that may be heard on From Elvis In Nashville, RCA and the Elvis camp decided to stick with the winning combination of tight band, seasoned studio, well-chosen repertoire and relaxed spontaneous Elvis behind the microphone and, once again, record as much material as possible over a short period of time. With Elvis' upcoming concert activities increasing, future studio time would be limited and so the goal of these sessions was to generate perhaps a year's worth of new songs. RCA and the Colonel let Elvis know they'd like a new Christmas album, a gospel album, a pop album, and 'several new singles for summer and fall releases' and so, Elvis' music coordinator/producer Felton Jarvis booked a whole week of all-night sessions starting March 15, 1971 and brought on the same band he'd used the year before.
Elvis Presley's return in 1970 to recording in Nashville had been revelatory. Those sessions, on the heels of his Memphis recordings and a return to the stage, had done more than simply sustain a comeback. They also introduced Elvis to a great new rhythm section and gifted Elvis with a great new sound. Bassist Norbert Putnam, drummer Jerry Carrigan, and pianist David Briggs had helped transform country music rhythms in the sixties after they transplanted their R&B-indebted style from F. A. M. E. studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to Nashville session work. When producer Felton Jarvis teamed Elvis with the Muscle Shoals boys, along with session guitarist Chip Young, jack of all musical trades Charlie McCoy, and Presley's bandleader James Burton, they together created the belatedly acclaimed Elvis Country - in the process providing Elvis with a country-soul template he'd trace often in the last years of his life.
Music critic Dave Marsh once wrote that, even with his acclaim, 'Elvis Presley was probably the most underrated singer of all'. Overdubs removed, what's revealed on Elvis: Back In Nashville is some of the most compelling singing of Presley's career.
Disc One of Elvis: Back In Nashville features 18 tracks and includes The Country/Folk Sides (an unrealized Elvis project featuring songs by Ewan McColl, Gordon Lightfoot, Kris Kristofferson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Bob Dylan), The Piano Recordings (raw Elvis singing Ivory Joe Hunter with piano accompaniment) and The Pop Sides (classic pop compositions including 'Padre', 'Fools Rush In Where Angels Fear To Tread', 'My Way', 'I'm Leavin'' and more).
Disc Two of Elvis: Back In Nashville features 25 tracks divided between The Religious Sides (classic and contemporary gospel) and The Christmas Sides (sacred and secular seasonal holiday music).
Disc Three of Elvis: Back In Nashville features 19 tracks and picks up on the country pop repertoire of Disc One and adds some rock 'n' roll with a variety of cuts including impromptu performances of 'Johnny B. Goode' and 'Lady Madonna', an epic take on Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, (It's Alright)', fresh interpretations of 'Help Me Make It Through The Night', 'Early Morning Rain' and more.
Disc Four of Elvis: Back In Nashville features 20 tracks and includes The Religious Outtakes and The Christmas Outtakes.
Below, listen to the first track of the new 'Elvis Back In Nashville' set, Take 1 of 'I'm Leaving'.
Take 1 of 'I'm Leaving'
The Country / Folk Sides:
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Take 11 - 12) - Amazing Grace - Early Mornin' Rain - (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me - Help Me Make It Through The Night - Until It's Time For You To Go - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Unedited Version)
The Piano Recordings:
It's Still Here - I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen - I Will Be True
The Pop Sides:
Padre - Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) - My Way (Take 2 - 3 Master) - I'm Leavin' - It's Only Love - We Can Make The Morning - Love Me, Love The Life I Lead - Until It's Time For You To Go (Remake)
The Religious Sides:
He Touched Me - I've Got Confidence - Seeing Is Believing - He Is My Everything - Bosom Of Abraham - An Evening Prayer - Lead Me, Guide Me - There Is No God But God A Thing Called Love - I, John - Reach Out To Jesus - Put Your Hand In The Hand - Miracle Of The Rosary
The Christmas Sides:
O Come, All Ye Faithful - The First Noel - On A Snowy Christmas Night - Winter Wonderland - The Wonderful World Of Christmas - It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) - I'll Be Home On Christmas Day - If I Get Home On Christmas Day - Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees - Merry Christmas Baby (Unedited) - Silver Bells - I'll Be Home On Christmas Day (Remake)
It's Only Love (Take 8 & 9) - Love Me, Love The Life I Lead (Take 5 & 6) - We Can Make The Morning (Master With Backing Vocals) - I'm Leavin' (Take 1) - Johnny B. Goode (Impromptu Performance) - Padre (Take 1 & 11) - Lady Madonna (Impromptu Performance) - Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) (Take 6) - Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Fragment - Impromptu Performance) - I Will Be True (Take 1 - 2) - It's Still Here (Take 1 & 3) - Help Me Make It Through The Night (Take 1 - 3) - (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me (Take 1) - Until It's Time For You To Go (Take 5) - Early Mornin' Rain (Take 1 & 11) - I Shall Be Released (Impromptu Performance) - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Remake) - Put Your Hand In The Hand (Rehearsal & Take 1) - Amazing Grace (Take 1 - 2)
The Religious Outtakes:
Miracle Of The Rosary (Take 1) - The Lord's Prayer (Impromptu Performance) - He Touched Me (Take 1 - 2) - I've Got Confidence (Take 1) - An Evening Prayer (Take 1 - 2) - Seeing Is Believing (Take 1, 2 & 4) - A Thing Called Love (Take 3) - Reach Out To Jesus (Take 1, 2 & 9) - He Is My Everything (Take 1) - There Is No God But God (Take 1 - 2) - Bosom Of Abraham (Take 2 - 3)
The Christmas Outtakes:
I'll Be Home On Christmas Day (Take 3) - It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) (Take 1 & 6) - If I Get Home On Christmas Day (Take 3) - Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees (Take 4) - Silver Bells (Take 1) - I'll Be Home On Christmas Day (Take 4) - Winter Wonderland (Take 7) - O Come, All Ye Faithful (Take 2) - I'll Be Home On Christmas Day - remake (Take 1, 4, 5 & 10)
I'm Leavin' (Take 1) - It's Only Love (Take 9) - We Can Make The Morning (Master With Backing Vocals) - Love Me, Love The Life I Lead (Take 5 & 6) - My Way (Take 3 - Master)
Country / Folk:
Help Me Make It Through The Night (Take 3) - Early Mornin' Rain (Take 11) - Until It's Time For You To Go (Remake) - Lady Madonna (Impromptu Performance) - (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me (Take 1) - I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
Seeing Is Believing - An Evening Prayer (Take 2) - I've Got Confidence (Take 1) - Put Your Hand In The Hand - He Touched Me (Take 1 - 2) - Bosom Of Abraham (Take 2 - 3)
If I Get Home On Christmas Day (Take 3) - I'll Be Home On Christmas Day (Take 4) - Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees (Take 4) - Merry Christmas Baby (Unedited).
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