Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

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From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis (Elvis in Person at the International Hotel)
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Live album by Elvis Presley
From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis (Back in Memphis)
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Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released October 14, 1969 (1969-10-14)
Recorded January, February,
August 24–26, 1969
Genre Rock, soul, country, pop
Length 32:06 (Studio LP)
36:38 (Live LP)
68:44 (Total)
Label RCA Records
Producer Chips Moman Studio LP
Felton Jarvis Live LP
Elvis Presley chronology
From Elvis in Memphis
(1969)From Elvis in Memphis1969
From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis
(1969)
Let's Be Friends
(1970)Let's Be Friends1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1] & 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
MusicHound 3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone (unfavourable) [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]
Rough Guides 4/5 stars[7]

From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis is the 36th studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released in October 1969 by RCA Records, catalogue LSP 6020. Recording sessions took place at American Sound Studio in Memphis, on January 13–15 and 21–22, and February 17–18, 1969, and at the International Hotel in Paradise, Nevada on August 24–26, 1969. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified Gold on December 13, 1969, by the Recording Industry Association of America.[8]

Content[edit]

Issued to capitalize upon the response to From Elvis in Memphis and its hit singles, and his newfound success as a headliner in Las Vegas, Vegas/Memphis is Presley's first double album and his first official live album.[9] Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, secured a month-long engagement at the International Hotel, and in keeping with the "clear-the-decks" philosophy of the previous album, Presley jettisoned his long-serving 1960s sidemen in favor of musicians who would become his Taking Care of Business band.[10] The musicians used on the second lp were assembled by Chips Moman dating back from early 1969 at the American Sound Studios sessions in Memphis.

The first album consisted of recordings from those shows, Elvis' first live performances since his March 1961 benefit concert in Hawaii.[11] Signature hits from his 1950s and early 1960s repertoire appeared alongside a cover of "Words" by The Bee Gees, his recent hit single "In The Ghetto" and an extended version of "Suspicious Minds", the single of which had only just been released during the engagement.

The second album consisted of ten recordings from the winter of 1969 sessions at American Sound not used for From Elvis in Memphis,[12] although drawn from what were basically leftovers, still "Stranger in My Hometown" equaled the intensity of the already issued songs.[13] Of these remainders, "The Fair's Moving On" and "You'll Think of Me" had previously appeared as b-sides respectively to "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" and "Suspicious Minds" earlier in the year.[14]

Reissues[edit]

In November 1970, RCA reissued the set as individual albums identified by the subtitles that appeared on the original double LP, Elvis in Person at the International Hotel as LSP 4428, and Back in Memphis as LSP 4429.[15] They have been issued separately ever since. However, the double LP LSP 6020 was also available concurrently through the 1970s, the entirety of Back in Memphis can be found on the box set From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60s Masters, and on the double-disc compilation of recordings at American Sound Studio, Suspicious Minds.

On July 28, 2009, Sony Music Entertainment issued Back in Memphis on the second disc of its Legacy Edition of From Elvis In Memphis. A similar Legacy Edition of On Stage released on March 23, 2010, features the entirety of Elvis in Person at the International Hotel on its second disc.

The collectors' label Follow That Dream has released several of the full performances from Presley's August 1969 season in Las Vegas, the full August 22 performance was included on a reissue of the live album, titled In Person.[16] The full midnight show from August 23 was released under the title Elvis At The International,[17] while the midnight show from August 26 was released as All Shook Up.[18] The August 24 show is available on the first disc of the 2001 box set Live in Las Vegas; in 2013, FTD released the complete midnight show from August 25.

Track listing[edit]

Sides one and two shown as Elvis In Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada; sides three and four as Elvis Back In Memphis.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Blue Suede Shoes" Carl Perkins August 25, 1969 2:06
2. "Johnny B. Goode" Chuck Berry August 24, 1969 2:12
3. "All Shook Up" Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley August 25, 1969 2:15
4. "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" Lou Handman, Roy Turk August 24, 1969 3:16
5. "Hound Dog" Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller August 25, 1969 1:53
6. "I Can't Stop Loving You" Don Gibson August 25, 1969 3:19
7. "My Babe" Willie Dixon August 25, 1969 2:12
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Mystery Train" / "Tiger Man" Junior Parker, Sam Phillips / Joe Hill Louis, Sam Burns August 25, 1969 3:46
2. "Words" Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb August 25, 1969 2:46
3. "In the Ghetto" Mac Davis August 24, 1969 2:56
4. "Suspicious Minds" Mark James August 26, 1969 7:46
5. "Can't Help Falling In Love" George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore August 26, 1969 2:12
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Inherit the Wind" Eddie Rabbitt January 15, 1969 2:56
2. "This Is the Story" Chris Arnold, David Martin, Geoff Morrow January 13, 1969 2:28
3. "Stranger In My Own Home Town" Percy Mayfield February 17, 1969 4:23
4. "A Little Bit of Green" Chris Arnold, David Martin, Geoff Morrow January 14, 1969 3:21
5. "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind" Neil Diamond February 17, 1969 3:08
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Do You Know Who I Am?" Bobby Russell February 18, 1969 2:49
2. "From a Jack to a King" Ned Miller January 21, 1969 2:23
3. "The Fair's Moving On" Guy Fletcher, Doug Flett February 21, 1969 3:09
4. "You'll Think of Me" Mort Shuman January 14, 1969 4:01
5. "Without Love (There is Nothing)" Danny Small January 22, 1969 2:51

Personnel[edit]

Elvis in Person at the International Hotel

Back in Memphis

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada at AllMusic
  2. ^ Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada at AllMusic
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Elvis Presley (Consumer Guide Reviews)". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 892. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  5. ^ Leimbacher, Ed (27 December 1969). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (49): 60. 
  6. ^ "Elvis Presley: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ Simpson, Paul (2004). The Rough Guide to Elvis. London: Rough Guides. pp. 133–34. ISBN 1-84353-417-7. 
  8. ^ Sources:
    • "Pop Albums". Elvis Presley: The Official Site of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. 2013. Archived from the original on November 8, 2010. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
    • "Searchable database". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America. 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2013.  Note: Enter search for "From Memphis to Vegas"
  9. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; ISBN 0-312-18572-3, p. 289.
  10. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 283.
  11. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. op. cit., p. 154
  12. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 289.
  13. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 289.
  14. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 419.
  15. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 420.
  16. ^ shopelvis.com
  17. ^ shopelvis.com
  18. ^ shopelvis.com

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