Another thing about Peter Guralnick. He spent over 11 years researching, interviewing, writing, editing and working in his two books about Elvis. This does not include the time that he spent while Elvis was alive writing reviews on his music and concerts.
Eleven years is a long time to spend working on one project. I do not know how long Goldman spent writing his book, but not much b/c the book was published within 5 years of Elvis death. I do not know how much time was spent on the other reputable works attributed to his life and career; however, I would imagine that after eleven years working on a particular subject, he would have checked, doubled checked and triple checked his facts.
"More people today should see him not simply as a performer, but as an artist with a great soul."
John Bakke, professor emeritus
University of Memphis
In my humble opinion the 1969 Memphis sessions produced some of the best songs by Elvis - or any singer - ever!
the american sessions are the best. close are the elvis is back..post army sessions
I don't think Elvis made any great albums in the 70's
he made a couple of good one's, some average and bad one's
I view Elvis as a singles artist
1. The 1969 sessions are, virtually unarguably, the finest Elvis ever recorded. Mainly because the sessions saw him exploding from almost total obscurity to reclaim his place at the top of the music tree. The sessions didn't have the same impact as the first 50s work, but the explosion was almost deafening, helped along by his resurgence in '68. A pity that the creativity and energy didn't last long after that. And an even greater pity Chips Moman wasn't brought in ever again.
2. Guralnick's two-volume biography on Elvis, Last Train To Memphis and Careless Love, together are unquestionably the finest Elvis Presley biography written to date. It will be a long, long time before anything equals or surpasses these excellent tomes.
Last edited by Getlo; 01-27-2009 at 05:43 AM.
Getlo - cute'n'cuddly
The whole production of these sessions was top class. Elvis working under Chips Moman and with a crew of excellent backing musicians created a musical masterpiece. These recordings are a mixture of blues,soul and country demonstrating just what a versatile artisit Elvis was. He once again crosses musical boundaries to sing songs that come direct from his soul and into your heart.
From Elvis In Memphis is a masterpiece IMO.If anything I dont think it gets enough praise when judged against other lp's by other artists.That body of work shows Elvis at his most passionate best.He put everything into it.To me the vocals are from another world.I didnt know anybody could sound that good.When Elvis cared about the material he was performing,he always delivered the goods and the results were usually spectacular.Those sessions were no exception.Breathtaking to say the least.
Elvis Country would be his last good lp.I would agree that Elvis didnt create any good studio lp's after that.Enjoyable yes,great no.
The 1969 MEMPHIS Sessions is best music........
Work in Progress!
The music Elvis recorded in '69 and the 70's are definitely my favorites. He had grown tremendously as an artist and it showed.