Sunday, February 14, 2010

Elvis Presley - "From Elvis in Memphis" (1969)

I like many in my generation never really got Elvismania. Somewhere amidst the rhinestone jumpsuits and the impersonators and the sightings, everything to do with Elvis just seemed silly and dated. A distant obsession from another era that would never resonate on the younger population the way a band like The Beatles still do. His huge place in Rock & Roll history is undeniable though so I was glad to finally come across From Elvis In Memphis. After a decade of making bad movies with equally bad soundtracks, Elvis returned to his southern home and his southern roots. You won't hear the overplayed hits, or the cliches you've come to associate with him. Just a soulful Elvis getting back to Rhythm & Blues with a fantastic backing band and fantastic results. -- Chris Baginski

1. Wearin' That Loved On Look
2. Only The Strong Survive
3. I'll Hold You In My Heart
4. Long Black Limousine
5. It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'
6. I'm Movin' On
7. Power Of My Love
8. Gentle On My Mind
9. After Loving You
10. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
11. Any Day Now
12. In The Ghetto

bonus tracks

13. The Fair's Moving On
14. Suspicious Minds
15. You'll Think Of Me
16. Don't Cry Daddy
17. Kentucky Rain
18. Mama Liked The Roses

Saturday, February 13, 2010

John Prine - "The Missing Years" (1991)

John Prine has a way of calming you down. He pushes all else away for the simple stories he'd like to tell you. He's a guy you can't help but grin around. Never taking himself all too seriously, he always speaks his music with a son of a gun smile. And he gives all those qualities to you when you hear his songs. On the Grammy award winning The Missing Years, John does what he does best - sing unvarnished tales of life with a rolling ease that makes you feel like you're listening to him on his back porch with a couple cans of beer between you both. -- Chris Baginski

1. "Picture Show" (3:22)
2. "All the Best" (3:28)
3. "The Sins of Memphisto" (4:13)
4. "Everybody Wants to Feel Like You" (3:09)
5. "It's a Big Old Goofy World" (5:10)
6. "I Want to Be With You Always" (3:01)
7. "Daddy's Little Pumpkin" (2:41)
8. "Take a Look at My Heart" (3:38)
9. "Great Rain" (4:08)
10. "Way Back Then" (3:39)
11. "Unlonely" (4:35)
12. "You Got Gold" (4:38)
13. "Everything Is Cool" (2:46)
14. "Jesus the Missing Years" (5:55)

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