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FROM NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS is the 'sequel' to THE KING OF ROCK 'N' ROLL. Whereas that set collected the complete Elvis Presley masters from the 1950s on five CDs along with a number of rarities, this set bills itself as the 'essential' 1960s masters. This makes sense as Elvis recorded a LOT of music in the 1960s, much of it of poor quality for the movies he was starring in, and so it was a good idea for the producers to select the best of his music of this period and put it on the 5 CDs here. It is also interesting to notice that you won't find ANY music from his movies on this set - this was saved for a 2 CD set called COMMAND PERFORMANCES, which billed itself as 'Volume 2' of the essential 1960s masters. Also there is none of his gospel work.
So what IS included here? Well we start with Elvis' first post-Army recordings from 1960-1962 including the lovely STUCK ON YOU and SOLDIER BOY. My favourite songs though come from later in the decade, such as LONG BLACK LIMOUSINE and DON'T CRY DADDY, both of which can be found on Disc 4 of this set. The final disc includes a number of alternate takes showing a different perspective on some of these songs. In total there are 130 tracks across the 5 discs, and the only poor song in my opinion is Elvis' version of HEY JUDE. Elvis was never good when he performed songs by The Beatles and it is a shame that this track is included here.
When this CD set was first released in the 1990s it included a big book with lots of background information and also a set of stamps. The set has been released a number of times since in different formats and at cheaper prices. Personally I prefer owning the original set but you can even buy just the music from Amazon for less than £15.
If you think that Elvis in the 1960s was purely poor quality music from the movies, treat yourself to this set, you won't regret it.