My friend Tom has been waiting for me to review this LP,
so here you go!! Memphis,
Tennessee: The Swinging Sixties was released on the Audiofon AFNS 67670
label. The back sleeve of the
record dates it at 1971, which is not the case. The LP was not released by the same group that was
responsible for prior Audiofon releases: Plantation Rock , A Dogs
Life , Leavin It Up to You , and the fabulous four LP box set
Behind Closed Doors . This LP is not
listed in Cotton and Dewitts Jailhouse Rock reference book, so it is
probably safe to say that it dates from the mid to late 1980s.
The cover is printed on glossy stock, the front of
which has a candid photo of Elvis singing autographs circa 1965-66.
The back cover has the familiar photo from the mid 60s of Elvis
sitting on the sofa in the living room at Graceland playing his white fender
bass. The LP labels are yellow with black text and are titled and
credited as Rock Sound Fifty Seven . There
are no listed take numbers, and the liner notes mention that Memphis, TN
, Ask Me , Ask Me #2 , and Western Union were recorded
at RCA studios in Nashville on May 27, 1963.
Memphis, TN and Ask Me were rejected and re-recorded also
in Nashville on Jan 12, 1964.
Plantation Rock was recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood in March 1962.
Brand New Day (on the Horizon) and Roustabout were
recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood February 24-28 ( music tracks ) and
March 2-6 1964 ( Elvis vocals ). Girl Happy , Beach Shack and Got to Find
My Baby were recorded at Radio Recorders July 7 ( music tracks ) and 8 (
Elvis vocals ) 1964.
Have A Happy , Let Us Pray , and Change of Habit were recorded
at Universal Studios in Hollywood March 5 and 6, 1969.
All tracks are sourced from acetates of varying quality.
Side 1 Western Union has excellent frequency
range. Ask Me is in very good
quality; however there are two major skips in the playback of the acetate, which
are very annoying. Plantation
Rock is edited differently than the officially released version we are used
to and sounds like it comes from a worn source. The
story of how this song was originally obtained and released will be featured in
the review of the LP of this title. Memphis, TN is fine.
Have A Happy is from a very poppy acetate, and has a skip as well.
Let Us Pray is actually a favorite gospel song of mine
bass line and great gospel feel, but there are a lot of pops in this acetate
source. Change of Habit is an interesting play on words for the
title of Elvis second to last feature film
given that Elvis encounters
Catholic Nuns in the film, and one actually gives up being a Nun, hence giving
up her Habit which is the name of a Nuns garb.
This song is also from poppy acetate
its not a great song, but the
distorted bass groove that starts and carries throughout the song is interesting
Ask Me #2 has bad acetate crackle through out.
Girl Happy is at its correct speed as the RCA master that was
released was sped up to give the song a more pop tempo resulting with a weird
timbre of Elvis voice. Beach Shack
is a weak movie song and this source has level inconsistencies.
Got to Find My Baby sounds like it was sourced from a rather worn
acetate. Brand New Day ( on the
Horizon ) sounds worn; this song is the same melody as the gospel/spiritual
tune The Truth is Marching On .
Roustabout is of very good quality.
Ernie Boyes Jr.