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Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Poll ended at Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:22 pm

Tomorrow Never Comes
6
21%
Little Cabin On The Hill
1
4%
Whole Lot-ta Shakin' Goin' On
4
14%
Funny How Time Slips Away
4
14%
I Really Don't Want To Know
8
29%
There Goes My Everything
0
No votes
The Fool
0
No votes
Faded Love
0
No votes
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
2
7%
Make The World Go Away
3
11%
 
Total votes : 28

Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 1:22 pm

This album was released shortly after THWII, so I thought that the poll also should come fast :) .

This time around, the problem is even worse to exclude two tracks, because here we talk about one of his very best albums. I find "It´s your baby, you rock it" a bit lightweighted compared to the other tracks. And "Snowbird" sounds a bit to much like Anne Murray´s version. But I like those tracks as well, but two have to go.

The rest of the tracks are very good and some are perfect. It´s easy to say that a track like "Little cabin on hte hill" is simple music, but it proves that Elvis´almost could tackle any type of music and make it to his own. This is pure fun.

The one take on "Whole lotta shakin´goin on" is the rawest studio vocal cut of Elvis in the 70´s (the endig is remarkable). "I washed my hands in muddy water" is also a terrific rocker. Cool guitar licks are to be found on "The fool" but otherwise it´s Burton´s use of Dobro that really shines here (Make the world go away" & "Funny how time slips away" comes to my mind).

"There goes my everything" shows us how good Elvis was vocally in 1970 (his take on the religous "He´s my everything" isn´t quite as good).

For me here is 2 tracks that makes my heart beat a bit faster and it is the slow "Funny how time slips away" and the vocal workout on "I really don´t want to know". On the latter Elvis really sounds desperate. It´s gonna get my vote. But the whole album get´s 5 points of 5 possible. And yes, I like the in and out effect of "I was born about...".

Vote on!

Björn

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 1:48 pm

Where's Snowbird?

Jules

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:29 pm

I like them all. My fave has always been "Tomorrow Never Comes."

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:51 pm

familyjules wrote:Where's Snowbird?

I guess he flew the coop.

"Tomorrow Never Comes" gets my vote. I fell in love with it the first time I heard it.

There's not a track on this album that I'm not fond of though.

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:37 pm

Snowbird

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:48 pm

A poll to vote on the 'best' track on an album, when there isn't an option to vote for some of them, is kinda silly, isn't it ?

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:11 pm

ColinB wrote:A poll to vote on the 'best' track on an album, when there isn't an option to vote for some of them, is kinda silly, isn't it ?


Agreed, because I would actually vote for Snowbird. I love it, corny as it may be.

As it is, I placed my X next to I Washed My Hands. Which is a very different kind of song to Snowbird!

Jules

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:20 pm

There are songs much more "corny" than "Snowbird." I've always preferred Elvis' version over Anne Murray's, but, hey.....that's just me.

Beneath this snowy mantle cold and clean
The unborn grass lies waiting
for its coat to turn to green
The snowbird sings a song he always sings
And speaks to me of flowers
that will bloom again in spring
When I was young my heart was young then too
Anything that it would tell me,
that's the thing that I would do
But now I feel such emptiness within
For the thing that I want most in life
Is the thing that I can't win
Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know
that I would fly away with you
The breeze along the river seems to say
That she'll only break my heart again
should I decide to stay
So little snowbird take me with you when you go
To that land of gentle breezes
where the peaceful waters flow
Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know
that I would fly away with you
Yeah, if I could you know that I would fly away with you


Oh yeah....there are much cornier.

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:48 pm

Rob wrote:There are songs much more "corny" than "Snowbird." I've always preferred Elvis' version over Anne Murray's, but, hey.....that's just me.


I'm sure it's not just you! To my ears Anne Murray's version sounds like slick MOR pop, whereas Elvis's version sounds terrific.

Jules

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:22 pm

familyjules wrote:Where's Snowbird?

Jules



I almost cried when I removed that track. You know the 10 track limit in those polls. It could have got my vote on almost any other album by Elvis, but know it´s on this mega good record. Perhaps someone can start a poll of which track two tracks to remove... :wink:

//Björn

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:33 pm

dreambear wrote:Perhaps someone can start a poll of which track two tracks to remove... :wink:


Make The World Go Away would be out for starters....that's the track I least care for. Plus maybe Little Cabin.

But Snowbird and It's Your Baby are amongst my favourite Elvis tunes from 1970.

Jules

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:44 pm

dreambear wrote:
familyjules wrote:Where's Snowbird?

Jules



I almost cried when I removed that track. You know the 10 track limit in those polls. It could have got my vote on almost any other album by Elvis, but know it´s on this mega good record. Perhaps someone can start a poll of which track two tracks to remove...


It highlights what I was saying, a poll limited to 10 options is no good for something that requires 12.....................

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:57 pm

ColinB wrote:
dreambear wrote:
familyjules wrote:Where's Snowbird?

Jules



I almost cried when I removed that track. You know the 10 track limit in those polls. It could have got my vote on almost any other album by Elvis, but know it´s on this mega good record. Perhaps someone can start a poll of which track two tracks to remove...


It highlights what I was saying, a poll limited to 10 options is no good for something that requires 12.....................


Have to agree with Colin here.

Jules

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:59 pm

We can still count "Snowbird" although it won't automatically be tallied. We can keep track of it ourselves. So far, it's easy.

"Snowbird" is now officially on a write-in ballot.

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:09 pm

Rob wrote:We can still count "Snowbird" although it won't automatically be tallied. We can keep track of it ourselves. So far, it's easy.

"Snowbird" is now officially on a write-in ballot.


It's more complicated than that - for me you'll have to add 1 vote for Snowbird and minus 1 vote for I Washed My Hands.

:roll:

Jules

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:13 pm

I too would have dumped "Make The World Go Away" in favour of "Snowbird" - I love this track. Personally I would have dumped "Little Cabin On The Hill" also.

My vote was cast for "Funny How Time Slips Away" - exquisite singing from Elvis and some fantastic dobro work from JB.

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:20 am

I would vote SNOWBIRD

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:43 am

Little Cabin is good and funky so I don't know why it should be excluded. Snowbird sure seems to be popular which I understand but I think it's the first song people really miss on one of these polls. Me I gotta go for Whole Lotta Shakin. Elvis is just wild here. Amazing album.

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:06 am

Rob wrote:We can still count "Snowbird" although it won't automatically be tallied. We can keep track of it ourselves. So far, it's easy.

"Snowbird" is now officially on a write-in ballot.


OK! I will count Snowbird when the poll is over. :D

//Björn

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:07 am

familyjules wrote:
Rob wrote:We can still count "Snowbird" although it won't automatically be tallied. We can keep track of it ourselves. So far, it's easy.

"Snowbird" is now officially on a write-in ballot.


It's more complicated than that - for me you'll have to add 1 vote for Snowbird and minus 1 vote for I Washed My Hands.

:roll:

Jules


Things get a little complicated here. Please remind me!

//Björn

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:12 am

Rob wrote:There are songs much more "corny" than "Snowbird." I've always preferred Elvis' version over Anne Murray's, but, hey.....that's just me.

Beneath this snowy mantle cold and clean
The unborn grass lies waiting
for its coat to turn to green
The snowbird sings a song he always sings
And speaks to me of flowers
that will bloom again in spring
When I was young my heart was young then too
Anything that it would tell me,
that's the thing that I would do
But now I feel such emptiness within
For the thing that I want most in life
Is the thing that I can't win
Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know
that I would fly away with you
The breeze along the river seems to say
That she'll only break my heart again
should I decide to stay
So little snowbird take me with you when you go
To that land of gentle breezes
where the peaceful waters flow
Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know
that I would fly away with you
Yeah, if I could you know that I would fly away with you


Oh yeah....there are much cornier.


I also prefer Elvis´version. What I mean is that Elvis seemed to be a bit in a hurry in september and wanted the recording session to be finished as quick as possible. That might be the reason that the arrangement of "Snowbird" shows some similarities to Anne Murray´s version. Some other songs on the album is a bit more "Elvis" if you understand me. Still, Snowbird is a very good track.

//Björn

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:43 am

Rob wrote:"Snowbird" is now officially on a write-in ballot.


Is this such a caucasus like I'm hearing about a lot these days?

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:35 pm

dreambear wrote: Some other songs on the album is a bit more "Elvis" if you understand me. Still, Snowbird is a very good track.

//Björn


Yeah I know what you mean. But he sings it soooooo smoooooothly!

Jules

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:12 pm

familyjules wrote:
dreambear wrote: Some other songs on the album is a bit more "Elvis" if you understand me. Still, Snowbird is a very good track.

//Björn


Yeah I know what you mean. But he sings it soooooo smoooooothly!

Jules


Correct. I have the same feeling for "There goes my everything". Those waltzy numbers aren´t my cup of tea, but he sings it sooooo smooothly :wink:

//Björn

Re: Best track on "Elvis Country" LP 1971

Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:54 pm

I got the I'm 10,000 years old version of this on matthew's recommendation (thanks again btw) and have only listened to it a couple of times, but Tomorrow never Comes gets my vote, love the way he really shots out Tomorrow and the instruments make it sound really theatrical.. Make the World go away is another fave on here, I think it's the most soulful version I have heard Elvis singing it.