Disc One consists of the recordings that the producers regard as the most fully realized exponents of this one-time collaboration between Elvis and producer Chips Moman. Not every song was a full collaboration [...], but each represents the ultimate partnership between producer and artist that allows total creative self-expression.
Although sometimes at odds with each other, Elvis and Chips Moman created the classic FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS, which is represented by the first twelve tracks. These are complemented by the great "hit" singles "Suspicious Minds," "Mama Liked the Roses," "Don't Cry Daddy" and "Kentucky Rain." Disc One concludes dramatically with both "Stranger In Ny Own Home Town" and "Without Love," two of the songs that clearly meant the most to Elvis and into which he poured every ounce of emotion.
The disc lets you discover the intimate "music-making" atmosphere that happened at this sessions. The remainder of the material is weighted with ballads so the producers included informal jams, jokes and outtakes to give you a true sense of an Elvis recording session. The enthusiasm and inspiration that Elvis, Chips and the studio musicians brought to these sessions is clearly illustrated. SUSPICIOUS MINDS - THE MEMPHIS 1969 ANTHOLOGY provides unique testament to their remarkable talent.
Special note: The music track for "Poor Man's Gold" was recorded while Elvis stayed at home with laryngitis. When he returned to record his vocals, he was distracted by a fire engine's siren blasting through the studio walls! This went straight on tape - you can hear it by turning up the volume. This disruption ended Elvis' commitment to the song and this small segment is all that was ever recorded of Elvis' vocal.