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ELVIS ALBUM: ELVIS COUNTRY - SIDE "A"

Elvis Country "I'm 10,000 Years Old" was Elvis 11th studio album and released on January 2, 1971.  It reached #12 on the Pop Charts and #6 on the Country charts receiving Gold status by the RIAA in December of 1977

Segments of the song "I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago" are used to link the songs together in the album.  Recorded June 4, 1970 the song was released in its complete form on the LP Elvis Now in February 20, 1972.

The first song on the album on side one was Snowbird written by Canadian songwriter Gene MacLellan.  Although this song was recorded by many performers it was best known through Ann Murray's 1969 recording which was released as a single in 1970. Elvis was fond of Ann Murray's singing and would record the song on September 22, 1970.  Here is the song that influenced Elvis own recording by Ann Murray and his first take of the song during recording.

Listen to Elvis rehearsal and first take of Snowbird as well as the master recording.

 

Tomorrow Never Comes was a song written and performed by Ernest Tubb and released on Decca records in 1945.  Elvis moody interpretation of the song is greatly in contrast with Tubbs original version.

Listen to Elvis' first take of the song which has a soft feel compared to the master version where he has full force grit and emotion in the song.  Recorded June 7, 1970

 

Little Cabin On The Hill was written and recorded by Bill Monroe in which his title was "Little Cabin Home On The Hill".  Elvis first recorded version was on December 4th, 1956 in which he imitated Monroe during the Million Dollar Quarter recordings.   

Elvis would record the song on June 4, 1970.  In many ways he stays true to the original recording.  Listen to take 1 and the master recording.

Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On is widely known as a Jerry Lee Lewis song in which he recorded in 1957.  However the first recoring was two years prior by Big Maybelle.  A very cool but raunchier version of the songs.  

Elvis recording from September 22, 1970 adds more of the country version with Elvis' vocals feeding off the drum beat. Hear Elvis having fun with the Memphis Mafia boys and leading the recording session.  Also listen to the master recording.

The classic Funny How Time Slips Away was written by Willie Nelson but first recorded by Billy Walker on April 21, 1961. On July 1954 Walker along with Slim Whitman were headlining a show at the Overton Shell in Memphis along with newcomer Elvis Presley.  This was Elvis' first professional appearance after his recording of "That's All Right Mama.

Elvis recorded the song on June 7, 1970 and performed this song during his life performances in the mid 1970's.  Below is the master recording along with a version from a 1972 concert and the live performance by Billy Walker on the Opry.

 
 

The last song on Side A is a beautiful song written by Howard Barnes and Don Robertson called I Really Don't Want To Know in which they produced a demo in 1953. A year later the song was professionally recorded by Eddie Arnold. Elvis recorded the song on June 7, 1970 and released as a single December 8, 1970 where it peaked at #21 on the Pop Charts and #23 in the country chart. Below is the undubbed version from the album along with Eddie Arnold's recording and a live performance during one his final concert tours.

 
 

Don't forget to check out our look at SIDE B of Elvis Country

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