Elvis Reconfigured: 1969-1976 (The Edge Of Reality #10/Playlist Recipes #8)

Time sure has slipped away since my last post. In the course of many wonderful blessings currently going on in my life, I have been listening to plenty of Elvis Presley music even if I haven’t been writing.

I enjoy making music playlists, and I created a series of them recently that I call Elvis Reconfigured. The concept for these was, what if The Powers That Be had taken more care when compiling and sequencing albums of Elvis’ non-soundtrack studio work from 1969 to 1976?

I was happy with most of the results, so I thought I’d share the track-listings with you. Incidentally, I attempted something similar for the rest of his master recordings, but it just didn’t work out. So, there won’t be a Part 2 to this post. However, feel free to suggest your own alternates in the comments below!

Blessings,
TY


We’re traveling into an amazing land whose borders are only that of imagination. Look! There’s the station up ahead. Our next stop . . . the edge of reality.

The Edge Of Reality

Through the lens of time, submitted for your consideration are the following albums from the later years of The Memphis Flash.

Back In Memphis (Recorded 1969)
Side A

  1. Stranger In My Own Home Town
  2. Power Of My Love
  3. My Little Friend
  4. I’ll Be There
  5. Any Day Now
  6. Suspicious Minds

Side B

  1. Wearin’ That Loved-On Look
  2. Do You Know Who I Am
  3. After Loving You
  4. Rubberneckin’
  5. In The Ghetto
  6. Hey Jude

Elvis Country: Walking In The Rain (1969)
Side A

  1. Gentle On My Mind
  2. Only The Strong Survive
  3. Kentucky Rain
  4. It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’
  5. Don’t Cry Daddy
  6. I’m Movin’ On

Side B

  1. Long Black Limousine
  2. You’ll Think Of Me
  3. Inherit The Wind
  4. If I’m A Fool
  5. Mama Liked The Roses
  6. The Fair Is Moving On

Elvis Now: Stranger In The Crowd (1970)
Side A

  1. Stranger In The Crowd
  2. I’ve Lost You
  3. How The Web Was Woven
  4. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
  5. Sylvia
  6. The Sound Of Your Cry

Side B

  1. Patch It Up
  2. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights
  3. Just Pretend
  4. The Next Step Is Love
  5. Mary In The Morning
  6. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Heart & Soul mix)

Tomorrow Never Comes: Elvis Country – Volume 2 (1970)
Side A

  1. The Fool
  2. Little Cabin Home On The Hill
  3. Tomorrow Never Comes
  4. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
  5. Funny How Time Slips Away
  6. I Really Don’t Want To Know

Side B

  1. It’s Your Baby, You Rock It
  2. Faded Love
  3. Snowbird
  4. There Goes My Everything
  5. I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
  6. Make The World Go Away

Still Here (1971)
Side A

  1. Early Morning Rain
  2. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  3. It’s Only Love
  4. Help Me Make It Through The Night
  5. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
  6. Until It’s Time For You To Go

Side B

  1. I’m Leavin’
  2. For Lovin’ Me
  3. It’s Still Here
  4. I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
  5. I Will Be True
  6. We Can Make The Morning

Home On Christmas Day (1971)
Side A

  1. O Come All Ye Faithful
  2. The First Noel
  3. On A Snowy Christmas Night
  4. If I Get Home On Christmas Day
  5. The Wonderful World Of Christmas
  6. Winter Wonderland

Side B

  1. Silver Bells
  2. It Won’t Seem Like Christmas
  3. Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees
  4. I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day (Remake)
  5. Merry Christmas Baby

Amazing Grace (1970-1971)
Side A

  1. I’ve Got Confidence
  2. Seeing Is Believing
  3. He Touched Me
  4. Put Your Hand In The Hand
  5. Lead Me, Guide Me
  6. Bosom Of Abraham

Side B

  1. Only Believe
  2. I, John
  3. Life
  4. Amazing Grace (Take 2)
  5. I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago
  6. An Evening Prayer

Burning Love (1970-1972)
Side A

  1. Burning Love
  2. Separate Ways
  3. Love Me, Love The Life I Lead
  4. Where Do I Go From Here
  5. Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off Of It
  6. Rags To Riches

Side B

  1. It’s A Matter Of Time
  2. Heart Of Rome
  3. Where Did They Go, Lord
  4. I’ll Never Know
  5. Fool
  6. Always On My Mind

Promised Land (1973)
Side A

  1. Promised Land
  2. Lovin’ Arms
  3. I’ve Got A Thing About You, Baby
  4. You Asked Me To
  5. If You Talk In Your Sleep
  6. For Ol’ Times Sake

Side B

  1. Thinking About You
  2. It’s Midnight
  3. Help Me
  4. My Boy
  5. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues
  6. Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming

Bringing It Back (1973, 1975)
Side A

  1. T-R-O-U-B-L-E
  2. Love Song Of The Year
  3. There’s A Honky Tonk Angel
  4. Fairytale
  5. Are You Sincere
  6. Bringing It Back

Side B

  1. And I Love You So
  2. Sweet Angeline
  3. Pieces Of My Life
  4. Mr. Songman
  5. Green, Green Grass Of Home
  6. Shake A Hand

Moody Blue: From Elvis At Graceland (1976)
Side A

  1. For The Heart
  2. Solitaire
  3. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
  4. She Thinks I Still Care (Take 2B)
  5. Danny Boy
  6. Way Down

Side B

  1. Hurt
  2. Never Again
  3. It’s Easy For You
  4. Moody Blue
  5. He’ll Have To Go
  6. Pledging My Love

The music never ends on . . . the edge of reality.

[With apologies to Serling.]


“Blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT

7 thoughts on “Elvis Reconfigured: 1969-1976 (The Edge Of Reality #10/Playlist Recipes #8)

    • Thanks, Gary. It’s always easy to blame the Colonel, but Elvis was apparently unwilling to pose for publicity material once he was done making movies. He also seemed to have little interest in the compilation, sequencing, and artwork of most if not all of his albums. Rightly or wrongly, he left all of that to RCA and the Colonel. They had a hard enough time getting him to record an appropriate number of songs, much less be involved beyond the music process.

      Do I wish they had hired professional graphic artists to create better covers back in the day? Of course. Would it have made a difference in sales? Probably not. Arguably, a more “artistic” cover that did not feature a photo of Elvis might have actually detracted from sales.

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  1. These re-configured albums are “brilliant”. They make a lot more sense in this new and improved configuration. I cannot wait to get started on putting these together and adding them to my playlists. Thank you for your time and effort in bringing this to us. Thank you.

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    • Thanks, Ray. This was one of those things where I created the playlists for personal use for fun, but decided to put the “recipes” here in case anyone else would enjoy them.

      I didn’t cover live albums in the post above, but when I was looking at his other master recordings, I decided on a double album that I present here as a bonus for you (and anyone else that happens to be reading, hah) . . . .

      Elvis On Stage At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (1969-1970)
      Side A

      1. Opening Riff/Blue Suede Shoes
      2. Johnny B. Goode
      3. All Shook Up
      4. Are You Lonesome Tonight
      5. Hound Dog
      6. I Can’t Stop Loving You
      7. My Babe

      Side B

      1. See See Rider
      2. Release Me
      3. Sweet Caroline
      4. Runaway
      5. The Wonder Of You

      Side C

      1. Polk Salad Annie
      2. Yesterday
      3. Proud Mary
      4. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
      5. Let It Be Me

      Side D

      1. Mystery Train/Tiger Man
      2. Words
      3. In The Ghetto
      4. Suspicious Minds (August 25, 1969, Midnight Show)
      5. Can’t Help Falling In Love

      As for other live releases, As Recorded At Madison Square Garden, Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite, and Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis would remain as per the originals (though hopefully with better mixes and sound quality, as long as we are making an alternate history).

      While I was trying, for the most part, to stay true to the original masters, I just had to add the following:

      Elvis Live: That’s The Way It Is (1970)
      Side A

      1. Opening Riff/That’s All Right (August 10 Opening Show)
      2. I Got A Woman (August 11 Dinner Show)
      3. I’ve Lost You
      4. Patch It Up
      5. Something (August 11 Midnight Show)
      6. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

      Side B

      1. I Just Can’t Help Believin’
      2. Heartbreak Hotel (August 12 Midnight Show)
      3. One Night (August 12 Midnight Show)
      4. Don’t Be Cruel (August 11 Midnight Show)
      5. Love Me (August 11 Midnight Show)
      6. Little Sister/Get Back (August 12 Midnight Show)
      7. Bridge Over Troubled Water (August 11 Dinner Show)

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  2. I loved this post, Ty! The idea of two county albums is great, as a lot of material that Elvis recorded at American Sound Studio had a country origin. The folk album (Still Here) from 1971 should have been released, it would have been a winner. Maybe later this year as a 50th anniversary edition? And your bonus live albums are really good. I have to make a lot of new play lists now. :-)

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