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Elvis: Back In Nashville

Released:Nov. 12, 2021

Elvis: Back In Nashville is the definitive presentation of Elvis Presley’s May-June 1971 Nashville studio sessions, showcasing Elvis and his core band as they sounded during the actual sessions without orchestral overdubs and vocal accompaniment. These revelatory sessions chronicle the last time Elvis would record in Nashville.

With Elvis’ upcoming concert activities increasing, future studio time would be limited and so the goal of these sessions was to generate perhaps a year’s worth of new songs. RCA and the Colonel let Elvis know they’d like a new Christmas album, a gospel album, a pop album, and “several new singles for summer and fall releases” and so, Elvis’ music coordinator/producer Felton Jarvis booked a whole week of all-night sessions starting March 15, 1971 and brought on the same band he’d used the year before. Overdubs removed, what’s revealed on Elvis: Back In Nashville is some of the most compelling singing of Presley’s career.

Some of Elvis’ 1971 Nashville studio recordings appeared, with subsequent orchestral and vocal overdubs, on the seasonal collection Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas (1971), the GRAMMY-winning gospel album He Touched Me (1972), Elvis Now (1972) and 1973’s Elvis.

Elvis: Back In Nashville is available as a 4CD/digital collection featuring 82 pristine original recordings. Graceland is offering an exclusive 2LP 12″ color vinyl collectors pressing. A 2LP 12″ vinyl version of the album is also available.

Recorded at RCA Recording Studios (Studio B), Nashville
Original engineer: Al Pachucki
Original A&R: Felton Jarvis

Compilation produced by Ernst Mikael Jørgensen
A&R: John Jackson & Rob Santos
Mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording, Memphis, TN
Mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios, New York, NY

Take 10: Previously Unreleased

All chart information derived from Billboard magazine’s charts.
All release information refers to the original release of these recordings in their original form

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  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – takes 11-12

    (Ewan McColl) Recorded March 15, 1971. Take 11: Previously unreleased. Take 12: Single 74-0672, released April 4, 1972. No original album release
  • Amazing Grace

    (Arranged by Elvis Presley) Recorded March 15, 1971. RCA album He Touched Me LSP-4690, released April 3, 1972. Peak chart position: #79 Pop, #32 Country. RIAA status: Platinum.
  • Early Mornin’ Rain

    (Gordon Lightfoot) Recorded March 15, 1971. RCA album Elvis Now LSP-4671, released February 20, 1972. Peak chart position: #43 Pop, #45 Country. RIAA status: Gold
  • (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me

    (Gordon Lightfoot) Recorded March 15, 1971. RCA album Elvis (Fool) APL1-0283, released July 16, 1973. Peak chart position: #52 Pop, #8 Country.
  • Help Me Make It Through The Night

    (Kris Kristofferson) Recorded May 17, 1971. RCA album Elvis Now LSP-4671, released February 20, 1972. Peak chart position: #43 Pop, #45 Country. RIAA status: Gold.
  • Until It’s Time For You To Go

    (Buffy Sainte-Marie) May 17, 1971. Single 74-0619, released January 4, 1972. Peak chart position: #40 Pop, #68 Country, #9 as double A-side on Easy Listening. RCA album Elvis Now LSP-4671, released February 20, 1972. Peak chart position: #43 Pop, #45 Country. RIAA status: Gold.

  • Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – (unedited version)

    (Bob Dylan) May 16, 1971. RCA album Elvis (Fool) APL1-0283, released July 16, 1973 (edited version). Peak chart position: #52 Pop, #8 Country
  • It’s Still Here

    (Ivory Joe Hunter) May 19, 1971. RCA album Elvis (Fool) APL1-0283, released July 16, 1973. Peak chart position: #52 Pop, #8 Country
  • I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen

    (Arranged by Elvis Presley) May 19, 1971. RCA album Elvis (Fool) APL1-0283, released July 16, 1973. Peak chart position: #52 Pop, #8 Country
  • I Will Be True

    (Ivory Joe Hunter) May 19, 1971. RCA album Elvis (Fool) APL1-0283, released July 16, 1973. Peak chart position: #52 Pop, #8 Country
  • Padre

    (Jacques Larue/Paul Francis Webster/Alain Romans) May 15, 1971. RCA Recording Studios (Studio B), Nashville. RCA album Elvis (Fool) APL1-0283, released July 16, 1973. Peak chart position: #52 Pop, #8 Country
  • Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)

    (Rube Bloom/Johnny Mercer) May 18, 1971. RCA album Elvis Now LSP-4671, released February 20, 1972. Peak chart position: #43 Pop, #45 Country. RIAA status: Gold
  • My Way takes 2-3 (Master)

    (Paul Anka/Jacques Revaux/Claude Francois) June 10, 1971. Take 2 FTD 2-CD set Elvis (Fool) 506020975018, released September 2010. Take 3: RCA 5-album set Walk A Mile In My Shoes - The Essential 70’s Masters 07863 66670, released October 10, 1995. RIAA status: Gold
  • I’m Leavin’

    (Michael Jarrett/Sonny Charles) May 20, 1971. Single 47-9998, released June 22, 1971. Peak chart position: #36 Pop, #2 Easy Listening. No original album release
  • It’s Only Love

    (Mark James/Steve Tyrell) May 20, 1971. Single 48-1017, released September 21, 1971. Peak chart position: #51 Pop, #19 Easy Listening. No original album release
  • We Can Make The Morning

    (Jay Ramsey) May 20, 1971. Single 74-0619, released January 4, 1972. Peak chart position: #9 as double A-side on Easy Listening. RCA album Elvis Now LSP-4671, released February 20, 1972. RIAA status: Gold
  • Love Me, Love The Life I Lead

    (Tony Macaulay/Roger Greenaway) May 21, 1971. RCA album Elvis (Fool) APL1-0283, released July 16, 1973. Peak chart position: #52 Pop, #8 Country
  • Until It’s Time For You To Go - remake

    (Buffy Sainte-Marie) June 8, 1971. RCA album A Hundred Years From Now 07863 66866-2, released July 30, 1996
  • He Touched Me

    (William Gaither)May 18, 1971. Single 74-0651, released February 29, 1972. RCA album He Touched Me LSP-4690, released April 3, 1972. Peak chart position: #79 Pop, #32 Country. RIAA status: Platinum
  • I’ve Got Confidence

    (Andrae Crouch) May 18, 1971. RCA album He Touched Me LSP-4690, released April 3, 1972. Peak chart position: #79 Pop, #32 Country. RIAA status: Platinum Seeing Is Believing
  • Seeing Is Believing

    (Red West/Glen Spreen) May 19, 1971. RCA album He Touched Me LSP-4690, released April 3, 1972. Peak chart position: #79 Pop, #32 Country. RIAA status: Platinum
  • He Is My Everything

    (Dallas Frazier) June 9, 1971. RCA album He Touched Me LSP-4690, released April 3, 1972. Peak chart position: #79 Pop, #32 Country. RIAA status: Platinum
  • Bosom Of Abraham

    (William Johnson/George McFadden/Ted Brooks) June 9, 1971. Single 74-0651, released February 29, 1972. RCA album He Touched Me LSP-4690, released April 3, 1972. Peak chart position: #79 Pop, #32 Country. RIAA status: Platinum
  • An Evening Prayer

    (C. Maude Battersby/Charles Gabriel) May 18, 1971. RCA album He Touched Me LSP-4690, released April 3, 1972. Peak chart position: #79 Pop, #32 Country. RIAA status: Platinum
  • Lead Me, Guide Me

    (Doris Akers) May 17, 1971. RCA album He Touched Me LSP-4690, released April 3, 1972. Peak chart position: #79 Pop, #32 Country. RIAA status: Platinum
  • There Is No God But God

    (Bill Kenny) June 9, 1971. RCA album He Touched Me LSP-4690, released April 3, 1972. Peak chart position: #79 Pop, #32 Country. RIAA status: Platinum
  • A Thing Called Love

    (Jerry “Hubbard” Reed) May 19, 1971. RCA album He Touched Me LSP-4690, released April 3, 1972. Peak chart position: #79 Pop, #32 Country. RIAA status: Platinum
  • I, John

    (William Johnson/George McFadden/Ted Brooks) June 9, 1971. RCA album He Touched Me LSP-4690, released April 3, 1972. Peak chart position: #79 Pop, #32 Country. RIAA status: Platinum
  • Reach Out To Jesus

    (Ralph Carmichael) June 8, 1971. RCA album He Touched Me LSP-4690, released April 3, 1972. Peak chart position: #79 Pop, #32 Country. RIAA status: Platinum
  • Put Your Hand In The Hand

    (Gene MacLellan) June 8, 1971. RCA album Elvis Now LSP-4671, released February 20, 1972. Peak chart position: #43 Pop, #45 Country. RIAA status: Gold
  • Miracle Of The Rosary

    (Lee Denson) May 15, 1971. RCA album Elvis Now LSP-4671, released February 20, 1972. Peak chart position: #43 Pop, #45 Country. RIAA status: Gold
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful

    (Arranged by Elvis Presley) May 16, 1971. Single 74-0572, released November 9, 1971. RCA album Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas LSP-4579, released September, 1971. Peak chart position: #13 Country, #1 Christmas. RIAA status: 3x Platinum
  • The First Noel

    (Arranged by Elvis Presley) May 16, 1971. RCA album Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas LSP-4579, released September, 1971. Peak chart position: #13 Country, #1 Christmas. RIAA status: 3x Platinum

  • On A Snowy Christmas Night

    (Stanley Gelber) May 16, 1971. RCA album Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas LSP-4579, released September, 1971. Peak chart position: #13 Country, #1 Christmas. RIAA status: 3x Platinum
  • Winter Wonderland

    (Dick Smith/Felix Bernard) May 16, 1971. RCA album Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas LSP-4579, released September, 1971. Peak chart position: #13 Country, #1 Christmas. RIAA status: 3x Platinum
  • The Wonderful World Of Christmas

    (Charles Tobias/Al Frisch) May 16, 1971. RCA album Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas LSP-4579, released September, 1971. Peak chart position: #13 Country, #1 Christmas. RIAA status: 3x Platinum
  • It Won’t Seem Like Christmas (Without You)

    (J. A. Balthrop) May 15, 1971. RCA album Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas LSP-4579, released September, 1971. Peak chart position: #13 Country, #1 Christmas. RIAA status: 3x Platinum
  • I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day

    (Michael Jarrett) May 16, 1971. RCA album Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas LSP-4579, released September, 1971. Peak chart position: #13 Country, #1 Christmas. RIAA status: 3x Platinum
  • If I Get Home On Christmas Day

    (Tony Macaulay)nMay 15, 1971. RCA album Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas LSP-4579, released September, 1971. Peak chart position: #13 Country, #1 Christmas. RIAA status: 3x Platinum
  • Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees

    (Red West/Glen Spreen) May 15, 1971. RCA album Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas LSP-4579, released September, 1971. Peak chart position: #13 Country, #1 Christmas. RIAA status: 3x Platinum
  • Merry Christmas Baby – unedited

    (Lou Baxter/Johnny Moore) May 15, 1971. Single 74-0572, released November 9, 1971 (edited version). RCA album Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas LSP-4579, released September, 1971. Peak chart position: #13 Country, #1 Christmas. RIAA status: 3x Platinum
  • Silver Bells

    (Ray Evans/Jay Livingston) May 15, 1971. RCA album Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas LSP-4579, released September, 1971. Peak chart position: #13 Country, #1 Christmas. RIAA status: 3x Platinum
  • I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day (remake)

    (Michael Jarrett) June 10, 1971. RCA album Memories Of Christmas CPL1-4395, released August 24, 1982. Peak chart position: #48 Country. RIAA status: Gold
  • It’s Only Love – takes 8 & 9

    (Mark James/Steve Tyrell) May 20, 1971. Take 8: FTD 2-CD set Elvis Now 506020 975010, released April 2010. Take 9: RCA album A Hundred Years From Now 07863 66866-2, released July 30, 1996
  • Love Me, Love The Life I Lead – takes 5 & 6

    (Tony Macaulay/Roger Greenaway) May 21, 1971. FTD 2-CD set Elvis (Fool) 506020975018, released September 2010
  • We Can Make The Morning – master with backing vocals

    (Jay Ramsey) May 20, 1971. Single 74-0619, released January 4, 1972. Peak chart position: #9 Easy Listening (as double A-side). RCA album Elvis Now LSP-4671, released February 20, 1972. Peak chart position: #43 Pop, #45 Country. RIAA status: Gold
  • I’m Leavin’ – take 1

    (Michael Jarrett/Sonny Charles) May 20, 1971. FTD 2-CD set Elvis Now 506020 975010, released April 2010
  • Johnny B. Goode – impromptu performance

    (Chuck Berry) May 18, 1971. FTD album I Sing All Kinds (The Nashville 1971 Sessions) 88697 03631-2, released. July 2007
  • Padre – takes 1 & 11

    (Jaques Larue/Paul Francis Webster/Alain Romans) May 15, 1971. FTD 2-CD set Elvis (Fool) 506020975018, released September 2010.
  • Lady Madonna – impromptu performance

    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) May 17, 1971. RCA 5-album set Walk A Mile In My Shoes - The Essential 70’s Masters 07863 66670-2, released October 10, 1995. RIAA status: Gold
  • Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) - take 6

    (Rube Bloom/Johnny Mercer) May 18, 1971. FTD 2-CD set Elvis Now 506020 975010, released April 2010
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight (fragment-impromptu performance)

    (Roy Turk/Lou Handman) May 18, 1971. Previously unreleased
  • I Will Be True – takes 1-2

    (Ivory Joe Hunter) May 19, 1971. Takes 1: FTD album I Sing All Kinds (The Nashville 1971 Sessions) 88697 03631-2, released. July, 2007 Take 2: FTD 2-CD set Elvis (Fool) 506020975018, released September 2010.
  • It’s Still Here - takes 1 & 3

    (Ivory Joe Hunter) May 19, 1971. FTD album I Sing All Kinds (The Nashville 1971 Sessions) 88697 03631-2, released. July, 2007
  • Help Me Make It Through The Night – takes 1-3

    (Kris Kristofferson) May 17, 1971. Takes 1-2: FTD 2-CD set Elvis Now 506020 975010, released April 2010. Take 3: RCA album Great Country Songs 07863-66880-2, released October 1996. Peak chart position: #73 Country
  • (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me - take 1

    (Gordon Lightfoot) March 15, 1971. FTD 2-CD set Elvis (Fool) 506020975018, released September 2010.
  • Until It’s Time For You To Go – take 5

    (Buffy Sainte-Marie) May 17, 1971. RCA 4-CD set Elvis: Today, Tomorrow & Forever 07863-65115, released July 25, 2002. Peak chart position: #180 Pop, #21 Country
  • Early Mornin’ Rain – takes 1 &11

    (Gordon Lightfoot) March 15, 1971. Take 1: FTD 2-CD set Elvis Now 506020 975010, released April 2010. Take 11: FTD album I Sing All Kinds (The Nashville 1971 Sessions) 88697 03631-2, released July 2007
  • I Shall Be Released – impromptu performance

    (Bob Dylan) May 20, 1971. RCA 5-album set Walk A Mile In My Shoes - The Essential 70’s Masters 07863 66670-2, released October 10, 1995. RIAA status: Gold
  • Don’t Think Twice, (It’s All Right) – remake

    (Bob Dylan) May 17, 1971. FTD 2-CD set Elvis (Fool) 506020975018, released September 2010
  • Put Your Hand In The Hand (3:19) – rehearsal and take 1

    (Gene MacLellan) June 8, 1971. FTD album I Sing All Kinds (The Nashville 1971 Sessions) 88697 03631-2, released July 2007
  • Amazing Grace – takes 1-2

    (Arranged by Elvis Presley) March 15, 1971. Take 1: FTD 2-CD set He Touched Me 506020 975028, released October 2011. Take 2: RCA 5-album set Walk A Mile In My Shoes - The Essential 70’s Masters 07863 66670-2, released October 10, 1995. RIAA status: Gold
  • Miracle Of The Rosary - take 1

    (Lee Denson) May 15, 1971. RCA 4-album set Platinum: A Life In Music 07863 667469-2, released July 15, 1997. Peak chart position: #80 Pop. RIAA status: Gold
  • The Lord’s Prayer (impromptu performance)

    May 16, 1971. RCA 2-CD set A Hundred Years From Now 07863 66866-2, released July 30, 1996
  • He Touched Me – takes 1-2

    (William Gaither) May 18, 1971. Take 1: Previously unreleased. Take 2: RCA 4-album set Platinum: A Life In Music 07863 667469-2, released July 15, 1997 . Peak chart position: #80 Pop. RIAA status: Gold
  • I’ve Got Confidence - take 1

    (Andrae Crouch) May 18, 1971. FTD album I Sing All Kinds (The Nashville 1971 Sessions) 88697 03631-2, released July 2007
  • An Evening Prayer – takes 1-2

    (C. Maude Battersby/Charles Gabriel) May 18, 1971. Take 1: Previously unreleased. Take 2: FTD 2-CD set He Touched Me 506020 975028, released October 2011
  • Seeing Is Believing – takes 1,2 & 4

    (Red West/Glen Spreen) May 19, 1971. Takes 1-2: FTD album Easter Special 74321 84125, released April 2001. Take 4: Time Life album Treasures: 1970-1976 (The Elvis Presley Collection vol. 13) 07863-69412, released February 1, 1999 

  • Thing Called Love -take 3

    (Jerry Hubbard) May 19, 1971. FTD 2-CD set He Touched Me 506020 975028, released October 2011
  • Reach Out To Jesus – takes 1,2 & 9

    (Ralph Carmichael) June 8, 1971. FTD 2-CD set He Touched Me 506020 975028, released October 2011
  • He Is My Everything – take 1

    (Dallas Frazier) June 9, 1971. FTD album Easter Special 74321 84125, released April 2001
  • There Is No God But God – takes 1-2

    (Bill Kenny) June 9, 1971. FTD album Easter Special 74321 84125, released April 2001
  • Bosom Of Abraham – takes 2-3

    (William Johnson/George McFadden/Ted Brooks) June 9, 1971. Take 2: FTD 2-CD set He Touched Me 506020 975028, released October 2011. Take 3: RCA 4-album set Platinum: A Life In Music 07863 667469-2, released July 15, 1997. Peak chart position: #80 Pop. RIAA status: Gold
  • I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day – take 3

    (Michael Jarrett) May 16, 1971. FTD album I Sing All Kinds (The Nashville 1971 Sessions) 88697 03631-2, released July 2007
  • It Won’t Seem Like Christmas (Without You) – takes 1 & 6

    (J. A. Balthrop) May 15, 1971. Take 1 & impromtu singing: FTD 2-CD set Elvis Sings Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas 506020 975031, released December 2011. Take 6: RCA album If Every Day Was Like Christmas 07863 66482, released October 25, 1994. Peak chart position: #94 Pop, #18 Christmas. RIAA status: Platinum
  • If I Get Home On Christmas Day – take 3

    (Tony Macaulay) May 15, 1971. FTD 2-CD set Elvis Sings Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas 506020 975031, released December 2011
  • Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees – take 4

    (Red West/Glen Spreen) May 15, 1971. FTD album I Sing All Kinds (The Nashville 1971 Sessions) 88697 03631-2, released July 2007
  • Silver Bells – take 1

    (Ray Evans/Jay Livingston) May 15, 1971. RCA Cassette single 07863 62411-4, released November 1992
  • I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day – take 4

    (Michael Jarrett) May 16, 1971. RCA 4-album set Platinum: A Life In Music 07863 667469-2, released July 15, 1997. Peak chart position: #80 Pop. RIAA status: Gold
  • Winter Wonderland – take 7

    (Dick Smith/Felix Bernard) May 16, 1971. FTD 2-CD set Elvis Sings Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas 506020 975031, released December 2011
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful – take 2

    (Arranged by Elvis Presley) May 16, 1971. FTD 2-CD set Elvis Sings Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas 506020 975031, released December 2011
  • I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day (remake) takes 1,4,5 &10

    (Michael Jarrett) Takes 1,4 & 5: FTD 2-CD set Elvis Sings Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas 506020 975031, released December 2011

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