The A-side, a big, hyper-dramatic ballad, was from the recent week-long series of sessions in Nashville, and Elvis clearly believed in the song. “Phew, man, it’s tough,” he declared at one point in the recording, “but the thing is worth working on.” It was, and Elvis and the band achieved a suitably emotional result. But the public wasn’t buying, and with sales of just 300,000 it was a genuine disappointment, perhaps sounding a faint cautionary note about Elvis’ continuing connection with his new contemporary audience.
I’m Leavin’Michael Jarrett/Sonny Charles. Recorded May 20, 1971 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan, Kenneth Buttrey. Piano: David Briggs, Joe Moscheo. Organ, Harmonica & Percussion: Charlie McCoy. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, Temple Riser, Ginger Holladay, The Imperials. OVERDUBS, Vocals: Millie Kirkham,The Imperials
Heart Of RomeGeoff Stephens/Alan Blaikley/Ken Howard. Recorded June 6, 1970 at RCA’s Studio B Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young, Elvis Presley. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan. Piano: David Briggs. Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. OVERDUBS, Guitar: James Burton. Organ: David Briggs. Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Percussion & Vibes: Farrell Morris. Steel Guitar: Weldon Myrick. Trumpet: Charlie McCoy, George Tidwell, Don Sheffield, Glenn Baxter. Saxophone: Wayne Butler, Norman Ray. Flute, Saxophone & Clarinet: Skip Lane. Trombone: Gene Mullins. Flute & Trombone: William Puett. Vocals: Mary Holladay, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Dolores Edgin, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, June Page, Temple Riser, Sonja Montgomery, Joe Babcock, The Jordanaires, The Imperials