Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old)

By Blogcritics/ David BowlingJul 20, 2008
Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old)
Elvis returned to the studio in mid June of 1970 and cut 35 tracks. By this time he was literally recording live in the studio with a minimum of backing. Members of his band and assorted support singers would add their tracks after the fact. Elvis and his producer, Felton Jarvis, realized they had a large number of straight country songs on tape and decided to release them together on one album. Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old) is one of the few albums that sticks to just one type of music. This cohesiveness was appreciated by the buying public and it reached number six on the country charts and number 12 on the pop charts.
Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old) would be the closest to a concept album of any release from this artist. Each song was connected by short sound bytes from the song, “I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago.” The complete song has been added to the modern day CD releases as a bonus track. “Tomorrow Never Comes” finds Elvis’ voice just soaring until you think it can’t go any further and then it does. “Make The World Go Away” appears to be made just for him. The sound alternates between loud and soft and he gets the vocal intonations just right. He sounds wistful on the old Willie Nelson tune, “Funny How Time Slips Away.” He reaches way back into country music history for two songs. Bob Wills wrote “Faded Love” and Patsy Cline made it a hit. Elvis gives this country classic a mellow vocal performance that enhances the passion of the lyrics. He even adds a little bluegrass to the album as he sings the Bill Monroe/Lester Flatt tune, “Little Cabin On The Hill.” While his voice is a long way from the twangy original, he does bring the song to life and gives it a unique treatment. Guitarist James Burton lays down some extraordinary licks on this song. Elvis goes up-tempo on several songs. He tales the classic rocker “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” for a country ride. “It’s Your Baby You Rock It” is as close to rock as he will get on this album. His rich voice just drives this snappy song along. “I Washed My Hands In The Muddy Water” is close to the Johnny Rivers hit yet his rich voice makes it unique. Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old) is a superb country outing for Elvis. He had been exploring his roots on many of his post movie albums and this particular release finds him at his country best.


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Sandman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 1, 2010report abuse
His last truly great album.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 24, 2008report abuse
What a great album this is. All songs are good, and I think the session shows how good Elvis was when he was jamming. Whole lotta shakin´ is tremendous, just like Little cabin on the hill and I really don´t want to know. It´s among his five top albums ever, that´s for sure
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 24, 2008report abuse
Just one of The Best Country Albums ever, from any artist! Just That!
kev11467 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 22, 2008report abuse
Truly a classic album...this one should get the full FTD treatment sooner than later....
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2008report abuse
A great concept album! Had he only recorded Nelsons "Night Life" too! It would have been a great contribution to the never realized "Blues album" he was "working on" while answering a question during the MSG press conference
ttwiise (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2008report abuse
A true classic. Every song sung with style and passion. Albums like this are why we are all visiting this site!
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2008report abuse
By far Elvis' best album of the 70's and his last really great studio LP. Unfort from this point on, the focus would be on live performances and the creative studio juices that seemed to flow from 1969 would slowly begin to ebb.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2008report abuse
one of his best albums, with a superb version of Funny how time slips away. Even better then the original from Willie and much better then Elvis' live-versions which he sung without much passion (well the 1969 version is ok too; comes a little bit close to the studioversion). Other favourites of mine of these albums are The fool, Tomorrow never comes, There goes my everything and I washed my hands.
Shakingruud (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2008report abuse
Simply the BEST 70´s album of Elvis. Superb in many ways. Tomorrow Never Comes is one of my all- time favorites. Unbelievable, what a voice, what a passion!!!

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