In January 1971, Elvis was well and truly back
and on top of his game. He had just chalked up no less than 4
Platinum and 3 Gold album awards and 5 Gold singles during 1970, and
as the new year began in January, the U.S. Jaycees named him one of
the "Top Ten Young Men of The Year." Elvis Country, released that
same month, received critical acclaim. Biographer Peter Guralnick's
review for Rolling Stone said: "...Elvis Presley has come out with a
record which gives us some of the very finest and most affecting
music since he first recorded for Sun almost 17 years ago." Elvis
Country is, obviously, a return to roots. But it's the singing, the
passion and engagement most of all which mark this album as
something truly exceptional.
Elvis Country received an RIAA Gold certification and spent 21 weeks
on the Billboard album chart. The single "I Really Don't Want To
Know" c/w "There Goes My Everything" reached #9 and #21 on the
Billboard country and pop charts respectively. Elvis' follow-up
studio album Love Letters From Elvis from June 1971 also contains
songs recorded during the historic four-day Nashville session that
spawned Elvis Country.
This new 2-CD Legacy Edition features both these classic original
albums and 6 bonus tracks including the full version of "I Was Born
About Ten Thousand Years Ago," the studio jam "A Hundred Years From
Now" and fhe single "Where Did They Go, Lord" c/w "Rags To Riches"
which reached #33 on the Billboard chart.