Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds

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"Suspicious Minds" is a 1968 song written and first recorded by American songwriter Mark James. After this recording failed commercially, it was cut by Elvis Presley with producer Chips Moman, becoming a No.1 song in 1969, and one of the most memorable hits of Presley's career. "Suspicious Minds" was one of the singles that revived Presley's chart success in the U.S., following his '68 Comeback Special. It was his eighteenth and last No.1 single in the United States. Rolling Stone ranked it No. 91 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Session guitarist Reggie Young played on both the James and Presley versions. The song is about a mistrusting and dysfunctional relationship, and the need of the characters to overcome their issues in order to maintain it. Written in 1968 by Mark James, who was also co-writer of "Always on My Mind" (which Presley would later record), the song was first recorded and released by James on Scepter Records in 1968. Chips Moman had asked James to come to Memphis to write songs for American Sound Studio. At the time, James was residing in Houston. He had written three songs that became No.1 hits in the Southern United States. American Sound Studio was gaining a reputation in the industry, as the Box Tops had just recorded "The Letter" there, so James relocated to Memphis. James said that late one night, he was fooling around on his Fender guitar and using his Hammond organ pedals for a bass line and came up with what he thought was a catchy melody. At the time, he was married to his first wife but still had feelings for his childhood sweetheart, who was married back in Houston. James's wife had suspicions about his feelings. He felt it was a confusing time for him and that all three were "caught in this trap that they could not walk out of". At the recording session, James sang the lead vocals, and the studio band backed him; Moman produced. The horns, strings, and vocals of the Holladay Sisters were later overdubbed. After the tape was mixed, James and Moman flew to New York, where James's manager had contacts with Scepter Records. The label loved the song and put it out, but Scepter did not have the money to promote new artists, and the song did not make the charts. Later that year, Don Crews, Moman's partner, told James that Presley had booked their studio to record what would become the From Elvis in Memphis album. Crews kept asking James if he had any songs that would be right for Presley. James felt Presley needed a mature rock 'n' roll song to bring him back, as Tom Jones was a hot artist at the time. Crews and James thought of "Suspicious Minds" and James began urging others to get Presley to hear it. Even though James's recording had not been commercially successful, upon reviewing the song, Presley decided he could turn it into a hit. Presley's 1969 recordings at American Sound Studio were a direct consequence of the '68 Comeback Special, that interested Chips Moman in producing recordings in Presley's new style; he was making his comeback to the Memphis musical scene by recording rock, gospel, country, rhythm & blues, and soul. Marty Lacker, a close friend of Elvis, suggested he record at the studio. These sessions produced the album From Elvis in Memphis. "Suspicious Minds" was a product of a January 23, 1969 session, that took place between 4 am and 7 am. James was in Memphis, but he was not at the recording session. A few days earlier, he had walked into the recording studio during a session and sensed that Elvis was uncomfortable with his presence. James did not want to jinx the song so he stayed away. When he heard the track the day after it was recorded, he initially thought it sounded too slow. When he later heard the embellished version, he said he was blown away. In later years, whenever Elvis saw James he would cross the room to say hello. Production of the song was nearly scuttled over a copyright dispute. Elvis's business people said they wanted half of Moman's publishing rights. Moman accused them of stealing and threatened to halt the recording session. Harry Jenkins of RCA agreed with Moman because he sensed that "the song would be a big hit and there would be plenty to go around". The songs "I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)", "Without Love (There Is Nothing)", and "I'll Be There" were recorded in the same session. On August 7, "Suspicious Minds" was again overdubbed to stereo and mono in Las Vegas, where the final master was produced. The song's time signature changes in the bridge section, from 4/4 to the slower 6/8 then back again to the faster 4/4 rhythm. The instrumental arrangement uses an electric guitar, bass guitar, organ, strings, trumpets, trombones, and drums. RCA staff producer Felton Jarvis made the unusual decision to add a fade-out to the song starting at 3:36 and lasting for nearly 15 seconds before fading back into the song. The first verse then continues repeatedly until the song completely fades out. In a 2012 interview with Marc Myers of The Wall Street Journal, Moman disclosed that Jarvis was never happy with Elvis recording at American Sound Studio, saying "it was a control thing". Moman added, "So when Jarvis took the tape of 'Suspicious Minds,' he added this crazy 15-second fade toward the end, like the song was ending, and brought it back by overdubbing to extend it. I have no idea why he did that, but he messed it up. It was like a scar in the song - a scar not too well-liked. Not that it mattered, though - soon after the song was released, Elvis was back on top of the charts." Future Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux sang backing vocals on the track. The song was later included on the legacy edition of From Elvis in Memphis and the follow that dream reissue of Back In Memphis. Presley first performed the song at the Las Vegas International Hotel (later renamed the Hilton) on July 31, 1969, and the 45 rpm single was released 26 days later. It reached No.1 in the United States in the week of November 1 and stayed there for that week. It would be Presley's final No.1 single in the U.S., on the Billboard Hot 100, before his death ("Burning Love" in 1972 was a No.1 hit on the Cashbox charts; "The Wonder of You" in 1970, "Way Down" in 1977 and Junkie XL's remix of "A Little Less Conversation" in 2002 all hit No.1 on the British charts, followed by re-issues of several previous chart-toppers in 2005). Use in film soundtracks 1983 in the film Breathless, starring Richard Gere 1992 in the film Honeymoon in Vegas, starting Nicolas Cage & James Caan 2000 in the film Frequency, starring Dennis Quaid & Jim Caviezel 2001 in the film Black Hawk Down 2002 in the Disney animated feature film, Lilo & Stitch 2003 included in Intolerable Cruelty, an American romantic comedy film directed and co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen, and produced by Brian Grazer and the Coens, about divorce and lawyers in Los Angeles 2017 in the film Blade Runner 2049, along with "Can't Help Falling in Love" 2019 in the TV series Dark (S2E02) 2020 in the TV series Love Island (S6E12)

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- Elvis 30+ hits

Very cool, reminds me of my mum and nana. Totally love this album

- Elvis 30# 1 Hits - Elvis Presley

It doesn't get any better than this ~ Elvis at his best...the man who kick-started " rock'n'roll "....the KING.

- Just one

Only song it's missing is devil in disguise :|

- ๐Ÿ’•

I can dig Elvis

- It doesn't even work

I tried playing the music, but it won't play more than 10 seconds of it. ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ’ฉ

- Elvis โค๏ธ

I love rock. Elvis is my fav singer and I named my old dog Elvis โค๏ธ. 9 Year Old Female! ๐Ÿ˜€ Too bad he's dead ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ

- Love

The king

- Elvis Presley will live on forever...:)

This album is amazing! And has a lot of some of his best songs!!!! This is an amazing buy! Even after all this time Elvis is still living on through his music! Nobody will EVER forget Elvis Presley :) ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

- Good Old Elvis

A very good collection. Not a fan of 1950s songs, but how can you resist these gems? Songs like Hound Dog, Don't Be Cruel, Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up, and Love Me Tender are some of the best in the King of Rock and Roll's career. The only number one hit that is excluded off this one would be (and I will quote this one because it has a long title with commas) "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You." I wonder why it was left off of this. Yet, some of my favorites exist such as Suspicious Minds, Can't Help Falling in Love, and Burning Love. Not to mention, but I get a kick out of the remix of A Little Less Conversation. I can definitely picture that in a Tarantino film. Still, I'm also surprised Viva Las Vegas was left out of this. That's not one of my favorites, but it happens to be one of Elvis' most known songs.

- Elvis rocks

From elvis to the Beatles to Michael Jackson Elvis was the start of good popular music

- I love Elvis!

He's the greatest solo artist ever, with over a billion in album sales. How could you not like him?

- Classic

Elvis is such a great artist. This is an amazing album. Can't help falling in love and love me tender are my favorite slow songs.

- King of my Heart

Elvis holds a special place in my heart. I remember listening to his music when I was 5, I am 21. I thank my father for making me listen to Elvis records. One day I was looking through my parents old vinyl record collections and I found "Elvis' Golden Records" on vinyl. I cried and hugged it. I am keeping that vinyl until I die. Sorry dad. Finding that vinyl made me purchase my very first record player. I have started to build my own vinyl collection. Elvis will live on. I am sad I wasn't alive when he was. His music brings so much joy to my life. There isn't a song that I don't love. I love you EP!

- I can't help falling in love

The one I bought was made for babies. I could not get the original song. What's up?

- Dude.....Let

So Elvis, The King, Burning Love man, whateves. Lemme tell ya, you could still be alive today. ;) I'll tell you how 1. Build a time machine 2. Dont do drugs BOOM! Alive Elvis :D See you later! Hope you take my advice ;) True Stuff. Peace Out.

- I can dig Elvis

Wise men day only fools rush in.

- Can't Help Falling In Love With You "Elvis"

My husband and I have seen Elvis in concert in Las Vegas , ( twice ) , Madison Square Garden , n Phoenix Az. He was most definitely " a one of a kind " n fantastic performer , sexy , gorgeous , witty , with a voice that could send u to heaven ! He was my idol n I love all his songs ... He puts so much meaning in everything he sings ... N now , my beloved is in heaven singing along with Elvis ...

- The King of Rock

Elvis is the King.

- Love!

I love this song, along with many other Elvis songs of course. This ones great & it's nice to hear them in good quality! โค๐Ÿ‘

- Elvis 31

Awesome album

- Still the King of rock

Can't get enough awesome tunes!!!!


I. Love. You. I miss you๐Ÿ’ž

- Problem with 7?

I got the whole album and 7 of the songs i really wanted do not work, they STOP right in the middle of it. What's the deal with that I did not pay to get riped off. But other then the 7 songs i luved the album. SONGS that STOPPED -Hound Dog -One Night -(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I -Can't Help Falling In Love -She's Not You -Suspicious Minds -Burning Love

- Love him

Love his music

- I can dig Elvis...

But I can't help falling in love with you.

- Wow

He actually does have some really good songs

- In the ghetto

Is a beautiful song and I already have half f the songs on this album so I just bought in the ghetto- I love Elvis!!

- Pure Awsome

Gotta say that all of Elvis Songs are fun and enjoyable to listen to in this album. I can never get tired of listening to his music. Although I am part of the 1993 generation I think that today's current music doesn't even come close in comparison to The songs Elvis sang, which is pretty awesome considering it has lasted decades. Defiantly an Album worth buying.

- Didn't forget you

Everyone has heard of Elvis, am I right?

- Still Great!

I remember listening to Elvis Albums on my mom's A-Track player (if anyone remembers what those were). I still like his songs.

- King of Rock lives on!

I believe Elvis created the music I love today which is RockNRoll long live the king of it all Elvis I know all of these classic amazing songs!

- Jailhouse rock

Let's dance in the jailhouse.

- Elvis

Pure greatness!

- ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

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- Elvis is King!

I really love Elvis, and this album was a must have! It takes me on a trip back in time to when he was still alive and well. But I think I speak 4 any true Elvis fan when I say he will ALWAYS be alive in our hearts and on our iPods, lol.

- To bad that he is dead

I like some of his songs.I am only 10yr

- Great


- Love it

My grandma would put me to bed listening to this ten years ago when I was three along with my brother. I wish neither of them were dead... I love Elvis SOOOO MUCH! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œโค๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’•

- Fast fun

Love the bouncier,faster,catchier songs. Definitely why he is so renowned.slow,soft songs still great but seem a little forced and unnatural. All around great music.:)

- That buffet guy

I think Elvis has nothing to do with that buffet guy!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is just stoupid!!!!!!!!!!

- So Close!

I wish more than anything this had "Blue Christmas" on it!

- Hey dude don't be cruel

Elvis woulda been dead before 50. Genetic condition he and his mother had would have guaranteed it. But love brah u just gotta vent. The kings has left the building.

- Best album ever made

Elvis is the best, somebody prove me wrong


Rock the house!

- Elvis

Just the best there was!

- Great

Great music Elvis inspires me great

- Elvis is the best ever

U will never see an artist as good as Elvis ever again.he dedicated his life to God. A great man he always was good to his fans also. Hands down can't beat Elvis no matter what. !!!!!!!!!!!!

- The grey-haired teenager

I followed this guy from the beginning until the day he died. That day was truly the day the music died. This man was a true icon of all types of music, he died way too early.


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