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Suspicious Minds

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Mark James

Recorded: January 23, 1969, American Sound Studios, Memphis
Released master is take 8, with ending spliced for longer playing time.

Single: w/ "You'll Think Of Me", RCA 47-9764, August 26, 1969
Also re-released as Gold Standard single, 447-0673, December 1, 1970
Also released w/ "Burning Love", PB-13896, October 1984, as one of six singles in box set

RIAA Certified: Platinum (as of 03/27/1992)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#1 on Billboard Hot 100
#1 on Cash Box Top 100

1st LP release: Elvis: Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Vol 1 - August 1970
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My Spin

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Although "If I Can Dream" and "In The Ghetto" had begun Elvis' comeback to the charts, "Suspicious Minds" sealed the deal, and left no doubt that Elvis could still make relevant popular music. Topping the Billboard and Cash Box charts for the first time in six years (and, as it would turn out, the last time), "Suspicious Minds" was the perfect medium for the new Elvis, a country rock melody by Mark James that begins as a mid-tempo ballad, and builds to an effective repetitious climax, background singers cooing and horns blaring. The original single mix had a double fade-out, where the song fades out then back in and finally out again, which may not be everyone's cup o' tea, but was certainly unusual. Classic performance that would become a standard in Elvis' 70s concerts.

I'll be writing more later, but meanwhile check out the music and links.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Suspicious Minds" became one of Presley's signature tunes, for he recorded four versions. This, the first, became a major hit for him towards the end of 1969. The song is outstanding, and the fast yet menacing atmosphere is ideally caught. The later versions are live, but there is no doubt that the clean nature of this first version enables more to be heard.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

The big hit of the 1969 Vegas engagement - the single that sparked The Great Comeback... This studio version was a splicing of three takes that added horns and overdubbed various "Live" parts from the stage versions for enhanced presence and power.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

...Presley's masterpiece: He sings so intensely through the fade-out that his band returns for another minute of the tear-stained chorus.

-from Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (#91)

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