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THE MUSIC OF THE MOMENT - "STAX STUDIOS 1973"

 

Elvis Presley "Stax Studios 1973"

THE MUSIC OF THE MOMENT 

 STAX STUDIOS 1973



FROM TUPELO TO MEMPHIS

11 December 1973


The next recording was a new song by buddy Red West and Johnny Christoper. Nothing to do with the country song that was recorded same day December 11, in country style, "You Asked Me To".

Elvis always wanted to get up to date in terms of music, his approach, regardless of the styles he liked more or less, in his way of being was the desire to know more, curiosity, news. For this reason Elvis also wanted to accept other styles that could be the ones that were worn at the time, such as the Funky style. He wanted to try new things and always showed the ability to adapt to time. Even his old music shaped her differently so that he could bring out new sensations, experiment with his music and convert her to his new self


The song "If You Talk In Your Sleep" was a song in a current Funky style, with a bold orchestral arrangement, it turned out to be a different song. Elvis enjoyed recording this song, because it was so different from what he was singing and it was something new.
The curiosity was precisely the novelty and the challenge in this song. Red West knew Elvis very well and knew how to capture his attention with the lyrics, which reflected life, infidelity, the secrets kept in dreams, everything that inspired him in the lyrics. The accompaniment arranged for the music with the boost of the bass and drums, topped with Funky guitars and with the electric piano at the bottom end would adorn the voice.
Elvis as usual sings this score like all styles, magnificent, with a powerful voice and sure in his performance. The choir with an appropriate intervention and in this case the musical accompaniment, too.



Elvis recorded this song, written by Red West and Johnny Christopher, at Stax Studios, Memphis on December 11, 1973. The song was released as a single in May 1974 (with "Help Me" on the B face) and reached number one 17 on the Billboard Top 100 chart, but it is true that even if it aired occasionally, it would not become a sales hit.Elvis would sing it in concert from the year 1974 and in one of his shows, he announced to the audience that the full title of the song was "If you talk while you sleep, don't mention my name, and if you walk while you sleep, forget where you came from." The song was released on "Promised Land" , "Elvis ' Gold Records Vol 5," "Walk a Mile in My Shoes,","Hitstory," etc. An alternative to the Stax recording session is on "Today, Tomorrow & Forever." The live recordings were included on "Live in Las Vegas" and the FTD record "It's Midnight". Also on FTD "Too Muck Monkey Business" which includes remixed versions of the song, etc, etc. The song was also versioned by Little Milton and reached number 34 on the April 1975 Billboard soul singles chart.
The other author Johnny Christopher , had composed " Mama Liked the Roses " and " Always on My Mind ", both recorded by Elvis. He was a singer, guitarist and session musician as well as composer.



The session ended with corrections and improvisations. Elvis was singing with the group lines from "Find Out What's Happening," before recording and while Norbert Putnam reworked his part.In the production they improved on the sound they had gotten on "I Got A Feeling In My Body" the previous night. But it all ended when Elvis discovered there was no food available, the session ended early; apologizing to the group, canceled the rest of the evening and was pissed off.





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