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The Heptones - Suspicious Minds (Elvis Presley Reggae Cover)

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Published on Oct 17, 2011

From '' Freedom Line ''
Label: Studio One -- SOL 01111
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: Jamaica
Released: 1971

Tracklist
A1 Suspicious Mind
A2 Freedom Line
A3 Let It Be
A4 One Love
A5 Every Day And Night
A6 Give Give Love
B1 Ready Baby
B2 I Am Your Man
B3 Since I Fell For You
B4 Show Us The Way
B5 Lover Man
B6 Love Has Many Faces

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"Suspicious Minds" is a song written by American songwriter Mark James, that after a failure of his own recording, was handed to Elvis Presley by producer Chips Moman becoming one of his most notable hits and a number one in 1969, "Suspicious Minds" was widely regarded as the single that returned Presley's career success, following '68 Comeback Special.
It was his seventeenth and last number-one single in the United States.
Rolling Stone later ranked it #91 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Written by Mark James aka Francis Zambon in 1968, who was also co-writer of "Always On My Mind" (which Presley would later record), the song first was recorded and released by James on Scepter Records in 1968.
Even though James' recording initially was not commercially successful, Elvis decided he could turn it into a hit on reviewing the song as presented to him by Memphis Soul producer Chips Moman, owner of American Sound Studio, in 1969.

Elvis Presley's recordings in American Sound Studio were a direct consequence to '68 Comeback Special, that interested Chips Moman in produce recordings to the new style of Presley, making his comeback to the Memphis musical scene, by recording rock, gospel, country, rhythm & blues and soul.

Cover versions

Dee Dee Warwick, Dionne's sister, covered "Suspicious Minds" while Elvis Presley's version was still on the charts.
Warwick's version was a minor U.S. hit, peaking at #80 in 1970.

Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter recorded the song for RCA in 1970.
Their version reached No. 25 on the Billboard country chart in November of that year.
The Jennings-Colter version was re-released by RCA in 1976, topping out at No. 2, and was included on the ground-breaking album Wanted! The Outlaws that same year.

Singer Ronnie McDowell sang the song for the 1979 film of the soundtrack ELVIS (with actor Kurt Russell, portraying Elvis, appearing to perform the song in the film).

Candi Staton had a No. 31 UK hit with her revival in 1982.

In 1986, the band Fine Young Cannibals' cover version of the song, which featured backing vocals by Jimmy Somerville, reached No. 8 on the UK Singles chart.
The cover was heard in the cult films, Dangerously Close and Down Twisted.

Six years later, country singer Dwight Yoakam recorded his version of the song for the soundtrack to the film Honeymoon in Vegas, as well as a video.
It was later released on his compilation album The Very Best of Dwight Yoakam.

In 1996, Bowling for Soup included a cover version on their album Cell Mates.

In 2004, Pete Yorn released a live recording of the song on his two-disc album Live from New Jersey.

In 2006, pop-punk group Avail added a cover version of this song on their re-released 1998 CD Over the James.

In March 2009, Miss Kittin and The Hacker covered "Suspicious Minds" for their album Two, for which they filmed a promotional music video directed by Régis Brochier of 7th floor Productions.
Their cover of "Suspicious Minds" was later featured on the downloadable for free mixtape Skull of Dreams by Little Boots.

In 2009, Rusted Root covered this on their studio album Stereo Rodeo.

Rock band Glasvegas featured Florence (from Florence and the Machine) in a live cover at NME Music awards in 2009.

Clay Aiken recorded the song on his 2010 album Tried and True.

Gareth Gates version

"Suspicious Minds" served as the third single for Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates from his debut album, What My Heart Wants to Say. The song charted as a double A-side release, featuring a duet between Gates and Will Young on the classic Beatles song, "The Long and Winding Road". The single charted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart, making it the third consecutive number one for Gates.

Other facts

It is also the sole Elvis Presley track that was released by Time-Life in the 1997 6-CD boxed set, "Gold And Platinum: The Ultimate Rock Collection". The song is part of the soundtrack for 2001's Black Hawk Down and also plays over the opening credits to the Coen Bros. film Intolerable Cruelty.
It would ultimately prove to be Elvis Presley's final song to top the U.S. Hot 100 charts.

The song "Suspicious Minds" is a chapter title in the 2010 novel "Donations to Clarity" by Noah Baird.

  • Category

  • License

    • Standard YouTube License
  • Music

  • Song

  • Artist

    • The Heptones
  • Album

    • In Love With You
  • Writers

    • Mark James
  • Licensed by

    • INgrooves (on behalf of TrenchTown Records); Sony ATV Publishing, CMRRA

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