Elvis At Stax CD (2013)

Artist: Elvis Presley

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Specifications

Label Legacy/sony
SKU 251099112
UPC 888837241823
UPC 14 00888837241823
Format CD
Release Date 8/6/2013
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Author Elvis Presley
Associated Artist/Work 13 Cats
Associated Artist/Work Adair, Beegie
Associated Artist/Work Elvis Vs. Spankocx Presley
Associated Artist/Work Feliciano, Jose
Associated Artist/Work Haggard, Merle
Associated Artist/Work Kool Kats
Associated Artist/Work McDowell, Ronnie
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Quality Singers (The)
Associated Artist/Work Spankox
Technical Info
Engineer Dick Baxter; Al Pachucki; Mike Moran
Producer Ernst Mikael Jorgensen; Rob Santos
CatalogID 88883724182
Lable Name Sony Legacy
Released 08/05/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 3
SPARE Code n/a
Length 173m : 53s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00888837241823
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Roger Semon.
The title "Elvis at Stax" is slightly misleading, suggesting Elvis Presley decided to set up shop at the famed Memphis recording studio so he could use their house band, or perhaps co-opt some of the Southern soul groove. That wasn't the case. Elvis chose the Stax studios to conduct several recording sessions in 1973 for a simple reason: it was close to his Memphis home. He rented out the studio twice, once in July and once in December, and brought in his crack backing band, recording enough material to fill out three CDs. This music was doled out over the years, accounting for five hit singles over three years (a B-side and a posthumous single also came from these sessions), along with three albums: 1973's Raised On Rock, 1974's Good Times, and 1975's Promised Land. These albums were all strong, but aren't often considered part of Presley's core canon, possibly because this mid-'70s run of records were often packaged like product (certainly there's not a memorable album cover among them), possibly because, apart from "Promised Land," there were no hit singles that could be called a true smash or part of his core canon. And that's why Elvis at Stax is so valuable: taken as a whole, these 1973 sessions are revealed as his last great blast of creativity in the recording studio. Essentially, he was working the same ground he began to plow on his 1968 comeback, but the aftershocks of Elvis Country are apparent, along with just the slightest hint of funky, organ-driven grooves. In this context, the preponderance of alternate takes are not tedious, but rather show Elvis' good humor and creativity as he tries out slightly different approaches on each take. What impresses is Presley's virtuosity and how he cannily constructed his performances to seem effortless: there's sweat fueling these tight, punchy renditions, and heart behind his ballads, and you can hear him work it all out on the alternate takes, then reach full flight on the finished masters. None of this was readily evident on the three LPs of Stax material, but this triple-disc, alternate-laden box lays it out plain and it's a joy to behold. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Disc 1
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:,DISC 3:
1 Promised Land ,Mr. Songman [Take 2] ,Promised Land
2 I've Got a Thing About You Baby ,Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming [Take 4] ,It's Midnight
3 If You Talk in Your Sleep ,Spanish Eyes [Take 2] ,If You Talk in Your Sleep
4 Raised on Rock ,Take Good Care of Her [Takes 1,Help Me
5 Help Me ,It's Diff'rent Now [Unfinished Recording],My Boy
6 I Got a Feelin' in My Body [Take 4] ,Thinking About You [Take 4] ,Thinking About You
7 For Ol' Times Sake [Take 4] ,My Boy [Take 1] ,Mr. Songman
8 Talk About the Good Times [Take 3] ,Girl of Mine [Take 9] ,I Got a Feelin' in My Body
9 Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues [Take 8] ,Love Song of the Year [Take 1] ,Loving Arms
10 You Asked Me To [Take 3A] ,If That Isn't Love [Take 1] ,Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
11 Loving Arms [Take 2] ,Raised on Rock,You Asked Me To
12 Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming [Take 4] ,For Ol' Times Sake,There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In)
13 Spanish Eyes [Take 2] ,I've Got a Thing About You Baby,Talk About the Good Times
14 It's Midnight [Take 7] ,Take Good Care of Her,She Wears My Ring
15 Find Out What's Happening [Takes 8,If You Don't Come Back,Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming
16 Three Corn Patches [Take 14] ,Three Corn Patches,Love Song of the Year
17 My Boy [Take 1] ,Girl of Mine,Spanish Eyes
18 Just a Little Bit,If That Isn't Love
19 Find Out What's Happening
20 Sweet Angeline
Disc 2
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:,DISC 3:
1 Promised Land ,Mr. Songman [Take 2] ,Promised Land
2 I've Got a Thing About You Baby ,Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming [Take 4] ,It's Midnight
3 If You Talk in Your Sleep ,Spanish Eyes [Take 2] ,If You Talk in Your Sleep
4 Raised on Rock ,Take Good Care of Her [Takes 1,Help Me
5 Help Me ,It's Diff'rent Now [Unfinished Recording],My Boy
6 I Got a Feelin' in My Body [Take 4] ,Thinking About You [Take 4] ,Thinking About You
7 For Ol' Times Sake [Take 4] ,My Boy [Take 1] ,Mr. Songman
8 Talk About the Good Times [Take 3] ,Girl of Mine [Take 9] ,I Got a Feelin' in My Body
9 Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues [Take 8] ,Love Song of the Year [Take 1] ,Loving Arms
10 You Asked Me To [Take 3A] ,If That Isn't Love [Take 1] ,Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
11 Loving Arms [Take 2] ,Raised on Rock,You Asked Me To
12 Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming [Take 4] ,For Ol' Times Sake,There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In)
13 Spanish Eyes [Take 2] ,I've Got a Thing About You Baby,Talk About the Good Times
14 It's Midnight [Take 7] ,Take Good Care of Her,She Wears My Ring
15 Find Out What's Happening [Takes 8,If You Don't Come Back,Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming
16 Three Corn Patches [Take 14] ,Three Corn Patches,Love Song of the Year
17 My Boy [Take 1] ,Girl of Mine,Spanish Eyes
18 Just a Little Bit,If That Isn't Love
19 Find Out What's Happening
20 Sweet Angeline
Disc 3
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:,DISC 3:
1 Promised Land ,Mr. Songman [Take 2] ,Promised Land
2 I've Got a Thing About You Baby ,Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming [Take 4] ,It's Midnight
3 If You Talk in Your Sleep ,Spanish Eyes [Take 2] ,If You Talk in Your Sleep
4 Raised on Rock ,Take Good Care of Her [Takes 1,Help Me
5 Help Me ,It's Diff'rent Now [Unfinished Recording],My Boy
6 I Got a Feelin' in My Body [Take 4] ,Thinking About You [Take 4] ,Thinking About You
7 For Ol' Times Sake [Take 4] ,My Boy [Take 1] ,Mr. Songman
8 Talk About the Good Times [Take 3] ,Girl of Mine [Take 9] ,I Got a Feelin' in My Body
9 Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues [Take 8] ,Love Song of the Year [Take 1] ,Loving Arms
10 You Asked Me To [Take 3A] ,If That Isn't Love [Take 1] ,Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
11 Loving Arms [Take 2] ,Raised on Rock,You Asked Me To
12 Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming [Take 4] ,For Ol' Times Sake,There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In)
13 Spanish Eyes [Take 2] ,I've Got a Thing About You Baby,Talk About the Good Times
14 It's Midnight [Take 7] ,Take Good Care of Her,She Wears My Ring
15 Find Out What's Happening [Takes 8,If You Don't Come Back,Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming
16 Three Corn Patches [Take 14] ,Three Corn Patches,Love Song of the Year
17 My Boy [Take 1] ,Girl of Mine,Spanish Eyes
18 Just a Little Bit,If That Isn't Love
19 Find Out What's Happening
20 Sweet Angeline
Product Attributes
Artist Presley,Elvis
Music Format Compact Disc

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