There are plenty of people who think that Elvis recorded nothing worth listening to during the seventies, but while I'll concede that his seventies music was not always great, he did make plenty that I enjoy. This set, made up of the eighteen tracks that Elvis recorded during a six-day period in December 1973, is as good as anything that Elvis recorded in the seventies. The first ten tracks were originally released on an LP titled Promised Land, while the remaining eight tracks appeared on an LP titled Good times - this album contained two other tracks recorded at a different time, which are omitted from this set.
The songs are a mix of covers (drawn from pop, country and gospel sources) and originals. Among the covers are Promised land (Chuck Berry), Loving arms (first recorded by Dobie Gray), Help me (Larry Gatlin), Talk about the good times (Jerry Reed), Good time Charlie's got the blues (Danny O'Keefe), If that isn't love (Dottie Rambo), Spanish eyes (Al Martino), She wears my ring (Ray Price), There's a honky tonk angel (Conway Twitty) and You asked me to (Waylon Jennings).
However, the cover with the most interesting history is My boy, which was originally co-written and first recorded by French singer Claude Francois in 1969 as Parce que je t' aime mon enfant. Translated into English in 1970, Richard Harris recorded the song and it is this version that Elvis covered. You've never heard of Claude Francois? He also co-wrote and first recorded Comme d' Habitude, a song that later became My way (and which Elvis also recorded, but not in 1973).
The original songs are mostly of a very high quality, especially It's midnight, I got a feeling in my body, Your love has been a long time coming.
If you are interested in Elvis Presley's seventies music, this is definitely for you. If you enjoy his late sixties music but remain to be convinced that he did anything worthwhile thereafter. Give this a listen.