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Rhythm And Country - Essential Elvis Vol. 5 Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (8 Aug 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000009NSW
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Got A Feeling In My Body
2. Loving Arms
3. I've Got A Thing About You Baby
4. She Wears My Ring
5. You Asked Me To
6. There's A Honky Tonk Angel
7. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues
8. Find Out What's Happening
9. For Ol' Times Sake
10. If You Don't Come Back
11. Promised Land
12. Thinking About You
13. Three Corn Patches
14. Girl Of Mine
15. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming
16. Spanish Eyes
17. Talk About The Good Times
18. If That Isn't Love

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Not so much an essential Elvis disc, as the series name suggests, but one for the completists or the curious. These alternate takes, recorded at Memphis' Stax Studios in 1973, saw Presley attempt to fuse southern soul with hard-edged country in a way that would appeal commercially. With many Stax musicians on board there is certainly rhythm, but Elvis's lounge-style crooning disguises much of the country element--even though Tony Joe White supplied two tunes in "I've Got A Thing About You Baby" and "For Ol' Times Sake". He turns on the romantic charm on a good version of "She Wears My Ring" and lets the band rip out on Chuck Berry's "Promised Land". The compilers have also thoughtfully included lots of inter-song chat, which generally serves as a warning about what eating too many cheeseburgers does to the brain. --Tim Perry

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
Before reviewing this CD I must first say that this is the very best sounding Elvis CD on the market. I own over 200 Elvis CD, and yes this sounds amazingly full and beefy with every part of the band heard crystal clear.
Ok, the music. Stax studios, Memphis 1973; and Elvis was recording some stunnning new material. The first Stax session, a few months previous were a disaster. Elvis, unwell and uninterested, technical problems and about 75% rubbish songs.
No matter, as this glimpse of the King in the studio finds him back at his very best.
Definately some of these alternate takes are rough around the edges and not as good as the originals; but thats the whole point of the CD. It's a look at a specific session and showing off the alternate takes and what evolved into being the master takes.
This is a fabulous release, and although they are alternate there will be some takes that are preferable to the master takes e.g. in this case; "She Wears My Ring" and "If You Don't Come Back." The latter, is stunning, funky soul and sounding 100% better than the original, simply because of the afforementioned superior sound.
Also listen out for the between take banter, including Elvis with an operatic "la la la" version of "Surrender" plus singing parts of other songs that he has never recorded....hopefully takes of these will be found.
Elvis also cut a few takes of Waylon Jenning's excellent "We Had It All", and it's a pity that this has never surfaced.
The Stax sessions produced some of the very very best music of his career. Check out the "Promised Land" album for further proof of this.
The Essential Elvis series has been a treasure trove for fans, especially this plus volumes 4 & 6.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on 20 Sep 2007
Format: Audio CD
There are several things that make this cd special.
1.Sound is simply amazing, I would rate it higher then '30 No1 Hits', when it comes down to 70's material.
Just like it's recorded yesterday. You can hear clearly every single instrument in studio. It Rocks!
2.Atmosfere from the studio.
Elvis is giving 'hard time' to everyone present, with his choice of Hillbilly & Opera favourites in between takes and his humour.
Elvis is obviously in good mood and his voice is great.
3.Songs are recorded in famous Stax studio.
Only James Burton participated in recordings from standard band, with musicians from Stax & American Studios present.
No overdubs here.
New production makes great funky numbers like
' I Got A Feelin' In My Body ', 'Find Out What's Happening ', 'If You Don't Come Back ' and 'Promised Land '
sound enormously better then on original releases.
Slower numbers like 'I've Got A Thing About You Baby', 'Girl Of Mine ' are more pleasant to hear in such a superb sound.
Acoustic spanish guitar on 'Spanish Eyes' sounds tremendous!
3 Design and booklet are done by 'Peacock, London' and are great, with very cool photos.
This is rare moment when it comes down to Elvis cd's.
You can even read how Elvis brought in large TV sets to watch footbal, then ordered for 300 hamburgers to be put in empty boxes
and finaly give leftovers to the kids hanging around the studio.

I would also recomend all cd's in Essential Elvis series, with great alternate performances & lovely designe,
but this is one of the best produced Elvis cd's ever.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec 2000
Format: Audio CD
Please ignore any other review of this product - this is the greatest cd that I have ever heard. I was an average Elvis fan before I heard this - Elvis live at Stax studios in 1973 with the most amazing musicians, singing live (without the fat suit) and really going for it. Good Time Charlie is the best song Elvis ever sang and the versions of the slow songs (Honky Tonk Angel, She Wears My Ring etc) are heartbreaking. Every version of every song on this CD is better than the final 'polished' versions. Please take my word for it... buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JKM on 22 May 2013
Format: Audio CD
This evening I listenned to this CD for the first time in quite a well and reminded myself on just how good this is.

The alternate takes from the 1973 sessions sound really fresh. Although they are not the finished product, without the post production on the finshed takes, you can hear Elvis voice really well and not only that you can hear the key individual instruments of the rhythm section.

I have been going back to the orginal / legacy editions of the finished albums recently and re-visiting this was a real pleasure.

The finished material appeared on "Raised On Rock", "Good Times" and "Promised Land" releases between 1973 and 1975.
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