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5.0 out of 5 stars Rhythm, Country, Funk & Soul, 15 May 2002
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This review is from: Rhythm And Country - Essential Elvis Vol. 5 (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Funky Blues & Cool Country!, 20 Sep 2007
This review is from: Rhythm And Country - Essential Elvis Vol. 5 (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone must buy this., 4 Dec 2000
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This review is from: Rhythm And Country - Essential Elvis Vol. 5 (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh sounding takes of the 1973 recordings, 22 May 2013
This review is from: Rhythm And Country - Essential Elvis Vol. 5 (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Elvis - Rhythm & Country, 5 Jun 2010
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They don't call him the KING for nothing! Superb cd with some familiar tracks with a different twist to them and a couple of tracks I had not heard before. I love this cd and would recommend it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection, a must for every Elvis fan !!!, 30 Mar 2009
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The repertoire, sound quality, Elvis's versions and everything is perfect!!! As a young Elvis fan(27) I suggest every person to buy such a great cd like this. Elvis is #1 !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Sep 2014
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This is simply a great collection of country songs with ryythm
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fat and mournful outtakes from Elvis' best 70s work., 8 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Rhythm And Country - Essential Elvis Vol. 5 (Audio CD)
For all of RCA's recent barrel-scraping, they have still managed to produce some quality King product. Like the 'Suspicious Minds' package which focuses on the American studio sessions of the 1968, this compilation of alternative takes from the Stax sessions of 1973 includes little of any worth that can't be found on the original albums. On the other hand, like 'Suspicious Minds' it does round up a collection of unusually high quality tracks that are otherwise scattered across several discs. Since these are outtakes, it isn't surprising that the quality often falls below that of the originals. For example, this collection's version of the enormously funky 'If You Don't Come Back' dispenses with Elvis' trademark 'Uh-hu-hu'-ing, heard on the fadeout of the original, and is a lesser track for it. Similarly, the proto-disco groove of 'I've Got A feeling In My Body' is somewhat out of tune and the steel guitar comedown of 'Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues' is a little too concise for my tastes. A compilation of the originals would do just as well, but then you'd never get to hear the King's crazed operatic scales. The ultimate reason why you should hear these tracks, in any form, is that this is Elvis' most consistent piece of studio work from the 70s. The King himself is inexplicably effective in his chosen idiom, the mournful country ballad. His super tight band of studio troubabours, marshalled by the renally-challenged Felton Jarvis, turn from redneck schmaltz to funk fat enough to fill their leader's most generous jumpsuit without missing a beat... (by Dr Kraken)
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