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5.0 out of 5 stars The Winter King, 5 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Elvis At Stax (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
Elvis at Stax the deluxe edition is a must for any Presley fan as they capture Elvis' last great recording sessions finally placed in their proper context. While it is fair to say that the July sessions haven't got the sheer power and energy of the December ones it is also crucial to note that ; "Find out what's happening"; and "I've got a thing about you baby" are truly outstanding.
It is however the December sessions that really hit the mark and finally being able to listen to them in one continuous play is a sheer joy. The first disc of R&B and Country outtakes is really something as Elvis warms up before each track and then unleashes his awesome talent backed up by the stunning guitar of James Burton, listening to him play with Elvis you really ask yourself is this the finest guitarist of them all. He reflects and compliments the spirit of Elvis' style. I sometimes feel he is to Elvis what Lester Young is to Billie Holiday.
The booklet that comes with the deluxe edition is beautifully illustrated and while the CD's can be hard to squeeze out at first this is a minor problem. Also be aware anyone new to these recordings and expecting the soulful sound of Otis Reading or Booker T and the MG's, Stax is present in name only. These recordings took place in the legendary studio location but the band is Elvis' own creation.
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2013 22:23:10 BDT
Gary, the backing band was an amalgamation of the touring TCB band, i.e. Tutt and Burton, and the Stamps, combined with Memphis musicians, Duck Dunn, Bobby Woods, Bobby Manuel, Al Jackson JNR. You also had the Halliday sisters on backing vocals, and they also appeared on the 1969 sessions at American Studios.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2013 10:19:31 BDT
Gary Hanna says:
Hi T.C. I didn't want anyone having the misconception that this was purely the Stax house band and therefore the Stax sound. Plus it is worth noting that none of the Memphis musicians where present for the December sessions.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2013 21:02:08 BDT
Some of them were: the Halliday Sisters, Jeannie Greene, and Bobby Ogden were Memphis musicians.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2013 18:47:22 BDT
Gary Hanna says:
To clarify this matter. The only Stax musicians where Duck Dunn, Bobby Manual and Al Jackson. They are present on only one night during these recordings, the final session in July which Elvis aborted. Reggie Young, Tommy Cogbill and Bobby Emmons, where not Stax musicians. They where from Chips Moman's American studios. None of the above Memphis musicians where present at all during the more substantial and successful December sessions. My point in all this being, these recordings are very much Elvis' brand of R&B/Country and shouldn't be confused with the "Soulsville U.S.A." Stax sound.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2015 17:58:08 GMT
L J Thomson says:
You've been able to hear them in one continuous play since 2000! Check out "Promised Land" CD with 18 tracks on it.
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