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This review is from: Memphis Sessions (Audio CD)
I have to agree wholeheartedly with other reviewers and say this is magnificent. Although a great fan of From Elvis in Memphis, this is the man raw and enthused. From the off, this CD captures your imagination and never lets go. It shows Elvis at the very top of his game, enthused, funny, his talent shining through.
Although any self-resepcting music fan should own From Elvis in Memphis and the Suspicious Minds compilation, this is in a different league. It's Elvis, the bare minimum of instruments and songs that any singer would kill for. Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, Wearing that Loved on Look (hear Elvis lose his voice!). Hearing him sing Without Love, he should have heeded the words for they were his own life story towards the end. A version of this is on Suspicious Minds, strings and all, but this lets the artist shine. Although you come away with a new respect for the man, you also come away with "if onlys". As one of the musicians said at the time "it was only Elvis, not like playing for Neil Diamond" whose session was cancelled for this. However, he soon changed his mind. Elvis or Neil Diamond, give me a break!
It is magnificent. The best FTD release to date. As with the Jungle Room Sessions, this lets you hear the man and not all the production stuff added on later. Ernst at BMG has, yet again, done a brilliant job.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. You could not get a body of work like this for any of today's artists, they just ain't good enough.