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Don't let the poor boy down.
on 4 April 2012
Excellent tracks from the December 1973 (Elvis was approaching his 39th birthday) sessions at Stax Records. There is a welcome detailed leaflet with this CD that gives the background to the sessions and some interesting songwriter information.
As other reviewers have noted, Elvis was in excellent voice. Two albums were released (Good Times and Promised Land). All but two tracks from Good Times are included on this CD as the bonus material.
Elvis's then recent divorce may explain the song selection and the sincerity that comes through.
The Promised Land tracks have a strong Country influence. The bonus tracks are more mixed in nature, with the inclusion of powerful Pop ballads like My Boy, Spanish Eyes and She Wears My Ring.
Eleven of the tracks were new to me. Apparently, the excellent and saucy song, `If You Talk in Your Sleep' (Red West/Johnny Christopher), was released as a single in the USA. I can't recall hearing it before, here in the UK. (I can imagine it doing well in the contemporary scene if overlaid with the sort of mix treatment given to `A Little Less Conversation'.) Similarly, the excellent `Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues' seems to be crying out for a movie sound-track application.
The CD label is printed with `retro' fake grooves, which is a nice touch, too.
Five stars from me.
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