You will rarely get two people to agree about the merits of the music Elvis recorded in the seventies. Even if they agree about it being patchy, they will invariably disagree about which tracks are good and which are bad. In compiling this set, a clear attempt has been made to pick out the best, but it is inevitable that you (like me) will think that some tracks should have been excluded to make may for others that were omitted. In that context, this is a brilliant compilation.
The first two CD's are filled with hit singles based on both British and American charts. This explains the inclusion of Green green grass of home, a minor British hit. The compilers didn't have to decide what to include - the public had decided on these tracks in the seventies via their purchases. Tracks that had been recorded in the sixties are to be found on the equivalent sixties boxed set. Even if it was the seventies when they became hits, you won't find them here. So these two CD's include all the seventies hits that Elvis actually recorded in the seventies, most notably The wonder of you, Its only love, Burning love, Always on my mind, Promised land, Trouble, Moody blue and Way down.
The third and fourth CD's include studio highlights, while the final CD contains live highlights. It is the selection of songs here that is subjective, but I enjoy everything that has been included. There are tracks I would have liked included that weren't, but I solved that problem by buying CD's that had those tracks on. And therein lies the strength of this set - you get all the hits and a lot of other great music, but you don't have to buy all the rubbish to get them.
on 20 August 2002
This set was given to me by a friend, who tried to convince that Elvis still counted as a singer long after "suspicious minds". He has succeeded. Thoug I am not an avid Elvis Fan (unlike my friend) this 5 cd set surprised me positively time and time again.
First, its show the wide array of songs Elvis could sing. Country, gospel pop and rock it's all there. Many of the songs are highlights of the 70's studio albums and great in their own right as the show Elvis on top of his singing. Unlike Sinatra, singing came natural to Elvis & he proves he can cover any ground blindfolded and running. A great voice, well recorded.
Some of the songs lyrics may appear non-engaging - though bearing in mind his personal tragedies (losing Priscilla and Lisa Marie) this changes somewhat and many of these songs become much more personal.
But the most stunning and the one cd I play most is the fifth CD, entirely consisting of live performances. Here Elvis rocks and is loaded with energy. The band is giving a top performance as well. This CD just shows what the world has missed since. Elvis is by no means the fat singer with a slurred voice, but a stage animal, easily beating soem of the tacky or static performances of some of greatest rock'n'roll bands of the world. A truly rocking experience - and it still impresses.
If you like Elvis, and don't want to delve deep into his records of the 70's buy this one. If you want an introduction to Elvis beyond "that's allright mama" , " king creole" and the like - this is the set.
on 26 December 2000
This is a grat collection of Elvis's seventies recordings, the five C.D.s actually seem too short, as the energy packed performances fly by. True it is a different kind of energy to that displayed on his fiftys work, here he can sound a bit compalcent, like he doesn't even have to try, but his band is funky and well, he is Elvis, when he gets it right he sounds inspired. And this set hits all the right spots, given that his recorded seventies legacy could easily fill 15 C.Ds. If you buy this, you wont regret it (unless of course you subsequently need the money for a life saving operation), even then you'll enjoy you're last days more. Enjoy.
on 9 February 2002
FROM THE WONDER OF YOU TO UNCHAINED MELODY, WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES IS AN ASTOUNDING BOX SET; HIGHLIGHTING ELVIS PRESLEY'S ASTOUNDING BODY OF MUSIC FROM 1970-77.
THE VARIETY AND DIVERSITY OF TRACKS IS BREATHTAKING, NO OTHER ARTIST, BEFORE, SINCE OR MAYBE EVER HAS BEEN SO OUTSTANDING OVER A RANGE OF MATERIAL THIS HUGE AND DIVERSE.
ELVIS PRESLEY'S VOCAL RANGE REMAINS UNRIVALLED, FROM THE ROCKIN BURNING LOVE TO THE TOWERING UNCHAINED MELODY VIA COUNTRY, SOUL, BLUES, POP, GOSPEL, BALLADS AND MORE....ELVIS IS THE GRAETEST VOCALIST OF ALL TIME, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.
THIS SET IS WELL WORTH IT, TRULY A MUST HAVE, ESSENTIAL AND MOST DEFINATELY AN INDISPENSIBLE SET THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO GO BACK TO, DISCOVER, RE-DISCOVER AND BE ASTOUNDED BY THE MASTER, THE KING, THE HILLBILLY CAT, THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME, THE ONE AND ONLY ELVIS PRESLEY.
on 20 October 2011
Elvis made great records in the 50's, 60's and 70,s and even today with some great re-mixs but i like Elvis live in the 70's most of all.
yes most fans will have most of these tracks already and ther are many non live tracks to show just how great his voice was on and off the stage so if you like Elvis in the 70's buy this set the sound quaity is fantastic.
on 27 July 2011
i bought the full size elvis 50's and 60's boxes some time ago these cost about £40 each.
i wanted the 70's box but never got round to ordering it until now.
fantastic value and still full of great songs if not my all time favourites.
i bought the slimmed down 60's last year so the 50's can't be far away.
this will probably be out in time for christmas.
you will be able to buy all three for the price of one original.
what are you waiting for!
Walk A Mile In My Shoes: The Essential 70'S Masters
on 16 February 2012
Bought for my husband for valentines day as he was after Elvis hits of the 70s
After subjecting us lesser Elvis fans to it on a 3.5 journey home , I have to admit we were all hooked on some of the more lively tracks - with "Polk Salad Annie " being my girls favourite !
Got it for a good price - he loved it - perfect gift for Elvis fans
on 1 May 2015
Anyone Who Has Read My Other Reviews On My Elvis Purchases ( SHOWROOM INTERNATIONALE & THAT"S THE WAY IT IS - 4 L.P 180 GRAM VINYL) . Will Know How Much That I Love This Period Of Elvis, I Had Purchased This Set On It"s First Release Way Back In 1995 Which Was Released In A L.P Sized Box Set Continuing From The Other Two Box Sets " 50"S & 60"S Releases That Were Introduced In 1992 & 1993.
And I Still Have Them But Even Though They Are Still In Very Good Condition , I Thought That I Would Buy Them Again With These New Slimline Remastered Sets, I Am So Glad That I Have, As The Sound Has Really Improved On This Excellent 5 C.D. Set,
Much More Smooth Than The Original Release And Brings Out Elvis Voice So Strongly And Clearer It"s Brilliant,
The First Two Discs In This Set Are The Singles That Were Released Throughout That Period Of Course, Disc Three Has Various Versions From His Studio Albums , Begining With TWENTY DAY"S AND TWENTY NIGHTS ; From The Fantastic That"s The Way It Is Album, Then We Have Tracks From Other Albums Released In That Time, Including , ELVIS COUNTRY, LOVE LETTERS , HE TOUCHED ME , ELVIS NOW.
All Great Albums In Their Own Right, Disc four , Follows On From Disc.3 , With Albums , FOOL, GOOD TIMES, PROMISED LAND , The BOULEVARD album , All Fantastic, BUT Disc Five Is An Excellent Live Show Performance And Elvis Becomes ELECTRIC , POWERFUL , ENERGETIC BEST, Elvis Was So Much The People"s Greatest Ever Live Performer That No Other Artist Could Ever Compete With , ( I Include SINATRA AND STREISAND Among Them) Elvis Concerts Sold Out Within Hours From When Tickets Went On Sale Throughout The 1970"s , Yes Even Through His Latter Years, Elvis Was The Very First Performer To Completely Fill MADISON SQUARE GARDEN To It"s Capacity In 1972....And It Is Easy To See Why , When You Listen To Disc.5 In This Box Set, Elvis Was In Totally Command And Had His Audience In The Palm Of His Hand, They Were Having Fun , Crying And Even Wetting Themselves With Pure And Utter Excitement , Our Man Was , Funny, Naughty , Playful And Teasing With His Innuendo"s All Done With A Cheeky Knowing Grin,
The Total Power In His Vocals Were Mind Blowing With Songs Such As The Hugely Popular POLK SALAD ANNIE , Fans Favorite SUSPICIOUS MINDS, The Fantastic YOU"VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING.....This Was Elvis At His Best With These Concerts And I Urge You To Buy This Brilliant Set Right Now And Experience The 1970"s With The One And Only ELVIS PRESLEY.
on 26 December 2013
Had this on repeat all Christmas. SOOOO many wonderful tracks on it.
I grew up with a dad who loved Elvis' 50s stuff and so I appreciate Milk Cow Blues Boogie, Good Rockin' Tonight, Lawdy Miss Clawdy and left home with all his original albums tucked under my arm.
But I was only 13 when Elvis died and so the songs of my early years were his 70s songs. I have a huge collection of vinyl on both 7" and album but they don't tend to come out of the boxes in the back of the wardrobe often because it's so much easier to pick tracks from a cd or load them to an MP3 player.
So it came to be that I'd forgotten some of the tracks on here and came over all emotional when I heard his "divorce" songs again. Take Good Care of Her, My Boy, Fool, Always on My Mind - they just break your heart to listen to. And how rich and powerful his voice sounds on tracks like Hurt, It's Only Love, Just Pretend. Bridge Over Troubled Water I had to put on repeat...
And all my favourite tracks from That's the Way it Is are on here - I'm in love all over again. They even seem to have toned down some of the awful backing vocals which, for me, didn't sound good at the time and have aged even worse.
The number of tracks you get on here make it enormous value for money - even if you only love half of them. And they sound so great.
I'd agree with another reviewer that the packaging itself is awful. I had to bend the cds to get them out and can't get them back in properly. Big minus for that - but I've ripped them to MP3 and will probably end up packing the box away.
Just buy it. You won't regret it.
on 7 June 2012
Bought this for my partner who has loads of earlier Elvis CDs but not many of the later ones. We are really pleased with it, both the design of the box and the variety of songs. Would like to point out, however, that when it was played on the computer, all the album details, title, and list of songs, came up in Japanese! We can't find a way to change this so are having to delete details on all 5 discs and re enter in English! Very time consuming!