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on 28 August 2013
Elvis was still at the top of his game in 1973 and this is a great CD set to show off his range. It's a shame that by the end of that year he would then be plagued with illness on and off for the next four years but still be able to give so much musically to the world
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on 20 April 2017
Its nice to hear Elvis as he recorded the songs before extra vocal or music added on the outtakes in excellent sound quality, as I have the original c.ds it's worth buying just for the outtakes alone.
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on 16 January 2018
Bought for my bff a die hard Elvis fan and surprisingly she didn't have this one
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on 17 April 2017
fantastic.
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on 16 October 2017
Excellent.
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on 21 January 2015
Elvis at his best
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on 19 February 2014
It's so great to finally have all these Stax Sessions tracks (and excellent out takes/alternate takes) in this one very well put together collection. A very over-looked period in Elvis' 70's output.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 9 August 2013
This is an excellent 3 disc box set of Elvis' 1973 visits to Stax recording studio. The music ranges from R&B, Country to more Pop orientated tracks. There are some mighty fine tender ballads - that are heart-breaking to say the very least. Elvis is in fine form, buoyed by the success of the tv show `Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii via satellite' watched by 1.5 Billion earlier on in the year.

Cd 1. (59.23mins). There are 17 outtakes in all, a mix of groovy R&B tracks, Country to beautiful ballads mixed in with a bit of studio banter. The quality is so high (and these are outtakes) but he set the bar extremely high didn't he. There are so many highlights but standouts for me - `Promised Land' (Take 4), `For ol' time sake' (take 4) and `It's midnight' (Take 7). 9/10.

Cd 2. (61.48mins). Consists of 10 outtakes that again breathe something different into each one of these tracks. `Take good care of her' is outstanding as is the unfinished rehearsal of `It's diff'rent now' - there are so many beautiful lyrics in this song which he pours his heart out on (nice to hear a different version than on the 70's Masters Box Set). There are also 10 master tracks from the first session recorded in July, many of which are sublime - especially `Sweet Angeline'. 10/10

Cd 3. (53.17mins). 18 master tracks from the December session, including `My boy', `Loving arms', `Good time Charlie...' and `You asked me to'. All fantastic tracks. 10/10.

The package also comes with a really nice 44 page colour booklet that has some great photo's in it. Overall the sound quality is great. A couple of niggles, the size of the set is an odd 8x8 inches but its beautifully done with a die cut front cover. The discs are a little difficult to get out of there slip pockets but this is a minor niggle of a great package. Really glad I brought the 3 disc version and not the single disc as the outtakes are worth the extra money. Highly recommended. 10/10.
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on 19 August 2013
This is a superb collection of music that Elvis recorded during two sessions at Stax Studios in July and December 1973. It's a delicious melting pot of soulful country, R'n'B, ballads and pop. Elvis is (unsurprisingly) in fine voice and he highlights that nobody before or since sings a ballad quite like him. His band are, as usual, faultless and during the outtakes you get a sense of just how much fun Elvis had recording these tracks. The sound quality is crystal clear and it's just an out and out joy to listen to.
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on 3 January 2014
This is a good and very listenable collection but many Elvis fans will already have the vast majority of the music that's on here, as I have, the masters on numerous previous releases (original albums or collections), and many of the alternate takes on FTD releases or "Rhythm & Country". It does sound better on this release, however.

The opening track on Disc 1 (I Got A Feelin' In My Body Take 1), with the pre-song warm up, is fantastic, and the warm up does add quite a lot to the enjoyment of the song in terms of build-up etc. I would definitely recommend downloading that.

There are some other good tracks and the booklet is excellent background, but 3 CDs worth is probably a bit much and despite the hype leading up to the release and in the booklet, I'm not convinced Elvis was really consistently at his best in these sessions - listen to Three Corn Patches for example.

Depending what's on it, the single disc coupled with downloading Disc 1 Track 1 in isolation is probably sufficient for most, but Elvis fans might already have a lot of this material on other releases.
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