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Elvis Presley: Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters

Album Reviews:

Q (12/95, p.168) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - "...On nearly all of the material here, like all truly great singers, Presley sounded believable....This is sensational music..."

NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, p.23) - Ranked #10 on NME's 'Compilations Of The Year' list for 1995.

NME (Magazine) (11/11/95, p.45) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Amidst the multi-media haze of kitsch iconography...the fact that during this period Elvis was a dedicated recording artist tends to be ignored....Given decent material, Elvis could still stoke the elemental furnaces with as much gusto as ever..."s

Album Notes

This 5-CD retrospective contains 120 tracks recorded in the 1970s, including 27 previously unreleased takes and versions. All tracks have been restored from the original master tapes.

Discs 1 and 2 include the A and B sides of every single released by Presley in the U.S. during the '70s, with the exception of "Kentucky Rain," "My Little Friend" and "Mama Liked The Roses," which are available on FROM NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS: THE ESSENTIAL 60's MASTERS I, and "Only Believe" and "Help Me," available on AMAZING GRACE: HIS GREATEST SACRED PERFORMANCES. Discs 3 and 4 are additional studio recordings. Disc 5 compiles songs from several concerts.

The box set includes a sheet of stamps depicting Presley's '70s record covers.

Personnel includes: Elvis Presley (vocals, piano); Charlie Hodge (vocals, guitar); The Imperials, The Sweet Inspirations, The Jordanaires, The Nashville Edition, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Voice, Sandy Posey, James Glaser, Millie Kirkham, Mary Greene, Mary Holladay, Ginger Holladay, Temple Riser, June Page, Sonja Montgomery, Dolores Edgin, Joe Babcock, Kathy Westmoreland, Susan Pilkinton, Mary Cain, Lea J. Beranati, Myrna Smith, Wendellyn Suits, Hurshel Wiginton, Sherrill Nielsen (vocals); Dennis Linde (guitar, bass); James Burton, John Wilkinson, Chip Young, Eddie Hinton, Harold Bradley, Reggie Young, Bobby Manual, Johnny Christopher, Alan Rush, Bill Sanford (guitar); Bobby Thompson (banjo); Weldon Myrick (steel guitar); Buddy Spicher (fiddle); Charlie McCoy (harmonica, organ, percussion); David Briggs (piano, electric piano, organ, clavinet); Bob Ogdin (piano, electric piano); Per-Erik "Pete" Hallin, Tony Brown (piano, organ); Glen Hardin, Joe Moscheo, Bobby Wood, Don Sumner (piano); Bobby Emmons (electric piano, organ); Randy Cullers (organ, drums, percussion); Glen Spreen (organ); Greg Gordon (clavinet); Shane Keister (Moog synthesizer); Farrell Morris (vibraphone, congas, timpani, percussion); Jerry Scheff, Norbert Putnam, Emory Gordy, Tommy Cogbill, Donald Dunn, Duke Bardwell, Mike Leech, Thomas Hensley (bass); Jerry Carrigan (drums, percussion); Bob Lanning, Kenneth Buttrey, Ronnie Tutt, Al Jackson (drums); Richard F. Morris (bells, percussion); Rob Galbraith (percussion); Bobby Morris And His Orchestra, Joe Guercio And His Orchestra.

Producers include: Felton Jarvis, Elvis Presley, Marty Pasetta, Joan Deary, Harry Jenkins.

Compilation producers: Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Roger Semon.

Engineers include: Al Pachucki, Rick Ruggieri, Dick Baxter.

Recorded between 1970 and 1977. Includes a 94-page color booklet with liner notes by Dave Marsh.

Digitally remastered by Dennis Ferrante (1995, BMG Recording Studios, New York, New York).

Popular myth portrays Elvis Presley's career in steady decline from his heady 1956 debut to his tragic demise in 1977. Most Elvis aficionados feel, however, that Presley reached his artistic nadir in the mid-'60s, when he was cranking out one "boy-meets-girl" movie after another. Hardcore fans, in fact, argue that the '60s were Presley's most artistically fulfilling era, that his voice matured into a profound, emotional baritone at the same time that his material turned from innocent love to the adult themes of loss and regret. WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES pleads their case, presenting the best of Presley's Seventies output in one five-CD box set.

The first two discs contain all of Presley's singles of the era; discs three and four present 26 of his best non-single album tracks. Disc five is devoted to live performance, fitting given that Presley performed over 1000 concerts between 1969 and his death. The set makes a convincing argument for the artistic vitality of Presley's later period, although it requires a high tolerance for dramatic ballads and lavish production. As an added bonus, Presley is supported throughout by one of history's great backing bands, featuring guitar great James Burton.


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