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Elvis Presley

Elvis at Stax

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September 9, 2013

Elvis' 1973 sessions at Stax Studio, the Southern-soul crucible in his Memphis hometown, freed him a bit from the biz-y group-think that cheesed-out his later work. The remarkable results, originally scattered across middling LPs, get bundled with illuminating outtakes on this three-CD set. Amid country gems and corn are swaggering gospel funk ("I Got a Feelin' in My Body") and meaty rock & roll (a hit version of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land" that echoes the Grateful Dead's). Had the King lived to work with T Bone Burnett, let alone the Weeknd, who knows?

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