Elvis at Stax

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The title "Elvis at Stax" is slightly misleading, suggesting Elvis Presley decided to set up shop at the famed Memphis recording studio so he could use their house band, or perhaps co-opt some of the Southern soul groove. That wasn't the case. Elvis chose the Stax studios to conduct several recording sessions in 1973 for a simple reason: it was close to his Memphis home. He rented out the studio twice, once in July and once in December, and brought in his crack backing band, recording enough material to fill out three CDs. This music was doled out over the years, accounting for five hit singles over three years a B-side and a posthumous single also came from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The title "Elvis at Stax" is slightly misleading, suggesting Elvis Presley decided to set up shop at the famed Memphis recording studio so he could use their house band, or perhaps co-opt some of the Southern soul groove. That wasn't the case. Elvis chose the Stax studios to conduct several recording sessions in 1973 for a simple reason: it was close to his Memphis home. He rented out the studio twice, once in July and once in December, and brought in his crack backing band, recording enough material to fill out three CDs. This music was doled out over the years, accounting for five hit singles over three years a B-side and a posthumous single also came from these sessions, along with three albums: 1973's Raised On Rock, 1974's Good Times, and 1975's Promised Land. These albums were all strong, but aren't often considered part of Presley's core canon, possibly because this mid-'70s run of records were often packaged like product certainly there's not a memorable album cover among them, possibly because, apart from "Promised Land," there were no hit singles that could be called a true smash or part of his core canon. And that's why Elvis at Stax is so valuable: taken as a whole, these 1973 sessions are revealed as his last great blast of creativity in the recording studio. Essentially, he was working the same ground he began to plow on his 1968 comeback, but the aftershocks of Elvis Country are apparent, along with just the slightest hint of funky, organ-driven grooves. In this context, the preponderance of alternate takes are not tedious, but rather show Elvis' good humor and creativity as he tries out slightly different approaches on each take. What impresses is Presley's virtuosity and how he cannily constructed his performances to seem effortless: there's sweat fueling these tight, punchy renditions, and heart behind his ballads, and you can hear him work it all out on the alternate takes, then reach full flight on the finished masters. None of this was readily evident on the three LPs of Stax material, but this triple-disc, alternate-laden box lays it out plain and it's a joy to behold.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2013
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 888837241922
  • Catalog Number: 372419
  • Sales rank: 20,458

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist
James Burton Guitar
Rob Galbraith Percussion
Dennis Linde Guitar
Bobby Wood Piano
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Johnny Christopher Guitar
Tommy Cogbill Bass
Mickey Crofford Overdubs
Randy Cullers Organ
Bobby Emmons Organ
Charlie Hodge Guitar
Ginger Holladay Vocals
Mary Holladay Vocals
Bobby Ogdin Piano
Al Pachucki Overdubs
Susan Pilkington Vocals
Norbert Putnam Bass
Alan Rush Guitar
Kathy Westmoreland Vocals
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps Vocals
David Briggs Organ, Piano
Ronnie Tutt Drums
Per-Erik Hallin Organ, Piano
Mary Cain Vocals
Reggie Young Guitar
Mary "Jeannie" Green Vocals
Technical Credits
Waylon Jennings Composer
Jerry Reed Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Bert Kaempfert Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Dennis Linde Composer, Guitar Overdubs
Tony Joe White Composer
Phil Coulter Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler Composer
Larry Gatlin Composer
Billy Joe Shaver Composer
Mark James Composer
Tom Jans Composer
Dick Baxter Engineer
Johnny Christopher Composer
Jerry Crutchfield Composer
Tony King Photo Courtesy
Bob Klein Photo Courtesy
Mike Moran Engineer
Danny O'Keefe Composer
Al Pachucki Engineer
Mike Stoller Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen Producer
Roger Semon Liner Notes, Art Direction
Jean-Pierre Bourtayre Composer
Eddie Snyder Composer
Rob Santos Producer
Claude Fran├žois Composer
Tom Burleigh Direction
John Jackson Direction
Steve Barile Photo Courtesy
Bill Martin Composer
Rory Bourke Composer
Charles Singleton Composer
Keith Alverson Photo Courtesy
Jerry Chestnut Composer
Vic Anessini Mastering
Sandi Pichon Photo Courtesy
Colleen Taylor Photo Courtesy
Red West Composer
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