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

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

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by Elvis Presley

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Since From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters gave up the ghost of being a complete overview of Elvis Presley's '60s recordings, the compilers of the companion five-disc box set Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters -- the third and final installment in RCA's justifiably acclaimed Elvis box set reissue series -- decided to


Since From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters gave up the ghost of being a complete overview of Elvis Presley's '60s recordings, the compilers of the companion five-disc box set Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters -- the third and final installment in RCA's justifiably acclaimed Elvis box set reissue series -- decided to throw even the illusion of comprehensiveness out the window and just serve up five discs and 120 tracks of highlights. Instead of adhering to a strict chronological sequencing, which the two previous boxes did, this is divided into two discs of singles, two discs of studio highlights, then one disc that attempts to present the ultimate Elvis Presley live show by culling peaks from several gigs throughout of the decade. This is a sharp move, since there is simply too much recorded material from the '70s to be presented either completely or chronologically, and his high points are easier to digest broken down in this fashion. Truth be told, he didn't have too many outright classics during this time -- just "Burning Love," "Always on My Mind," "Raised on Rock," "Promised Land," and "Moody Blue," along with 1971's excellent album Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) -- but it was a far more consistent era than the '60s, and it was more adventurous in terms of material and production, never sounding like pandering, which the early '60s could on occasion. This is more evident on the studio highlights than on the singles discs, particularly because those two discs delve into records like Elvis Country, but the end result is a set that is far more consistent and entertaining than From Nashville to Memphis, even if it doesn't sustain the delirious heights of his late-'60s comeback. If the fifth, final live disc is the kind of thing that you listen to only once or twice, it still crackles with energy, and the two studio highlights discs prove that Presley was still a sensitive, inventive interpreter of strong material, and the productions have a rich, robust diversity that keeps this interesting and enjoyable. To say that the '70s recordings are more consistent than the '60s is true, but it does give the impression that Elvis was as consistently brilliant as he was a decade earlier. That's simply not the case -- the best of the '60s recordings overshadows the best cuts here without effort -- but this does have a diversity of material and sound (even if it sometimes borders on the splashy excess of Vegas) that not only keeps it interesting, it proves that, when pressed, Elvis was still restless and inventive. Maybe the music here isn't as outright classic as those on the previous box sets, but it captures its era just as well, and provides the final piece of musical narrative while serving up some terrific music. And if the final chapter of the most iconic figure in American popular music is not essential to a library, then you don't truly care for American popular music.

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Disc 1

  1. The Wonder of You
  2. I've Lost You
  3. The Next Step Is Love
  4. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
  5. Patch It Up
  6. I Really Don't Want to Know
  7. There Goes My Everything
  8. Rags to Riches
  9. Where Did They Go, Lord
  10. Life
  11. I'm Leavin'
  12. Heart of Rome
  13. It's Only Love
  14. The Sound of Your Cry
  15. I Just Can't Help Believin'
  16. How the Web Was Woven
  17. Until It's Time For You To Go
  18. We Can Make the Morning
  19. An American Trilogy
  20. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  21. Burning Love
  22. It's A Matter Of Time
  23. Separate Ways

Disc 2

  1. Always on My Mind
  2. Fool
  3. Steamroller Blues
  4. Raised On Rock
  5. For Ol' Times Sake
  6. I've Got A Thing About You Baby
  7. Take Good Care of Her
  8. If You Talk in Your Sleep
  9. Promised Land
  10. It's Midnight
  11. My Boy
  12. Loving Arms
  13. T-R-O-U-B-L-E
  14. Mr. Songman
  15. Bringing It Back
  16. Pieces of My Life
  17. Green, Green Grass of Home
  18. Thinking About You
  19. Hurt
  20. For the Heart
  21. Moody Blue
  22. She Thinks I Still Care
  23. Way Down
  24. Pledging My Love

Disc 3

  1. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights
  2. I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago
  3. The Fool
  4. A Hundred Years From Now
  5. Little Cabin On The Hill
  6. Cindy, Cindy
  7. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  8. Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off Of It
  9. It's Your Baby, You Rock It
  10. Stranger In The Crowd
  11. Mary In The Morning
  12. It Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing)
  13. Just Pretend
  14. Faded Love
  15. Tomorrow Never Comes
  16. Make the World Go Away
  17. Funny How Time Slips Away
  18. I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
  19. Snowbird
  20. Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On
  21. Amazing Grace
  22. (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me
  23. Lady Madonna

Disc 4

  1. Merry Christmas, Baby
  2. I Shall Be Released
  3. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  4. It's Still Here
  5. I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
  6. I Will Be True
  7. My Way
  8. For The Good Times
  9. Just a Little Bit
  10. It's Diff'rent Now
  11. Are You Sincere
  12. I Got A Feelin' In My Body
  13. You Asked Me To
  14. Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
  15. Talk About the Good Times
  16. Tiger Man
  17. I Can Help
  18. Susan When She Tried
  19. Shake a Hand
  20. She Thinks I Still Care
  21. Danny Boy
  22. Love Coming Down
  23. He'll Have to Go

Disc 5

  1. See See Rider
  2. Men With Broken Hearts
  3. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
  4. Polk Salad Annie
  5. Let It Be Me (Je T'Appartiens)
  6. Proud Mary
  7. Something
  8. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  9. Heartbreak Hotel
  10. I Was The One
  11. One Night
  12. Never Been To Spain
  13. You Gave Me A Mountain
  14. It's Impossible
  15. A Big Hunk O' Love
  16. It's Over
  17. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
  18. Reconsider Baby
  19. I'll Remember You
  20. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  21. Suspicious Minds
  22. Unchained Melody
  23. The Twelfth of Never
  24. Softly, As I Leave You
  25. (Alla En) El Rancho Grande
  26. Froggie Went A-Courtin'
  27. Stranger In My Own Home Town

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jordanaires   Track Performer
James Burton   Guitar
Sweet Inspirations   Vocals,Group,Track Performer
Duke Bardwell   Bass
Chip Young   Guitar,Overdubs
Randy Cullers   Percussion
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Janie Fricke   Vocals
Ralph Gallant   Drums
Charlie Hodge   Vocals
Yvonne Hodges   Vocals
Imperials Quartet   Group,Track Performer
Sheri Kramer   Vocals
Mike Leech   Bass
Nashville Edition   Group,Track Performer
Bobby Ogdin   Piano,Electric Piano
Jerry Scheff   Bass
Myrna Smith   Track Performer
J.D. Sumner   Vocals
Ron Tutt   Drums
John Wilkinson   Guitar
Stamps   Vocals,Group
Kathy Westmoreland   Vocals,Track Performer
Imperial Quartet   Track Performer
Sherrill Nielsen   Vocals,Track Performer
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps   Track Performer
Bill Harris   Overdubs

Technical Credits

Joe Hill Louis   Composer
Bill Martin   Composer
Paul Anka   Composer
Jordanaires   Contributor
Elvis Presley   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Sonny Charles   Composer
Phil Coulter   Composer
Johnny Cymbal   Composer
Armando Manzanero   Composer
Jimmie F. Rodgers   Composer
Simon Napier-Bell   Composer
Hal Blair   Composer
Manny Curtis   Composer
Glen D. Hardin   Arranger
Sunny David   Composer
Pierre Delanoé   Composer
Pino Donaggio   Composer
Dennis Ferrante   Engineer
Holladay Singers   Contributor
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Mike Leech   Arranger
Lewis   Composer
Cam Mullins   Arranger
John Newton   Composer
James Nichols   Engineer
Norbert Putnam   Arranger
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Myrna Smith   Contributor
Glen Spreen   Arranger
Don Tweedy   Arranger
Bergen White   Arranger
Vicki Wickham   Composer
Alan Blaikley   Composer
Dave Marsh   Liner Notes
Dave Williams   Composer
Jean-Pierre Bourtayre   Composer
Joe Guercio   Contributor
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps   Contributor
Bill Harris   Engineer
Paul Dowling   Cover Art
Bernie Baum   Composer
Lou Baxter   Composer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Jacques Revaux   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
Claude François   Composer
Hal Shaper   Composer
Gilles Thibault   Composer
Giorgio Calabrese   Composer
Antonio de Vita   Composer
Dolores Fuller   Composer
Scott Weisman   Composer
Clive Westlake   Composer
Palmer Williams   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Vito Pallavicini   Composer
Johnny Moore   Composer
Holladays   Contributor
Bill Giant   Composer
David Most   Composer
Bill Peppers   Composer
Michael Jarrett   Composer
Shorty Hall   Composer
Alice Joy Merritt   Composer
Neal Merritt   Composer
Michael Rashkow   Composer
Lewis Burns   Composer
David Briggs   Arranger
VOICE   Contributor
Ken Howard   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
Thomas Westendorf   Composer

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Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For anyone that loves Elvis, The Essential 70's Masters set is definitely worth having! The collection clearly displays Elvis' wonderful abilities as a singer and a performer through songs like ''My Boy'' and ''Hurt'' where you can almost feel his pain to songs like ''Walk a Mile in My Shoes'' and ''Suspicious Minds'' that gives you a sense of his charisma on and off of the stage. Walk a Mile in My Shoes speaks for itself in terms of how many great hits that are on the this collection, especially the songs from his Las Vegas shows where you can hear the energy of the audience reflecting off Elvis' performance. I absolutely recommend this box set to anyone and everyone because I guarantee that you will listen to it continuously!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The recordings of Elvis Presley in the 70's seem to be the least appreciated among his body of work. The decade saw Elvis continue to resurrect his career, while at the same time, saw his self-destruction away from the stage and recording studio. This box marvelously presents all of Elvis' singles in the 1970s, plus his best LP & live tracks, as well as the usual rarities RCA seems to "discover". Ballads such as "Always On My Mind", "Separate Ways", & "For Ol' Times Sake" reflect the personal turmoil he went through, while "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" & the classic "Burning Love" prove Elvis could rock when he wanted to. Nonetheless, the passion demonstrated by Presley in these recordings cannot be argued. The box also contains an essay from noted biographer Peter Guralnick & a complete recording history of Elvis in the decade. The box, though expensive, is a must for the hardcore Elvis fan. Casual listeners should purchase a slimmed down greatest hits package instead of this 5 disc box. Overall, an excellent product from RCA reflecting the most underrated period of Elvis' career.