Essential Elvis, Volume 5 - Rhythm And Country
A great release. All of these tracks were recorded at Stax in Memphis in 1973, not at Elvis' Palm Springs home. Promised Land, here, isn't as effective without the horns which were dubbed on later, for the master. Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues is one of Elvis' greatest studio efforts, showcasing a mature, sombre, softer side...a real gem. Between the summer & winter sessions, his voice is a lot fuller, his attention more focused. By this time, Elvis' voice wasn't really suited to out-and-out rock 'n' roll; it wasn't as ferocious, just bigger.
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