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Walk A Mile In My Shoes - The Essential 70's Masters

Walk A Mile In My Shoes - The Essential 70's Masters (cover)
Released: 1995/10 by BMG PD 90547
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Great overview, thou not as complete as the box-sets of the previous decades.

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The ElvisNews Review

The Elvis Presley of the mid 1970s bore little resemblance to the lean rock icon of the 1950s and early 1960s. As the seventies progressed and his addictions and weight spiraled upward, he would increasingly put less effort into his recordings and live performances. By the time of his death in 1977, in many ways, he had become a caricature of himself. Despite all this, his voice remained strong and thus there are some gems to by culled from his 70’s music.

Walk A Mile In My Shoes: The Essential 70’s Masters is a huge 5 disc, 120 track box set that followed on the heels of similar sets that covered his 50’s and 60’s material. The production is first rate as the sound is crystal clear. The 90 page booklet of photo’s, biographical material, and notes about the included songs is essential to any Elvis collection. There is even a sheet of stamps, each of which portrays one of his 70’s album covers.

 

The first two discs form the heart of the set. They contain the A and B sides of every single released between January 1970 and August of 1977. While his album releases would contain highs and lows, his singles would be consistently excellent. Building ballads such as “The Wonder Of You” and “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” find Elvis in fine vocal form. “Burning Love,” “Raised On Rock,” “Steamroller Blues,” and “Way Down” prove that Elvis could still rock. “An American Trilogy” shows that he could still successfully interpret songs that he cared about. “She Thinks I Still Care,” “If You Talk In Your Sleep,” and “For The Heart” are pure pop. “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “Mr. Songman,” and “Fool” and lost classics. Most of the songs gathered here would climb the Billboard charts and become an important part of the Elvis legacy.

Discs three and four concentrate on his studio work or studio highlights as it is listed in the credits. There are a number of so called unreleased tracks. This may be technically true but in reality they are mostly informal recordings and alternate takes of previously released material. When you remove the studio tracks that were issued as singles you are left with some good and some not so good material. Elvis gives a spectacular performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” but his “Mary In The Morning” is just the opposite as it is gentle and poignant in its presentation. “I Washed My Hands In The Muddy Water” finds Elvis traveling in a blues direction. “Amazing Grace” is an example that Elvis would rarely give a poor or even average performance of a gospel song. All in all these are discs that you need to pick and choose as to what appeals to you.

The fifth disc gathers live tracks from his concert performances and is the spottiest of the lot. His live material in the 70s would vary greatly in quality. Again the unreleased tracks are really not rare and actually detract from the overall quality of the disc. “Polk Salad Annie,” “Walk A Mile In My Shoes,” “You Gave Me A Mountain,” and “Suspicious Minds” demonstrate that he could still rise to the occasion when motivated.

Walk A Mile In My Shoes: The Essential 70’s Masters is about 70% very good and 30% less so which probably is representative of his output during the decade. While the material contained here has been released a number of times, it is nice to find it one collection. It is a worthwhile set for the serious Elvis collector and for anyone who would like to add some good music to their collection.

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MEMPHISMUSIC (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 7, 2010report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsProbably was the most awaited Elvis release on cd - Fantastic!
marco31768 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 21, 2008report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsA masterpiece !
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 15, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsElvis in the '70s. It just didn't get any better.
Mystery Rider (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 1, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsThis is equal to Set 1 and Set 2 of this series great songs great insert book a well done collectors edition.
Mystery Rider (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 1, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsThis is equal to Set 1 and Set 2 of this series great songs great insert book a well done collectors edition.
Dixieland Rock (profilecontact) wrote on May 29, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsExcellant Boxed Set. One that I frequently reach for and thoroughly enjoy. Excellant packaging & great job BMG.
Elvisuperman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2007report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsThis 5 disc box set is fantastic. This type of compilation proves that Elvis still had validity in his 1970's work/music. I personnally feel his voice was the best it had ever been. His music was mature and he seems confident in his stature as "THE KING". Although this is not a complete song base of his 1970's recordings... it is quite possibly the closest thing we will ever get to it. Disc 4 is the weakest of the 5, but song # 8 on this disc "For The Good Times" is the greatest version of this song that I have ever heard. Instead of a live cd on Disc 5, the other 40 or so missing studio recordings should have been included. By doing this they could have released another box set of live concert performances with the same type of packaging... 5 disc etc. However, seeing as I am Joe Nobody, BMG did a pretty good job with this box set and the other 2 from the 50's and 60's.
buyep01 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 29, 2005report abuse
5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 StarsThe booklet and and the things that came inside the box were great. I liked all the Cd designs sound quality is good, However chances are if you were an elvis fan you already had the songs any way except for alternates maybe and there is not enough difference to tell, The set is also missing a lot of songs from the 70's most of the ones I really liked but I give it 4 stars for the package and overall Quality. Am I alone or do others wish FTD would put together a great DSD mastered Box set that wouldbe great.
Theo (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 29, 2005report abuse
4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 StarsGreat box set! It shows that Elvis was still a very productive and great singer and dynamic stage personality in the 70's. It has some fun new songs (Lady Madonna, Froggy Went a-Courtin' and Alla En El Rancho Grande) and some songs are unedited and/or remixed and sound quite different when compared to the original versions. Unfortunately the set is not as complete as the 50's or 60's box sets: about 40 studio recordings from the 70's were left off this set. That's why I don't give it 5 stars.