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


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Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.

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  • Audio CD (October 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
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  • Label: BMG / Elvis
  • ASIN: B000002WUD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Always On My Mind
2. Fool
3. Steamroller Blues
4. Raised On Rock
See all 24 tracks on this disc
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 (Informal Recording)
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Disc: 4
1. Merry Christmas Baby
2. I Shall Be Released (Informal Recording)
3. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Jam Edit)
4. It's Still Here (Original Unedited Version Ending With Felton Jarvis Talking)
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. See See Rider
2. Men With Broken Hearts (Short Poem)
3. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
4. Polk Salad Annie
See all 27 tracks on this disc

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Elvis Presley's music in the 1970s is often dismissed as the bombastic, half-hearted hack work of an overweight, pill-addicted, badly dressed has-been. In the liner notes to this five-CD set, Dave Marsh argues that Presley, in fact, created a more impressive body of work in the '70s than almost any other pop act. And the music on this massive anthology backs Marsh up. Stripping away all the garish live recordings and album filler, the package concentrates on a core of 120 songs--the A- and B-sides of every single Presley recorded in the '70s, 46 other studio tracks (including 13 previously unreleased performances), and 27 live tracks (including another 13 unreleased tracks)--that feature a still-magnificent singer collaborating with one of the funkiest bands of its time. This body of work certainly doesn't match Presley's breakthroughs in the '50s, nor does it equal the achievements of Al Green, Neil Young, and Van Morrison in the '70s, but it does stack up well against the work of Bob Dylan and the ex-Beatles in the same decade. Even in his laziest moments, Presley was a master of intonation and phrasing, delivering his rich baritone with a disarming naturalness. And when he caught a spark from his great T.C.B. Band (anchored by guitarist James Burton and drummer Ron Tutt), Presley could still out-sing anyone in American pop. You can hear it here on inspired versions of Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie," Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," Muddy Waters' "Got My Mojo Working," Wayne Carson's "Always on My Mind," Chuck Berry's "Promised Land," Paul McCartney's "Lady Madonna," Percy Mayfield's "Stranger in My Own Hometown," Dennis Linde's "Burning Love," and Joe South's "Walk a Mile in My Shoes." --Geoffrey Himes

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Elvis Presley's music in the 1970s is often dismissed as the bombastic, half-hearted hack work of an overweight, pill-addicted, badly dressed has-been. In the liner notes to this five-CD set, Dave Marsh argues that Presley, in fact, created a more impressive body of work in the '70s than almost any other pop act. And the music on this massive anthology backs Marsh up. Stripping away all the garish live recordings and album filler, the package concentrates on a core of 120 songs--the A- and B-sides of every single Presley recorded in the '70s, 46 other studio tracks (including 13 previously unreleased performances), and 27 live tracks (including another 13 unreleased tracks)--that feature a still-magnificent singer collaborating with one of the funkiest bands of its time. This body of work certainly doesn't match Presley's breakthroughs in the '50s, nor does it equal the achievements of Al Green, Neil Young, and Van Morrison in the '70s, but it does stack up well against the work of Bob Dylan and the ex-Beatles in the same decade. Even in his laziest moments, Presley was a master of intonation and phrasing, delivering his rich baritone with a disarming naturalness. And when he caught a spark from his great T.C.B. Band (anchored by guitarist James Burton and drummer Ron Tutt), Presley could still out-sing anyone in American pop. You can hear it here on inspired versions of Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie," Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," Muddy Waters' "Got My Mojo Working," Wayne Carson's "Always on My Mind," Chuck Berry's "Promised Land," Paul McCartney's "Lady Madonna," Percy Mayfield's "Stranger in My Own Hometown," Dennis Linde's "Burning Love," and Joe South's "Walk a Mile in My Shoes." --Geoffrey Himes

Customer Reviews

A must for all Elvis fans !!
DAVID J AGUIRRE
This five CD box set covers Elvis Presley's 1970s recordings.
Johnny Heering
Every song he sings, he makes it his own.
Carlo Ifurung

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By MilesAndTrane on February 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
By the 1970's, the psychedelia of the decade before had written Elvis out of pop culture, and he was now operating outside of rock 'n' roll instead of helping to shape it. Nonetheless, the King re-dedicated himself to his craft. Elvis was working hard, but no longer felt the need to prove his worth to a world that now looked past him; he just made music to please himself. There were the vices & forces that were both lifting him up and dragging him down (the Colonel, drugs, Priscilla, food, Vegas, money, the Memphis Mafia), and it was reflected in his music: sometimes his singing was inspired, and other times he sounded exhausted. RCA has managed to assemble his best accomplishments from that era for this box set. Throughout the dozens of songs here, he sounds relaxed yet in command. The uptempo songs are outweighed by the ballads, but Elvis seems comfortable and sounds natural at all times.
Discs 1 & 2 contain all his singles and B-sides; this is where his most recognizable material appears ("Always On My Mind", "Burning Love"). Discs 3 & 4 collect "studio highlights" that display the King both in sharp focus at and mischevious play. Disc 5 is a concert disc where Elvis makes his already-familiar material sound fresh for the audience, even if he occasionally sounds a bit tired. His version of "Never Been To Spain" is a great concert highlight (I've enjoyed disc 5 more than other reviewers). What is most amazing is how easily Elvis navigates himself through so many styles. Song after song we hear him simmering down into varied grooves. Old-school blues with "Steamroller Blues", glossy rockabilly on "Promised Land", easy folk with "I'm Leavin'", slow-burning drama on "Make the World Go Away", and even some funk(!) with "If You Could Talk In Your Sleep.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Crabby Apple Mick Lee on April 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When I was born Elvis Presley was just another fresh high school graduate driving a truck. So this whole "Elvis thing" passed me by. I do remember liking "Return To Sender" as a child in the early 1960's and I liked his movies in a goofy sort of way. But even watching his "comeback" special on NBC during its premiere broadcast in 1968, I still couldn't see what all the fuss was about. As the 1970's progressed reactions to Elvis generally fell into two groups: there were those who adored him and there were those who laughed at him. Images of an increasingly corpulent and sweating Elvis provided living evidence to those who believed Elvis ceased to matter long ago. As John Lennon remarked, as far as he was concerned Elvis died when he entered the army.

Indeed, there is one school of thought that holds that the true mother lode of Elvis' greatness is to be found on his early Sun recordings. Many hold to this stance so strongly that they view Elvis' signing to RCA as a commercial sellout that ruined his genius. They do not deny that Elvis had several great singles; but on balance they see him as a cheap, used up failure after 1956.

Needless to say, this is an extreme view that I believe is unfairly harsh. (Playing by the same rules, one could just as easily say that John Lennon "died" when he left the Beatles.) Still, with the advent of the British invasion in 1964 and the explosion of new musical directions, Elvis no longer set the tone of American music. Instead, much of the tone was set for him.

It is easy to think of several important singles Elvis released in the 1960's: "Stuck On You", "It's Now Or Never", "Can't Help Falling In Love", "Viva Las Vegas", "Guitar Man", "U.S. Male" and my personal favorite "Suspicious Minds".
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on April 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Rock critic/author Dave Marsh built his essay accompanying this seminal, revisionist Elvis Presley box set around a pithy, powerful phrase, "Elvis sang." Doing so recalled the Bible verse, "Jesus wept," (John 11:35), describing Jesus' reaction to Lazarus' death before restoring His friend's life. Comparing the King of Kings to the "King of Rock and Roll" plays into hero-worship kitsch, tainting Presley's central role in American history and culture. But they are each compassionate, empathetic reactions, understatements prefacing extraordinary permanent action.
"Walk A Mile In My Shoes," compiles the many highlights from Presley's last seven years in studio and on stage, 110 tracks on five CDs. Its music and photo choices emphasize Elvis at his early-70s' strongest, musically and physically; no Elvis fan asked to commit to this set need see more "fat Elvis" photos or hear painful, half-forgotten live renditions from his last tours. Here is the rewritten final act Presley and his fans deserved.
Elvis reunited generations' musical tastes as painstakingly and completely as he divided them his amazing first years.
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Yeah they have been discontinued, all 3 decade sets. If you want all Elvis music, the Franklin Mint has the Complete Elvis Masters box set and its an official release.
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