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Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 11:38 am

Matthew wrote:
minkahed wrote:You don't know this as "Fact" !!!! end of story.

Have you listened to the sessions? No use getting upset with me, Elvis' mixed efforts speak for themselves.

ELVIS AT STAX: THE DELUXE HOBBY SESSIONS


No, I haven't ... duh ...

I'm sure Elvis meant EVERYTHING he said at all times, no lies or sarcastic remarks involved made by the mighty Elvis Presley are always "true" !!!

Dunce-sky ...

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 11:55 am

midnightx wrote:The additional take of My Boy seems to be a glaring omission.

This collection is quite odd and really comes across more like something conceived by a blindly-devoted 70's enthusiast from this forum versus a mainstream product conceived by a major record label. It will be hard to label Ernst a 70's hater from here on out.


seriously man. what options are left ?

Sony has already released milestone classic Elvis Presley music, via the "Legacy" editons of "Elvis Presley", "Elvis Is Back", "From Elvis in Memphis", "On Stage", As Recorded at Madison Sq. Garden", now "Aloha From Hawaii", plus some bonus Lp's included on Disc 2 of the first 4 sets.

The, "I Am An Elvis Fan", propaganda flopped, the "Viva Elvis" thing flopped, " what else can they do at retail to keep Elvis music on the shelves ? Another "Hits" collection ?

c'mon people get with it, yeh Ernst is, or ever was, a 70's hater...

whoever speculated that misguided assumption must be taking too much Ativan.

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 12:24 pm

TCB-FAN wrote:
Steve Morse wrote:
"My Boy" a first class performance of a decent song, with an excellent arrangement. I see nothing wrong with it at all.



Amen to that. A major highlight in Elvis's career. Had the song been marketed properly, it would've been a bigger hit that 'Burning Love' or 'Heartbreak Hotel'.

Pathetic sarcasm.

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 1:36 pm

minkahed wrote:No, I haven't ... duh ...

I'm sure Elvis meant EVERYTHING he said at all times, no lies or sarcastic remarks involved made by the mighty Elvis Presley are always "true" !!!

The thing is, the vibe of the sessions, and the results support the truth in Elvis' hobby line, even if it was said light-heartedly (with a nice dose of ego). And the fact is the only reason these sessions where in Memphis was for the convenience of it, because getting Elvis into a studio was already problematic. Unlike American Sound which was for something new and fresh, Stax was just a way to get something down on tape. The lack of direction, over reliance on cover versions and a complete lack of really good original material stained these sessions and Elvis was largely indifferent to it. By this point recording new material was merely a contractual obligation for him.

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 1:50 pm

As much as this release will divide opinion, i relish a decent release of STAX material, outakes inc in super sound, ok his recordings from this period arent that well known outside of Elvis world and perhaps this does indeed fit an FTD release more than a LEGACY, BUT IF the track selection is well done and with nice artwork and info, this could be a stunning addition!

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 2:09 pm

dennyelvis wrote:As much as this release will divide opinion, i relish a decent release of STAX material, outakes inc in super sound, ok his recordings from this period arent that well known outside of Elvis world and perhaps this does indeed fit an FTD release more than a LEGACY, BUT IF the track selection is well done and with nice artwork and info, this could be a stunning addition!

Bang on!!

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 2:15 pm

a mess of polk salad wrote:
dennyelvis wrote:As much as this release will divide opinion, i relish a decent release of STAX material, outakes inc in super sound, ok his recordings from this period arent that well known outside of Elvis world and perhaps this does indeed fit an FTD release more than a LEGACY, BUT IF the track selection is well done and with nice artwork and info, this could be a stunning addition!

Bang on!!


+1

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 3:13 pm

Nothing new! what is this?

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 3:21 pm

Alexander wrote:ElvisMatters reports Thatcher the 3CD set contains all masters and all available outtakes. Seems a strange concept for a general public Legacy release.


Thatcher???? What's the recently deceased ex Prime Minister got to do with it? :shock:

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 3:49 pm

Tony.. wrote:
Alexander wrote:ElvisMatters reports Thatcher the 3CD set contains all masters and all available outtakes. Seems a strange concept for a general public Legacy release.


Thatcher???? What's the recently deceased ex Prime Minister got to do with it? :shock:


Sorry, it is that irritating option on the iPad that contiously give alternatives for the words you type... I typed That but the word got changed in Thatcher without me noticing...

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 4:04 pm

Elvis' voice wasn't damaged in summer 1973. He was simply too unwell to properly utilize it. That's why it seemed better later in the year. He was healthier.

This is a very strange release.

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 4:25 pm

Matthew wrote:
minkahed wrote:No, I haven't ... duh ...

I'm sure Elvis meant EVERYTHING he said at all times, no lies or sarcastic remarks involved made by the mighty Elvis Presley are always "true" !!!

The thing is, the vibe of the sessions, and the results support the truth in Elvis' hobby line, even if it was said light-heartedly (with a nice dose of ego). And the fact is the only reason these sessions where in Memphis was for the convenience of it, because getting Elvis into a studio was already problematic. Unlike American Sound which was for something new and fresh, Stax was just a way to get something down on tape. The lack of direction, over reliance on cover versions and a complete lack of really good original material stained these sessions and Elvis was largely indifferent to it. By this point recording new material was merely a contractual obligation for him.


Ok, maybe this had to with the fact that by July '73, Elvis was most likely frustrated by the up coming finalization of his divorce, his constant tiresome rundown of playing Las Vegas, depression and his increasing dependency on prescription medication.

The medication alone had his mind, body and soul tortured by now, yet, he still showed up for his "hobby" .

I would certainly in no way compare 1973 sessions to 1969, I mean, c'mon man, coming off the great '68 comeback, the Lp sold great, his first Billboard Top 10 since "Harum Scarum" in '65/'66, the "If I Can Dream" single which sold 3 times more than any of his recent releases and peaks at #12, gets motivated by a new set of musicians and great material because he needed to,( have "Hits"), if he wanted to continue to be a successful relevant artist coming into the 1970's.

Nevermind the July sessions of '73, Elvis was clearly under the influence and depressed, you can clearly hear this on the "Raised On Rock" FTD, but come December, some of that piss and vinegar came back and it's a damn shame he was not presented with better material by his publishing companies, the whole woulda, shoulda, coulda concept is fantasy, it's over, it happened, it's gone, but tracks like, "Promised Land" and "Loving Arms", etc etc ... showed the man could still deliver when he was presented with challenge and something good to work with.

If people on this board don't like this release, or it's material, it's a simple concept, Stay Away, Joe, U dig ?

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 4:29 pm

Marty Lacker gives us the low-down on why Elvis ended up at the STAX studios.
... The reason I chose Stax Studios when Elvis asked me to get him a studio to record was because it was secure with a fence and gate guards. Elvis didn't care what studio it was as long as it wasn't American Studios that Parker and Felton poisoned his mind against. When he asked me to get it for him he added that the session didn't mean anything to him and that the only reason he was doing it was because Parker and RCA were nagging him to record.
The songs that Parker and Freddy Bienstock sent him to record were the usual horrible songs they had a piece of the publishing on. I brought him "Raised On Rock" which in my opinion he would have had a hit on if it had been cut at American with Chips Moman and his rhythm section, also "Lovin' Arms" that I think he did a good job on which was published by David Briggs and Norbert Putnam and "We Had It All" which would have been perfect for him but after rehearsing it about 20 times he told me he loved the song but he couldn't do it because he

didn't want people to think he was singing it about him and Priscilla. Which to me was ridiculous. My discovery, Rita Coolidge, went on to cut it and she had a big hit with it.
As for the rumors of Elvis trying out some other Chuck Berry songs apart from "Promised Land", yes Elvis had sometimes sung Chuck Berry songs in Graceland - but for whatever reason decided not to record any more of them at this session. Elvis also used to sing Aretha's "Chain Of Fools" a lot.
While Elvis was in the studio working on the songs I was in the office we were using for Elvis to rest in between songs and Bienstock, in front of Tom Diskin and Vernon Presley tried to intimate that I was making money off of Elvis and that wouldn't Elvis be interested in knowing that. I looked him in the eye and said, "You should go in there (the studio), and tell Elvis that but let me save you the trouble, he already knows because I don't do anything like that without telling him."
"All I try to do Freddy is bring Elvis good songs,maybe you should try to do it sometime and your accusation towards me is like the pot calling the kettle black!" He then shut up. I'm sure though that either

he or Diskin later told Parker about it, I think that plus me getting Elvis to record at American, was the reason Parker tried to keep future sessions secret from me so I wouldn't bring him songs they didn't have the publishing on. They didn't care how that effected Elvis both career wise and mentally.
- Marty Lacker

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 4:36 pm

Matthew wrote:The thing is, the vibe of the sessions, and the results support the truth in Elvis' hobby line, even if it was said light-heartedly (with a nice dose of ego). And the fact is the only reason these sessions where in Memphis was for the convenience of it, because getting Elvis into a studio was already problematic. Unlike American Sound which was for something new and fresh, Stax was just a way to get something down on tape. The lack of direction, over reliance on cover versions and a complete lack of really good original material stained these sessions and Elvis was largely indifferent to it. By this point recording new material was merely a contractual obligation for him.

I agree... and it truly saddens me that Elvis had really lost touch with his career and basically (along with his management) put it into cruise control... it's quite evident from the comments of the musicians at these sessions that Elvis was not in a good way... showing up late or not showing up at all... and the intensity just wasn't there. When I listen to some of these recordings, I try to put those thoughts out of my mind and just try and enjoy the finished product...

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 4:41 pm

elvis-fan wrote:
Matthew wrote:The thing is, the vibe of the sessions, and the results support the truth in Elvis' hobby line, even if it was said light-heartedly (with a nice dose of ego). And the fact is the only reason these sessions where in Memphis was for the convenience of it, because getting Elvis into a studio was already problematic. Unlike American Sound which was for something new and fresh, Stax was just a way to get something down on tape. The lack of direction, over reliance on cover versions and a complete lack of really good original material stained these sessions and Elvis was largely indifferent to it. By this point recording new material was merely a contractual obligation for him.

I agree... and it truly saddens me that Elvis had really lost touch with his career and basically (along with his management) put it into cruise control... it's quite evident from the comments of the musicians at these sessions that Elvis was not in a good way... showing up late or not showing up at all... and the intensity just wasn't there. When I listen to some of these recordings, I try to put those thoughts out of my mind and just try and enjoy the finished product...


I agree - but its hard to enjoy the finished product. For me, its about 50%.

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 4:49 pm

Just found my old own STAX SESSIONS CD:

1- I Got A Feelin´In My Body (out-take R&C)
2- Lovin´Arms
3- I´ve Got A Thing About You Baby
4- You Asked Me To
5- If You Talk In Your Sleep
6- For Ol´Times Sake

7- If You Don´t Come Back (Rough Mix)
8- Just A Little Bit
9- Good Times Charlie´s Got The Blues
10- Talk About The Good Times (out-take R&C)
11- Promised Land
12- Steamroller Blues (Memphis´74 live)

I still enjoy it but I can´t stand the original LPs.
One single album should have been enough to release only the best from those sessions.

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 4:53 pm

All from Amazon, fans will buy it if they want it, anyone not collecting the FTD's will love it, I will await the bargain bucked 6 months down the line, after its release.

ELVIS AT STAX: DELUXE EDITON chronicles the 40th Anniversary of Elvis' historic hometown studio sessions of July and December 1973.

Deluxe 3-CD Box Set marks the first gathering of 28 masters and 27 outtakes in one comprehensive package.

The last major studio sessions in the career of Elvis Presley have finally been gathered together for the first time in one comprehensive package, as ELVIS AT STAX: DELUXE EDITION. The deluxe 3-CD box set, a 40th anniversary chronicle of a dozen nights that Presley spent at Stax Recording Studios in his hometown of Memphis in July and December 1973.

ELVIS AT STAX: DELUXE EDITION bristles with energy and dynamism. The proof is in the six consecutive singles that the Stax sessions produced, all of which skirted the Top 40 from 1973 to 1975. In effect, they rivaled some of the hottest streaks that Presley had charted a decade earlier.

The Stax singles still resonate today:
"Raised On Rock" b/w "For Ol' Time Sake" (Hot 100 #41, country #42);
"I've Got A Thing About You Baby" b/w "Take Good Care Of Her" (Hot 100 #39, country #4);
"Promised Land" b/w "It's Midnight" (Hot 100 #14, country #9);
"If You Talk In Your Sleep" b/w "Help Me" (Hot 100 #17, country #6);
"My Boy" b/w Thinking About You (Hot 100 #20, country #14); and
"Mr. Songman" (B-side of "T-R-O-U-B-L-E," Hot 100 #35, country #11).

Track Listings

Disc: 1

1. I Got A Feelin' In My Body - take 1
2. Find Out What's Happening - takes 8-7
3. Promised Land - take 4 (I)
4. For Ol' Times Sake - take 4
5. I've Got A Thing About You, Babe - take 14
6. It's Midnight - take 7
7. If You Talk In Your Sleep - take 5
8. Loving Arms - take 2
9. You Asked Me To - take 3A
10. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - take 8
11. Talk About The Good Times - take 3
12. There's A Honky Tonk Angel - take 1
13. She Wears My Ring - take 8
14. Three Corn Patches - take 14
15. I Got A Feelin' In My Body - take 4
16. If You Don't Come Back - take 3
17. Promised Land - take 5

Disc: 2

1. Mr. Songman - take 2
2. Your Love's Been A Long time Coming - take 4
3. Spanish Eyes - take 2
4. Take Good Care Of Her - takes 1,2,3
5. It's Diff'rent Now (unfinished recording)
6. Thinking About You - take 4
7. My Boy - take 1
8. Girl Of Mine - take 9
9. Love Song Of The Year - take 1
10. If That Isn't Love - take 1
11. Raised On Rock
12. For Ol' Time Sake
13. I've Got A Thing About You Baby
14. Take Good Care Of Her
15. If You Don't Come Back
16. Three Corn Patches
17. Girl Of Mine
18. Just A Little Bit
19. Find Out What's Happening
20. Sweet Angeline

Disc: 3

1. Promised Land
2. It's Midnight
3. If You Talk In Your Sleep
4. Help Me
5. My Boy
6. Thinking About You
7. Mr. Songman
8. I Got A Feelin' In My Body
9. Loving Arms
10. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues
11. You Asked Me To
12. There's A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In)
13. Talk About The Good Times
14. She Wears My Ring
15. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming
16. Love Song Of The Year
17. Spanish Eyes
18. If That Isn't Love

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 4:54 pm

Sony will announce next week that this new release will contain a never before released outtake (as a hidden bonus) of a full 15 minute version of a jam medley titled "My Boy/Feelings" Yes fans, for the first time ever Elvis will be singing "Feelings" as part of the medley, two years before its smash hit version by Morris Albert, and because of this rare track find by Ersnt, Sony will sell this stellar 3 CD package for $100 US. Get your orders in today ! :smt005 :smt005 :smt005 :smt003 :smt003 :smt003

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 6:28 pm

Now posted and confirmed on the EPE website:

ELVIS AT STAX: DELUXE EDITION by ELVIS PRESLEY
(RCA/Legacy 88883 72418 2)

Disc 1: The R&B and Country Sessions – The Outtakes: Selections – 1. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body - take 1 (I) • 2. Find Out What’s Happening - takes 8-7 (B) • 3. Promised Land - take 4 (I) • 4. For Ol’ Times Sake - take 4 (I) • 5. I’ve Got A Thing About You, Babe - take 14 (I) • 6. It’s Midnight - take 7 (F) • 7. If You Talk In Your Sleep - take 5 (J) • 8. Loving Arms - take 2 (I) • 9. You Asked Me To - take 3A (F) • 10. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues - take 8 (I) • 11. Talk About The Good Times - take 3 (I) • 12. There’s A Honky Tonk Angel - take 1 (I) • 13. She Wears My Ring - take 8 (I) • 14. Three Corn Patches - take 14 (I) • 15. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body - take 4 (J) • 16. If You Don’t Come Back - take 3 (I) • 17. Promised Land - take 5 (H).

Disc 2: Part 1 – The Pop Sessions – The Outtakes: Selections – 1. Mr. Songman - take 2 (F) • 2. Your Love’s Been A Long time Coming - take 4 (I) • 3. Spanish Eyes - take 2 (I) • 4. Take Good Care Of Her - takes 1,2,3 (D) • 5. It’s Diff’rent Now (unfinished recording) (G) • 6. Thinking About You - take 4 (I) • 7. My Boy - take 1 (D) • 8. Girl Of Mine - take 9 (I) • 9. Love Song Of The Year - take 1 (F) • 10. If That Isn’t Love - take 1 (I) • Part 2 – The July 1973 Masters: • 11. Raised On Rock (Hot 100 #41, country #42) (A) • 12. For Ol’ Time Sake (charts same as track 11) (A) • 13. I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby (Hot 100 #39, country #4) (C) • 14. Take Good Care Of Her (charts same as track 13) (C) • 15. If You Don’t Come Back (A) • 16. Three Corn Patches (A) • 17. Girl Of Mine (A) • 18. Just A Little Bit (A) • 19. Find Out What’s Happening (A) • 20. Sweet Angeline (A) .

Disc 3: The December 1973 Masters: Selections – 1. Promised Land (Hot 100 #14, country #9) (E) • 2. It’s Midnight (charts same as track 1) (E) • 3. If You Talk In Your Sleep (Hot 100 #17, country #6) (E) • 4. Help Me (charts same as track 3) (E) • 5. My Boy (Hot 100 #20, country #14) (C) • 6. Thinking About You (charts same as track 5) (E) • 7. Mr. Songman (Hot 100 #35, country #11) (E) • 8. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body (C) • 9. Loving Arms (C) • 10. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (C) • 11. You Asked Me To (E) • 12. There’s A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In) (E) • 13. Talk About The Good Times (C) • 14. She Wears My Ring (C) • 15. Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming (E) • 16. Love Song Of The Year (E) • 17. Spanish Eyes (C) • 18. If That Isn’t Love (C).

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 6:43 pm

Well, this is disappointing to say the very least. All this is is a quick way to make a few extra bucks for RCA. Nothing new nor interesting. Looking at the way this is laid out, you would think it was meant for the FTD label and not the Sony RCA label. It's just another strong example of how poorly the Elvis catalog is handled and disrespected. I think it's time that Sony made some drastic changes. Put Ernst in charge of only the FTD releases since that's for the hardcore fans and get someone youthful and up to today's standards that know what is and isn't commercial potential to handle and re-introduce the Elvis catalog to the world. Otherwise it'll be the same revolving door as it's been for the past 3 decades. :(

One thing is for certain, you would NEVER in a million years see the catalog of The Beatles handled this way. So why should the greatest selling artist and greatest influential performer of all time be treated less?

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 7:45 pm

it`s all here folks;

http://www.elvisthemusic.com/us/news/el ... august-6th

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 7:50 pm

'Elvis At Stax: Deluxe Edition' 3CD Box Set To Be Released August 6th!




ELVIS AT STAX: DELUXE EDITION CHRONICLES 40th ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC HOMETOWN STUDIO SESSIONS OF JULY AND DECEMBER 1973

DELUXE 3-CD BOX SET MARKS FIRST GATHERING OF 28 MASTERS AND 27 OUTTAKES IN ONE COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE

Master recordings at Stax Studios in Memphis include 1973-1975 RCA single sides: Mark James’ “Raised On Rock,” Tony Joe White’s “I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby,” Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land,” Larry Gatlin’s “Help Me,” plus Dennis Linde's "I Got A Feelin' In My Body," Danny O’Keefe’s “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues,” Waylon Jennings’ “You Asked Me To,”and more

Available everywhere through RCA/Legacy on August 6, 2013

The last major studio sessions in the career of Elvis Presley have finally been gathered together for the first time in one comprehensive package as ELVIS AT STAX: DELUXE EDITION. The deluxe 3-CD box set, a 40th anniversary chronicle of a dozen nights that Presley spent at Stax Recording Studios in his hometown of Memphis in July and December 1973, will be available everywhere August 6, 2013 through RCA/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. The box set arrives in stores ten days before the anniversary of Presley's death on August 16, 1977.

Released simultaneously will be a single CD of highlights from the box set simply titled ELVIS AT STAX, and a 180-gram, double-vinyl LP.

ELVIS AT STAX: DELUXE EDITION bristles with energy and dynamism. The proof is in the six consecutive singles that the Stax sessions produced, all of which skirted the Top 40 from 1973 to 1975. In effect, they rivaled some of the hottest streaks that Presley had charted a decade earlier. The Stax singles still resonate today:
•“Raised On Rock” b/w “For Ol’ Time Sake” (Hot 100 #41, country #42);
•“I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby” b/w “Take Good Care Of Her” (Hot 100 #39, country #4);
•“Promised Land” b/w “It’s Midnight” (Hot 100 #14, country #9);
•“If You Talk In Your Sleep” b/w “Help Me” (Hot 100 #17, country #6);
•“My Boy” b/w “Thinking About You” (Hot 100 #20, country #14); and
•“Mr. Songman” (B-side of “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” Hot 100 #35, country #11).

"I Got A Feelin' In My Body" (recorded at Stax, catalog RCA PB-11679), was reissued as a posthumous single by RCA Records in 1979.

The historical significance of Presley’s work at Stax is appreciated by such music scholars as Peter Guralnick, the award-winning author of Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley (1994) and Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley (1999); and producer Ernst Mikael Jørgensen, respected director of RCA’s Presley catalog for over two decades, and author of the critical research guide, Elvis Presley: A Life In Music (St. Martin’s Press, 1998).

Jørgensen has long been concerned with doing justice to the Stax sessions, which were never acknowledged by the artist's record label RCA as a unified whole. Instead, as with most of Presley's studio work in his second decade as a recording artist, the tracks were scattered onto LPs and intermingled with material recorded in Nashville and Hollywood. The bulk of the Stax cuts showed up on Raised On Rock/For Ol’ Times Sake (1973), Good Times (1974), and Promised Land (1975). For ELVIS AT STAX, many of the outtakes originated on the CD-era reissues of those three albums on Jørgensen’s and co-director Roger Semon's own label, Follow That Dream (FTD) Records. ELVIS AT STAX was produced by Jørgensen, Semon, and Rob Santos of Legacy A&R.

Taking up the cause for ELVIS AT STAX is another scholar and aficionado of the artist, award-winning resident Memphis journalist Robert Gordon, who has written an in-depth, day-by-day (i.e. night-by-night) liner notes essay for the box set. Previously, Gordon and his wife Tara McAdams (author of The Elvis Handbook, 2004) co-wrote the liner notes essay for RCA/Legacy's From Elvis In Memphis: Legacy Edition (2009). In addition to major biographies of Muddy Waters and Jerry Lee Lewis, Gordon is the author of two important Elvis Presley studies, The King on the Road: Elvis Live on Tour 1954 to 1977 (St. Martin’s, 1996) and The Elvis Treasures (Random House, 2002). Gordon has also written two books on the Memphis music scene, the acclaimed It Came from Memphis (Faber & Faber, 1995, foreword penned by Peter Guralnick) and the upcoming Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion (Bloomsbury USA, set for publication in November 2013).

Etched in music history, 1973 was a crucial watershed year for Presley, in the wake of his return to extended concert touring in 1972, after 12 years away from the stage and 27 movies in Hollywood. His New York City concert debut was emblematic of an exciting new chapter in his career. It was chronicled last year on the RCA/Legacy deluxe 2-CD+DVD box set, Prince From Another Planet: Elvis As Recorded Live At Madison Square Garden / 40th Anniversary Edition, which captured an afternoon and an evening concert staged on June 10, 1972. His manager, Colonel Tom Parker, sought a world-class mega-event to underscore the touring, which led to the one-hour global satellite broadcast from the Honolulu International Center Arena on January 14, 1973, viewed by over one billion people around the world. That, too, was recently chronicled on the RCA/Legacy double-disc set issued this past March, Aloha From Hawaii: Legacy Edition.

The highs of 1972-’73 led Presley and Colonel Parker to accept RCA’s $5.4 million offer for an outright transfer of Presley's complete back catalog. He wanted a new start, new control, and a new publishing company. But the RCA deal also called for his return to the studio and a promise for him to deliver 24 new masters, i.e. two new singles (four songs), a new pop LP (ten songs), and a new gospel LP (ten songs).

Four years earlier, in 1969, Presley had made his Memphis recording return (after a 13-year absence) at Chips Moman’s American Studios. These triumphantly successful sessions had yielded a year-long string of ‘comeback’ hit singles: “In the Ghetto” (#3), “Suspicious Minds” (#1), “Don’t Cry Daddy” (#6), and “Kentucky Rain” (#16), the last such string of major consecutive hits in his life. But by 1973, American had closed up shop, and most of its musicians had relocated to Nashville. However, Stax Studios, the launching pad of such greats as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Booker T. and The MGs, and Isaac Hayes was still thriving at its original 926 E. McLemore Avenue space. In fact, Isaac Hayes relinquished his studio time to accommodate Presley. Ironically, less than two years later in 1975, the Stax offices would also be closed.

Presley spent 12 days at Stax in 1973 (July 21-25 and December 10-16), and the rollercoaster ride of those sessions is meticulously detailed in Gordon’s liner notes. ELVIS AT STAX neatly compartmentalizes the results:
•Disc 1: The R&B and Country Sessions – The Outtakes: 17 tracks
•Disc 2: Part 1 – The Pop Sessions – The Outtakes: 10 tracks
•Disc 2: Part 2 – The July 1973 Masters: four single sides and six album tracks, and
•Disc 3: The December 1973 Masters: seven single sides and 11 album tracks.

ELVIS AT STAX: DELUXE EDITION by ELVIS PRESLEY
(RCA/Legacy 88883 72418 2)

Disc 1: The R&B and Country Sessions – The Outtakes: Selections –
1. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body - take 1 (I)
2. Find Out What’s Happening - takes 8-7 (B)
3. Promised Land - take 4 (I)
4. For Ol’ Times Sake - take 4 (I)
5. I’ve Got A Thing About You, Babe - take 14 (I)
6. It’s Midnight - take 7 (F)
7. If You Talk In Your Sleep - take 5 (J)
8. Loving Arms - take 2 (I)
9. You Asked Me To - take 3A (F)
10. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues - take 8 (I)
11. Talk About The Good Times - take 3 (I)
12. There’s A Honky Tonk Angel - take 1 (I)
13. She Wears My Ring - take 8 (I)
14. Three Corn Patches - take 14 (I)
15. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body - take 4 (J)
16. If You Don’t Come Back - take 3 (I)
17. Promised Land - take 5 (H)

Disc 2: Part 1 – The Pop Sessions – The Outtakes: Selections –
1. Mr. Songman - take 2 (F)
2. Your Love’s Been A Long time Coming - take 4 (I)
3. Spanish Eyes - take 2 (I)
4. Take Good Care Of Her - takes 1,2,3 (D)
5. It’s Diff’rent Now (unfinished recording) (G)
6. Thinking About You - take 4 (I)
7. My Boy - take 1 (D)
8. Girl Of Mine - take 9 (I)
9. Love Song Of The Year - take 1 (F)
10. If That Isn’t Love - take 1 (I)
Part 2 – The July 1973 Masters:
11. Raised On Rock (Hot 100 #41, country #42) (A)
12. For Ol’ Time Sake (charts same as track 11) (A)
13. I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby (Hot 100 #39, country #4) (C)
14. Take Good Care Of Her (charts same as track 13) (C)
15. If You Don’t Come Back (A)
16. Three Corn Patches (A)
17. Girl Of Mine (A)
18. Just A Little Bit (A)
19. Find Out What’s Happening (A)
20. Sweet Angeline (A)

Disc 3: The December 1973 Masters: Selections –
1. Promised Land (Hot 100 #14, country #9) (E)
2. It’s Midnight (charts same as track 1) (E)
3. If You Talk In Your Sleep (Hot 100 #17, country #6) (E)
4. Help Me (charts same as track 3) (E)
5. My Boy (Hot 100 #20, country #14) (C)
6. Thinking About You (charts same as track 5) (E)
7. Mr. Songman (Hot 100 #35, country #11) (E)
8. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body (C)
9. Loving Arms (C)
10. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (C)
11. You Asked Me To (E)
12. There’s A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In) (E)
13. Talk About The Good Times (C)
14. She Wears My Ring (C)
15. Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming (E)
16. Love Song Of The Year (E)
17. Spanish Eyes (C)
18. If That Isn’t Love (C)

Album source index:
A – from Raised On Rock/For Ol’ Times Sake LP (RCA APL1-0388, released October 1973)
B – from Raised on Rock CD (FTD 86971 28432, released July 2007)
C – from Good Times LP (RCA CPL1-0475, released March 1974)
D – from Good Times CD (FTD 50602 09750 0 3, released December 2012)
E – from Promised Land LP (RCA APL1-0873, released January 1975)
F – from Promised Land CD (FTD 50602 09750 1 9, released December 2011)
G – from Walk a Mile in My Shoes – The Essential ’70s Masters 5-CD box set (RCA 7863-66670-2, released October 1995)
H – from Platinum - A Life In Music 4-CD box set (RCA 67469, released July 1997)
I – from Rhythm and Country CD (RCA 07863-67672-2, released August 1998)
J – from Today, Tomorrow and Forever 4-CD box set (RCA 07863-65115-2, released June 2002)

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 8:06 pm

Patrick68 wrote:Now posted and confirmed on the EPE website:

ELVIS AT STAX: DELUXE EDITION by ELVIS PRESLEY
(RCA/Legacy 88883 72418 2)

Disc 1: The R&B and Country Sessions – The Outtakes: Selections – 1. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body - take 1 (I) • 2. Find Out What’s Happening - takes 8-7 (B) • 3. Promised Land - take 4 (I) • 4. For Ol’ Times Sake - take 4 (I) • 5. I’ve Got A Thing About You, Babe - take 14 (I) • 6. It’s Midnight - take 7 (F) • 7. If You Talk In Your Sleep - take 5 (J) • 8. Loving Arms - take 2 (I) • 9. You Asked Me To - take 3A (F) • 10. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues - take 8 (I) • 11. Talk About The Good Times - take 3 (I) • 12. There’s A Honky Tonk Angel - take 1 (I) • 13. She Wears My Ring - take 8 (I) • 14. Three Corn Patches - take 14 (I) • 15. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body - take 4 (J) • 16. If You Don’t Come Back - take 3 (I) • 17. Promised Land - take 5 (H).

Disc 2: Part 1 – The Pop Sessions – The Outtakes: Selections – 1. Mr. Songman - take 2 (F) • 2. Your Love’s Been A Long time Coming - take 4 (I) • 3. Spanish Eyes - take 2 (I) • 4. Take Good Care Of Her - takes 1,2,3 (D) • 5. It’s Diff’rent Now (unfinished recording) (G) • 6. Thinking About You - take 4 (I) • 7. My Boy - take 1 (D) • 8. Girl Of Mine - take 9 (I) • 9. Love Song Of The Year - take 1 (F) • 10. If That Isn’t Love - take 1 (I) • Part 2 – The July 1973 Masters: • 11. Raised On Rock (Hot 100 #41, country #42) (A) • 12. For Ol’ Time Sake (charts same as track 11) (A) • 13. I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby (Hot 100 #39, country #4) (C) • 14. Take Good Care Of Her (charts same as track 13) (C) • 15. If You Don’t Come Back (A) • 16. Three Corn Patches (A) • 17. Girl Of Mine (A) • 18. Just A Little Bit (A) • 19. Find Out What’s Happening (A) • 20. Sweet Angeline (A) .

Disc 3: The December 1973 Masters: Selections – 1. Promised Land (Hot 100 #14, country #9) (E) • 2. It’s Midnight (charts same as track 1) (E) • 3. If You Talk In Your Sleep (Hot 100 #17, country #6) (E) • 4. Help Me (charts same as track 3) (E) • 5. My Boy (Hot 100 #20, country #14) (C) • 6. Thinking About You (charts same as track 5) (E) • 7. Mr. Songman (Hot 100 #35, country #11) (E) • 8. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body (C) • 9. Loving Arms (C) • 10. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (C) • 11. You Asked Me To (E) • 12. There’s A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In) (E) • 13. Talk About The Good Times (C) • 14. She Wears My Ring (C) • 15. Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming (E) • 16. Love Song Of The Year (E) • 17. Spanish Eyes (C) • 18. If That Isn’t Love (C).


I think it looks fine... at the end of the day it is what it is and they've done a decent job representing the STAX sessions. I don't have ANY of the FTD's from these sessions so I'll be buying this release. Regardless of what they could, would or should have done... there was bound to be pissing and moaning about it... as usual <sigh>

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 8:12 pm

SuspiciousMind wrote:Well, this is disappointing to say the very least. All this is is a quick way to make a few extra bucks for RCA. Nothing new nor interesting. Looking at the way this is laid out, you would think it was meant for the FTD label and not the Sony RCA label. It's just another strong example of how poorly the Elvis catalog is handled and disrespected. I think it's time that Sony made some drastic changes. Put Ernst in charge of only the FTD releases since that's for the hardcore fans and get someone youthful and up to today's standards that know what is and isn't commercial potential to handle and re-introduce the Elvis catalog to the world. Otherwise it'll be the same revolving door as it's been for the past 3 decades. :(

One thing is for certain, you would NEVER in a million years see the catalog of The Beatles handled this way. So why should the greatest selling artist and greatest influential performer of all time be treated less?

This is simply ludicrous... you make a general statement, once again, about Elvis' catalog and how poorly it's being handled without any justification whatsoever. How is Elvis' catalog being handled poorly based on this release? Why would Sony not want to make money with this product? How is this release being disrespectful to Elvis? Please make me understand... am I missing something here??

Re: Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary (3 CD)

Thu May 09, 2013 8:17 pm

sweetangeline wrote:it`s all here folks;

http://www.elvisthemusic.com/us/news/elvis-stax-deluxe-edition-3cd-box-set-be-released-august-6th


Thanks for the link.

Below is the complete ad copy, which includes some disingenuous-at-best history -- "The Stax singles still resonate today" -- and a crucial album source index.

Obviously, RCA wants to put the best spin possible on these sessions, but any serious fan knows the sessions were generally not Elvis at his best. What will be most telling is just how much editorial freedom critic Robert Gordon was given in crafting his liner notes.


'Elvis At Stax: Deluxe Edition' 3CD Box Set To Be Released August 6th!

ELVIS AT STAX: DELUXE EDITION CHRONICLES 40th ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC HOMETOWN STUDIO SESSIONS OF JULY AND DECEMBER 1973

DELUXE 3-CD BOX SET MARKS FIRST GATHERING OF 28 MASTERS AND 27 OUTTAKES IN ONE COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE

Master recordings at Stax Studios in Memphis include 1973-1975 RCA single sides: Mark James’ “Raised On Rock,” Tony Joe White’s “I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby,” Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land,” Larry Gatlin’s “Help Me,” plus Dennis Linde's "I Got A Feelin' In My Body," Danny O’Keefe’s “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues,” Waylon Jennings’ “You Asked Me To,”and more

Available everywhere through RCA/Legacy on August 6, 2013

The last major studio sessions in the career of Elvis Presley have finally been gathered together for the first time in one comprehensive package as ELVIS AT STAX: DELUXE EDITION. The deluxe 3-CD box set, a 40th anniversary chronicle of a dozen nights that Presley spent at Stax Recording Studios in his hometown of Memphis in July and December 1973, will be available everywhere August 6, 2013 through RCA/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. The box set arrives in stores ten days before the anniversary of Presley's death on August 16, 1977.

Released simultaneously will be a single CD of highlights from the box set simply titled ELVIS AT STAX, and a 180-gram, double-vinyl LP.

ELVIS AT STAX: DELUXE EDITION bristles with energy and dynamism. The proof is in the six consecutive singles that the Stax sessions produced, all of which skirted the Top 40 from 1973 to 1975. In effect, they rivaled some of the hottest streaks that Presley had charted a decade earlier. The Stax singles still resonate today:

- “Raised On Rock” b/w “For Ol’ Time Sake” (Hot 100 #41, country #42);
- “I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby” b/w “Take Good Care Of Her” (Hot 100 #39, country #4);
- “Promised Land” b/w “It’s Midnight” (Hot 100 #14, country #9);
- “If You Talk In Your Sleep” b/w “Help Me” (Hot 100 #17, country #6);
- “My Boy” b/w “Thinking About You” (Hot 100 #20, country #14); and
- “Mr. Songman” (B-side of “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” Hot 100 #35, country #11).

"I Got A Feelin' In My Body" (recorded at Stax, catalog RCA PB-11679), was reissued as a posthumous single by RCA Records in 1979.

The historical significance of Presley’s work at Stax is appreciated by such music scholars as Peter Guralnick, the award-winning author of Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley (1994) and Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley (1999); and producer Ernst Mikael Jørgensen, respected director of RCA’s Presley catalog for over two decades, and author of the critical research guide, Elvis Presley: A Life In Music (St. Martin’s Press, 1998).

Jørgensen has long been concerned with doing justice to the Stax sessions, which were never acknowledged by the artist's record label RCA as a unified whole. Instead, as with most of Presley's studio work in his second decade as a recording artist, the tracks were scattered onto LPs and intermingled with material recorded in Nashville and Hollywood. The bulk of the Stax cuts showed up on Raised On Rock/For Ol’ Times Sake (1973), Good Times (1974), and Promised Land (1975). For ELVIS AT STAX, many of the outtakes originated on the CD-era reissues of those three albums on Jørgensen’s and co-director Roger Semon's own label, Follow That Dream (FTD) Records. ELVIS AT STAX was produced by Jørgensen, Semon, and Rob Santos of Legacy A&R.

Taking up the cause for ELVIS AT STAX is another scholar and aficionado of the artist, award-winning resident Memphis journalist Robert Gordon, who has written an in-depth, day-by-day (i.e. night-by-night) liner notes essay for the box set. Previously, Gordon and his wife Tara McAdams (author of The Elvis Handbook, 2004) co-wrote the liner notes essay for RCA/Legacy's From Elvis In Memphis: Legacy Edition (2009). In addition to major biographies of Muddy Waters and Jerry Lee Lewis, Gordon is the author of two important Elvis Presley studies, The King on the Road: Elvis Live on Tour 1954 to 1977 (St. Martin’s, 1996) and The Elvis Treasures (Random House, 2002). Gordon has also written two books on the Memphis music scene, the acclaimed It Came from Memphis (Faber & Faber, 1995, foreword penned by Peter Guralnick) and the upcoming Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion (Bloomsbury USA, set for publication in November 2013).

Etched in music history, 1973 was a crucial watershed year for Presley, in the wake of his return to extended concert touring in 1972, after 12 years away from the stage and 27 movies in Hollywood. His New York City concert debut was emblematic of an exciting new chapter in his career. It was chronicled last year on the RCA/Legacy deluxe 2-CD+DVD box set, Prince From Another Planet: Elvis As Recorded Live At Madison Square Garden / 40th Anniversary Edition, which captured an afternoon and an evening concert staged on June 10, 1972. His manager, Colonel Tom Parker, sought a world-class mega-event to underscore the touring, which led to the one-hour global satellite broadcast from the Honolulu International Center Arena on January 14, 1973, viewed by over one billion people around the world. That, too, was recently chronicled on the RCA/Legacy double-disc set issued this past March, Aloha From Hawaii: Legacy Edition.

The highs of 1972-’73 led Presley and Colonel Parker to accept RCA’s $5.4 million offer for an outright transfer of Presley's complete back catalog. He wanted a new start, new control, and a new publishing company. But the RCA deal also called for his return to the studio and a promise for him to deliver 24 new masters, i.e. two new singles (four songs), a new pop LP (ten songs), and a new gospel LP (ten songs).

Four years earlier, in 1969, Presley had made his Memphis recording return (after a 13-year absence) at Chips Moman’s American Studios. These triumphantly successful sessions had yielded a year-long string of ‘comeback’ hit singles: “In the Ghetto” (#3), “Suspicious Minds” (#1), “Don’t Cry Daddy” (#6), and “Kentucky Rain” (#16), the last such string of major consecutive hits in his life. But by 1973, American had closed up shop, and most of its musicians had relocated to Nashville. However, Stax Studios, the launching pad of such greats as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Booker T. and The MGs, and Isaac Hayes was still thriving at its original 926 E. McLemore Avenue space. In fact, Isaac Hayes relinquished his studio time to accommodate Presley. Ironically, less than two years later in 1975, the Stax offices would also be closed.

Presley spent 12 days at Stax in 1973 (July 21-25 and December 10-16), and the rollercoaster ride of those sessions is meticulously detailed in Gordon’s liner notes. ELVIS AT STAX neatly compartmentalizes the results:

- Disc 1: The R&B and Country Sessions – The Outtakes: 17 tracks
- Disc 2: Part 1 – The Pop Sessions – The Outtakes: 10 tracks
- Disc 2: Part 2 – The July 1973 Masters: four single sides and six album tracks, and
- Disc 3: The December 1973 Masters: seven single sides and 11 album tracks.

ELVIS AT STAX: DELUXE EDITION by ELVIS PRESLEY
(RCA/Legacy 88883 72418 2)

Disc 1: The R&B and Country Sessions – The Outtakes: Selections –

1. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body - take 1 (I)
2. Find Out What’s Happening - takes 8-7 (B)
3. Promised Land - take 4 (I)
4. For Ol’ Times Sake - take 4 (I)
5. I’ve Got A Thing About You, Babe - take 14 (I)
6. It’s Midnight - take 7 (F)
7. If You Talk In Your Sleep - take 5 (J)
8. Loving Arms - take 2 (I)
9. You Asked Me To - take 3A (F)
10. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues - take 8 (I)
11. Talk About The Good Times - take 3 (I)
12. There’s A Honky Tonk Angel - take 1 (I)
13. She Wears My Ring - take 8 (I)
14. Three Corn Patches - take 14 (I)
15. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body - take 4 (J)
16. If You Don’t Come Back - take 3 (I)
17. Promised Land - take 5 (H)

Disc 2: Part 1 – The Pop Sessions – The Outtakes: Selections –
1. Mr. Songman - take 2 (F)
2. Your Love’s Been A Long time Coming - take 4 (I)
3. Spanish Eyes - take 2 (I)
4. Take Good Care Of Her - takes 1,2,3 (D)
5. It’s Diff’rent Now (unfinished recording) (G)
6. Thinking About You - take 4 (I)
7. My Boy - take 1 (D)
8. Girl Of Mine - take 9 (I)
9. Love Song Of The Year - take 1 (F)
10. If That Isn’t Love - take 1 (I)
Part 2 – The July 1973 Masters:
11. Raised On Rock (Hot 100 #41, country #42) (A)
12. For Ol’ Time Sake (charts same as track 11) (A)
13. I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby (Hot 100 #39, country #4) (C)
14. Take Good Care Of Her (charts same as track 13) (C)
15. If You Don’t Come Back (A)
16. Three Corn Patches (A)
17. Girl Of Mine (A)
18. Just A Little Bit (A)
19. Find Out What’s Happening (A)
20. Sweet Angeline (A)

Disc 3: The December 1973 Masters: Selections –
1. Promised Land (Hot 100 #14, country #9) (E)
2. It’s Midnight (charts same as track 1) (E)
3. If You Talk In Your Sleep (Hot 100 #17, country #6) (E)
4. Help Me (charts same as track 3) (E)
5. My Boy (Hot 100 #20, country #14) (C)
6. Thinking About You (charts same as track 5) (E)
7. Mr. Songman (Hot 100 #35, country #11) (E)
8. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body (C)
9. Loving Arms (C)
10. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (C)
11. You Asked Me To (E)
12. There’s A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In) (E)
13. Talk About The Good Times (C)
14. She Wears My Ring (C)
15. Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming (E)
16. Love Song Of The Year (E)
17. Spanish Eyes (C)
18. If That Isn’t Love (C)

Album source index:
A – from Raised On Rock/For Ol’ Times Sake LP (RCA APL1-0388, released October 1973)
B – from Raised on Rock CD (FTD 86971 28432, released July 2007)
C – from Good Times LP (RCA CPL1-0475, released March 1974)
D – from Good Times CD (FTD 50602 09750 0 3, released December 2012)
E – from Promised Land LP (RCA APL1-0873, released January 1975)
F – from Promised Land CD (FTD 50602 09750 1 9, released December 2011)
G – from Walk a Mile in My Shoes – The Essential ’70s Masters 5-CD box set (RCA 7863-66670-2, released October 1995)
H – from Platinum - A Life In Music 4-CD box set (RCA 67469, released July 1997)
I – from Rhythm and Country CD (RCA 07863-67672-2, released August 1998)
J – from Today, Tomorrow and Forever 4-CD box set (RCA 07863-65115-2, released June 2002)