‘Elvis at Stax’ gets deluxe edition treatment

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 6th through RCA/Legacy, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. According to a press release, the box set arrives in stores ten days before the anniversary of Presley’s passing on August 16, 1977.

In conjunction with the much-anticipated August 6th release, RCA/Legacy Recordings is hosting a very special listening party at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music on Tuesday, August 11th at 4 pm During this exclusive Elvis Week event, fans will have an opportunity to stand in the very same spot where Elvis recorded the music they are hearing, in addition to witnessing stories and details behind the music and recording sessions from representatives of Sony and special guest Norbert Putnam, who recorded with Elvis at Stax in December 1973.

Released simultaneously will be a single CD of highlights from the box set simply titled Elvis At Stax featuring 17 tracks, and a 180-gram, double-vinyl LP. Also, on August 20th, a Limited Edition Japanese version will be available on CD.

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)
  • “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.

Presley spent 12 days at Stax in 1973 (July 21-25 and December 10-16), and the roller coaster 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.

3 CD

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

1. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body – take 1
2. Find Out What’s Happening – takes 8-7
3. Promised Land – take 4
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: Part 1 – The Pop Sessions – The Outtakes

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

Part 2 – The July 1973 Masters
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: The December 1973 Masters

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

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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