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

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Elvis Presley 11//1995

Review

Since From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters gave up the ghost of being a complete overview of Elvis Presley's '60s recordings, the compilers of the companion five-disc box set Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters -- the third and final installment in RCA's justifiably acclaimed Elvis box set reissue series -- decided to throw even the illusion of comprehensiveness out the window and just serve up five discs and 120 tracks of highlights. Instead of adhering to a strict chronological sequencing, which the two previous boxes did, this is divided into two discs of singles, two discs of studio highlights, then one disc that attempts to present the ultimate Elvis Presley live show by culling peaks from several gigs throughout of the decade. This is a sharp move, since there is simply too much recorded material from the '70s to be presented either completely or chronologically, and his high points are easier to digest broken down in this fashion. Truth be told, he didn't have too many outright classics during this time -- just "Burning Love," "Always on My Mind," "Raised on Rock," "Promised Land," and "Moody Blue," along with 1971's excellent album Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) -- but it was a far more consistent era than the '60s, and it was more adventurous in terms of material and production, never sounding like pandering, which the early '60s could on occasion. This is more evident on the studio highlights than on the singles discs, particularly because those two discs delve into records like Elvis Country, but the end result is a set that is far more consistent and entertaining than From Nashville to Memphis, even if it doesn't sustain the delirious heights of his late-'60s comeback. If the fifth, final live disc is the kind of thing that you listen to only once or twice, it still crackles with energy, and the two studio highlights discs prove that Presley was still a sensitive, inventive interpreter of strong material, and the productions have a rich, robust diversity that keeps this interesting and enjoyable. To say that the '70s recordings are more consistent than the '60s is true, but it does give the impression that Elvis was as consistently brilliant as he was a decade earlier. That's simply not the case -- the best of the '60s recordings overshadows the best cuts here without effort -- but this does have a diversity of material and sound (even if it sometimes borders on the splashy excess of Vegas) that not only keeps it interesting, it proves that, when pressed, Elvis was still restless and inventive. Maybe the music here isn't as outright classic as those on the previous box sets, but it captures its era just as well, and provides the final piece of musical narrative while serving up some terrific music. And if the final chapter of the most iconic figure in American popular music is not essential to a library, then you don't truly care for American popular music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Wonder of You Elvis Presley 2:33
  3. 2 I've Lost You Elvis Presley 3:28
  4. 3 The Next Step Is Love Elvis Presley 3:30
  5. 4 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me Elvis Presley 2:29
  6. 5 Patch It Up Elvis Presley 3:7
  7. 6 I Really Don't Want to Know Elvis Presley 2:43
  8. 7 There Goes My Everything Elvis Presley 2:57
  9. 8 Rags to Riches Elvis Presley 1:53
  10. 9 Where Did They Go, Lord Elvis Presley 2:26
  11. 10 Life Elvis Presley 3:9
  12. 11 I'm Leavin' Elvis Presley 3:50
  13. 12 Heart of Rome Elvis Presley 2:52
  14. 13 It's Only Love Elvis Presley 2:40
  15. 14 The Sound of Your Cry Elvis Presley 3:13
  16. 15 I Just Can't Help Believin' Elvis Presley 4:33
  17. 16 How the Web Was Woven Elvis Presley 3:23
  18. 17 Until It's Time for You to Go Elvis Presley 3:56
  19. 18 We Can Make the Morning Elvis Presley 3:52
  20. 19 An American Trilogy Elvis Presley 4:29
  21. 20 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Elvis Presley 3:42
  22. 21 Burning Love Elvis Presley 2:48
  23. 22 It's a Matter of Time Elvis Presley 3:1
  24. 23 Separate Ways Elvis Presley 2:34
  25. 1 Always on My Mind Elvis Presley 3:37
  26. 2 Fool Elvis Presley 2:40
  27. 3 Steamroller Blues Elvis Presley 3:2
  28. 4 Raised on Rock Elvis Presley 2:38
  29. 5 For Ol' Times Sake Elvis Presley 3:35
  30. 6 I've Got a Thing About You Baby Elvis Presley 2:19
  31. 7 Take Good Care of Her Elvis Presley 2:50
  32. 8 If You Talk in Your Sleep Elvis Presley 2:31
  33. 9 Promised Land Elvis Presley 2:54
  34. 10 It's Midnight Elvis Presley 3:20
  35. 11 My Boy Elvis Presley 3:18
  36. 12 Loving Arms Elvis Presley 2:50
  37. 13 T-R-O-U-B-L-E Elvis Presley 3:1
  38. 14 Mr. Songman Elvis Presley 2:6
  39. 15 Bringing It Back Elvis Presley 2:59
  40. 16 Pieces of My Life Elvis Presley 4:2
  41. 17 Green, Green Grass of Home Elvis Presley 3:34
  42. 18 Thinking About You Elvis Presley 2:58
  43. 19 Hurt Elvis Presley 2:6
  44. 20 For the Heart Elvis Presley 3:20
  45. 21 Moody Blue Elvis Presley 2:47
  46. 22 She Thinks I Still Care Elvis Presley 3:46
  47. 23 Way Down Elvis Presley 2:36
  48. 24 Pledging My Love Elvis Presley 2:48
  49. 1 Twenty Days and Twenty Nights Elvis Presley 3:15
  50. 2 I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago Elvis Presley 3:25
  51. 3 The Fool Elvis Presley 2:23
  52. 4 A Hundred Years from Now [Informal Recording][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 1:40
  53. 5 Little Cabin on the Hill The Million Dollar Quartet 1:47
  54. 6 Cindy, Cindy Elvis Presley 2:29
  55. 7 Bridge over Troubled Water Elvis Presley 4:27
  56. 8 Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off of It Elvis Presley 4:33
  57. 9 It's Your Baby, You Rock It Elvis Presley 2:58
  58. 10 Stranger in the Crowd Elvis Presley 3:46
  59. 11 Mary in the Morning Elvis Presley 4:8
  60. 12 It Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing) Elvis Presley 2:46
  61. 13 Just Pretend Elvis Presley 4:2
  62. 14 Faded Love [Previously Unreleased][Original Unedited Version] Elvis Presley 4:5
  63. 15 Tomorrow Never Comes [Includes False Start][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 4:3
  64. 16 Make the World Go Away Elvis Presley 3:34
  65. 17 Funny How Time Slips Away Elvis Presley 4:18
  66. 18 I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water [Long Version][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 4:53
  67. 19 Snowbird Elvis Presley 2:3
  68. 20 Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On Elvis Presley 3:1
  69. 21 Amazing Grace [Previously Unreleased][Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 3:26
  70. 22 (That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me Elvis Presley 2:7
  71. 23 Lady Madonna [Informal Recording][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 1:14
  72. 1 Merry Christmas, Baby Elvis Presley 5:42
  73. 2 I Shall Be Released [Previously Unreleased][Informal Recording] Elvis Presley 0:48
  74. 3 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right [Jam Edit][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 3:58
  75. 4 It's Still Here [Original Unedited Version Ending with Felton Jarvi] Elvis Presley 3:30
  76. 5 I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen [Original Undubbed Version] Elvis Presley 2:27
  77. 6 I Will Be True Elvis Presley 2:33
  78. 7 My Way [Master] Elvis Presley 4:31
  79. 8 For the Good Times [Previously Unreleased][Master] Elvis Presley 3:10
  80. 9 Just a Little Bit Elvis Presley 2:30
  81. 10 It's Diff'rent Now [Previously Unreleased][Rehearsal] Elvis Presley 2:30
  82. 11 Are You Sincere Elvis Presley 1:58
  83. 12 I Got a Feelin' in My Body Elvis Presley 3:32
  84. 13 You Asked Me To Elvis Presley 2:50
  85. 14 Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues Elvis Presley 3:11
  86. 15 Talk About the Good Times Elvis Presley 2:35
  87. 16 Tiger Man [Jam][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 3:5
  88. 17 I Can Help Elvis Presley 4:1
  89. 18 Susan When She Tried Elvis Presley 2:16
  90. 19 Shake a Hand Elvis Presley 3:46
  91. 20 She Thinks I Still Care [Alternate Take 2B][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 3:23
  92. 21 Danny Boy Elvis Presley 3:55
  93. 22 Love Coming Down Elvis Presley 3:6
  94. 23 He'll Have to Go Elvis Presley 4:30
  95. 1 See See Rider Elvis Presley 2:34
  96. 2 Men With Broken Hearts [Short Poem][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 0:31
  97. 3 Walk a Mile in My Shoes Elvis Presley 2:57
  98. 4 Polk Salad Annie Elvis Presley 4:47
  99. 5 Let It Be Me (Je T'Appartiens) Elvis Presley 3:28
  100. 6 Proud Mary Elvis Presley 2:28
  101. 7 Something [Master][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 3:39
  102. 8 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' Elvis Presley 4:22
  103. 9 Heartbreak Hotel [Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 1:42
  104. 10 I Was the One [Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 1:19
  105. 11 One Night [Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 1:45
  106. 12 Never Been to Spain [Master][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 3:28
  107. 13 You Gave Me a Mountain [Previously Unreleased][Master] Elvis Presley 3:15
  108. 14 It's Impossible Elvis Presley 2:53
  109. 15 A Big Hunk O' Love [Previously Unreleased][Master] Elvis Presley 2:2
  110. 16 It's Over [Master][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 2:21
  111. 17 The Impossible Dream (The Quest) Elvis Presley 2:28
  112. 18 Reconsider Baby Elvis Presley 2:41
  113. 19 I'll Remember You Elvis Presley 2:34
  114. 20 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Elvis Presley 2:14
  115. 21 Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley 4:29
  116. 22 Unchained Melody Elvis Presley 2:27
  117. 23 The Twelfth of Never [Rehearsal] Elvis Presley 2:39
  118. 24 Softly, As I Leave You [Previously Unreleased][Rehearsal] Elvis Presley 2:13
  119. 25 (Alla En) El Rancho Grande [Informal Rehearsal][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 2:2
  120. 26 Froggie Went A-Courtin' [Informal Rehearsal][Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 2:15
  121. 27 Stranger in My Own Home Town [Previously Unreleased][Informal Rehearsal] Elvis Presley 4:35

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