Forty years after Presley’s Stax sessions, RCA Legacy is releasing the three-CD box set Elvis At Stax: Deluxe Edition on Tuesday. It’s the first time Presley’s songs recorded at Stax are together in the same release, which also includes outtakes and rare photos.
“The dissipation of the Stax recordings across three albums over 18 months provided little or no creative kudos for such deserving artistic accomplishment,” wrote “Elvis at Stax” producer Roger Semon in notes accompanying the release. “The objective of ‘Elvis at Stax’ is to reflect the true spontaneity and musicianship of Elvis’ sessions.”
The release of the set comes days before the start of Elvis Week on Saturday. Thousands of the singer’s devotees flock to Memphis each year for a celebration of his life and career, with a candlelight vigil serving as a memorial for his death, on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis at age 42.
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