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A King At The Height Of His Reign – The Wall Street Journal

Nov 08, 2012

The Wall Street Journal has written a piece about Elvis Presley’s “Prince From Another Planet,” the 2CD/1DVD box set that will be available this Tuesday, November 13th! Here is an excerpt:

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was at his all-time pinnacle in the early 1970s, and virtually every number during those 1972 New York performances, which have just been reissued in a deluxe concert CD and DVD package titled “Prince From Another Planet,” is as moving … Every song in the two Garden shows features Presley at his greatest. There’s a portion of both concerts that covers his early hits, but even then the King isn’t interested in simple nostalgia. He does “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Love Me Tender,” but after coyly introducing “Hound Dog” as his “message song,” the arrangement that follows is far from retro, deriving more from James Brown or some contemporary funk band than from the Elvis tradition.

Presley’s asides are priceless, such as when he inserts the expression “Shove it up your nose” in the middle of “Suspicious Minds.” Like Frank Sinatra, who also brought his music to sports arenas in the ’70s, Presley was loath to take himself too seriously. His ballads, of both the pop and country variety, are marvelously tender, and so too is one of his very few show tunes, the bombastic “Impossible Dream.” … Presley wasn’t just singing songs, he was—as he would throughout his entire career—taking entire genres of music in stride.”

Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

Prince From Another Planet: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 2CD/1DVD

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