If you have music lovers on your shopping list, a box set is a great way to cross them off. While the top-rating Box-Set is noted as 'The Herbie Hancock complete Columbia Album Collection', Elvis' Deluxe STAX box-set gets a good recommendation
"Elvis Presley, Elvis at STAX"
Elvis wasn't all jumpsuits, giant shades, and sideburns in the '70s. In fact, he made some of the best, and most overlooked, music of his career.
"I've heard all the stories, and I'd be lying if I didn't say Elvis had a wild side," James Burton, the guitarist and musical director of Elvis Presley's 1970s-era TCB band told me recently. "But when we were in the studio he worked hard and he expected the band to work just as hard."
If Elvis at STAX is any indication, Burton isn't lying. The last major studio sessions of Presley's career, from July and December 1973, Elvis at STAX features Presley in fine form, his voice rich, full and mature, and his band tight and precise from years in Vegas and on the road with The King.
After years of releases of varying quality from the Presley archives, Elvis at STAX comes on the heels of last year's fantastic Prince from Another Planet box, documenting Presley's 1973 Madison Square Garden concerts, and is another worthy addition to Elvis' recorded legacy.