Album: Elvis Presley, From Elvis in Memphis, (RCA Legacy)

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Following the success of the 1968 “comeback” TV special, the Great Galoot returned to his hometown and recorded two albums’ worth of material with local musicians – back in the Memphis pocket, as it were.

The results were inconsistent in many ways but almost uniformly brilliant in intensity. This is music that gets in your face on drama alone. You’ll know “In the Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds” already. Get to know the rest on this splendid twodisc repackage job. His best work since the 1950s. In fact, the last great work he ever did.