Elvis Close Up

A follow-up to last year's stellar boxed set "Today, Tomorrow & Forever," this four-CD compilation unveils more revealing tracks from the King's vaults.

A follow-up to last year's stellar boxed set "Today, Tomorrow & Forever," this four-CD compilation unveils more revealing tracks from the King's vaults. Disc one focuses on unreleased stereo masters from the 1950s, including a solemn take of "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)" and a raucous, crystal-clear "Jailhouse Rock." Unreleased soundtrack cuts, including "Can't Help Falling in Love," can be found on disc two. Presley's extensive Nashville work—a 1968 romp through "U.S. Male," for example—can be heard on the third disc. While the studio work humanizes Elvis like nothing before it, the real crown jewel here is a sweaty, pristine 1972 San Antonio concert (disc four). This time capsule reveals what a supreme bad-ass Elvis Presley could be, making this an absolutely essential set.—RW