Review: Elvis Presley Reissue Eavesdrops Into His Final Recordings

With its shag carpeting, Polynesian flair and indoor waterfall, the "Jungle Room" in Elvis Presley's Graceland den epitomized the kitsch excess of the King's declining years. But once converted to a home studio in 1976, the verdant oasis became the unlikely birthplace of his final recordings. Way Down in the Jungle Room showcases 16 master takes released on the last two LPs of Presley's lifetime, a chance to eavesdrop on a troubled performer pulling himself together for a final sprint at artistry. A second disc of outtakes – featuring muttered wisecracks, false starts, and a couple promising alternate arrangements – adds background atmosphere but is mostly of historical interest. via RollingStone