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All the King's Men

Okay, so Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana, Elvis’ first guitarist and drummer, don’t constitute all of his backing musicians — but as two of the most important, they got Steve Earle, Keith Richards, The Band, and others to show what they’ve learned from these Memphis men. No one dared record an Elvis song, thank goodness, but the mostly new material is scattershot: Presley soundalike Ronnie McDowell meanders into kitschy quicksand, as do Ron Wood and Jeff Beck. Still, All the King’s Men is loose and feel-good, and with Joe Louis Walker and the BoDeans on board, dang near inspired. B

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