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James Brown: Mutha's Nature (Polydor PD-1-6111)

John Swenson, Rolling Stone, 20 October 1977

ELVIS' DEATH exploded the myth of his senescence with the fury of a surprise eruption from a long-dormant volcano. It had been easy to laugh at him in the past few years, easy to laugh and praise him at the same time, as he huffed his way through the ritualized psychodrama he'd developed. But it was impossible to ignore him because he was the King. In retrospect, his presence dominates everything he touched.

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