It's a missed opportunity from Elvis after the celebrated Aloha. Although it brought some nice songs, most of the sessions showed an uninspired Elvis, not willing to try something new.
It should have been a '1973' version of the '69 sessions. All but one ingredients were there: a studio in his hometown, young musicians willing to experiment, access to new contemporary material, a studio with its own sound....only ingredient missing: passion with Elvis.
WHat's left when an artist isn't interest anymore in creating art, not interested in performing live... just going with the flow, doing what's asked or told to do... what's left is basicly nothing more than a moneymaking machine.
If Elvis couldn't be helped in 1973 by people who shared his biggest passion, music, what could have helped him to survive August 16 1977?