As I mentioned with a previous entry into this series featuring a Presley record I am an Elvis fan. Although I wasn’t always, or at least wasn’t always deeply into Elvis. At first it was the early rock’n’roll hits, and they were part of my life – like anyone’s, or at least that’s how it seemed; how I imagined it. Then I bought the line about him not being so good later on, but I’m not sure where that came from or why I believed it.
Well right in-between those projects is this album, an album I’d never heard – until recently. And look you could like this even if you didn’t ever dig Elvis. You could like this album for the songwriters involved. I honestly believe that. You could like this for the musicians involved (“The Memphis Boys”) and certainly due to producer Chips Moman’s involvement.
But it’s a tender and terrific set from the big man too – singing gospel and country-soul and delivering it all in his distinctive croon. The big, big hit that you know already is In The Ghetto, an important single from this – and one of those songs that people love no matter what they think of Elvis; or again that’s as I’ve always figured it…
But everything else here is as good and better. Everything else here is magical. And this was something like Elvis’ 35th album. So with that many there’s going to be some good (and bad) ones you miss. I’m glad I finally got to this.