I haven’t listened to many Elvis Presley albums – lots of compilations, the live specials, a few key albums, sure. But given how many there are there are obviously a lot that have passed me by. And I’m an Elvis fan. More with the passing of time actually. My mum’s a big fan. My dad isn’t. It’s quite funny – the old man loves trying to put the boot in, talking about Elvis being untalented, a pop star only; good looking and with an okay voice. But watch almost any performance by Presley and you see him as conductor, as wizard – aware of every element of the song and summoning all he can to sell it. A master. Sure, not the world’s great musician, technically. Not at all. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t think musically.
So I was happy to give this album a crack and figuring I’d dig it – but it really is very strong.
This marks Elvis’ return to recording following his discharge from the army.
So it was nice to finally hear this. Another example of knowing the artist, even knowing some of the songs on the album but never having heard the album. We’re at 1960 in the book. A few albums from that year or me to hear. But again, a welcome album to the collection. And one I’m now going to hunt for on vinyl of course…