Love, Elvis

Love, Elvis

by Elvis PresleyElvis Presley


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On the occasion of what would have been his 70th birthday, Elvis Presley is the subject of a raft of retooled reissues from BMG, but this particular disc is a new, and most impressive, entry in the King's vast catalogue. As a balladeer, Elvis had few peers, and the sharp focus of this 24-track set is on precisely that aspect of his artistry. One can question the inclusion of "If I Can Dream," E's socially conscious 1968 hit single, in a collection of love songs, but it happens to be a great performance and a magnificent production, so who's complaining about a little conceptual inconsistency? The 23 tracks preceding "If I Can Dream" do fit the bill, though, and offer an overview of Elvis's vocal growth over the course of his career. The early tracks remain incandescent -- the tenderness he brings to "Are You Lonesome Tonight?," "Love Me Tender," "Don't," and "It Hurts Me" is stunning in both vocal precision and depth of soul, whereas the unbridled passion he brings to "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," "Surrender," "Any Way You Want Me," and "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I" is practically a wonder of nature, a force unto itself. Some of the later tracks are hit-and-miss -- Perry Como did all right with "It's Impossible" and "And I Love You So," but both songs are bit lightweight for the King -- but "I Just Can't Help Believin' " and the moving "Unchained Melody" reveal the mastery of shading, tone, and phrasing that Elvis developed in his maturity. In the end, Love, Elvis hits its mark dead-on and transcends critical appraisal, because it's the heart that matters, and the King, in opening his fully here, moves the listener at a fundamental level. Happy birthday to us all.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Bmg / Elvis
UPC: 0828766700121
catalogNumber: 67001
Rank: 20638

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist
Jordanaires   Vocals
Blossoms   Vocals
Sweet Inspirations   Vocals
Imperials Quartet   Vocals
Millie Kirkham   Vocals
Ben Speer   Vocals
Brock Speer   Vocals
Gordon Stoker   Vocals
J.D. Sumner   Vocals
Stamps   Vocals
Kathy Westmoreland   Vocals
Sherrill Nielsen   Vocals
Jon Dodson   Vocals
Rad Robinson   Vocals
Charles Prescott   Vocals
Holladays   Vocals

Technical Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Don McLean   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Simon Napier-Bell   Composer
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Manny Curtis   Composer
Glen D. Hardin   Arranger
Ken Darby   Arranger
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Wally Gold   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Alex North   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Glen Spreen   Arranger
Mike Stoller   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Bergen White   Arranger
Vicki Wickham   Composer
Hy Zaret   Composer
John Davenport   Composer
Billy Mann   Composer
Eddie Cooley   Composer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Lou Kosloff   Composer
Alfred Wertheimer   Cover Photo
Hoffman   Composer
Lou Handman   Composer
Vera Matson   Composer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
Dick Manning   Composer
Bill Trader   Composer
Joy Byers   Composer
Joseph DiMuro   Executive Producer
Giuseppe Donaggio   Composer
Vito Pallavicini   Composer
W. Earl Brown   Composer
Baker Knight   Composer
Charles E. Daniels   Composer
Cliff Owens   Composer
George Mysels   Composer
Charles E. King   Composer
Michael Hill   Liner Notes

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