"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)






Billboard reviews "Love, Elvis"

"Simply put, nobody could sing a love song like Elvis. And just in time for Valentine's Day, RCA's latest in an ambitious line of Elvis releases is a 24-song collection where the artist's lovin' cup runneth over.

At his best, as on "Are You Lonesome Tonight" "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Love Me Tender," Presley evokes an unequaled intimacy that reminds us why so many otherwise reserved women clamored for his sweat-stained scarves.

The rumbling "It's Now or Never" and more rocking fare like the trademark stuttering vocal of "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" never sounded better. More produced cuts like "Always on My Mind" and the soaring, live "It's Impossible" remain passionately delivered, and "The Fever" is pure sex.

There's some cool, lesser-known stuff here, too, including the surfer-rumba "Surrender" and the swaying "It Hurts Me." A previously unreleased take on "For the Good Times" is softly swaying perfection. The operatic "Unchained Melody," recorded live just months before Elvis' death, is stunning and sad. Lovingly packaged and flawlessly remastered, this is Elvis, and we still miss him."

(Originally Reviewed by RW: February 05, 2005).

(CD Review, Source: Billboard/ElvisNews.com)









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