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.
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.
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.
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
Reviewed by RW: February 05, 2005).
Review, Source: Billboard/ElvisNews.com)