- Audio CD (24 May 2010)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD
- Label: Sony Music CMG
- ASIN: B003FOGPMU
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Elvis Sings The Great British Songbook CD
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Although the King never got the chance to visit these shores, during the 70s he recorded some of our best loved songs, written by our favourite songwriters. This compilation features some of Elvis’ greatest ever vocal performances of songs we all know and love. He sings everything from the Lennon/ McCartney masterpiece "Yesterday" to the Gibb Brothers "Words" and also takes on the classic "You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me" made popular by Dusty Springfield in the late 60s. The album also features a rare version of the Lloyd Weber/Rice penned "It’s Easy For You". The eight-page booklet features photographs and extensive new liner notes.
Elvis Presley Sings the Great British Songbook is not, as the title might lead you to assume, a cache of hitherto unknown renditions by The King of the likes of Rule Britannia. Rather, it is a two-CD collection of previously released recordings whose common factor is simply that the songs' composers were all born in (to paraphrase the artist) this here United Kingdom.
It makes a half-hearted attempt to assert some sort of logic to its existence via liner notes that discuss the UK music publishing house of Freddy Bienstock, who found songs for Presley. However, Bienstock was hardly responsible for Elvis' version of the 18th century O Come, All Ye Faithful, nor the quartet of Beatles covers. Which leaves the problem that no stylistic thread links material that happens to originate from one country–apart from, ironically, the Americana most modern popular music is steeped in. As might be expected, therefore, this collection lurches between styles, periods and tones quite haphazardly. The sense of conceptual inanity is not helped by fawning and almost disingenuous liner notes by Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain head Todd Slaughter (who unforgivably misspells Jerry Leiber's surname and Freddy Bienstock's forename).
One could forgive the essential randomness of the selection if what was in the metaphorical grooves was consistent with Elvis' talent. Unfortunately, it falls down here too, and for a reason that's not unrelated to the album's theme. The point in history at which Presley began to look further than his homeland for material was also the juncture at which he began to lean toward maudlin and overwrought material, such as the Engelbert Humperdinck-like This Is Our Dance. When he does tackle a quality number, he's not averse to ruining it, such as the way during a live version of George Harrison's Something he throws in disrespectful interjections like "Hot damn" and "Yeah, baby." Not that there aren't gems–this is Elvis after all–but the heart-wracked (and heartfelt) divorce song My Boy, the funky Let Me Be There and the incandescent gospel classic How Great Thou Art drown in a sea of well-crafted but soporific balladry.
So who's going to be buying? Elvis fans will already possess the songs herein while even newcomers will understand that the selections are in no way representative of the artist. A bizarre release.
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Top Customer Reviews
Overall a very refreshing change, from sound quality, to song list, even the cover art is refreshing. Well worth the money.
live versions of "you don't have to say you love" and "My Boy" are far better than the studo ones, worth the price of the CD alone also great hearing elvis having fun with lady Madona all round a great CD
We have him singing Beatles music (Hey Jude, Yesterday and Lady Madonna) which to be honest was not as good as it could have been when the Beatles did them so I did not have much faith in his reproduction of them and I must say it lived up to expectation.
The Bonus songs were both Christmas songs (WHY oh WHY ???). There is even a song where Elvis introduces it by saying that it is a song that he does not like doing but as he has been asked to do it he will have to. See even the king did not get his own way allways......
With all that said there are some great tracks Danny Boy, This is the Story, The Fairs Moving On and the evergreen First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. Not forgeting the lesser known tracks that some may not have heard of such as Wonderful World, Sylvia, This is the story and my personal favourite Heart of Rome .
He does an excellent "The Last Farwell" of Roger Whittaker fame who was quoted as saying "No greater honour can be given, than have one of your songs sung by the King".
So all in all this is a good album for an Elvis fan and someone who like to hear an artist out of his normal hits.
Please note that this is a personal view of this album and I believe that all people see and hear things differently and what is good for one is poor for another. Best wishes
A few had been previously recorded in the U K like the song How The Web Was Woven which was a last ditch attempt by Jackie Lomax to land a hit on the Apple label while I've Lost You was an album track by Matthews Southern Comfort though Elvis would have a hit with the song
Its a similar thing to what happenned to Helen Shapiro in Nashville where she was given a pile of songs from the slush pile owing to her low standing as a hitmaker in the States but she ended up making the first version of Its My Party
All the songs sent over from the U K are here plus a few which were recorded earlier.
It was all tied in with the British arm of Hill & Range where many of the movie songs came from but Elvis insisted on recording a few songs he liked rather than what the Colonel decreed
Some reviewer on here thinks Mary In The Morning should have been included but its as well it wasn't as it was written by Johnny Cymbal long after he'd left Scotland
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of bits and bobs on here,and what is on here is very good,theres live tracks,informal jams and even the odd version I havnt heard before,I think the 2nd cd lets it down a bit... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Malcolm McDonald
One of the bestt Elvis cds ive bought..the songs are some of the best recordings ive heard...buy it...you wont regret it !Published on 12 Sept. 2013 by Jenkins
Its more than a compilation. First, the compilations itself for the first time includes rare songs by Elvis mostly with RARE VERSIONS. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2013 by Can Balkan
First look at the track list makes it look standard but dont be fooled. Some off the cuff remarks from Elvis in between. Read morePublished on 23 July 2011 by woo63
This is a compilation of songs written by British Songwriting talents. Elvis gives an open show of his versatility. The best songs for me are. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2010 by Michael N. J. Wright
Sean Egan is a know-it-all who knows nothing....This is an outstanding compilation. Elvis had the best voice, best band, best back-up singers and he made even so-so songs very... Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2010 by Mark O'Neill