This most excellent album is a fusion of songs that are of regreat and despair. It's hardly original, but could not be bettered in any way, shape or form.
The opening song "Hurt" is towering, a massive vocal effort by Elvis....this is a standout on the album and a huge favourite.
"Never Again" is the weakest song here, it fails to grip like the others, even though Elvis sings it so damn good.
"Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" is a honkytonk version of a country blues song....it is infectiously good.
"Danny Boy" is a career highlight and without exception, nobody has sung this classic song as good.
"The Last Farewell" has the most dramatic opening I have ever heard....it's like a high seas epic movie soundtrack. It calms, and Elvis delivers another fine performance.
The only up-tempo song on the CD, "For the Heart" is sensational; from the slippery bass and funky beats, this again is a song that should have been a single. It would have been big, and would have turned more people onto this album.
"Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall" brings us back to the sad songs. I love this track, the lyrics are excellent, "She caught me lying, and she caught a train; and I caught a fever standing here in the rain."
Again, "Solitaire", Neil Sedaka's masterpiece is gripping stuff, the sorrowfull lyrics almost become depressing.....anyone who knows this classic song will agree....both Sedaka's and Elvis are great, so is Andy William's superb version. The best of the three, Neil's original or Elvis'.
"Love Coming Down" is a lesson to those who put career before the love of a good woman.....listen carefully.
"I'll Never Fall In Love Again" ends this excellent album. Clyde McPhatter's great version has been forgotten in favour of Tom Jones' scmaltzy over the top version. Elvis obliterates this.