It's logical that fans will be put off by the fact that this is the second hunt around the cutting room floor of the Nashville Marathon (after the superior "A Hundred Years From Now"), but this is never the less brilliant.
Tackling the more pop side of these sessions, we find Elvis is great voice, largely singing simpler version of well know classics.
The album starts with the perfunctory instrumental jam, which one assumes is there to just hide the leisurely pace of the session, and indeed falling into "Twenty Days" and "The Sound Of Your Cry", two less than brilliant songs, does not fill one with great hope.
But an early take of "I've Lost You", stripped of the lush backing, shows the real beauty of a minor classic. Good pop songs like "The Next Step Is Love", "I'll Never Know" and "Love Letters" are well worth a listen. The versions don't differ much from the released take. "A Hundred Years from now" and "Rags to Riches" are fun, but hardly for the aficionado with joking - at times less than tuneful - rushes.
And now for the highlights. "Sylvia" and especially "Heart Of Rome" are great tracks, hidden in obscure singles and lesser albums, but here they are surrounded by great material and really shine. "Mary In The Morning", hardly Elvis' finest hour, shines with the orchestral backing stripped, who knew there was a beautiful mouth organ wailing in the mess. And finally we have the stunning "How The Web Was Woven", prizes for those that can listen to Elvis toying with this classic without tears in their eyes.
Oh yes, and "Life"... one take of "Life" inflicted on man kind is one take too many.