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More of the King's top tunes
on 28 September 2003
More of the King's top tunes and a follow up to last year's smash hit album Elvis Number Ones, released at a time the King's popularity is at an all time high.
The two standout tracks from the norm being the 2003 remix Rubberneckin and the unreleased second version of the song titled I'm a routabout.
I'm a routabout is a different song to the one released within Elvis's movie of the same title, as Hal Wallis rejected this version and ordered a different song of the same title to be written.
The song is bouncy emough to enjoy although not hit material in itself when It was recorded, as Elvis and the Colonel obviously didn't think worth pursuing at the time or later regardless of Hal Wallis's thinking on the song.
Most people will like this track though.
The remix of Rubberneckin is curious. On the one hand the song itself is weak and no matter who remixed this (Paul Oaakenfold)It was never going to be another A little less conversation (ALLC) smash hit. On the other hand, the remix itself I consider to be better technically than ALLC as It sounds more natural with vocal and music blending better than ALLC. The song though is not strong enough to repeat summer sales of his 2002 remix.
The rest of the album reads like many an Elvis compilation of the last two and a half decades with old classics and fans favourites on there.
Some of the highlights which non fans as well as fans may enjoy are Loving You, I need your love tonight, bossa Nova Baby (potential remix material this one?), always on my mind, promised land, moody blue.
Moody blue is a very good song although recorded at a time when Elvis was not in great health and I believe this could have been a big smash hit for Elvis If It had come along in 70-73 rather than 1976-77 when he may have had more energy to put into the song.
If you don't already have a lot of the songs on this CD then this is for you, especially as the technical sound quality of the songs will be better than on previous releases as BMG have done a lot of work on these versions as they did with Elvis Number One hits in 2002.