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4.0 out of 5 stars So Elvis in decline produced these goldies., 21 Sep 2007
This review is from: Elvis' Gold Records Vol.4 (Audio CD)
This review is based on the Uk success of the releases. Return to Sender, last of a long run of Uk #1 hit singles, and only the 2nd Elvis Christmas #1 hit. Rock a hula Baby was a previous release that had got to #1. So GR vol 4 starts with two very big hits and as a footnote, both movie releases. Next 'Love Letters'. Released in 1966 it was the follow up to his first two singles not to reach the Uk top 20. LL showed that Elvis could still produce big hits by climbing to #6. The next 2 tracks are Bossa nova Baby & Witchcraft. These were released as the a & b side of a single in 1963. Many fans expected another top 10 hit but the single only managed to peak at #13. The next two tracks are once again an a & b side. Kissin Cousins / It Hurts Me. As film songs go at this stage of Elvis' career KC was really a good release. Great beat to go with the wave of the uk pop bands of the day. The single was Elvis' first top ten hit from his last 4 attempts. A word on the 'b' side. It Hurts Me was one of Rca's biggest mistakes and to this day manys fans agree that it should have been an 'A' release. Next track is now an Elvis classic. Viva las Vegas, a recording 5 years before it's time. Released in 1964 with the next track, What'd I Say, the single only just reached #17. Two great tracks, and if released 5 years later who can question a top 5 hit? Track 10 is the 'b' side of Devil in Disguise. Really here just to make up the number of tracks! Indescribably Blue. An none movie track that was to see Elvis returning to the top places in the singles charts. Again bad timing as it failed to hit the Uk top 20. The next track really is a golden record. Devil in Disguise not only is a great recording but as the british beat bands started to take over the Uk charts Elvis roared to #1. This was the summer of '63. Lonely Man is yet another fill in song. Released as the 'b' side to the #1 hit from 1961 'Surrender'. Having said that I must add that this is a gem recording and one of my all time favorites. Track 14 is 'A mess of Blues' Another track from the early 60's with Elvis doing what Elvis does best and gaving us a great Blues number. Missed the volume 3 listing so thankfully we got it here. A #2 hit. Next 'Ask Me' Now here's a 'b' that deserves to be listed. A great recording that like 'It Hurts Me' was lost to the general record buyers. It's 'a' side was 'Ain't that lovin you Baby' This reached #15 in 1964. However the song was recorded during the hay days of rock'n'roll. Would have been better held back and put on an LP. Track 17 and yet another 'fill in' flip side. Just tell Jim said Hello, the 'b' side to 'Shes not You'. Really out of place on a GR collection. And so the final track, thankfully we save the best to the last. Crying in the Chapel was a maga hit when released in 1965. The track was recorded back in 1960 but as Elvis was unhappy with it the song was left of the 'His hand in Mine' LP. But in May 1965 it was released as a single. The king previous 8 singles had all bar one failed to enter the Uk top 10. Crying in the Chapel not only ended that poor run but reached the #1 spot for 3 weeks. To finish of I enjoy playing this cd even with the 'fill in' tracks. I would have included 'Wild in the Country' (a #2), If everyday was like Christmas' (#9) and if a flip has to be included I'd have 'You'll be Gone' and 'Never Ending'.
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Initial post: 4 Jul 2010 18:24:25 BDT
very good review derek. i like these reissues with extra tracks, it makes for great value for money. you've said it all.nothing to add except i wholeheartedly agree that ' it hurts me' should have been an a side .it's a great ballad . elvis doesn't just sing it , he lives it!!!!!
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