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The album that never was,
This review is from: For the Asking (Audio CD)
The material produced by this May '63 sessions was never released due to the number of soundtracks planned. This meant there was no release slot for this album, plus the material would make ideal make weights on future film releases. And that is what happened.
What we find when the material is brought together here is that it was substantially better than the film music Elvis was making around this time, but was less good than the 'real' sessions from the preceeding years. The reason? By and large it was because the material just wasn't as good.
The single from the collection was certainly the most comerical of tracks, the rocking "Devil In Disguise" is a minor classic, while Otis Blackwell pops up with "Drag That String Around" on the B Side, hardly his or Elvis' finest, but it's still a good song.
Tepper and Bennets re-write of "Return To Send", "Western Union" is a good record (though does stink of lack of originitiality), "Witchcraft" recrafts "Devil In Disguise" with a muddy horn based rhythm, and while "Memphis Tennessee" is undoubted a fine record, it's greatly hurt with poor production.
Two real highlights. Predictably one was the great Pomus and Shuman, who come up tops with the excellent rock'n'roll song "Long Lonely Highway". Joe Byers, another regular, gives Elvis a chance to try his dramatic musical muscel on the great "It Hurts Me", certainly the best song Elvis would record for some years.