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From Elvis In Memphis

Elvis Presley

1969

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From Elvis In Memphis

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3.38

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Late era Elvis...by this time, he sounds less like a guttural, saucy rockstar and more like a Vegas pop performer. That doesn't mean the music is bad, but it sounds like the kind of music that an audience at a bar would half-listen to while ordering drinks not realizing that it's really good. The talent is still there and the lyrics are more mature than older Elvis music, but he's missing a lot of the grit and energy. Maybe Hollywood or the war took it out of him. Maybe this is just over-produced. Regardless, I did like a lot of tracks on the back end, enough for me to adjust to the style and realize this is still a great album, even if it's not what I was expecting. "In the Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" are more than worth the price of admission. Favorite tracks: Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, True Love Travels on a Gravel Road, After Loving You. Album art: I like the picture, especially with what I hope is thousands of Elvis impersonators in the background. But you can tell from his outfit that this is the dawn of a new age of Elvis. He's got that ascot/scarf on, maybe a streak of grey in his hair--this is the beginning of Elvis the aging Vegas performer. 4/5

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Fantastic album. Was trying to choose favourite songs, but they were all brilliant. Southern soul sound. FSs: (All), Suspicious Minds, In The Ghetto, Long Black Limousine, Only The Strong Survive, True Love Travels On a Gravel Road

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5

This is my favourite Elvis album

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Look how fit he is on that cover JESUS CHRIST. Production so crisp, like what? Is that Cello on 'In the Ghetto'? Chelloooo we got a bass. I can't tell you how long I've been looking for a good Elvis collection. Insane.

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5

Elvis is on fire here. I had heard some songs off this album before but holy smokes I liked this record. His voice is fried but it suits the songs that he is singing very well. The playing on this album is insane for an Elvis record. The focus is supposed to be on him but I couldn’t help but wander to the bass and guitar parts holding it together. This is an incredible Elvis record and I liked it a lot. Favorite song: Suspicious Minds Least favorite song: Daddy Don’t Cry

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I ain't never heard a song from this album before, and boy was I a fool for that. I thought that much of Elvis' discography was like "Hound Dog" - early rock n roll. But clearly Elvis was much more diverse, branching into blues and Western like I never imagined. This album has songs that I feel are the natural evolution of the narrators from Robbins' "Gunfighter Ballads", and I love it for that. I think it will be my next on my record hunt...

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Classic

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Awesome.

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Surprisingly great album and think it's strong all around. In the Ghetto and Suspicious Minds are most popular song but others are great too. 9/10.

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5

It's the king! Elvis has always been a part of my life, so much so I was almost named Elvis. My dad is a huge fan and I became one very quickly at a young age. This was a fantastic album with a few classics like In the Ghetto and Suspicious Minds but I found a few other gems like Wearin' That Loved On Look and True Love Travels On a Gravel Road. I thought this would be a live album but it didn't seem so despite what the title and cover show. I hope we get more Elvis because I can always listen to him.

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Fantastic

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i get why elvis was so big now. great old 50s style funky organ classic old rock. enjoyed alot

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I love this project because of how much it shows off certain artists and how they are up my alley. Elvis is a perfect example of this. His voice is incredible and there is a reason he is called the King. Album starts strong even with lesser known longs. Middle gets a bit tiring, but Suspicious Minds is incredible. Side note: One of my first CDs was the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack which is half Elvis!

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love how he aligns the drummer against "I said Ill hold you in my heart..." at the start cool album - love Elvis!

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5

Great album.... Elvis was so young...

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omg actual good music i am having such a pleasant time ☺️☺️ ok i literally love this also wearin that loved on look is code for fucked-out face, right? RIGHT?!?!? THIS WAS SO GOOD elvis slaps idgaf

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I know it's cliche, but I really do love Elvis. What a voice. Great songwriting. One of my favorites is 'Suspicious Minds.' Underrated musician and guitarist. And I'm a sucker for the Hagstrom guitar he's holding in the album cover photo. So freaking cool!

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Very good listen

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Great performance, lots of emotion with epic buildups.

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excelente album, nunca habia escuchado en profundidad su música pero a raíz de este disco creo que voy a comenzar a interiorizarme un poco más..

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Not a fan of some of the crooning which hasn't aged well but the more upbeat stuff is 🔥

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Avant de démarrer la critique de cet album, il faut que je vous remette un peu de contexte. Il faut savoir qu'en plus du générateur des 1001 albums, j'ai crée 3 générateurs pirates, me proposant respectivement des albums de rap français, hard/punk rock, rnb/pop/chanson française. Dans le dernier cité, j'ai récemment découvert Elvis Presley, au cours d'un excellent album intitulé Today. C'est donc avec joie que je lançais cet album de Elvis Presley, m'attendant à aussi bien voir mieux, étant donné que Today n'avait pas été selectioné par Robert dans sa liste des 1001. Mais c'était mal connaître ce diable de Robert... Souvenez vous, Robert prend toujours soin de selectionner les albums les moins intéressants de chaque artiste. Face à cette nouvelle désillusion, j'ai décidé de partager mes générateurs pirates aux plus intéressés, plus d'informations à venir dans ma prochaine review d'Elvis Presley.

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L'Eddy Mitchell américain nous prouve avec cet album qu'il peut assumer la comparaison et proposer un projet au moins tout aussi bon que ceux de son homologue.

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An Elvis relic rather than a rock 'n' roll one. And one that's only good enough. No more, no less.

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I love elvis

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inarrivabile

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5

El rey... Punto

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My score is even for the original album (without later added singles like Suspicious Minds etc).

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Discazo. No me encantan las canciones muy lentas tipo sus baladas de los primeros discos pero lo demás es excelente. Además de las obvias, Only the Strong survive y Don't Cry Daddy directo a las gustadas en Spotify. Los arreglos con cuerdas y metales son excelentes, sobre todo cuando explota su voz. Songs: Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, Only The Strong Survive, Don't Cry Daddy, Kentucky Rain

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The king will always be the king and he shows it with these songs that many were unaware of. Great.

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Was not expecting this to be anywhere near as good as it was. Never really enjoyed the late 50s stuff which I find pretty corny, but this is on entirely different level which I think has a lot to do with the band behind him. Someone give that man on bass a medal. This is ultimate cool. Soul infused almost funk composition overlaid with perfectly delivered lyrics. The man's got a voice no doubt about it.

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5

As with anyone who grew up in North America, I've heard Elvis songs off and on my whole life, but this is the first time I've ever listened to a full album. This is very much 'Blues-y'/slower Elvis, rather than his rock n' roll approach in the 1950's, but it's just so damn good. There's nothing quite like Elvis' soulful voice, and all of these songs are just so delightfully melodic and well-written, both musically and lyrically.

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Suspicious Minds has always been my favourite Elvis song but I had never really realized that he'd done more countrysoul like that. And that it's this great. I mean, it's Elvis so there is quite a bit of unnecessary cheese here and I often find his voice a bit to smarmy but yes I will definitely come back to this one. 9/10

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Elvis is good

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Probablement le meilleur j'ai entendu de Elvis. Et hé ne suis pas fan des albums live 5

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You can hear that Elvis is tired in this album and his voice is not what it used to be but my goodness you can ferl the emotion in these songs. Great arrangements, superb gospel vibes in the album and great Hammond organ solos. Really loved this. Elvis is arguably the most influential popular music icon of the 20th century and he certainly reigns as The King here.

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5

Always a Classic. I runned listenning it.

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The king. Period.

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Crazy that maybe the most famous musician in our western civilization isn't even overrated at all.

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Very good thank you Elvis

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Amazing - track 3 gave me goosebumps

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really liked this album. I never considered myself an Elvis lover but he is a great musician.

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Dælme lækkert album og en fed soul stil. Helt sikkert en man skal have på vinyl

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gritty...

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Elvis is always good.

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Much better than I expected. Didn't realise Suspicious Minds was by Elvis. Kentucky Rain was pretty fantastic.

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1969. Key Songs: Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto, Any Day Now

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timeless classic 7/10

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Long Black Limousine

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Good stuff

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It's effin elvis

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There's lots of bad Elvis. This is good Elvis.

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Really liked it. Loved the country, soul vibe. Bit of a gospel feel. Incredible talent, never listened to a whole album from Elvis.

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Solid Elvis, I think this starts to show a more individual voice than the last one I listened to.

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He da man, that voice does things to ye. Sounds incredible, and there's a sexy cover of Gentle On My Mind.

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Came in with very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. His band sounded really good and his vocals matched the tone of the songs quite well.

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Not entirely up my alley but it's really soothing to listen to. Carries the nostalgic mood of a by-gone era of music, tbh I'd probably put this on as background music.

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Pretty good, Favorite track- Suspicious Minds

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It’s not just Elvis that is magical it is the band - man- those cats can play!

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this was a great album, since I only really ever listened to the classic Elvis songs. would totally add this into a chill mix playlist.

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After Presley's 1960 return from military service, his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, shifted the focus of the singer's career from live music and albums to films and soundtracks.[2] In March 1961, he performed what would become his last live concert for the next eight years: a benefit for the construction of the USS Arizona Memorial at Boch Arena in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.[3] During the first half of the 1960s, three of Presley's soundtrack albums reached number one on the pop charts and a number of his most popular songs were from his films, including 1961's "Can't Help Falling in Love" and 1962's "Return to Sender".[4] After 1964, Parker decided that Presley should only record soundtrack albums. He viewed the films and soundtracks as complementary, with each helping to promote the other.[5] As it turned out, the commercial success of Presley's films and soundtracks steadily diminished (Paradise, Hawaiian Style; Easy Come, Easy Go; Speedway),[4] while he was increasingly disappointed with the quality of his work.[2] From 1964 to 1968, Presley had just one top-ten hit: "Crying in the Chapel" (1965), a gospel number recorded in 1960. Only one LP of new material by Presley was issued: the gospel album How Great Thou Art (1967), which won him his first Grammy Award in the Best Sacred Performance category.[4] In 1968, Colonel Parker arranged a deal with NBC for a Christmas television special starring Presley in front of a live audience. Parker originally planned to have Presley sing Christmas carols only, but producer Steve Binder convinced the singer to perform songs from his original repertoire. The high ratings received by the special and the success of its attendant LP re-established Presley's popularity.[6] During the making of the special, Presley said to Binder: "I'll never sing another song that I don't believe in, I'm never going to make another movie that I don't believe in."[7] As part of his decision to refocus on music rather than film, Presley decided to record a new album.[

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Got a kick out of this - I forgot how wild Elvis' careers shifted over the decades. A real Icarus. Doesn't have all the hits, but I think it captures his essence well and shows you what you need from him.

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I like Elvis but he's not my favorite from the era and this album doesn't have many of my favorite songs on it.

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Creo que nunca había oído ningún disco completo del "Rey". Craso error, me gustó, tiene como una atmósfera fascinante y por supuesto su voz es como un imán. Le compro toda la reputación que tiene, como cantante, actor, sex symbol, lo que sea. Esto que me sonó medio country, medio blues, medio rock, fluye bastante bien, aunque diría que es más un disco para escucharlo a solas que en compañía, ni mucho menos para animarse. Mis favs: "Only the Strong Survive", "Power of My Love" y "Mama Liked the Roses". 8.5/10

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Ameeeerica and ameeeeerica

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He sounds like slim shady

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Enjoyable album

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Some cheesy background vocals but overall solid and holds up v well. Lots of keepers

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4.2 - So many great songs, so much soul. \"Long Black Limousine\", \"In the Ghetto\", \"Don't Cry Daddy.\" It's a testament to Elvis's talent as a singer that these songs don't come off as sappy to my jaded ear. The lyrics and musical arrangements sound like something from a soap opera but he sings them with such conviction. I actually feel emotional listening to \"Mama Liked the Roses\" - I don't know many singers that could pull that off.

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Great Voice. Okay music.

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Solid, great voice and character. Wouldn't listen to it every day tho

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Way better than I anticipated, and his vocal range really impressed me. My favorite tracks were Suspicious Minds (that's my fav Elvis song tho), Gentle on my Mind, In the Ghetto, and I'll Hold you in my Heart

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Un disco maravilloso, y mucho mejor su versión extendida. A este Elvis solo se le podria reprochar que no fuera tambien compositor.

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Surprisingly enjoyable

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So totally surprised at how uplifting this was. Have never really listened to much Elvis but thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Nice easy listening Rock with country/blues overtones AND its Elvis. Most of the songs were pleasantly forgettable, but I enjoyed listening to the hits ‘In the Ghetto’ , ‘Gentle on my Mind’ and especially ‘Suspicious Minds’. I was impressed with the backing band throughout and a little surprised when I read it wasn’t the famous Tennessee Two’ who were his original band. Bass player Tommy Cogbill was really good, and the Wikipedia rabbit hole says he also played on a lot of other great 1960s music. 4 stars for the King!

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The Elvis hits!

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Wat tragere nummers dan ik verwachte, maar al bij al een goed album

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Well, I didn’t expect this, but I kinda like this stuff. Adding to the library for sporadic listening.

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I'm not the biggest Elvis fan but was a really good album, worth 4 stars for In the Ghetto alone.

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Good music, I've always liked Elvis. Not his very best ones, but a couple of nice songs on here such as In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds and Don't Cry Daddy.

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Great Elvis voice perfect combine with guitar melodies. The album fuse slow and melodic tracks with driving and fast songs.

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elvis is a simp but a vibe. i enjoyed this way more than i expected

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Very smooth album. Flows well together. A few standout tracks

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Ocjena više zbog sumnjičavih umova

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Unexpectedly hip. Gotta listen to more Elvis.

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Not what I expected from Elvis. I mostly his hits and so I was pleasantly surprised by this more country/soul album. Not being that familiar with the genre I would say it reminds me of Orville Peck, who, of course, must have been greatly influenced by this sound. I may need to explore this genre more...

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Thoroughly enjoyed it — twice. Honorable mention for “Wearin’ That Loved On Look.”

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Great Album! Great Song and Singer. Unfortunately, he didn't write any of these songs himself. (8/10) Favourite Tracks: I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms), After Loving You , Suspicious Minds

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Elvis is rockin’ all the way through here. He sounds revitalized and excited about this new music. His voice is in great shape and the new band make things exciting to listen to.

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3.5

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Enjoyable. Would definitely play it again

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Solid Elvis.

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Gracias a los dioses aliens por The King of Rock n' Roll

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Sounds pretty good, but yet again I was not in the right mood for this, having discovered a new progressive death metal band on the same day...

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Omdat t elvis is.

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Es difícil calificar un disco de Elvis porque la carrera es demasiado larga y prolífica y a nosotros ya nos tocó oír puros discos de éxitos. En el caso de este en especial, vienen dos de mis canciones favoritas (Suspicious Minds y In The Ghetto) y otras tantas que no conocía pero resultan casi tan buenas. El sonido ya no es Rock n Roll, y ahora es una mezcla curiosa de Soul y Country con arreglos muy bien cuidados. Creo que al final es interesante por ser su último gran éxito, antes de que se tratara de únicamente repetir su repertorio.

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Me agradó, creo que me sorprendió a lo que esperaba en cuanto a que esperaba decir "otro disco de Elvis, es Elvis y suena bien y lo que sigue." Creo que muestra un lado interesante de Elvis, todavía a pesar de que por años está muy cerca del Elvis karateca de Las Vegas (que de hecho me agrada mucho) aquí pareciera el puente final entre ese y el Elvis joven, mostrando que es un gran interprete y que a pesar de los años todavía tiene calidad y energía sin sonar más como el muchachillo calientafaldas de sus inicios. Bastantes canciones buenas, una banda que suena impecable, grabación limpia y con energía con sus toques suaves cuando lo requiere rozando a ratos el soul de manera casi sorpresiva. No soy un experto en la discografía de Elvis pero sin duda se me hace un disco que vale bastante la pena y que se distingue del resto lo suficiente. Interesante que la canción de él que más conocía de estas (In the Ghetto) es realmente la que se siente como un poco descuadrada y que pudiera pertenecer a otro disco... aun así sin quejas reales. Disco muy sólido y excelente disco de Elvis.

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4/5 Relaxing balade

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2 tracks to die

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Surprisingly good! And quite unlike most of the Elvis music I’m familiar with - less poppy, more serious.

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Elvis the rhinestone years. Actually I like this period in his music although he does have a penchant for the melancholy.

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A good elvis album to put on

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Not a bad start to the album. It somehow has an old feel but a modern beat at the same time. Always liked Elvis songs and has been sung for as long as I can remember. It’s overall a solid album. Not one songs is bad and it’s almost like a flow of themes from one song to another. Guess that’s why they called him the King. Definitely an album to listen to or play while you’re doing stuff or just ant a soundtrack for the day.

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Quite good

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It's the fucking King and he's feeling funky. A mix of soul, R&B and country. Elvis owns it. Best Tracks: Wearin' the Loved On Look; Only The Strong Survive; In The Ghetto

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There’s better music on this album than the singles

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This album has my all time favorite Elvis song (Suspicious Minds) so it gets an extra star just for that. The rest of it is exactly what you'd expect... which definitely isn't bad.

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Elvis has such a lovely voice. It's great just how many songs are packed into this rather short album, and with a decent amount of variety. In the Ghetto back to back with Suspicious Minds was the highlight for sure.

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4

A delightful rainy morning listen

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None specifically grabbed me but they are all listenable. Pretty killer stuff and should revisit.

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It’s better than I expected! I liked the opening track and the variety of the album. Some slow crooner tracks and some uptempo, glitzy rock and roll.

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I don't have a ton of experience listening to Elvis, but his voice is damn near angelic. His ability to inflect the emotion of the song is second to none. Its probably for these reasons that this version of "Long Black Limousine" became so famous. "Only The Strong Survive" and "I'm Movin' On" are my personal favorites after listening to this.

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I’d go back to it in the right mood

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Liking the slower Elvis songs. First time to go through an Elvis album and I can see the lasting appeal.

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Couple of great songs but mostly filler

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Elvis’s voice just rubs me in the wrong way, which is a shame because the production is so clean and the band sounds so good. 7/10

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7/10. Sounds like Elvis

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8/10 great performance

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Some cracking bassline in this album. Some great guitar work here. Can't help but feel it would be better with a voice less Elvisy than Elvis, and let the music stand up on its own.

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Way better than I thought it might be. A little bit cruise crooner in places, but also really beautiful in others

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Favorite song: In the Ghetto

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Elvis embraces his country and soul side on this album. This album is very well produced but doesn’t quite capture the authenticity and energy of earlier soul albums. There are certainly some gems on this album and it is a great album by all accounts, but after the experimentation on the late 60s, this album sounds a bit behind

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Good ol' Elvis

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Never heard this album before. Great performer, great album would listen to again.

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Great album. Probably not super inclined to listen to it on it's own, but definitely good background music. I feel like there weren't really any standout songs until the end of the album. Loved Suspicious Minds (did not know this was an Elvis song) and Kentucky Rain.

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Elvis is another one I haven't given a focused listen to beyond what you get via general cultural osmosis but you know, I really dig this actually. Beyond the massive impact he had on rock music, these songs are just great to listen to.

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Вот, можешь же, когда хочешь. Старый, добрый старина Элвис.

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4/5

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Standouts here are: • Only the Strong Survive • I’ll Hold You In My Heart • I’m Movin’ On • True Love Travels on a Gravel Road • Suspicious Minds

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Elvis sounds great, essentially like a studio recording. The songs aren't for me, as they're not the most famous of his songs that I already know.

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Great tracks

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great

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Never was an Elvis fan but I can recognize the importance of his talent

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Hell yeah, this was some great country-funk from Elvis. Loved the backing band on this album. And there were some classics on it as well.

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It’s a great clean soulful Elvis. Everything here is good or really good… maybe with the exception of don’t cry daddy, which just is too sappy. The rest is strong and an enjoyable listen.

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You kind of forget Elvis's roots until you listen to his crooning, gospel-ey voice. It's almost as if God is wooing you himself. If Elvis had lived, he'd be alive. And almost 87 years old. Let that sink in. And who knows, he may living with Jimmy Hoffa somewhere. The album itself is uneven, at best. Mix of blues, gospel, sadness (yeah, it's a musical genre I just made up - some people might call it heartbreak music. blah). I'm moving on kicks the beat up a bit into the rock category. I liked his tempo on Any Day Now, which is slightly askew with the previous versions.... and then you get to In the Ghetto and Suspicious Minds... The tone of the album is sad, and the delivery makes you realize that great music isn't always upbeat.

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A near perfect album. If all his records would have been this good!

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Ok Listen

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THE KING!!

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Not usually fussed by Elvis but got to admit this is good stuff

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Enjoyed

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Too many of these sound like a bad Elvis impersonator. But I still like it.

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Love me some Elvis and his buttery voice! Not my favorite set of Elvis songs (I prefer his earlier stuff) but I'd listen to The King sing the phonebook and be happy. Suspicious Minds is such an A+ song

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Some soulful tunes here, if there's an Elvis period I like it might be this one.

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Elvis never wrote any of his songs but he definitely knew how to sing them.

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I liked the crooning Elvis more than I expected. Lots of slower material compared to the Rock n Roll 50s period with plenty of ballads. It is a record you do have to be in the right mood to listen with enjoyment. I was lucky over the weekend I had time to listen to it three times. I never listened to any of the material on this so was quite interesting listening to Elvis completely blind. Favourite song was definitely Suspicious Minds with In The Ghetto and Long Black Limousine not far behind.

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Almost perfect pop and love songs

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Super quality! The strings and backing choir add so much magic to it

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This was good, solid. I enjoyed listening to it

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Muito bom.

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Synthèse des musiques populaires américaines de l’époque, dirigées par nul autre que le king.

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two of my favorite elvis songs on here - suspicious minds and in the ghetto - great album

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I can think of no other artist, with the possible exception of Dolly Parton, to sing songs that are so blatantly attempting to fabricate an emotional response in the listener and yet, despite this cheap trick and an initial roll of the eyes at the audacity, by the end of the track you’re bawling your eyes out. The man sure sold the songs. I know what you’re trying to do, Elvis. You’re not going to get me this time… oh damn why am I crying?

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Classic Elvis and all of the songs were good but suspicious minds and the gentle on my mind cover were great

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I've got a raging boner for the king and fuck you if you can't stand him. Unless it's on racist grounds... In which case fair enough.

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LP

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Elvis is the king of rock'n'roll, the best.

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4 stars for the band ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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It is indeed an Elvis album

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Elvis is Elvis is Elvis.

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2 classics the rest is just elvis songs

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Good

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Soooo cheesy. I like his Rock‘n‘Roll songs better.

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groovy

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Fine, just classic Elvis vibes. Expected horny, was hornier than expected though

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complicado ne mas teve umas massa

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You know what? After listening to this record, I actually kind of get why people like the King so much. Outside of the classics and the songs that our neighbor Leon plays across the street, I actually haven't listened to much Elvis and this one was a pleasant surprise. Country/soul at it's best. Such a weird genre.

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A charisma explosion, Memphis style. Some great production and songwriting, but ultimately, it is THAT VOICE that stands out. Power of My Love is sexy as all hell.

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I mean its Elvis.....That's cool I guess but I never got into the Cult of Elvis Personally so It was just meh for me. I mean Elvis is classic and has some hits sure but I think he's overrated! I have the feeling this kind of music hit different back in the day.

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Not an Elvis fan in the slightest but this has some great songs.

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Couple gems rest meh

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Fine. Elvis.

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Classic with many genres in one album

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IDK, not my style? Pretty similar songs the whole way through

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Good. A bit slow for what i wanted today, but solid

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I like this era Elvis. I like the guitar on “Suspicious Minds.” And I like the guitar on the cover, which I assume Elvis had no real clue how to actually play.

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Rock, folk. Suave. Melódico

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I liked this one a lot more than the last one. Actually liking it was a little bit of a surprise for me. I feel like it had a little bit more to it than the 2 min pop from the last one. A little more full sounding, some soul or some such in there, it was pleasant.

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Elvis is one of those guys I blow hot and cold about. As a youngster I thought he was impossibly tacky; an Elvis-obsessed housemate at college then opened a door to me; a subsequent visit to Graceland saw the pendulum swing back again to Elvis being crap; until at long last I got a box set of his early recordings, which are luminous. So to this album; there's craft, variety and some good material, but in comparison to his early output, a little stale and workmanlike.

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I mean... it's Elvis. It's good shit, but you ask me to tell the difference between the album tracks, and I can't help ya bud

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un clásico, muy bueno pero cada cierto tiempo, si no aburre

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"Baby, if you ever loved me Then Bonnie and Clyde loved the law" (Wearin' that loved on look) Decidme quién le hizo tanto daño a este pobre señor. El disco muy bien pero tengo que ser clara, la versión buena de In The Ghetto es la del Príncipe Gitano.

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Elvis has a great backing band on this one. A few songs on this album push my appreciation for sappy music however Elvis makes it palatable

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Pretty good. Not my favorite but not terrible at all.

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Really enjoyed the first half, had only previously know ‘In the Ghetto’ & ‘Suspicious Minds’ found that it felt a bit samey by the end though.

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The king is in top form here.

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You listen to this while you make out with guy that is leaving and you dont know if you are going to see him again.... while its raining

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i've never thought elvis was that great. i also thought this was a live album. it feels good to be wrong. surprisingly listenable in [current year]

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I’ve never been a big Elvis guy. Let’s see how this is. “True love travels on a gravel road” is a decent tune. What was with that fade out and back in on “suspicious minds”? I liked the horn arrangements most of all on this album. “Mama liked the roses” was a nice song.

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Uhu-hu

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goh ja, het is Elvis. Niet echt een verrassing. Elvish is meer mijn stijl ;)

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Other than for a few songs of him, I've never realy liked Elvis' music or his persona. And while this is a pretty decent album, if it's his best as some claim, I'd stick with a greatest hits comp

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Very decent - would listen again.

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Hard to dislike - song great songs and some very average

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Finishes strongly, last grip of songs really good, most notably in the ghetto and suspicious minds. Up to that point however it’s mostly forgettable, the songs all too similar with few highlights

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A

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Um álbum calmo e agradável, achei interessantes as coisas que Elvis disse no álbum, no futuro seria bom ouvir este álbum com as letras para compreender a mensagem na sua totalidade. Nota:6/10

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Couple of stone cold classics in In The Ghetto and Suspicious Minds. Also really enjoyed Kentucky Rain, Elvis one of the all time musical legends.

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Pretty good as background music but not something special or catchy enough to save

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Not my favorite type of music but enjoyed some of the songs and definitely a worthwhile listen

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NOTE: If you don't *really* know Elvis' music - this is NOT the rock 'n roll that made him the King. This album was a comeback of sorts, but also largely a departure from the hits that established him as an icon. He returned to his country/gospel/soul roots, with an added symphonic element for this sometimes over-produced, arguably overly-sentimental collection that was a huge hit at the time it was released. I find it rather syrupy and much prefer his early stuff, but it has a decided nostalgia for me, too, remembering family trips in the station wagon, listening to him on 8-track. While Suspicious Minds is a personal fave, most of the tracks smack of the Vegas Elvis that has become somewhat of a joke in later years. Still, his voice is powerful, with a style all it's own, and he pours emotion (sometimes too much?) into each and every song. His band, The Memphis Boys, are as solid as can be - tight when they need to be, loose & flowy when it serves the song. They accompany the King expertly, never stealing his thunder but never letting him down.

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Classic Elvis.

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An 8-track best-seller. Not bad.

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"Elvis, was a hero to most, Elvis was a hero to most, Elvis was a hero to most, But he never meant shit to me straight up racist, the sucker was simple and plain —Fuck him AND John Wayne!" The above taken from Public Enemy's Fight the Power from Fear of a Black Planet's 1990 release. Recently, I read an interview with Quincy Jones and he alluded to Elvis as a racist and even stumbled on an unsubstantiated quote from Elvis that he remarked "The only thing a Black woman can do for me is buy my records and shine my shoes." [whaaa...?] My first instinct is to say that haven't had any exposure to Elvis... except that I have. Elvis is pop culture Americana and there are references to him everywhere. I've heard the song, Suspicious Minds countless times, never attributed it to Elvis and (surprise) It's a great song, wonderful even, the horns, choir and the evocative feeling of it. Also, when people used to watch TV together, this Southpark episode (https://youtu.be/5SYwLZ-riqg) elicited laughs from others, but I didn’t fully get the reference until (surprise) I listened to this album. This is a decent album and I liked it just fine. But reviewing an Elvis album and knowing the things that have been said about him compounded by it being the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, which I NEVER learned about, and is NOT in any pop culture, gives me hesitation. Is it okay to like something and separate it from the artist? Is the artist the art? And if so, is it okay to enjoy something that it prevents you from enjoying the art? It’s an important question to consider and perhaps there is no correct answer. I'll finish with this... I often think about a scene from a Curb Your Enthusiasm that illustrates this perfectly. Larry, who has, over the course of the previous 11 episodes, enjoyed the company and fallen for a woman he’s been working with. Then this happens...(https://youtu.be/5SYwLZ-riqg). Did you catch Jeff's (NSFW) reaction at the end? –––– Yes. ^This may be a BS review, but since you’ve made it this far. You should know the song 'Suspicious Minds' now has another home on one of my ‘favorites’ playlist.

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I kept thinking, "yep this is Elvis. I wonder if he wrote any of this?"

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Disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more. Can't deny Elvis, of course. Just wasn't feelin it

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Chill

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Nice songs on it, love the rendition of "In the Ghetto", but overall a bit too old school for me

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Was expecting this to be bad. But it's actually pretty good. I'm kind of a sucker for this style though, heavy on the organ, lots of soul. You can tell his backing band is pretty fantastic and lays down some nice grove. His voice is fine. A few cheesy moments towards the end.

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3.5

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This is decent level Elvis… about as Elvis as I’ll go!

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My mum loves Elvis so always have a soft spot. Starts with some upbeat blues numbers, then a very-elvis soul crooney slow tune 'I'll hold you in my heart'. Blues, gospel, soul & rock n roll, country. Suspicious Minds is on this - what a tune (this is on the spotify album but just read it wasn't on the original). Not an album chocoblock full of hits, but still not loads of filler. Much prefer the upbeat tracks. If Suspicious Minds was actually part of the original release I'd give this a 4.

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of course this would be the kind of album that you'd find on a list where you're like "hey Elvis is pretty important, he should be on here" and you find the one with Suspicious Minds and you're done. the real problem here is that this album came out at a time where people, art, and music were becoming rebellious. but it's okay moms and dads, Big Guy is still here, he can still sing, for now, and he's got 12 completely inoffensive songs for you. at a point I blanked out and had an emotional whirlwind where I realized how good the backing band is, which quickly wore off when all they played were the same "bum-baa" blues chords and sounded like the guys at a live band karaoke place. pretty generous 3 here. I don't know why I'm giving it a 3. It should be a 2 but I just can't

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Yeah it was alright

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This is the second album from Elvis Presley for me to review on this list. "In the Ghetto" was the only song on this album that I know that I've heard before, and is a good example of how I feel about this album. The music is fine, but "In the Ghetto" has enough warble and melodrama in it, that I get stuck thinking about charicatures of Elvis rather than the music. I've had too much exposure to bad Elvis. This album has too much melodrama for me. "I'm Movin' On" is a good track, and has a similar groove as "A Little Less Conversation". Rounding up, I give this album a full "meh".

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I need to be in a specific place of mind to really enjoy this but it's not bad.

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Some good songs and one great one. Suspicious minds, is actually incredible!!

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This is fun enough background music. It's pretty inoffensive by 2021 standards, and there are a lot of ballads on it, but I still enjoyed it. Elvis is well before my time, but I can't deny his talent. 3.5/5.

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3/5 why can't i get Elvis? :(

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Elvis

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Ren fløde, kærlighed, pop, simpelt, 60’er

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Bare mega hyggeligt. Kærlighedsslasker.

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Expected more from this album - I think the songs let it down as the production is great.

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not a huge elvis fan

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The Delta-Blues influences are front and center for most of this album, allowing Elvis to show off his guitar and vocal chops. The back half sags into kitsch balladry a bit, but the overall product still makes for a good listen.

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Granny really liked Elvis, so this album made me think of her. He is just okay in my mind but there are good memories

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Bon mais rien de trop fou. Ça reste le son auquel on est habitué de Elvis

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It's superb Elvis in his later period. Not essential, but a great reason why he remains so popular. Some good soul pop crooning songs. Excellent band.

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A but more country than I was expecting, but in the ghetto and suspicious minds are bangers

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I understand how he is was so popular in his time, but the overdone crooning doesn't really do anything for me now.

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171121 12:36 3.5

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Elvis was a badass

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Decent album that has some of his hits and is filled with other songs that aren’t as well known. Doesn’t seem like there’s a real style or theme in this album. 6.0/10

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6/10

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Like nearly every Elvis album, there are 14 tracks of awful dreck. Then there is In the Ghetto, and Suspicious Minds, two pop songs of such excellence that you forget the rest of what you had suffered through. Honestly, those two songs deserve a six out of five. The rest of it is solid ones and twos, in both the rating and digestive sense. Honestly, Elvis recorded maybe four perfect albums. The problem is, he hid them over about 40 bloody albums.

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It's a bit too long. Definitely not bad, but I wasn't the biggest fan of this one. Pretty good music to listen to while doing the dishes, though.

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A really decent effort by Elvis in his late stages of life. Two massive hits, with "Suspicious Minds" being a favorite of mine. Lots of decent songs. But also lots of mediocre songs. There's usually some hook that gets me to appreciate the song, but I'm not sure I'd exactly call it good. For example, the dramatic repeated chorus in "Long Black Limousine" sounds so great with the horns and harmonious vocals, but there wasn't much else to the song besides that made it stood out, maybe the piano was cool. Songs do get better starting with "True Love Travels on a Gravel Road." Sweet and soulful, with mature introspective lyrics, and diversity in style and energy. Probably his most coherent effort, and the least filler, but even these non-filler attempts didn't satisfy me.

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Listened before? N ELVIS! Late Elvis, that is, but still Elvis! Pros: well, it’s Elvis. He’s got a great voice and a good selection of songs. I enjoyed this one. Cons: it’s late Elvis so his voice was starting to go a little bit. Also, a lot of slower songs on this one when I’d prefer Elvis to be peppier. Added to Library? N Songs added to playlist: Long Black Limousine, I'm Movin' On

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Meh. I’ve never really been a huge fan of Elvis.

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The standards are good, but there's a lot of boring county Elvis shit on here.

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Not an Elvis fan at all. Pleasantly surprised how listenable this was.

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My first Elvis album experience. Not bad by any stretch, and I can see why people are such huge fans. I would've liked to listen to this with my Dad ❤

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Suspicious Minds and In The Ghetto...... class tunes

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Really enjoyed listening to some songs that Ive never heard of before, seems to be going back to his roots. Reminds me of listening to Elvis with my father, great memories.

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The king is back. A bit more soft and souly than the previous rock-and-roll, and he sounds more mature. Not a bit listen, but I am not terribly excited. Long Black Limousine and Suspicious Minds are standout, maybe because they are the most complex songs (some are more classic country songs that are relatively boring)

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Элвис как Элвис я не ценитель

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It’s Elvis, it’s ok. In the Ghetto and Suspicious Minds are great tracks, the rest are just usual Elvis stuff

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Entiendo todo pero festejé cuando terminó.

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Solid Elvis effort .

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I liked it more than I thought I would.

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I generally enjoyed this album, I don't know if I'd ever listen to 40+ minutes of Elvis in a row again but I understand why so many adore him - he's a crooner with simple blues sounds. I can't listen to In the Ghetto without thinking of New Girl so that's always a plus.

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Hasn’t aged that well

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Elvis. Yeah

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3.5

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Some cool songs, nice to listen to some of Elvis' less popular works

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He's got some country lyrics here, and the style has totally changed up to ballads from his older rockabilly. S'ok.

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Elvis just kind of exists in a "of course he's good, but it's not my kind of music" place for me along with people like Frank Sinatra and Buddy Holly. That being said, this was pleasant and enjoyable. There were some weaker songs, but the highs were pretty high.

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Not horrible, usually not into 'live' recordings but this one wasn't awful

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Wack Elvis is nice but idk

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This seems really produced for a "Live" album.

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Not the greatest collection of Elvis tracks but a reasonable live album

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Its elvis, I'm not sure why this is better or worse than any other elvis...it fine

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Enjoyed listening to a bit of Elvis. There are some slow crooner tracks littered throughout the album, which always seemed to be followed by an upbeat track, redeeming itself. Overall, a good variety.

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With a large backing band that includes horns and a choir of harmony vocals, Elvis runs through some so-so material. It's not bad but the problem for me is this is this is the start of the Vegas period beloved of Elvis impersonators. I really like Elvis but his earlier material (especially his vocals) are so much sweeter, grittier and basically better than anything here.

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Suspicious Minds is my favourite Elvis song, and In the Ghetto is decent, but the rest are mostly songs my nan liked

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Elvis is a weird one for me. He obviously has some bangers but I find it hard to listen to him without getting some boring ballady song. For the king of Rock and Roll there isn't enough Rock. But this album was pretty good.

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I really enjoyed this but I am disappointed it didn't sound like it was live at all! It would have been nice to sense that atmosphere more. This was a more ballady album I sensed, which I liked - but I would have liked some more upbeat ones

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Nie jestem fanem elvisa, nie znałem tych utworów i jakoś szczególnie mi nie podeszły. Coś tam śpiewał i grał na gitarce, ale takie spłaszczone troche się wydawało.

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Definitely not his best. Memphis orchestration, though usually great, is way too much here. His covers just make me want to hear the originals (Only the Strong Survive - Jerry Butler, Any Day Now - Chuck Jackson). In the Ghetto was offensive at the time, horrible now. He still had his voice though.

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The best parts of this album are the instrumental breaks. Best track: I'm Movin' On

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I don't think Elvis holds up all that well in 2021.

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I couldn't get through it (though I did listen to most of it). The music was not very interesting to me and the lyrics ranged from generic to questionable or cringey.

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2.5

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the king didnt do it for me

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Surprised I disliked this. It was annoying with the sliding, drunk-sounding voice

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I’m a bit mixed. I like some Elvis. I love his voice. I didn’t dig this album.

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Not my favorite singer

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god damnit do i have to? The guitar work has some nice fills on only the strong survive. bleh

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4.5

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The album started off slow but then picked up as I listened. Loved Kentucky Rain and Suspicious Eyes. I’m not an Elvis fan but he does have some great lyrics that will have you humming for hours and hours.

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The Danzig covers are better. Also, what's with the random fade-out at 3:30 in suspicious minds? Sounds like the producer's hand slipped but he just kept it on there

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It’s Elvis. You know what your getting. I don’t find it exciting unfortunately. 2 Stars

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Genuine talent but in a genre and time that I care little about.

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Buiten de bekende nummers als suspicious minds vond was dit toch geen hoogvlieger.

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trochę jakbym słuchał cały czas tej samej piosenki, bardzo mało się zmienia

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I prefer early rock n’ roll Elvis to this. “Suspicious Minds” is pretty great but “In The Ghetto” is overrated and the rest is mostly forgettable.

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I don’t know what to say other than this album is mostly boring. The opening song, Wearin’ That Loved On Look, is by far the most interesting song. I’m Movin’ On is also not that bad. A common connection between the two songs is the bass guitar is a driving part of each song. I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms) is soooooo slooooooowwww. It reminds me of the Apollo 13 scene where their cassette player’s batteries are dying. Get on with it already. I was expecting some blues based, hip shaking, rock and roll, and this album is not that. I guess it was an attempt to demonstrate that Elvis was more than a hip shaking heartthrob, but it’s just a slower, more intimate snooze fest.

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Fine as background to our Memorial Day bbq conversations, but I was underwhelmed by this particular album

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Elvis has an incredible voice. I feel like its not what he is most remembered for, but it can be velvety smooth when used well. The trouble is, he overdoes it at times. If his velvety deep voice is like a warm blanket, sometimes Elvis throws an extra blanket on top and smothers you with it. The songs on this album that lean more into the blues are the standouts, but I'm not feeling the honky-tonk.

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In the Ghetto is amazing, but culture has changed and as much as I love Elvis’ voice in many ways this album does not stand up today in terms of content

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This record felt about twice as long as it actually was, and I didn't even listen any to bonus tracks that weren't Suspicious Minds. The Memphis Boys have a nice sound that Elvis' voice complements well, but after three or four love songs in a row, it gets a little exhausting staying at the Heartbreak Hotel. None of it's outright bad, but as an album, it's a bit of a rough listen. Key Tracks: In the Ghetto

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Elvis’ voice goes back and forth between really good and hilarious because of the prevalence of Presley parodies. Led Zeppelin already existed at this point so he doesn’t get a +1 for Robert Plant loving him.

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It's Elvis. You either like it or you don't.

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The king bored me.

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Kolejne spotkanie z panem Elvisem, no i kolejny komebek, tym razem powrot od tworzenia muzyczek pod soundtraczki, a nagrywanie tego co pan presley chcialby nagrywac, jako artysta presley to glownie wokal i gitarka, ewentualnie klawisz, wiec kompozycje ktore spiewa sa oparte o klasyczne numery lub tez wielcy lirycy tworzyli dla niego traczki na zamowienie, skoro muzyka popularna to wiadomo, ze wiekszosc kawalkow to beda ballady milosne szczesliwe lub smuteczkowe, ale milosne, bo taki motyw przewodni muzyki popularnej, ktorej elvis jest niekwestionowanym krolem, no i jak to bywa w takich nagraniach na liscie wykonawcow widnieje 30 nazwisk, ktore przewijaja sie przez caly material, cecha charakterystyczna albumu sa soulowe chorkowania na prawym kanale, czemu tylko na prawym, nie mam pojecia, ale tak zmasterowany material, ze wokale backujace slychac tylko z prawego w tym wypadku, a z pewnoscia nie jest to wydanie mono, bo wokal glowny jest podzielony na dwa kanaly, ale instrumenty maja swoje miejsce na danym kanale, ktorego nie opuszczaja, a jednych trakach daje to calkiem dobry efekt, jak na only the strong survive, wyjatkiem od reguly prawego kanalu jest gentle on my mind, gdzie chorkowanie slychac na lewym, no i meskie glosy backujace tam sie pojawiaja, na tym materiale bardziej czuc soulowego funka niz country rocka, co jak dla mnie jest zaskoczeniem jako elvisowego ignoranta, ale jednak na plejke dodam traczka raczej gospelowego czyli zamykajacy orgianlne wydanie in the ghetto, ktory wyroznia sie tematycznie sposrod reszty traklisty, bo jednak zycie i umieranie gettowe to lekkie oderwanie od motywu lowu lowu, drugim kawalkiem bedzie im movin on, czyli cos bardziej klasycznie countrowego, a nawet honky tonkowego, wydanie spotifajowe to jakis dziwny kompromis pomiedzy orginalnym, a cdkiem z 98, bo zawiera 16 traczkow na 50 minutach, a nie jak orginal 12 w 36, ale brak mu dwoch kawalkow do pelnego cdka, lepiej sie tego sluchalo niz elvis is back, ale jednak czuc, ze material ma ponad 50 lat, a nagrywany byl jak byl i teraz mozna tylko maskowac tworzac takie pseudo mono wydania

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Lhkhk

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Sure it is Elvis but that doesn't make it good. It isn't even his best songs. I didn't really enjoy this set of songs.

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Very schmaltzy, and not musically interesting enough to make me come back to it.

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Not a big fan of this album. Suspicious Minds, however, is a classic.

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alright. elvis overrated xx

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Ich komme auf Elvis‘ Musik nicht klar. In The Ghetto ist ein Bringer.

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Sigh....Elvis. The King of Rock & Roll. Master entertainer and appropriator of culture. This isn't going to be fun, but I am going to do my best to be objective. This album is an offering of Mr Presley performing a velvety mix of blues, country and soul. The instrumentation is on point. From the string sections in Only The Strong Survive to the honky-tonk piano in It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin', the King may not have earned his crown, but he sure knew how to keep good company. For this writer, however, the musicianship was the only thing putting me through this album. I've never cared much for Elvis to begin with, and the range of styles explored here, extensive as they may be, did little to hold my attention. Give me Chuck Berry any day. I'd rather Johnny B. Goode, because Elvis be bad.

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Ну вроде ничего так, долбит нормально. Не зацепило, видимо, еще не доросла.

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Yeah it's Elvis, I get it. It was nice background music but I didn't love it.

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It was fine. I'm not an Elvis fan but it wasn't a bad listen.

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Best Song: Suspicious Minds. At least this one seems to have a bit of hubris? it isn't just more of Elvis's overwhelming "you'll love me no matter what" ego. Worst Song: Only The Strong Survive. The chorus of "only the strong survive" is wholly undermined when the verses reveal that he's actually talking about girls not loving him, not any actual hardship. Overall: Maybe Elvis is a "you had to be there" type of talent. Listening now, I just find myself thinking that there are so many better musicians who can produce this type of music with much more authenticity. Elvis's music sounds like it was stolen, overproduced, and then sold back as a safe and sanitized version of something that ought to have been more raw. He sings like he's playing with house money.

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Easy listening but let's not pretend Elvis wasn't 95% filler (a percentage so high just because of the amount he churned out) and this album is no different. 'In the Ghetto' is obviously a classic but there's nothing else here to get too excited about.

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Just semmosta mitä odotinkin tällä vähäisellä Elvis-tietämykselläni

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Another album with annoyingly extreme left/right separation of instruments.

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Overall better than earlier Elvis that we have listened to, but still not something I would ever choose to put on. Got really repetitive towards the end. 2.5/5

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Hmm terrible pathos riven drivel

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A classic but nothing stood out to me too much (perhaps wasn't listening closely enough)

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Well, it's Elvis again. There comes a point in a lot of the more/most famous artists in which I wonder whether the album is considered important or great in and of itself or simply due to the artist? Is it even possible to distill the difference at some point? Probably not - so...the music. I like it quite a bit more than the previous/much older Elvis release. The more up-tempo songs are decent; notably the first track "Wearin' That Loved On Look" which according to wiki was the first track Elvis recorded that had electric bass. Gave it a more modern (for the time) rock feel. Songs in that up-tempo/blues ilk I liked well-enough (e.g. "Power Of My Love"); the slower ones just are really not that good. And ok yeah it's "ELVIS" but are these really groundbreaking or even any good or distinctive? Do they stand out as "better" than anything actually original (Elvis never wrote anything as far as I know) or was it his good-lookin'-white-dude bona fides that got him here? Going down a different path with that line of thinking :) to be sure so again all I can rate is the music. It's fine, it's ok, but for this style I'd rather listen to Little Richard or Chuck Berry or Roy Orbison. 5/10 2 stars

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i don’t know elvis has never been up my alley which i realize isn’t great because he is one of the most influential singers but i don’t really know it’s just eh some of the songs were alright but

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There's some classics on there and I can see how Elvis was a so radical and moving for so many people in the 60s but I just find most of his stuff so cringey and boring. Especially this album maybe the rock and roll I find more interesting and fun but this is such a bore.

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Not the king's best album

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no

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Do not listen with headphones. The mix is atrocious

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I mean. You know. More Elvis. Fingers crossed for better RNG going forward.

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couldn't listen. it's like aggravating my anxiety.

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Gross

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Sono molte Ballad, non mi piace tanto, musica diversa ma proprio non è il mio genere

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I didn’t care for this album.

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So boring. The melody simply repeats over and over, and the singing is somehow really unenthuseastic.

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Don't know

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I've come to the conclusion that I really hate Elvis.

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First song is a jam

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Not a fan

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