So, I got the CD and had to listen to it right away. I expected a lot and I got more than expected. Let's start with one of my favorite Elvis songs, "Suspicious Minds". Laurence Juber is AMAZING. That's right, AMAZING!! Paul McCartney was know dummy when he tabbed Juber for Lead Guitarist of Wings. His sound is so genuine and clear, I swear I can hear the words coming right off his guitar. Now, I didn't really know Tim Pacheco before this, but his rendition of "Don't", absolutely blew me away. Oddly enough, I wasn't even really a fan of "Don't" prior to this but somehow Pacheco's version has me mesmerized. I'm now a huge fan of Pacheco and "Don't". As of this writing it's tied for number 1 as my favorite song on this disc. But, let's face it, that changes the more and more I listen to the album. It's like picking your favorite child of 14. Benjamin Verdery gets your feet moving with "Don't be Cruel", as does Petteway's "Hound Dog" and Haselhoff's strumming of "Jailhouse Rock". With all of that being said, nothing matches the true beauty of Doug Smith's "Can't Help Falling In Love", what can I say? It's one of those songs that just takes you away. Turn the lights off and listen. Truly beautiful.
This CD is a great "guitar salute" to the king of Rock and Roll. If Elvis is turning in his grave, its only so he can hear better. I solute Solid Air Records for a job well done. My only complaint, why only 14? How about Volume II?