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His 1972 LP includes his Top 40 spin on Buffy Sainte-Marie's Until It's Time for You to Go ; memorable versions of Hey Jude ; Kris Kristofferson's Help Me Make It Through the Night ; Gordon Lightfoot's Early Mornin' Rain ; the classic Fools Rush In , and more!
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But I've been hearing Elvis' version of "Early Morning Rain" on satellite radio a lot lately. I've been looking for a copy of it, and after a search, this album came up. (Not sure why I didn't buy just the one song on download, but I guess I was curious about the rest, see what it sounded like after having not heard it for decades.)
Buy the album for Early Morning Rain, or download that one song. It's one of my favorite songs of all time, and I love all or most versions, including Gordon Lightfoot's. It is Gordon Lightfoot who wrote the song, and in my humble opinion, it's his masterpiece. The lyrics are pure poetry, some of the best lyrics I've ever heard. The song really sets a mood and fills your mind with beautiful, melancholy pictures. You can just picture this lonesome guy watching his love take off in that airplane. Highly, highly recommend. Hope you enjoy it as much as I. Now THIS song gets 5 stars, but I couldn't give the whole album 5 stars just for one song...
As for the rest, well, the other reviewers pretty much covered that. It's not so great. Someone said that We Can Make The Morning is good. I guess it's stronger than most of what's on here. The Hey Jude is odd, with Elvis singing too high, and you can hear the strain in his voice. It is a lovely song, but there are better versions out there. I think Elvis could have done this song beautifully with a different key and a better arrangement.
That's it! Except, get Early Morning Rain!
The album altogether is a bit downbeat, especially kicking off with "Help Me Make It Through The Night", a great worldweary warble by the big man; then, followng immediately up with a modern Gospel tune. I was already looking for my Frankie and Johnny CD.
Terrific mediocrities include the '69 session leftover, "Hey Jude", ironically the best-produced track here - now wonder, as it came from the Chips Moman sessions. It's alwatys fun tp hea Elvis on a presumptive spur-of-the-moment muse, but the lyric adjust is too much - all I can imagine is a group of co-eds laughing at how the "former King" couldn't handle the sacrosanct number from the
"new Kings". A reviewer on Amazpon wrote that Presley did not sound Presley on this album - he was probably thinking of this semi-embarrassment. (El, y'mean there was no Carl Perkins song spinnin' 'round in your head, you coulda launched into, instead?).
The best track for me is "Sylvia", another Country ballad which Elvis devours. No lazy crooning here. A solid effort, though it's really album-only stuff.
To close out an unexciting (but musically adventurous) album is the Ricky Nelson arrangement of "Fools Rush In". I guess Elvis did it as a favor to his lead guitarist, James Burton, who played that classic break on the 1964 hit.