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Love Songs [BMG International]

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Elvis Presley 6/7/1999

Review

Time-Life's The Elvis Presley Collection is a series of two-CD compilations grouping Presley recordings by various criteria. Love Songs has an obvious unifying theme, and among its 31 selections are most of Presley's best-known romantic ballads, including the Top Ten hits "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," "Love Me Tender," "Love Me," "Don't," "It's Now or Never," "Are You Lonesome Tonight?," "Surrender," "Can't Help Falling in Love," and "The Wonder of You," as well as such Presley standards as "Always on My Mind" and the Kris Kristofferson compositions "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and "For the Good Times." One might quibble that "Suspicion" and "Suspicious Minds" don't quite fit the theme, both for their quick tempos and subject matter. And the compilers have treated the two discs separately, with each one running in rough chronological order from the 1950s to the '70s, which tends to throw early and late Presley together, sometimes jarringly. Beyond such minor criticisms, however, there are so many Presley collections on the market that the necessity of this series is open to question, even though it has been intelligently programmed. Partly to answer that question, each album in the series contains one previously unreleased track. In this case, it's a circa-1966 home-recorded, off-hand performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "If I Loved You," apparently a favorite of Presley's, since he was also taped singing it informally in 1960, though he never performed the song in the studio or in concert. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley 2:43
  3. 2 It's Now or Never Elvis Presley 3:15
  4. 3 Are You Lonesome Tonight? Elvis Presley 3:6
  5. 4 Don't Elvis Presley 2:49
  6. 5 Loving You Elvis Presley 2:12
  7. 6 Can't Help Falling in Love Elvis Presley 3:0
  8. 7 Love Letters Elvis Presley 2:50
  9. 8 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You Elvis Presley 2:40
  10. 9 That's When Your Heartaches Begin The Million Dollar Quartet 3:22
  11. 10 True Love Elvis Presley 2:6
  12. 11 Young and Beautiful Elvis Presley 2:3
  13. 12 Doin' the Best I Can Elvis Presley 3:10
  14. 13 Something Blue Elvis Presley 2:59
  15. 14 Angel Elvis Presley 2:38
  16. 15 That's Someone You Never Forget Elvis Presley 2:49
  17. 16 Just Pretend Elvis Presley 4:3
  18. 17 For the Good Times Elvis Presley 3:12
  19. 18 Woman Without Love Elvis Presley 3:35
  20. 19 He'll Have to Go Elvis Presley 4:31
  21. 20 It's Impossible Elvis Presley 2:54

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