Loving You

Loving You

by Elvis Presley
     
 

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Elvis's third consecutive No. 1 album came in the summer of 1957 with the release of the soundtrack of his second movie, Loving You, buttressed by a side of affectionately rendered love songs. For this 70th birthday reissue, the tune stack has been expanded with eight bonus numbers, notable among them being the King's sanitized but searing version of bluesmanSee more details below

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Elvis's third consecutive No. 1 album came in the summer of 1957 with the release of the soundtrack of his second movie, Loving You, buttressed by a side of affectionately rendered love songs. For this 70th birthday reissue, the tune stack has been expanded with eight bonus numbers, notable among them being the King's sanitized but searing version of bluesman Smiley Lewis's "One Night of Sin"; a swaggering rendition of "When It Rains, It Really Pours" (the last song Elvis recorded at the Sun studio before leaving for RCA); the up-tempo version of "Loving You" that plays over the opening credits; and the movie's smoking grand finale number, Ben Weisman's "Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do." Loving You established a predictable plotline that would become a template for almost all of Elvis's movies from here on, but its soundtrack music came from solid songwriters. Claude Demetrius's "Mean Woman Blues" inspired the first great production number in an Elvis film, and the King gave it an appropriately incendiary reading; "Teddy Bear," featured in a scene in which Elvis looked better than he did in any other single movie take, is a bit of teen fluff that is impossible to resist, as is the jubilation in his vocal treatment of "Hot Dog"; the title song is simply one of the most beautiful ballad performances in the Presley canon. Less adventurous than the two studio albums that preceded it (Elvis Presley and Elvis, both part of the 70th birthday reissue campaign), Loving You nonetheless has aged well, thanks to its durable songs and some exciting, moving performances by the King that still sound vital.

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All Music Guide
Purporting to be the soundtrack to Elvis' second film, the LP version of this album collected songs used in the film on one side with new material on the other. The weakness of a couple of the movie tunes and the fact that the new songs were leftovers from the sessions used to produce Elvis' first gospel EP and latest single add up to his weakest album offering, although any album with "Got a Lot o' Living to Do!" is all right. The 1997 remastered CD version and 2005 reissue add eight more songs, only three of them associated with the movie, which became sort of incidental to the whole album at that point. If you think of Loving You as simply an Elvis Presley album, rather than a somewhat misleadingly packaged soundtrack, it was actually one of his more coherent and cohesive long-players, assembled from sessions all conducted in the first two months of 1957. By this time, he was doing precious little that was wrong, and his range and control were growing geometrically. Thus, amid some powerful rock & roll, including "Mean Woman Blues" (which could almost have passed for one of his Sun tracks), "Teddy Bear," the electric guitar-driven "Got a Lot 'o Livin' to Do!," Ivory Joe Hunter's "I Need You So," and a hard, brittle-textured outtake of "I Beg of You," the King does some brilliant ballad singing on "One Night of Sin" and "Is It So Strange," and belts out one of his great blues performances on "When It Rains, It Really Pours" -- which boasts a killer Scotty Moore guitar part -- and moves into Sons of the Pioneers territory with the hauntingly beautiful Western ballad "Lonesome Cowboy." He doesn't do badly with "Blueberry Hill," either. [The 1997 CD remastering adds eight more songs, only three of them associated with the movie, which becomes sort of incidental to the whole album at that point.] ~ Neal Umphred & Bruce Eder

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2005
Label:
Bmg / Elvis
UPC:
0828766606027
catalogNumber:
66060

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jordanaires   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Black   Bass,Double Bass
Scotty Moore   Guitar
Dudley Brooks   Piano
George Fields   Harmonica
D.J. Fontana   Drums
Hoyt Hawkins   Piano
Gordon Stoker   Piano
Tiny Timbrell   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Faron Young   Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Roy Bennett   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Bernie Lowe   Composer
Kal Mann   Composer
Thorne Nogar   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen   Producer
Roger Semon   Producer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Pearl King   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Scott Weisman   Composer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Cliff Owens   Composer
Kevan Budd   Mastering
Phil Wisdom   Engineer

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