Recently Chrome Dreams released a CD with “Songs That Elvis Loved”, all original versions of songs that Elvis recorded between 1953 and 1961.
The CD in jewel case has a slipcover with the same front. A classic Elvis shot from the rehearsal of the second Milton Berle show, in the same design as Elvis’ first album. The set contains a booklet with some more classic Elvis-shots, some pictures of the original artists and interesting liner notes with the background of the recordings. A few remarks in the text are below par, but it seems it is a must to some people to use them if it's about Elvis.
As said, all 28 tracks are original versions of songs Elvis recorded later, or at least the basics for an Elvis song: Torna A Surriento (Surrender), Aura Lee (Love Me Tender), O Sole Mio and There’s No Tomorrow (both It’s Now Or Never). The CD also has a song from 1944, Evil Hearted Man, that is very similar to Trouble, any coincidence? Anyway in some of the cases Elvis really added something of himself to the original, and in other cases he stayed very close to the original. Somehow – but we are biased – we think Elvis’ versions sound less dated.
A nicely designed set, and a must for those fans that want to know something about the backgrounds of some of Elvis’ recordings.