Love Songs CD Free Next Weekend's Sunday Mail

It's the most romantic time of the year and next week The Mail on Sunday provides the perfect preparation for Valentine’s Day – with a FREE CD of classic love songs by Elvis Presley. Elvis was one of music’s great romantics and this brilliant 15-track CD – Elvis Love Songs – includes some of his greatest and best-loved recordings. Love wasn’t the first emotion inspired by the 20-year-old Elvis when he exploded on to American TV screens in early 1956. There was certainly plenty of lust but also rage and indignation, depending on people’s attitude to rock ’n’ roll.

But it wouldn’t be long before the so-called Hillbilly Cat – a teenage truck driver from Memphis with nothing but a wild haircut and some big hopes – fully embraced his role as a purring musical charmer.  Mail on Sunday music critic ADAM WOODS tells the stories behind the great tracks on Elvis Love Songs . . .

It’s Now Or Never

Based on the Italian operatic aria O Sole Mio, It’s Now Or Never was recorded with specially commissioned lyrics in April 1960. It was less than a month after Elvis returned to the U.S. from army service in Germany and this beautiful track was a gigantic hit in the UK, where it remained at No 1 for eight weeks.

Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Recorded the day after It’s Now Or Never, this gave The King another huge 1960 No 1 at home and abroad.

Heartbreak Hotel

Elvis’s first U.S. No 1, this sultry, echoey lament shook the lives of English teenagers – including John Lennon and Keith Richards – when it came crackling out of their radio sets in 1956.

I Need Your Love Tonight

A brief heart-racing rocker laid down in June 1958 at his last recording session before the army called. This brilliant 15-track CD includes some of his greatest and best-loved recordings

(Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I

This was the B-side to I Need Your Love Tonight before emerging from its shadow and eclipsing it, hitting No 1 in the UK and No 2 in the U.S. in 1959.

Love Me

One of seven big American hits Elvis enjoyed in 1956.

One Night

A hoarse, bawdy rock ’n’ roll number from 1958 that offered yet another angle on love, One Night was one of a string of hits that kept Elvis’s profile high as he whiled away two years on a U.S. army base in Germany.

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

Not to be confused with the Van Morrison song of a similar name, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You had been a success for Bing Crosby, among others. It featured in Elvis’s second film, Loving You, which gave the young sensation his first starring role. 

True Love

Memorably delivered by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in High Society, True Love was only a year old when Elvis took a stab at it in 1957, backed by the Jordanaires and a lone guitar. Written by Cole Porter, it is reckoned by many to be the legendary composer’s last truly great song.

I’m Counting On You

Just turned 21 and newly signed by RCA Victor for $35,000, Elvis headed to Nashville in January 1956 to record his first album for the label. I’m Counting On You was one of the first things he tried and shows the former hillbilly evolving into a far smoother, more romantic proposition than he had been just a few months earlier.

Blue Moon

Elvis’s version of this big favourite is ghostly and pared back, with none of the musical lushness usually associated with it. It is a fascinating leftover from Elvis’s pre-fame sessions with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Studio in Memphis in 1954. Released two years later, it sounds like an experiment, but it’s a thrilling one, featuring an uncharacteristic, lonesome falsetto from the young star-in-waiting.

As Long As I Have You

This lovely, simple piano ballad from the 23-year-old Elvis was written for the soundtrack to his fourth movie, 1958’s King Creole. 

Any Way You Want Me

Raw, passionate and featuring the mighty vocal group the Jordanaires, Any Way You Want Me is a lesser-known Elvis love song from an auspicious session in June 1956. The other fruits of that day’s work in the studio were the Elvis classics Don’t Be Cruel and Hound Dog.

I Love You Because

Opening with a whistling intro, which presumably was courtesy of the 19-year-old Elvis himself, this poised, jazz ballad was one of the singer’s first recordings, made around the same time he recorded That’s All Right, sometimes regarded as the first true
rock ’n’ roll record.

I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine

Another song from the 1954 Sun sessions, I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine is carried along by an exuberant rockabilly thwack and an irresistible lust for life. 

Source: Google / Updated: Jan 23, 2011 
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Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 29, 2011report abuse
The Mail have been plugging the free CD with a TV commercial, I have seen it several times this evening.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 26, 2011report abuse
Never look a gift horse in the mouth. If its free , no one should gripe no matter what the song selection. I have news for you, this CD is a lot better than the Camdens fans orig bought on LP & re-bought on CD. What were you expecting a boxset with outtakes?
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 25, 2011report abuse
The original versions have been used because those are the ones that the general public want, the ones that they remember hearing on the radio and buying, as well as being cheaper to use because they are out of performance copyright in Europe. The jibe about "British Cockney stuff as usual" shows complete ignorance and is offensive. You are correct, Elvis' 76th birthday on January 8th was not mentioned on the BBC, but then it is hardly a news story. You state that the only people who benefit from royalties are EPE, but that is simply not true. The recordings are out of performance copyright and also date from before 1973, when the royalty buy-out was done by RCA. The people who do benefit are the songwriters. As for the newspapers declining sales, words fail me. We sell more copies of The Mail On Sunday each week than all of the other newspapers put together. It seems that even a free CD with a newspaper gives people something to complain about.
Fortis (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 25, 2011report abuse
Boring selection, nothing innovative or creative...same as always...a turn-off for people. Instead they should have selected the live-verisons of Love me, Love me tender, Lonesome tonite a.o. and NOT those 1956 versions of a too-young-Elvis !!!
How much I would have like dto hear EP sing on stage in Vegas in the 70s those songs like Young & beautiful, I love you because, True love, Fever+Blue moon medley, Rip it up, Anyplace is paradise, etc etc The Mail on Sunday went this time for a very cheap product of Elvis to booast their declinging sales....then they think Elvis, otherwise they keep their nose up into the air as...I couldn't bne bothered...british cockney-stuff as usual (like BBC also...!they didn't even mention facts on Jan 8...!). They onoly ones benefiting from this release are EPE Inc at Graceland...getting more royalties in. And they are right: they should have contacted a l l major newspapers in Europe to add an Elvis CD onto their Valentine Day 2011 newspaper copy ! and make fans and non-fans alike, happy ! Only the Portuguese and spanish press have picked up here it§ seems. Funny.
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 24, 2011report abuse
Yep, right you are Tony C ! drjohncarpenter0117 : "Old Shep" is Jerome's most favourite Elvis-song of all times .I'm quit sure he plays it at least between 10 & 20 times a day ! That's why he probably always bursts into tears if the song is not on the tracklist of every ("new") CD of our man that is released . LOL of course ! Just his way of being funny I guess ! Having no problem with it .Always El.
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 24, 2011report abuse
Promo CDs, even those given with newspapers, can never count in the sales figures because of chart statistics. It would be too easy for any record company to get an artist to number one by giving away multiple copies of their latest release, thus giving more promotion to a forthcoming album containing it. The charts are very carefully regulated these days, more than they ever were in the past.
Brian Quinn (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 24, 2011report abuse
Regarding the sales aspect of the 'freebie' CD's' given away in newspapers, I confirmed with Sony(UK) today and they state that they do NOT count towards Elvis' sales as they are giveaways. Personally, I think they should count but I suspect it is in the 'too difficult' tray. Each sale would have to be passed through a POS (Point Of Sale) machine and most outlets have not got them.
drjohncarpenter0117 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 24, 2011report abuse
jerome-what is it with you and 'Old Shep', burton speaking of Public Domain releases Elviswise i was in my local Tesco on Saturday and on there budget charts and in stock was a lovely 2cd/1dvd set for £4...........nothing unsual in the 2 cds track wise but looking down the dvd track listing was surprised to see it contained a lot of the 50's tv stuff and one track from Frank Sinatra's Welcome home Elvis, now to a seasoned Elvis fan this again offers nothing new but just though it was a different touch having a dvd of Elvis on tv in the 50's as most people would like to remember him........and the quality was very good for a cheapie package.........sometimes even the Public Domain can do things that the official ones don't.
al shookup (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 24, 2011report abuse
A great mix of songs...I loved all his stuff from around that era...reminds me of my youth..happy days waiting for all new Elvis releases!
burton (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 24, 2011report abuse
More public domain racks only.
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 24, 2011report abuse
somehow they always forget to include Old Shep..
drjohncarpenter0117 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 24, 2011report abuse
Nice cover,i don't suppose many non-fans will worry about the in accurate write up of the song lsting and can't wait to read the article in Sunday's mail on Elvis....sure hope they get that right.
Brian Quinn (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 23, 2011report abuse
Nice 'freebie' release in the run up to Valentines Day. Unusual list of tracks for a change although the writeup for 'Have I told You Lately That I Love You' is somewhat inaccurate as we all know.

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