Hits Of The 70's

By ElvisNews.com/ LoesOct 27, 2012
Hits Of The 70's

Two CDs in the classic album series, one doesn't really fit since it is a compilation and the other can't be called classic due to its performance in sales, but well, it is an original album. First Loes' view on the compilation.


Like we are used to by now, the design is beautiful. At least for me, because this was a LP I didn’t have until I married Lex. Often I held it in my hands in the vinyl store, long ago, but I did not have enough pocket money to actually buy it myself.


If you want facts and numbers don’t read any further, because I am not a database: I just love this music all my life and it brings back memories, feelings and thoughts of the past. Also I am not a real fan of live concerts on CD, because I want to see a concert. When there is no moving material available I just want to listen with my eyes closed and of course I want the best version of that song: the master only.

Disc 1

The Wonder of You, a truly beautiful love song; whenever I hear this, I remember all the lonely nights where I dreamt of my true love. Oh I longed for the right love in my life. I think every woman loves to hear a man call her a wonder. Maybe I have to tell you that lyrics are very important to me.

I’m Leavin’; this emptiness inside me…. I tried so hard each time… living from day to day… I could have written this myself, if I had a talent for songwriting. Elvis’ voice helped me to make it through the most difficult decision of my life.

Burning Love: yeah, some good old rocking! I simply love this tune. Although since I met Lex, there is some downside to it, because (due to his strange sense of humor) he wants to ‘hear’ this song at his cremation. A bit morbid to dance on his grave, but the rhythm could make me do it anyway.

Always on my Mind; as a little girl, I loved the thought that a man would ever say these words to me. And of course my sweet love did not die for him, Elvis I mean. For a very long time Elvis was the only man on my mind, just to help me make it through the nights.

I Just Can’t Help Believing; one of the few singles I was able to buy when it came out. How beautiful are this lyrics. Elvis’ voice, with a little crack of despair in it here and there, makes this song part of my top three of Elvis songs. I must admit, this was one of the first Elvis songs I could understand word for word. I love it!

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: like many others I almost can’t listen to this song without drumming along. And believe me, while listening with ear plugs in, I would be the love of the town.

There Goes My Everything: yuck! I am sorry, but I really don’t like this song. Maybe it is the three-four time of the waltz, maybe the memories of my piano teacher, while practicing classic music, but this song simply doesn’t have it for me. Good to have a skipping possibility on my CD player.

Rags to Riches: well, Elvis proofs here again what a great reach he had. Hold me and kiss me… he would not have asked me this twice.

Until it’s Time for You to Go: this is the song I know word for word. I can’t listen to it without getting my eyes all wet. It is obvious to me this is a song fit for my funeral. I don’t ask people to love me forever, but I sure hope people will love me now. The words of this song are so true for me, it is almost scary. I was an oak, now I am a willow…
But unfortunately Lex hates this song, so I can’t do this to him on my funeral. But maybe one of my children will read the lyrics out loud, when the time comes.

Kentucky Rain; time for a nice up tempo song. Elvis’ voice is warm and beautiful again, and I really love the strong piano breaks just before the couplet starts again, just like the great drumming by Gene Chrisman.

I’ve Lost You; with the first words of this song immediately I am back in time again. This is the ultimate broken heart song of every person who have lost a great love. I would change the lyrics a bit to You’ve lost me, but hey, that was then, I am happy now.

An American Trilogy; I really thought for a while this was the national anthem of America. I think it is beautiful, touching and really moving. Glory glory hallelujah: my eyes are wet again. So hush little baby, don’t you cry, you know your daddy is bound to die…. Please hand me a tissue, because by time the flute is there, the tears are running from my eyes. This is an exception by the way, I really love seeing the footage of Aloha while listening to this wonderful song, because that was the first time I heard it.

Don’t Cry Daddy; most of us can’t listen to this without thinking about the version with Lisa Marie, but I really prefer this version. I don’t particularly like the violins in this song, but Elvis’ voice make up for it big time. I don’t know many men who have this gentleness in their voice.

Polk Salad Annie; wow, again one of my favorites. My feet are moving already. It is hard to understand that this great tune is written by one of the most depressive men in the world. I can’t stand his version (Lex does by the way), but I love this one!

Fool; what a great surprise this song was for me. I did not know it for quite some time. Again the lyrics find their way to the very depth of my heart. Once there was a period in my life I could scream the words out load myself. And so my belief that Elvis sings about all that has happened in my life is true again.

Take Good Care of Her; not as terrible as There Goes my Everything, but it comes close. The words are not doing it for me. When a woman leaves a man, he can’t be that understanding, not in my book anyway. Please don’t send me any wedding invitations…. Yeah my ass!

If You Talk in Your Sleep: now there is a true believable story. I love the bass in this tune. And of course the lyrics are great. Thank God I did not forget from where I came… now 11 years ago (happy anniversary dear!)

My Boy; ouch… I just liked to play this on the piano myself. Long before it came true for myself, I use to cry hearing these words. If someone had told me it would become real to me some day, I would have told them to shut up, but it did. And from time to time I still feel the pain of leaving my loved ones behind.

Promised Land; this really rocks: I love it! I simply want to dance! What a great band is playing here. Must buy some CDs more by them ;-) The vocalist is great too by the way. Without kidding, this is really one of my favorites again. I know, I have many, but hey, who can listen to this without moving?

T-R-O-U-B-L-E; Mercy! Look what just walked through that door. I love the piano here!! It swings from start to end! Glen D Hardin is doing his best here! Did I mention I love Ronnie Tutt as a drummer? I love Ronnie Tutt as a drummer! It rocks big time.

Green Green Grass of Home; oh boy, this is a question of conscience. Since I met Lex I am a Tom Jones fan too and many nights we discussed who is better: Elvis or Sir Tom. I have listened to countless versions of this song by TJ and I must confess, he is the better one here. Sorry for standing on some toes here, but it is just a matter of taste I guess.

Hurt; one of the songs I immediately recognize by the very first tone, like most of us do. But the minute Elvis stops singing and start talking I am touched deep down my soul. I have heard the swearing version too, of course, and my heart still cries for him while listening to this song.

Moody Blue; just the other day I heard this when I was visiting a friend, not an Elvis fan by the way, and I thought, well, this must be a song everybody love


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mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 11, 2012report abuse
dgirl.elvis fans are one of a kind,and the collectors label knows it. Some actually thought this title was a joke,and wouldnt be released,says alot doesnt it?
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 11, 2012report abuse
So people really do enjoy paying 30.00 for songs they have umpteen times. Wow, Colonel, you did well!
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 8, 2012report abuse
Thank you, Roger Semon. It's been quite awhile since I've so thoroughly enjoyed an FTD release. Bravo!
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 8, 2012report abuse
Great review Loes, and great Elvis 70's songs...but this can't be a FTD release for it's a Elvis collectors label...nothing "new"...we allready had it a thousand times...
DerekH (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 4, 2012report abuse
It's could have been Golden Records Vol 6 Plus others.
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 2, 2012report abuse
I'm with you Deano - the original GR5 didn't do the post-1967 period justice at all. And the expanded CD is a bodge - chronology has been ignored so there's no cohesion, and the 68 Special soundtrack versions of 'Memories' and 'If I Can Dream' have been used complete. That means tacky, dubbed applause. I won't suggest an alternative, improved track listing - you can all imagine your own without too much difficulty. Nice one, Deano.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 1, 2012report abuse
It is a shame that RCA never released a proper volume five of the gold record series, but this collection of songs fills in the gaps and then some. Still, I have to agree with others that this should have been a legacy release and it should have carried a price of around $12 - $15. The fact that FTD will charge $30 or more for a collection of songs that contains no new releases or outtakes (having the mono single version on a CD for the first time is not exciting to me) is nothing but greed. Great job on the review Loesje!
Loesje (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
*blush* thank you!
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
Should have been a worldwide "Legacy release". With some promotion, it could, really sell well in retail stores at the nice price, especially before Christmas 2012, but its a FTD release and will only get limited exposure, sadly.
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
Hello gentlemen, I couldn't agree more. If I feel the need to listen to Elvis's big 1970s singles I'll give the first 2 discs of the 70s boxset a spin and save myself £20. I've always supported FTD and Ernst before now. But this release really does smack of shameless exploitation of a loyal fan base, and I'm very disappointed with Ernst. They haven't even bothered researching the mixes used on the 1974 release which, in my view, makes this effort even sloppier than 'Tickle Me'.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
Agree with John4126 100%. Who is running the marketing these days? Actually this may have been a good seller on the mainstream label considering Afternoon AT The Garden has done so well. Missed op as usual. FTD? Ridiculous.
John4126 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
I still can't understand why this has appeared on the FTD label. I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up being one of the poorest selling titles on the label. It would have been more appropriate to have put this out as a mainstream release but given the ridiculous amounts of Greatest hits compilations available to buy, it would have probably sunk without trace. Sadly despite the optimism of the 90's and the regard given then to a proper release strategy, it now resembles a shambles.
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
Thanks CJS, if the single mixes have been passed by I'll definitely be avoiding this. The 70s boxset has amost all of these selections in great sound, has 3 more discs and costs roughly half the price. I thought the whole point of this project was to make the single mixes available to the avid collector. I'm now at a loss to understand why it's been issued at all, let alone by FTD. I've got the From Elvis In Memphis legacy release, which contains the stragglers from 1969, so there's nothing for me here.
CJS (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
As I have already stated somewhere else I totally agree with the comments that this is a great release but absolutely not for an FTD release. From my perspective, this would have been a perfect item for the Legacy label. But, for the FTD collector's label - really? Regarding the single mixes: The Wonder Of You is in stereo and in Fool I cannot hear any orchestra in the first verse, only later on. Hope that helps!
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
Hello, can anyone confirm if these are the single mixes? For example, The Wonder of You and I'm Leavin' would be in mono, Fool would have an overdub of orchestration in the first verse? Thanks.
Ronaldv (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
Nice review, but this release definitely does not belong in the FTD catalogue. I'ts a mystery to me, but a release to skip very easy. I hope they wake up and do not release welcome to my world or elvis in demand in the near future.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
Wow, Loes, what a wonderful review! Here I can sense what a great fan you are! And I second your review beyond any doubt. There may be a slight difference, but overal spot on. I agree with your observation on There Goes My Everything and especially on Why Me Lord, one of his gospels that moves me too due to his fabulous and outstanding voice. Like JB4Elvis I have to admit that your review steamed me up to purchase this one after all. Reading this review on an early sunday morning brightened up my day. Thanks Loes.
LonElvis (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
Would have made a great regular release (instead of FTD). Great song selection. Great review.

I always liked the live versions of Help Me better than the studio version. Elvis seems to "feel" it more in the live versions. And I don't see how anyone could hate There Goes My Everything, especially the part, "As my memory turns back the pages, I can see the happy years we had before, now the love that kept this old heart beating, has been shattered by the closing of the door." I like Bitter They Are, Harder they Fall better than There Goes My Everything. I always sort of found those two songs similar in context.

It's a Matter of Time is one of the songs that helped make me a big Elvis fan. I remember listening to Burning Love and Hits from his Movies and being a little uncertain about the movie songs and then heard It's a Matter of Time and it cemented my being a fan. I never tire of hearing that song and the 1 live version available.
CJS (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 27, 2012report abuse
Very nice review, thank you! I appreciate that you are not a database but reviewing this wonderful issue with your soul.
I agree regarding songs like "Heart Of Rome" and "Take Good Care Of Her", never particularly liked them either. On the other hand I am into Country, so I am good with Elvis's Country style songs. This issue shows the huge range of styles Elvis covered, although it is only representing the 70's (some '69), and this has made him one of the most outstanding artists of modern music history.
jb4elvis (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 27, 2012report abuse
Thank you for your very nice review. I have been a skeptic of this release. However, simply based on your review, I may just purchase it. Thanks.
Biffx (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 27, 2012report abuse
What a cool review its nice to see a track by track account not had that in a while. Lets have more of these kind of review please. Looking forward to this disk despite the negativity that appears to surround it!!!

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