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Welcome To My World


Welcome To My World
3.5 / 5
Released: 1977/03 by BMG

ElvisNews review

Every now and then I go through my collection to enjoy old releases. Some of them are true jewels. The ones you take with you on holiday, or to some desert island. Welcome To My World is such a CD. Digitally remastered in 1992 and a favourite of many.


The picture on the front is a drawing and a nice one too! The booklet gives us only information about Elvis’ life and career and not much about the contents of the CD. The songs all recorded between 1969 and 1973, with one exception: Your Cheatin’ Heart from 1958.


Let’s see why this is such a nice release … It starts with the title song: “Welcome To My World” a beautiful live version from the Aloha Concert in 1973. Personally really one of my favourites. Sung with an intensity that strikes me every time I listen to it. Elvis proofs here again to be a magician with emotions and feelings.

“Help Me Make It Through The Night” , a Kris Kristofferson song, recorded by Elvis in 1971.

Listening to his voice here, leaves no doubt what so ever that he means every word. I don’t wanna be alone……makes you wonder how lonely Elvis truly was.

With “Release Me”, arranged by Glen D. Hardin the tempo goes up a little. Great song with a lot of possibilities for Elvis’ voice. The Imperials do their best on this one too. The song “I Really Don’t Want To Know” follows; what a feeling lies here in his voice. The year is 1970 and even the special sound from his throat can be heard here. Again a Kris Kristofferson on this CD: “For The Good Times”. A kind of easy listening song, while sung by others, but a true ballad out of Elvis’ mouth. Sung with his heart and soul.

Again 1970 ...“Make The World Go Away”, very well known, but guilty of shivering every time I hear this song. Listen carefully to the lyrics, beautiful! Back to 1969 with “Gently On My Mind”. The warmth of his voice is breathtaking. The second Aloha song: “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” ... the way he moves from one word to another is so beautiful, I could cry! And how strong the Stamps sounds on this one. The harmony between the voices goes beyond words.

Strangely we move to 1958 with the Hank Williams song: “Your Cheatin’ Heart”. Personally I like this song, but it’s a little out of place on this album. The theme of the song perfectly fits in, but it’s another Elvis we hear. Elvis still sounds very young and sexy, but already his voice is great!

Back to the 70’s with a live version of “I Can’t Stop Loving You”……could there be a better song to end this release? Those happy moments we once knew…….what a power in his voice……I love it!


There is only one thing I don’t like about this CD: it’s too short! Make sure you have have it in your collection. And for those who have it in their collection … listen to it again: it’s one of the best!


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Tina S wrote on July 21, 2005
A good album
Rating: 3 / 5
Lex wrote on July 28, 2005
Wow, Tina saying something positive of a seventies album, only because there are two older tracks?
Rating: 4 / 5
Rob Nelson wrote on November 03, 2005
There is something about the album cover art that still appeals to me after all these years. I know we cannot return to 1977 and alter the release schedule of Elvis' LPs but, if I could, I would have released "Pittsburgh, PA, New Years Eve" in January of 1977 and scheduled the release of "Moody Blue" in March/April 1977 and passed over "Welcome To My World" completely. But, having offered my unusual opinion, when one reviews the charts from the original Billboard Trade magazine of the period, Welcome To My World stormed up the Hot 100 LP charts at the beginning of it's chart run cooling at #44 as we all know the statistics by now. This LP really powered up the Hot Country LP charts though and actually was still on this chart when "Moody Blue" arrived in July 1977. In hindsight I am amazed Welcome To My World did so well before Elvis' passing considering there was hardly anything new, with the exception of the one live track from MSG. Thanks again for reading.
Rating: 3 / 5
JerryNodak wrote on December 26, 2005
Very good comp album from the '70s featuring some of Elvis' best country stuff. Enjoyable listening. Great cover.
Rating: 4 / 5
JimmyCool wrote on March 29, 2007
The cover is an altered pic from July 1970. The tracklist is just fine... not the greatest album of 'em all, but I can't say it's bad, because it's ELVIS (=
Rating: 4 / 5
Mystery Rider wrote on June 30, 2007
a lot of songs here pointed in a what was to become a sad ending. almost like he was trying to tell us all something. SAD
Rating: 3 / 5