Courtesy of RCA Records
After only two studio albums and several hit singles, Elvis arguably conquered the music world. What’s next? Elvis wanted to take over the movie world. With his first appearance in the movie Love Me Tender,Elvis released a soundtrack that doubled as an EP with the same name. With that came the number one single, Love Me Tender, and the idea to make a full-length soundtrack LP with his next film. In 1957, the King starred in Loving You and released a subsequent Loving You album. This soundtrack includes seven songs composed specifically for the movie with an eighth song intended for but not appearing in the movie, Don’t Leave Me Now. The remaining tracks were excellent covers to make up the remaining of the album.
Loving You, which spent ten weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard charts, begins with handclaps with the ever-so recognizable voice of Elvis overlapping in the breakup song, Mean Woman Blues. The woman in the song helped Presley’s blues and upbeat track move up to number 11 on both the R&B and the Country charts. The mega-hit that reached number one all across the United States is the bouncy number, (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear. This love song cures all Presley bear deficiencies as you listen to his aesthetical baritone notes. His down-toned voice beautifully embodies Elvis’ soft side in the slow jam Loving You. The love-sick tune was number 28 in the Hot 100 charts and swayed its way to number 15 in the country charts.
The album takes an ascending turn in the song, Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do. Elvis shows his fun side on the track, notably in his bouncy voice. Lonesome Cowboy is a slow, yet vocally fluctuating song about being lonesome. The track, Hot Dog, sounds like an oncoming train that crashes into the bumpy pitches of Presley’s voice.
Elvis brings the fiesta in (Let’s Have a) Party. This bubbly and fun track will make you spontaneously get down and boogie. The next track is a familiarly vibrant cover of Fats Domino’s Blueberry Hill. A cover that sounds almost exactly like the original, an interesting Elvis twist along with a piano makes for a great cover. Cole Porter’s True Love, written for the 1956 musical film High Society, also suffered the respectable fate of Elvis’ covers. The beauty of Elvis and his Jordanaires is embodied in the harmony-filled to reminisce of the one true love of Elvis, yours, or anybody’s.
Don’t Leave Me Now was included on the album, and a new recording would appear on the soundtrack for his next film, Jailhouse Rock. Presley yearns for his significant other to stay with him in his signature trembling, bluesy singing while the pianist, Dudley Brooks taps his instrument with soul. Starting with Brooks, the piano intro to Have I Told You Lately works with handclaps and bouncy Presley vocals that perfectly meshes together. The album concludes with the King telling you that he needs you to be happy in I Need You So. A song that compliments the meshing vocals of the Jordanaires and Mr. Presley, the album ends lively with the tune to unfortunately make listeners wait for the next album.
Elvis once again dazzles audiences with songs from his soundtrack Loving You. He reaches a point where you don’t know if the King can get any better. As if the Heavens came to Earth in the gases of Presley’s voice, this album, with all of his covers and love songs, makes for a great album to listen to. Elvis does not disappoint in this third release and makes anybody swoon over his astounding voice, his impressive looks and unruffled moves.