Elvis Is Back!: Legacy Edition |
Elvis might have lost his way in the '60s, mired in movie and soundtrack mediocrity, but one thing's certain: His first post-Army album, in 1960, was an artistic triumph, one of the best of his career and one meriting its original exclamation point: Elvis Is Back!
Cut in Nashville with old accompanists Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana and the harmonizing Jordanaires, plus Music City session aces, the album takes Elvis more in a pop direction for several numbers. Among the best are the gospel-accented Thrill of Your Love and the doo-wop-styled Soldier Boy. Dirty, Dirty Feeling is a frisky little rocker, and Fever is finger-snapping hipster cool. The set also finds Elvis digging with obvious relish — and supreme command — into the blues, with knockout versions of Like a Baby and Reconsider Baby.
This expanded two-disc reissue includes the 1961 follow-up, Something for Everybody. It's not quite as strong, but it does boast more R&B- flavored standouts, including Give Me the Right and Put the Blame on Me. Also featured are Elvis' hit singles from this period, including Stuck on You, It's Now or Never and Little Sister. They weren't on the original albums.
Nick Cristiano, The Philadelphia Inquirer