Q - 4/00, p.1124 stars out of 5
- "...finds several top-notch songwriting teams on board, a quasi-Latin feel to up the heat, and sublime ballads....Another immaculate set of originals..."
Compilation producers: Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Roger Semon.
Includes liner notes by Colin Escott.
Digitally remastered by Dennis Ferrante.
Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals, guitar).
Audio Remasterer: Dennis Ferrante.
Audio Remixer: Dennis Ferrante.
Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
With his 1962 album POT LUCK, Elvis Presley--one of the main men who shook the world with the wild thing called rock & roll--moves away from the feral sounds of his youth towards a more polished pop sound. Along with the ripe vocal backgrounds, there's more of a country influence, more of a "shuffle" feel rather than a rockin' sound that dabbled in Latin rhythms and moods. Here, Elvis sounds less brash, more overtly romantic--the song "You'll Be Gone" has more melodramatic angst than an entire season of "Beverly Hills 90210." This isn't to imply that the King's fires were out--he still sings with urgency and conviction on "Gonna Get Back Home Somehow" and the sly '50s R&B-styled (think Ray Charles) "Steppin' Out of Line." If you're looking for Elvis the Wildman Rocker or the Impassioned Rhythm & Blues singer, you must look elsewhere. If you're a thoroughly devoted Elvis fan, take POT LUCK and relax with the King.