Elvis Presley

Love Songs [RCA]

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Released in time for Valentine's Day 1998, Love Songs is one of many thematic repackagings of Elvis material RCA has released over the years. This time, the theme is fairly simple -- 18 love songs, both ballads and rockers, about love won and love lost. To be sure, there are a lot of great, albeit familiar, songs here -- "Are You Lonesome Tonight?," "It's Now or Never," "Can't Help Falling In Love," "Good Luck Charm," "Suspicious Minds," "Kentucky Rain," "Love Me Tender" -- but anyone with an interest in Elvis will probably own all of this material already, with the possible exception of the relatively obscure single, "I'm Leavin'." Love Songs works fairly well as its own entity, and it's nice to hear these songs grouped together, but it's an entirely unnecessary release.

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