Elvis : For The Asking is a great collection that should have been. The songs recorded here were recorded to be a follow up to Elvis Presley's #1 Pot Luck album from 1962.RCA decided to scrap the album in favour of more movie soundtacks, and in turn relegating the songs to B-sides and sountrack album fillers. A few of the songs here actually were hits and sold well, proving the fact that RCA was wrong.
It's a great pity that the album never surfaced, as the songs here are of a very high standard and would have made his best album since Elvis is Back. Devil In Disguise was a massive seller, #1 in Britain in 1963. It Hurts Me is a classic recording, one of the most beautiful ballads I have ever heard. It was a B-side to the terrible Kissin Cousins single, yet still sold around a half million copies and charted in its own right. Memphis Tennessee is a classic rocker, with a great drum beat and a fab vocal by the King. The rest of the tracks are lesser known, but dont let that put you off as this is great music. Long Lonely Highway is a standout, a travelling country blues. Witchcraft is not the Sinatra song, but its a good bouncy rock song. Ask me is a gentle ballad and was a half million selling hit in America, whilst Western Union suffers from similarities to Return to Sender.
This is a very worthy purchase, and is a great companion to the Tomorrow is a Long Time CD, another possible Elvis Presley album that never saw the light of day.
Tracklisting: Long lonely highway, Western Union, Witchcraft, Love me tonight, What now, what next, where to, Please don´t drag that string around, Blue river, Never ending, Devil in diguise, Finders keepers, losers weepers, Echoes of love, Slowdy but surely, It hurts me, Ask me