(What did the critics and fans say?)
Presley is stuck back on a hefty wall of rhythm-and-echo. There is no light and shade in this ballad, but the alternative take, issued twenty years later, lets us hear Presley more as he was.
Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music
Elvis' great torch song from the early RCA days, wherein he makes his claim to the title held by Sinatra. Done with much echo and melodrama.
Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982
...what one hears on "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" is effervescent rock & roll balladry bursting with potential and the knowledge that this was brand new and exciting music -- neither the country & western that Nashville was used to, nor the Memphis blues. Yet, the track does not sound at all self-conscious...
Bill Janovitz, from the AllMusic review of "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You"
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