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(Just my opinion. Give us yours!)
In the recording studio, Elvis almost never revisited a song he'd already recorded and released. Besides the G.I. Blues-version of "Blue Suede Shoes" and the handful of songs that were re-recorded for the '68 Comeback Special, I can't think of another example besides "Love Letters". Oh yeah, "Don't Leave Me Now", 1957, but he hardly ever did this, OK?
Both recordings of "Love Letters" have something to recommend them, and the contrast between them showcases the difference in vocal style between the two singers, the '60s Elvis and the '70s Elvis. The first is a vocalist that caresses the melody gently and respectfully with precision, and the latter is a singer who brings to the song more feeling, projection and strength. For my money, both of these fellas can pretty much out-croon anybody. :)
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In "Love Letters", Presley revives the Ketty Lester hit of 1962. The result is a magnificent performance, featuring piano and organ, although it is difficult to accept this as a man's song... Presley recorded a second version of the Ketty Lester hit which he recorded brilliantly in 1966. The first version, so good in every way, is eclipsed by the later take.
The Ketty Lester hit of 1962 revived, as it stands, by Elvis. Elvis' vocals are clear as a bell. Nice Floyd Cramer piano and vocals by the Imperials... Elvis cut another version in June of 1970... which substituted quiet strings for the organ and features a stronger, deeper vocal track.
ElvisStartPage - As the name implies, this is the place to start when looking for Elvis sites!
Elvis Presley - Another directory of Elvis websites. The place to go to find Elvis on the web!
Study Up Some More!
Ernst Jorgensen's complete chronicle of Elvis' recording sessions, with loads of detailed information about each session and each song.
This is the definitive encyclopedia on Elvis' life details, as well as all the background and trivia you need for all the songs, movies, and TV appearances. Authors are Fred L. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius.
The subtitle of Ace Collins' book says it all: "The stories behind Elvis' #1 hits"!
"Elvis The #1 Hits: The Secret History of the Classics". Another self-explanatory book title. :)