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Although "Love Me Tender" was Elvis' first big romantic ballad hit, and remains one of his most popular, it sounds pretty ordinary to me today, considering all the other ballads that he recorded afterward. He gives the classic melody a respectable performance, but I can think of many better examples of his crooning talents in his vast catalog. Even in the '50s, there are better examples. There's no denying, however, that this one made a huge splash when it first appeared, and showed that the King of Rock 'n' Roll could work his magic with a gentle ballad as well as with the rockers... He melted a few million hearts with this one. :)
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(What did the critics and fans say?)
The title track, "Love Me Tender", is a gentle, slow-moving ballad, beautifully sung. The delayed entry of the word "tender", when it first appears, is a magical touch, as is the close harmony of the backing vocals (Ken Darby Trio) and their wistful final solo notes of the guitar.
...it served the crucial function of expanding Presley's appeal by allowing him to turn in a convincing performance of a ballad after scoring nationally with a series of rock & roll records. At a time when controversy continued to swirl around his provocative television appearances, Presley began to seem more like a safe, all-around entertainer by taking such steps as recording "Love Me Tender".
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