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Released: July 1, 1957


Rating: 3.993 (average of 7 ratings)


Genre: early rock and roll


Quotable: --


Album Tracks:

  1. Mean Woman Blues [2:11]
  2. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (Lowe/ Mann) [1:47]
  3. Loving You [2:15]
  4. Got a Lot O' Livin' to Do (Schroeder/ Weisman) [2:33]
  5. Lonesome Cowboy [3:02]
  6. Hot Dog [1:11]
  7. Party [1:28]
  8. Blueberry Hill [2:39] *
  9. True Love [2:08] *
  10. Don't Leave Me Now [1:58] *
  11. Have I Told You Lately (That I Love You?) [2:32] *
  12. I Need You So [2:40]
  13. Tell Me Why **
  14. Is It So Strange **
  15. One Night of Sin **
  16. When It Rains, It Really Pours **
  17. I Beg of You **
  18. Party [alternate] **
  19. Loving You [alternate] **
  20. Got a Lot O’ Lovin’ to Do [Finale] **
* Songs featured on the original soundtrack and CD reissue, but not in the movie.

** bonus tracks added to CD reissue


Sales:

sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated ½ million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 10
peak on U.K. album chart 11


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (6/24/57) #1 US, #3 UK, #1 RB, #1 CW. Sales: 2 million
  • Loving You (6/24/57) #20 US, #24 UK, #15 CW
  • Mean Woman Blues (8/19/57) #11 RB, #11 CW
  • Party (10/4/57) #2 UK
  • Got a Lot O’ Livin’ to Do (10/18/57) #17 UK
  • I Beg of You * (1/27/58) #8 US, #5 RB, #4 CW
  • Tell Me Why * (11/11/65) #33 US, #15 UK. Sales: ½ million
* bonus track added to reissue


Notes: The 1997 CD reissue adds eight bonus tracks (see track listing). Everything from this album is also on the box set The King of Rock and Roll: The ‘50s Masters.


Loving You Soundtrack
Elvis Presley
Review:
“Purporting to be the soundtrack to Elvis’ second film, this album collects songs used in the film on one side with new material on the other. The weakness of a couple of the movie tunes and the fact that the new songs were leftovers from the sessions used to produce Elvis’ first gospel EP and latest single add up to his weakest album offering, although any album with Got a Lot O’ Living to Do is alright. If you think of Loving You as simply an Elvis Presley album, rather than a somewhat misleadingly packaged soundtrack, it was actually one of his more coherent and cohesive long-players, assembled from sessions all conducted in the first two months of 1957. By this time, he was doing precious little that was wrong, and his range and control were growing geometrically – thus, amid some powerful rock & roll, including Mean Woman Blues (which could almost have passed for one of his Sun tracks), Teddy Bear, the electric guitar-driven ‘Got a Lot ‘o Livin’ to Do,’ [and] Ivory Joe Hunter’s I Need You So” (Umphred/ Eder).

On the CD reissue, we also get “a hard, brittle-textured outtake of I Beg of You, the King does some brilliant ballad singing on One Night of Sin and Is It So Strange, and belts out one of his great blues performances on When It Rains, It Really Pours – which boasts a killer Scotty Moore guitar part – and moves into Sons of the Pioneers territory with the hauntingly beautiful Western ballad Lonesome Cowboy. He doesn’t do badly with Blueberry Hill, either” (Umphred/ Eder).


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Last updated April 9, 2008.