MORE BIG–VOICE ELVIS

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Those of you who’ve been waiting impatiently for another Presley single can now rush out and buy “Tell Me Why” on RCA – and you’ll hear Elvis in big-voiced mood, employing his trembling vibrato to excellent advantage in this slow ballad with a country flavour.

He’s been recorded with a strong echo effect, and he sings with the utmost conviction. The Jordanaires hum in the background, and the instrumentation is simple guitar and rhythm. In fact, the backing sounds rather plodding and dated – not surprising, considering that it’s eight years old. A hit, of course – but not another No.1, because the material’s not as strong as “Crying In The Chapel.”

Tepper-Bennett wrote the appealing rockaballad “Puppet On A String.” El adopts a rather more intimate approach, supported by a jog-trotting rhythm.

New Musical Express