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Gospelling Elvis With Social Message

16 Mar 2011

GOSPELLING ELVIS WITH SOCIAL MESSAGE

ELVIS PRESLEY : In The Ghetto (RCA)

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AN unusual disc from Elvis – a song with a message, almost a protest song in fact. It’s the sad tale of a youngster’s life in the Negro slum quarter of Chicago – his family’s poverty during his childhood makes him acquire a built-in sense of bitterness and resentment, and he’s eventually gunned down in a street battle.

Must say that the King handles it with dignity, compassion and authority. The song has a sort of spiritualist-cum-gospel flavour, with a choir helping out in the backing, but is not as tuneful as some of El’s discs.

A serious, thought provoking record which may deter some of the younger fans. But Presley’s enormous popularity should carry it.

NME, 7 June 1969


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