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Works for me.

  • Aug 17, 2012
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TRACK LISTING

1. Don't Be Cruel
2. You Are Always On My Mind
3. I'll Remember You
4. All Shook Up
5. Loving You
6. Are You Lonesome Tonight
7. Can't Help Falling In Love With You
8. Love Me Tender
9. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
10. Teddy Bear
11. It's Midnight
12. In The Ghetto

A few days ago I was perusing the upcoming audio CD releases on Amazon when I came across an album that really intrigued me. It has been a bit more than 40 years since I last bought a record by Jose Feliciano but as I read about his latest project called "The King" I simply could not resist. I ordered it right then and there despite the fact that the track listing was not yet available. I looked forward to sampling this disc with a great deal of anticipation.

As I was listening to "The King" for the first time I thought to myself "how strange". It occurred to me that I was hearing a number of these rock and roll classics for the very first time by someone other than Elvis Presley. Now I must admit that I am partial to ballads and so as you might expect I especially enjoyed tunes like "Are You Lonesome Tonight", "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" and most especially "You Are Always On My Mind". I must agree with another reviewer who pointed out that Jose's work on the spanish guitar on these and other numbers was extraordinary. Meanwhile, I also enjoyed "Loving You" and got a big kick out of Jose's arrangement of "All Shook Up". Quite different indeed! Meanwhile, I was introduced to a pair of Elvis tunes I was not previously familiar with, namely "I'll Remember You" and "It's Midnight". Magnificent! Much to my surprise I thought that the weakest offering on the disc was the final track "In The Ghetto". When I saw it listed I had high hopes but as it turns out I was a bit disappointed with the arrangement. I also thought that Jose's vocal on this one was a bit strained. After all, the man is 66 years old now.

But overall I thoroughly enjoyed "The King". Prior to purchasing this CD about all I owned by Jose was a vinyl "Greatest Hits" package that was released in the 1970's. It is nice to see him back in the game once again. A solid four star disc. Highly recommended.

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With a career that has earned him nine Grammy Awards, including the LARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, and worldwide acclaim that has spanned three generations, Jose Feliciano now indulges himself in a lifelong dream to honor his childhood hero - Elvis Presley. The King: By Jose Feliciano visits some of Elvis' greatest hits as well as some of Jose's favorite songs. The highly acclaimed guitarist, singer and composer returns to his youth to rekindle his passion for Elvis. After over a year in his private studio, Jose handpicked 12 Elvis songs. He arranged each one, played all of the instruments, recorded all of the background vocals and branded each song with his own distinctive voice and guitar genius
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