When the "From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee" Album was first released in 1976 a number of Fans appeared to be a little disappointed with the content on the album - mainly slow ballads that depicted a yearning and loss. Some of the Fans tend to undermine this project stating that Elvis chose songs that reflected the way he felt about his life at the time. Those very same amount of Fans preferred the previous year's studio effort in the form of "Elvis Today".
"From EP Boulevard" has always remained one of Elvis' most underrated album projects ever - if not, THE most underrated. I do feel that now after all this time the 'classic' tag description should be attached to this album. It should be looked upon favourably and in a little more positive frame even though it was Elvis' final recording sessions, but what's more unique was the fact that it was recorded at his beloved home.
I'm sure Elvis also felt a little subdued about the overall context of the album due to the abundance of big ballads - you can almost read into his short message on the back of the cover: "Dear Friends: Thank you for your loyalty. I sincerely hope that you like my new RCA Album."
But, with the passage of time and with release of the FTD label's "Jungle Room Sessions", we have a little more indepth knowledge about the amount of work that went into creating Elvis' studio swansong. It's a shame "From EP Boulevard" has taken many, many years to be appreciated in this way.
I do feel that there are a great mix of ballads on the album that any non-fan, who is a lover of the slower musical compositions of any artist, can fully appreciate. At the end of the listening period for the album and the final strains of "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" fade out, it is Elvis' masterful delivery of each song that easily wins you over.
I also feel that you cannot compare the albums "Elvis Today" & "From EP Boulevard" - it would be very much unfair to continue that type of musical wager. Both albums stand out in their own right with their own highlights.
It would be very interesting if a number of professional singers or bands, not so well known, collaborated on a tribute production to the songs on the 'Boulevard' album - this makes for a very interesting project indeed. It would certainly be a befitting testament to the final recorded works of 'The King'. And, it would finally qualify the album to have a more appreciative following.
What do you reckon guys? Any thoughts?