Choice of material to record
Who was responsible for the material Elvis recorded? Who brought forward material for Elvis to choose from?
Despite the great number of songs of quality recorded by our idol, I think that a number of songs should have never been recorded.
It seems that those responsible for bringing songs to Elvis in the 1970's were looking too much into the Country scene while omitting contemporary songwriters from different genres e.g. Elton John, the Bee Gees (OK Elvis did 'Words' live), Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townsend, Thom Bell, Gamble and Huff, Barry Manilow, etc.
In my opinion, Elvis' idea to record material 10-20 yrs old (like Hurt and Pledging my love, etc) was not an artistically good idea (despite giving a very good interpretation)