"Cough Salad Annie"
Reviewed by Marc Haegeman
I have great respect for the Follow That Dream label and the manifold treasures from Elvis Presley's recorded legacy they have been giving us over the last years. Yet, the current "Polk Salad Annie" CD should never have been considered for commercial release, not even on a label which basically aims at fans.
FTD producer Ernst Jorgenson himself warned us about the recording of the Vegas concert on February 15, 1970 in his book, when a cold-ridden Elvis was coughing through most of the songs. And yes, this is exactly what they released this time. The result is abominable with most of the songs screwed up by a coughing or laughing Elvis.
The few rehearsal cuts from a later date (which we already had on Platinum anyway) cannot save the disaster.
What are they going to find next to milk the cash cow?
? 2004 Marc Haegeman