"Ronnie McDowell has long been associated with the music of Elvis Presley, having been employed as Elvis' singing voice in several films and television shows. McDowell also enjoys a successful career in his own right, with country hits spanning from the 70s to the early 90s. In 1997 he recorded this 20 track Elvis tribute in his usual tasteful and exciting style. What makes the project extra special is the musical backing provided by Elvis' original guitarist (Scotty Moore), drummer (DJ Fontana) and vocal backing by the fabulous Jordanaires. Standout tracks include One Broken Heart For Sale, with a slightly reworked vocal line to the original, plus fantastic, rockin' versions of Got A Lot O'Livin' To Do, Lawdy Miss Clawdy and King Creole. It's also a delight to hear Ronnie cover ballads including Love Me, It Hurts Me - one of Elvis' most under-rated songs - and Crying In The Chapel. The album closes with the only original song, Tupelo's Too Far, which illustrates Ronnie's individual talent. Forget the majority of bloated Elvis impersonators who embarrass themselves and the memory of the legend. Ronnie McDowell's tribute to his hero is faultless and should encourage the listener to buy Ronnie's own CDs which maintain the quality of this release."
Elvis would be so PROUD.
Dino | 08/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well Ronnie McDowell has out did himself once agian,there could never be a greater voice than his,other than Elvis himself. If you like Elvis you will be totally impressed by this great tribute. As long as Ronnie McDowell continues to record Elvis songs the world will still have some great music and the legend will forever live in our hearts. Buy this CD,you wont be sorry. Melissa Leighton"
Tribute to the King Ronnie McDowell
Dino | 03/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think this man has more talent in his little pinky than most of the artist you hear over and over on the radio 20 times a day! I know I speak for MOST Americans out there, when I say I wish they would give us more variety to listen to over the radio, and play some of the older artists too! They are still just as popular and talented today, and I wish we heard more of them! I GIVE THIS ALBUM, ALONG WITH OTHERS OF RONNIE'S 2 THUMBS UP! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, WE LOVE YOU!"
A fitting tribute to the King of Rock and Roll
Dino | 08/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"what better way to let Elvis fans know after 20 years that Ronnie McDowell is still his biggest fan. These songs prove that. Mostly Elvis songs with the Ronnie touch.. and yet after 20 long years one can still hear echos of Elvis. The additon of Tupelo's Too Far closes the tribute...well done Ronnie and thank you once again for bringing us Scotty Moore's "nostalgic" fantastic talent. :)"
A Heartfelt and Sincere Tribute
Dino | 07/03/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Oddly enough I've never considered Ronnie McDowell's voice to be all that similar to Elvis' - despite his numerous pinch hit appearances for the king on several TV movies. A rather soulful, modest and sincere crooner, who's voice resonates equally with the influences of country, gospel and soul. On this '97 tribute, Ronnie's debut on Intersound, several of Elvis' biggest hits are revisited (along with a gorgeous original "Tupelos Too Far"), with the help of no less than several surviving members of Elvis' original band. The arrangements echo that of the originals, without ever sounding maudlin or derivative. There have been many cheesy Elvis tributes recorded over the years, but this is definitely not one of them. As an aspiring guitar player myself, I might also add that this CD also marks a most welcome return to form for one of my earliest heroes - Scotty Moore, still sounding fine after nearly five decades!"