When I was a lad and old Shep was a pup, over hills and meadows we’d stray. Just a boy and his dog we were both full of fun, we grew up together that way … waaaaaah! It is 1972, Elvis Presley’s 51st album, another pointless compilation, and for the last song on Separate Ways, he is taking us all the back to his first album, the 1956 eponymous debut. Old Shep, he has gone where the good doggies go… waaaaaaah
Separate Ways is a follow up of sorts to the excellent Burnin’ Love, both sides of a new single open both sides of the 24 minute budget album and they are followed by four songs per. Oddly enough, three of them are from the Wild In The Country EP, and two coincide with A Date with Elvis. Unfortunately, “Separate Ways” is no “Burnin’ Love”, though “Always On My Mind” (theWillie Nelson composed classic) is better, and a pretty terrific version: both of the songs are a part of the ongoing at the time Divorce Elvis backstory. Why a mediocre song from the movie Double Trouble makes an appearance I’m damned if I know. There is no real thinking that I can think of. A couple of songs have run on sentences for their titles….
Nah, we’re over thinking it. It was a good idea, Burnin’ Love and Separate Ways, building a cheapo album around around a hit single and its flip side and nothing else. Why not? On the other hand, why?