Another double-ballad selection, another Elvis pick, another sales dud. “It’s Only Love” was a legitimate listener-friendly stab at the pop market (by Mark James, author of “Suspicious Minds”), and Elvis put real effort into it. But it sold no more than 1968’s “A Little Less Conversation,” the previous low for a regular-issue Elvis single.
It’s Only LoveMark James/Steve Tyrell. Recorded May 20, 1971 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan, Kenneth Buttrey. Piano: David Briggs, Joe Moscheo. Organ, Harmonica & Percussion: Charlie McCoy. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, Temple Riser, Ginger Holladay, The Imperials. OVERDUBS, Vocals: Millie Kirkham,The Imperials
The Sound Of Your CryBill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded June 4, 1970 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young, Elvis Presley. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan. Piano: David Briggs. Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. OVERDUBS, Guitar: James Burton. Organ: David Briggs. Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Percussion and Vibes: Farrell Morris. Steel Guitar: Weldon Myrick. Banjo: Bobby Thompson. Fiddle: Buddy Spicher. Trumpet: Charlie McCoy, George Tidwell, Don Sheffield, Glenn Baxter. Saxophone: Wayne Butler, Norman Ray. Flute, Saxophone & Clarinet: Skip Lane. Trombone: Gene Mullins. Flute & Trombone: William Puett. Vocals: Mary Holladay, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Dolores Edgin, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, June Page, Temple Riser, Sonja Montgomery, The Jordanaires, The Imperials