Always on My Mind

by: Elvis Presley

The other side of the romantic coin from A Valentine Gift for You, released five months earlier, Always on My Mind was a concept compilation album given over to breakup songs. Especially after his own divorce in 1972, Presley showed a real affection for maudlin, self-pitying material like "Don't Cry Daddy" (actually recorded in January 1969 and a Top Ten hit), "You Gave Me a Mountain" (recorded in February 1973), and, of course, the excuse-filled title track (recorded in March 1972, the month after he was legally separated from his wife). It's all here; put it on, raise a glass, and cry in your beer. (Pressed on purple vinyl.) ~ William Ruhlmann

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