By Billy Altman
Updated September 18, 1992 at 04:00 AM EDT
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You certainly can’t call Honeymoon in Vegas’ collection of Elvis Presley covers a tribute album. Letting Billy Joel massacre both ”Heartbreak Hotel” and ”All Shook Up” in one package constitutes treason, not tribute. Still, this assortment of hits and misses (mostly misses) by rock, pop, and country stars does reveal the particular artists’ true colors — that is, Ricky Van Shelton’s big-hat-no-ranch windbagging on ”Wear My Ring Around Your Neck”; Jeff Beck’s attack-guitar transformation of ”Hound Dog” into what should be called ”Hellhound Dog”; or John Mellencamp’s embarrassingly serious ”interpretation” of ”Jailhouse Rock.” Three keepers, all from left field: Bryan Ferry’s tuxedo-in-the-mist take on ”Are You Lonesome Tonight?”; Willie Nelson’s foamy evocation of ”Blue Hawaii”; and Bono’s ambitious resurrection of ”Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Hey, he’s allowed. After all, he’s finally discovered black leather. C+

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