This set is mostly for the serious fan who studies all the subtleties of all the Elvis cuts - and here we have more prime examples of how an artist can take a trifle and make it...well...memorable. On one occasion (i.e., "Mexico" - spirited tune from "Fun In Acapulco") we hear different lyrics; other times, we hear a different arrangement ("Cross My Heart And Hope To Die", from "Girl Happy"); on other oaccasions, we are treated to an overall performance as strong as the originally released version, though perhaps missing that *spark* to put it over the top - in that realm, "King of the Whole Wide World", a powerful rocking theme to a rather tame drama with music, "Kid Galahad", probably the 1961 equivalent to "Jailhouse Rock", as far as the Big El cutting loose over a 2/4 beat; "Where Do You Come From?", a quiet ballad with Classical overtones, a B-side perennial as it's companion was "Return To Sender"; "All That I Am", a smooth beat ballad in the Mel Torme school, featuring strings-on-an-Elvis-record, new for the time. In another corner, we have the movie number from "Harum Scarum" called "Hey, Little Girl". A negligible little ditty, however enhanced by a mix which brings up the drums, which were not prominent on most of his '60s film tunes. It's an awkward exposition from beginning to end, though, and Elvis' holler at the end seems to be more in disgust than in an emotional climax.
One of the earlier such collections, mostly for the initiated.