Surely, all the songs never fail to please, especially the two ballads "All that I am" and "Am I ready?". Do treat yourself to the out-take of the second ballad and you will find it fuller and, even it is hard to admit, better than the original take at many levels.
The surprise of the album is the out-take of "Beach shack" which presents us with an Elvis Presley in great fun mood that makes the most of a moment. Overall, this edition is full of great out-take segments which rate as the most insightful and enjoyfull ones found in comparison to the other previous soundtrack album sets.
Please note though that some out-takes at some points do not present the best sound in stereo, one would guess due to the poor condition of the material in general.
Quite an upbeat album, it features a strangely out of breath Elvis, and horrible tinny sound to the recordings. Thankfully it lacks the usual horrible kid friendly effort, which makes it a better listen than many. Of cause "Never Say yes" and "Stop Look And Listen" are poor, "Am I Ready" is dull and "Beach Shack" is not great.
However there are some fun to be had. "Smorgasbord" and "Adam And Evil" have quite a bit of life, "All That I Am" is quite a high class ballad, and both "Spinout" and "I'll Be Back" are rather good.
So a 2 star album that's saved with the inclusion of some studio recordings from around this time, "Down In The Alley" is a presentable r'n'b effort, while the country road song "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" and the tender ballad "I'll Remember You" are noting less than fantastic. Chalk and Cheese.
The outtakes offer little musically, but are as good fun as usual.
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