Double Trouble was the type of movie where Elvis mingles with the British crowd on nightclubs, ferries and country sides in the good old England. Having traveled to so many other locations cinematically, Elvis had to reckon with the British invasion and place his mark within the mid sixties craze with the rock and pop sound that was delivered across the Atlantic. So if you cannot beat them join them? Not quite.
Elvis is in a very good vocal shape and at last he has some great tunes to tackle with.
The title song possesses a very exciting pop sound and goes beyond the efforts of simply being catchy. We would not be surprised if the song ends up number one by some Disk Jockey's electronic treatment in the near future. The road has successfully been paved before. The potential is there.
Now we go to the second song, which is a dancing tune full of the sixties pop rhythm. Elvis provides excellent vocal acrobatics, and the effect is surprisingly good. This is an Elvis song that should go hand in hand in terms of outcome and cult status of another tune within the very same album (that is Long Legged Girl With A Short Dress On). In both songs, Elvis is masterful and highly effective when he transfers his energy to the listener.
The primary version of the Long Legged Girl With A Short Dress On (also included in here) provides a milder take, a take that had Elvis no quite there as far as closure goes. The definite version is a must for every collector.
Furthermore, the soundtrack presents the song It Won't Be Long.
Now, here is a song that inspires Elvis to go through some genuine vocal loops and slams, subtle yet very distinctive to an Elvis fan. The outcome is very fresh and very welcome.
How about a nightclub, jazz oriented, cool cat song?
City By Night is the answer to that question. Bordering between the jazz and the easy listening fashions of that period (throw in a quite beatnik touch), the song is an instant cult classic.
Ok, how about the traditional ballad of the Elvis Presley movie?
Could I Fall In Love is your answer and do pay attention to the first and second voice presentation of that song which is a sheer pleasure. Elvis did both vocal tracks for the song. The album further provides the separate vocal tracks - one take where Elvis sings with the complete music background and another with Elvis singing a scale higher and falsetto (one would suppose while he is listening to the first take through earphones). Music appreciators as well as vocal instructors are more than welcome to provide an educated criticism based on these three recording so that the Elvis fans will establish a thorough insight on Presley's vocal capabilities.
Now, with the exception of There's So Much World To See, which is a groovy easy listening tune the rest, could be easily dropped from the soundtrack. Old Mc Donald and I Love Only One Girl do not mix very well with the rest, not even with the great bonus inclusions such as the classic Blue River.