on 26 July 2001
This is suitable for those fans of Elvis who liked his musicals of the 1960s. The alternate take of 'Mexico', from the film Fun in Acapulco, is outstanding ! This alone is worth the purchase of the CD. The alternate take of 'Lonely Man'is appropriately described on the CD, by the sound engineer, as 'beautiful'. 22 great songs from the 60s.
on 24 February 2014
This isn’t as good a release as So High (I’ve yet to hear Silver Screen and Studio B). As other reviewers have stated, the version of Mexico is the strongest you’ll find, mainly due to the fact Elvis sings extra lyrics over the sections that were previously left blank for that irritating little boy to screech over in the movie.
The take of Adam & Evil is also very good; Lonely Man is more involved than the simple guitar and vocals version i was used to before; This Is My Heaven is a lovely ballad that seems to sound good in every take i’ve heard; Little Egypt sounds dull compared to the main cut as does the version of Edge of Reality on this album.
Tagged on at the end is an acapella vocal overdub of 1957 Jailhouse Rock song (You’re So Good) Baby I Don’t Care which is completely out of place on this compilation.
Overall, this is a release that is in my opinion for FTD collectors only. Is it worth £22? Absolutely not, though very few (if any) of the FTD releases actually are worth such a gargantuan price (it’s a CD!!)
Why on earth won’t BMG allow these FTD releases to be available on Amazon (or elsewhere) for download at a much cheaper price?! Otherwise, the whole notion of ‘bucking the bootleggers’ isn’t possible.