on 19 November 2007
Follow that dream records, the collectors division of RCA have done it again with another superb re-packaging in their latest series of original LP re-issues. Turning their attention to the 1967 "Clambake" movie soundtrack. Not a classic film by any accounts, it came from a very low period in Elvis's movie career, probably the lowest in fact as Elvis became physically ill during production and sruggled to motivate himself for this one. I dont think its the worst film by any means, I quite enjoy watching this one but not one that many fans would watch over and over.
This CD set gives you the original LP, then a batch of first takes and alternate takes. Beautiful packaging and detailed booklet help show the production process and how the songs came to be, and I have to say that "Clambake" contains some of the most beautiful ballads of any Elvis film. Namely "You dont know me" the Ray Charles classic and "The Girl I Never Loved" would have worked on any early 60's Elvis Is Back type LP. But then alas there is the up tempo film songs and they really are quite terrible. "Who needs money" well I DO, to keep buying these new re-issues, so please FTD make it a worthwhile re-issue. Dont worry I have "Confidence" in your decisions, theres no job to emmense for these guys haha.
Clambake move soundtrack was helped by its great and I do mean Great bonus tracks, "Guitar Man", "Big Boss Man" to name but two.
You do get much better value for money when they re-issue a more worthy complete LP, then often stretch it over 2 discs.
Please FTD keep up the Re-issues and the great packaging but dont do the pointless ones, as it gets too expensive to keep buying the same songs.
on 29 July 2006
Follow that dream keep up their good work with a well packaged special edition of this 1967 movie soundtrack. Unfortunately by this time Elvis was at a low ebb and even though you can hear on the outtakes, included on this cd, he is trying hard his heart is not in it, the material is just too bad! The album includes guitar man and big boss man, great renditions of great songs but alas wasted on this album. Sorry but get it to complete the collection but you won`t return to it often if at all, he made much better recordings!!!