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on 21 December 2015
Before this week I would have said I adored everything Elvis has ever sang....how wrong I was.
By the time I was 14 in 1977 I had about 40 Elvis albums (half of which were purloined from my father) and then....the music died. Over the years I've rarely watched his movies (apart from TTWII and On Tour) as it always made me so sad to see such a great talent being made to sing mediocre songs to dogs, kids and bikini babes - while being sanitised to the point of being neutered (clearly I'm not included Jailhouse, Creole etc. in that description).
Anyway - this means I've never seen Roustabout and so have no emotional attachment to it, as others may have that had seen the film in their youth. This means the cd, while only £3.99, was quite a shock. I've played it a half dozen times and I can only say a couple of the tracks are passable....the rest are just awful. And that's allowing for putting them in context of when they were recorded.
So this review is really meant as a warning to the casual Elvis fan or another person like me that had just let the film pass them by....proceed with caution. Those 6 plays may be all this album ever gets.