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5.0 out of 5 stars Be lucky..., 12 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Viva Las Vegas (Audio CD)
Elvis's popularity was already dipping when the movie `Love in Las Vegas' (`Viva Las Vegas' in the USA) came out in 1964, mainly due to British bands (like The Beatles) bringing a new take on pop music to the teen market on both sides of the Atlantic. In fact, The Beatles' first film, `A Hard Day's Night', came out in the same year and did much, much better at the box office than this Elvis movie.

The soundtrack to `Love in Las Vegas' was not released in its entirety at the time. Instead, fans got a vinyl single and an EP (extended play) record, the latter comprising four tracks. A further track (the light operatic song, Santa Lucia) was included on the excellent `Elvis for Everyone' LP in 1965. A couple of other tracks made it on to the first `budget' Elvis LP `Flaming Star' in 1969.

Yet this was one of the better films Elvis made in the Sixties. Despite the pressure to crank out songs for movie after movie, the soundtrack is strong (apart from `The Yellow Rose of Texas/ The Eyes of Texas'), too, and is well worth listening to again. Ironically, the title track `Viva Las Vegas' has become a real standard and (I believe) gets much more airplay these days than the title song of that first Beatles' film!

Whilst there is a filmic production quality to the tracks, they remain highly enjoyable in their own right. Perhaps the real gem is `I Need Somebody to Lean On'. Elvis was 28 when these songs were recorded in 1963 and his voice had a pure, direct quality in that period that really comes through on this ballad.

The cover of Ray Charles's `What'd I Say' (issued on the single with `Viva Las Vegas' at the time of the film's release) is a blast, as is the up-tempo `If You Think I Don't Need You'.

The ballad `Today, Tomorrow and Forever' is a fine song, as it should be considering the melody, i.e. Liebestraum by Frans Liszt (though this is not acknowledged in the credits).

There are two duets with Anne-Margret, the co-star of the movie. Both are enjoyable. `You're the Boss' has a teasing Samba feel, and `The Lady Loves Me' is pure pop to-and-fro, a little in the vein of that old standard written by Frank Loesser, `Baby, It's Cold Outside'.

There are no `extras' on this CD. It is the musical soundtrack of the movie and nothing else. The twelve tracks have durations ranging between 1 minute 11 seconds (`Santa Lucia') to 3 minutes 41 seconds (`The Lady Loves Me'). If you are like me, you'll find yourself hitting that replay button a lot.

The cover design is based upon the above mentioned EP sleeve. Inside, there are lists of the songs (with recording dates and song-writer credits) and the contributing musicians. There is also a brief summary of the movie.
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