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The Improvement Started Here,
This review is from: Easy Come Easy Go/Speedway (Audio CD)
This record compiles the "Easy Come, Easy Go" from September 66 and the "Speedway" from June '67, both later soundtrack efforts. "Easy Come" was recorded at the woefully inadequate Paramount Studio Recording Stage, and Elvis' heart clearly wasn't in it. This is a shame as the material was slightly better than average. The studio in MGM was much better for "Speedway", and the sound and Elvis' vocals were clearly much stronger.
For both sets there is a liberal sprinkling of sheer dross. "Five Sleeping Heads", "Your Time Has Come Yet Baby", "He's Your Uncle" and "Yoga Is As Yoga Does" are unlistenable. So lets not talk of them.
"Easy Come" is often quoted as Elvis' all-time low, but I don't quite get it. "Love Machine" and "Sing You Children" are lightweight, but not poor. The title song and "I'll Take Love" are good songs, while "You Gotta Stop" and "She's A Machine" are good rock'n'roll. Sure it's hardly "Loving You", but if Elvis had put more into it maybe it could have been a good album.
Elvis does put more into "Speedway", which is a shame as the material is weaker. The title song, "Who Are You" and "There ain't Nothing Like a song" are quite poor. The two good songs on offer - "Let Yourself Go" and "Suppose" - are given Elvis full attention. No more of the indifference shown to "I'll Take Love", Elvis gives real passion and power, these are clearly the best songs to be record for an Elvis soundtrack since "Viva Las Vegas" some 4 years earlier.