2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A fun listen,
This review is from: Kissing Cousins/Clambake/Stay Away Joe (Audio CD)
All you '50s purists lay out for a while: there are alot of fine tracks here.
Yes, if "Mystery Train" and "Jailhouse Rock" and "Suspicious Minds" is your litmus test for active-minded Presley listening, then maybe you want to set out on the back porch while others crack a smile and maybe even tap a foot to the title tune of "Kissin' Cousins" (the 45 rpm version, especially), a very strong uptempo with biting guitars and a beefy double-tracked vocal; to "Once Is Enough" a country jazzer, poorly balanced soundwise like several in this triple set, but catchy no doubt. "Catchin' On Fast" is funky little number - too bad they didn't also include the movie version. "Tender Feeling" ofcourse is based on an old folk melody but is beautifully realized. There are several tunes here when heard out-of-context don't really work but Elvis digs in on all of 'em.
"Clambake" has three good songs - the melodic ballads "The Girl I Never Loved", "A House That Has Everything", and a lopsided dance number, "Hey Hey Hey". Strangely, the bad mix (placing the lead vocal too far forward) actually works on these! Additionally, Elvis has voice problems here, but the tracks are worth hearing.
"Stay Away, Joe", one Presley's last soundtracks, has another tune derived from the classics ("Greensleeves") and although it's well-produced, once again it's not big El at his best. The country blues "All I Needed Was The Rain" *is* Elvis at his best, a soulful performance. "Goin' Home" is a fast rhythm with a powerful vocal. The Native American effects are beautifully blended.