Girl Happy (Aniv) (Ltd) (Ogv) [VINYL] Limited Edition
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This 60's beach movie soundtrack album was yet another blockbuster as it rose to the top 10 charts, making this Elvis' 22nd smash album in a row! Both the Girl Happy movie and soundtrack proved once again that his career was unlike any other in music history. This 12 track remastered classic was pressed at RTI onto 180 gram vinyl with first time ever gatefold artwork including both the original LP cover elements as well as rare 45 picture sleeve visuals from this historic Elvis Presley era.
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However, despite what the other reviews may say this is not the expanded version from the follow that dream label, this is the 12 track original album master remastered and as an Elvis fan I can say it's never sounded better. The original CD release on the early nineties double features series had a very narrow stereo image and no 'You'll Be Gone', which admittedly is not in the movie but was an integral part of the original LP. The 2003 FTD release had a 'tinny' echo added, despite the numerous outtakes sounding fine and the wrong version of 'You'll Be Gone'. So finally in 2010, a mere 45 years since it's first US vinyl appearance, we have the original LP on CD at last! There's no sleevenotes but it does feature the original US cover complete with nipper the dog emblem. Oh and the jordanaires 's' is still missing from the opening to 'Spring Fever'. As it always has...
The background information comes to us through the CD package booklet and lets us in incidents like the 36 takes of "Do Not Disturb" that had to be covered in order to have the final acceptable level. During a segment of that track's takes we hear the sound engineer say to Elvis that they allready have a partial demo that is ok. Elvis, immediatelly responds that ok is not acceptable therefore more takes need to be reckoned with. On another incident, during the recording of "Spring Fever" we hear the sound engineer convey to Elvis that the specific song needs to come across with a happier, (no pun intended here due to the album title) feeling. The comment continues and the sound engineer says that maybe his mind is somewhere else.
Overall, the album presents songs that are somewhat indifferent and even the most electrifying performance by Elvis does not attach any merit to them.
But do hold on, because there are some excellent pieces as well like the tender "Puppet On A String" the sensual "Do Not Disturb" the grooviest in terms of lyrics and music "Girl Happy" and the best of them all "Spring Fever".
A very large ommmition remains the cover of "Sprin Fever" between Elvis and Shelley, with boy - girl respectivelly vocal backgrounds, which is the highlight of the film. Let's hope for a latter surfacing of this cover on a future CD project.
The song "Girl Happy" is further presented in its original slow tempo version which is equally if not more effective than the speeded track that appeared on the original album.
A must have for every collector.
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One of the best mid sixties film LPs from Elvis and a great fun comedy picture with a good cast and one liners. The King looking at is best. A must have for Elvis fans.Published on 29 Jun. 2014 by Girl Happy 1965
Girl happy is the worst film soundtrack that Elvis has ever recored.Its beyond belief that some reviewers have given this alum four and five stars. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2010 by Keith R. Watson
Call me a man with bad taste but I actually like Elvis movies. However this album is a bit of a disappointment. Read morePublished on 3 May 2008 by Eddie Singleton
There are a couple of numbers that spring to mind immediately on this '60's movie soundtrack, such as 'Cross My Heart, Hope To Die' and the ballad 'Puppet On A String' that are... Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2007 by CosmicDwellings