on 19 November 2007
Follow that dream records, the collectors division of RCA have done it again with another superb re-packaging in their latest series of original EP re-issues. Turning their attention to the often overlooked 1966 "Easy come Easy go" movies soundtrack EP. This EP comprised of recordings Elvis made for the movie in 1966.
Not a classic film by any accounts, it came from a very low period in Elvis's movie career. Not the worst film by any means but not one that many fans would watch over and over. However the soundtrack for this movie was surprisingly above par.
This CD set gives you the original 6 track EP, then a batch of first takes and alternate takes. Beautiful packaging and detailed booklet help show the production process and how the songs came to be.
Remarkably many of the songs recorded here took less that 10 takes to complete and some of the 1st takes sound almost like the final masters. Elvis must have had a clear idea of how he wanted the music here to sound from the outset.
The songs are strong mid sixties tracks a definate cut above the other mid sixties movie soundtracks, "The love machine" and "You gotta stop" are brilliant Elvis songs, ok there is "Yoga is as Yoga does" but I have always had a soft spot for that song as it was on my first ever Elvis LP when I was a small child and I used to pretend I was doing the Yoga moves while I was listening to it. I later sought help and I am now fully mentally recovered!
So all in all buy this CD, its a good soundtrack, the only downside is, as with all the Follow That Dream Extended Play releases, you only get a handful of songs (6 to be precise) so it can get repetative.
You do get much better value for money when they re-issue a complete LP, then often stretch it over 2 discs.
Recommended purchase, so much more worthy than the "Tickle Me" release and some others. Keep it up FTD please release more re-issued packages as beautiful as this, dont do "kissin cousins" though please,!
on 25 December 2014
Why were physical resources wasted on such a low-priority release? Some of the songs here are utterly atrocious. I just can't understand why Elvis wouldn't flatly refuse to record such junk. I am sure if he'd stood his ground, a compromise would have been reached. This is the man who almost 4 years later at the White House demanded a face-to-face meeting with the President of the USA and got it the same afternoon! Personally I enjoy the title track, and You Gotta Stop is tolerable, but that's really as far as it goes.
Instead of exploiting and ripping people off, Sony really should make FTD releases available for download on a track-by-track as well as album basis. Personally, i would have downloaded only 3 or 4 of the tracks on this album. As a result, i will sell on the tangible copy to someone else, therefore Sony won't receive the takings from whoever purchases it. Serves them right.
This is strictly a release for those pathological OCD fans who must have everything or they yank out their own hair.