Despite the endless ream of sub-standard situation songs, which Presley had to plough through during the 1960's, contrary to general opinion, not all of the soundtrack material was dross. And here are 2 of his better movie soundtracks on one disk. Viva Las Vegas had a strong collection of tunes from the Boss Nova rythms of it's title track to the rythm and blues romp of "What'd I Say". He shares duet with co-star on "The Lady Loves Me", and "You're the Boss" which is issued here for the first time. Elvis mastery of ballads is evident on the slower tunes of both soundtracks, but none stand out, except for his operatic cover of Santa Lucia. Throughout both soundtracks Elvis is in fine voice! Roustabout was not quite as good a collection although It's A Wonderful World was nominated by the Academy for best song 1964. Another great track is Little Egypt. The ending to Carny town has been left to finish with a bluesy ending rather than the original fade out. "Hard Knocks" is the closest he gets to rocking, and he could do that with the greatest of ease. The emphasis of these films was fun, and that is what these soundtracks are: Fun! So don't take them to seriously.
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