Hello to all my friends at ElvisNews, it was a matter of time before 'EP Boulevard' was released and I don't think there's too much to say about it - the material was patchy and Elvis was in a bad way, but he delivered some good moments along the way. The recordings are all available in their mono single mixes on the Legacy release of 'From Elvis in Memphis', the single mix of 'Fool' is on the silver box set and 'Steamroller Blues' is on the 'Fool' FTD release.
To the best of my knowledge the mono singles of 'The Wonder of You', 'I'm Leavin'' etc have never been put out CD so we'll have to see. Ahmet, Her passing was reported on her Facebook page tonight and confirmed by Kathy Westmoreland. She would have died from cancer at the age of There are lots of postings on the internet about this already. Let me sing to you baby. Sure i moan, i want value for my money and dont think ernst is the second coming. Its no wonder the catalog is a mess, i will take whatever you throw at me ernst, thank you so much for taking my money for what i already had.
Sorry the gig is up, and yes something from april 72, you have 3 shows pick one and release it, and if they do i promise i will praise it for a good week or 2!
Hi again, I see that 'My Way' is included as a so-called bonus track. Assuming they're sticking to the 45 RPM singles remit, I think we can expect the 'Elvis In Concert' version - that would make sense because the single was marginally different to the LP version by way of having a spliced intro.
Take a look at elvis message boards and you will see that many fans have no interest in the release hits of the 70's. Yes if you buy this in my view you will buy whatever they put out,all i will say on this matter,the collectors label is no longer needed by this collector.
Sure why not close up shop instead of making things better,your probally right ernst and crew will take the easy way out. Why not have a way for fans to pick whats released,i love that us fans are to blame,and doesnt the fact that sales are getting lower tell you something.
My comments are not to stop anyone from buying anything,die hards who buy everything,so indeed uy everything then later on you see it on ebay. The elvis label is a mess and thats one thing that wont change. Bring out a mutitrack on tour show and i will praise ftd for a solid 2 weeks!
Back when I was buying these albums new in the 70s, after many great LPs from early 71, I finally stopped buying any new Elvis material, with the last being the terrible "Elvis Now" It was not until EP Boulevard that I started up again, mostly on the strength of Hurt and Danny Boy.
I eventually went back and picked up the missing LPs in my collection after Elvis Now. I wonder if all the crying and swearing will be included on the "Hurt" takes? LonElvis wrote on September 20, Expressing an opinion is just finebut pls don't judge others.
Always El. Hits of the 70s really should have been released instead of Elvis greatest hits vol. Its out of place in FTD but I think I understand Ernts desire to create a full library of released and unreleased albums. Maybe he should have saved it until the very end. As it is I hope we get the full outtakes of hurt - looking forward to the Boulevard album! Canary - It's not so much that it's "out of place" to me as it is the approach is different from the other classic album series.
EP Blvd has 10 songs and the FTD has 10 additional outtakes of those songs plus 2 bonus outtakes for the single. That is the format of the other classic albums. I question why not handle Hits of the 70s the same way as the others and have the original songs and then outakes of those songs, along with perhaps some bonus material.
This is being handled more with the approach of the Legacy series and not FTD. FTD was a collector label. But why an album with mono versions.
You can make them if you burn your own compilation. What a lie. They only convert it you can also do it with free software to mono. Instead of that one they can come with the legendary performer serie. On that serei you'll LP) some mixes doen especially for this releases.
And not on cd released yet. That are classics. What released FTD next. Rocka and roll. A classic no not at all. The mono master was made from the same tapes as from the same stereo masters.
Only mastered into mono for single release. But there's always a little loss between the high and low. If you have the european first pressing of the Love letters cd. A very different is the quadrophonic albums. Promised land was very different. But when you'll play it on a stereo player. It sounds as the standard version. HOT70's is a bad choice. More for a regular release. About the FEPB: nice piece of work.
Everyone i know who buys ftd are not buying the hits of the 70's,thats a first for a ftd. I dont collect differt mixes,because its the same material just mixed differtly.
If they wanted to add differt mixes then they should have been on the classic albums releases were the songs originally came from.
Oh yes that cover is alful,i hate any pics from aloha,one of the most overused pics of elvis ever. Hopefully ftd gets the message when this release has slow sales. I see hits of the 70's as another release that will be all over ebay after people figure out what a waste of money it is. On tour april ,april 9,10,14, pick one ernst and dont screw up the audio.
Tony C wrote on September 20, The mono single mixes were made from the multi track masters, not the stereo masters. If "Hits of The 70s" were to contain some out-takes, people would be outraged that they were being forced to buy it to get a few unreleased tracks. Now we know that it contains no out-takes, those same people are outraged that it only contains already released masters.
They can't win! People talk in terms of boycotting this release on principle, where in effect,they are merely choosing not to buy it, something I do all of the time. I choose what interests me and skip those that don't, but of course talk of boycotting sounds more dramatic. The internet gives people a mouthpiece, but also a very grand feeling of self importance. Jamie wrote on September 20, Hi ladies and gentlemen, firstly let me say what a terrific thread this is - and all because of the re-release of a compilation that scores of ElvisNews members plan to avoid like the plague!
The mono masters are not merely the stereo mixes folded down - the mono outro of Kentucky Rain is shorn of the string section, and the backing singers on In The Ghetto are much, much lower in the mix compared with the stereo release. FTD has found a way here to meet what demand there is for the mono singles framed within a classic old compilation to which many Elvis fans have a strong association.
I for one dont give my views to get attention,i dont get into differt mixes because in my view there is no end to that kind of stuff. Many fans ask why no on tour show,but no answer is given,not one that makes any sence. Anyhow,since i do know what i want and dont want,i will leave this subject alone now,but please remember comments such as moaner are insults,and are not needed to get your view across.
We all have our views,and again i will praise the next ftd release that i find worth of praise. Oh yes heres a postative ,the wonder of you has excellent sound,but it should have had a booklet. Enjoy the music folks. Steve V wrote on September 20, I just cant believe so many people are talking about mono mixes on songs that were recorded in stereo 40 years ago!
It's actually quite amuisng to me and shows how Elvis fans may find a way or any excuse to plunk down money for basically the same product. John wrote on September 20, Not really sure what the fuss is about really.
Like many in the last few years it's not one im going to buy but its available to those who want to. Elvis plays a singer with a traveling band and a race car drive. Three women are after him and want to marry him. I used to get Spinout confused with Speedwaywhich I like even less. February of filming for Spinout began in California. Elvis made them go back during the night and climb the fence and go into the trailer to retrieve it. She actually learned to play the drums in real life.
She was not an Elvis fan before meeting him. She said Elvis had such charisma and he made the room electric when he walked in and at the same time very down to earth and not full of himself. She said she got along great with the guys Red, Sonny, Joe, Richard.
She said Elvis and her adopted a dog on set and she kept it after. It was a german shepherd that came up to them on set. Elvis got food for it and sent it to the groomers. She called her Missy. She said filming took several months. She said she and elvis would go to his house or hers and sit and talk and eat big bowls of ice cream. Pat Priest Dina Bishop said Hall Wallis wanted to try for the first time having the blonde as a bad girl instead of the usual good girl and have the brunette as the good girl.
Pat says Elvis was shy they all say he was shy and charismatic and religious and his guys were very polite. He was always on time and knew his lines and was a delight to work with. Funny, Pat is the only one I ever heard say Elvis liked all his movies.
Pat socialized more with the guys off set than with Elvis. She went out with Sonny and Red a couple of times and kept in touch with Joe. It seemed like everyone kept in touch with Joe. She said she never knew Elvis to hate the water, but a stuntman was used for all of the water scenes. I just think a movie about twins should be called Double Trouble — plus the poster for the movie has twin Elvises on it.
Anyway in Double TroubleElvis plays a singer with two girls, a killer and jewel thief chasing him in England. Annette Day and Yvonne Romain costar. Yes there is no accounting for taste. I probably like it mostly because Shelley Fabares costars in it.
Shelley is the only actress to costar in three movies with Elvis. Bill Bixby also costars. Elvis plays a rich oil trust fund baby race boat driver who switches places with a poor ski instructor. Jerry Schilling is prominently in the background at the bar and on the beach up against a tree making out with a girl as Elvis walks by. Early at United Artists.
Elvis had not dieted before filming began and was just enjoying his meals on his newly purchased Circle G Ranch. It was during filming where Elvis slipped and fell in the bathroom causing filming to be postponed.
He removed Marty Lacker as foreman and the new foreman would report to the Colonel, not Elvis. Because of ClambakeElvis postponed his wedding to Priscilla. The day after his wedding, Elvis went back to Hollywood to complete some last minute dubbing.
Elvis plays a Native American guy in the rodeo. Burgess Meredith and Joan Blondell costar. Nancy Sinatra costars with Elvis in Speedway and does have a song of her own, which bugs me. Bill Bixby from Clambake again costars with Elvis.
Elvis plays a photographer and his dad Vernon has a cameo. She is so annoying and everything I detest about the stereotypical manipulative, needy woman.
But it is cool that Darrin from Bewitched and Rudy Vallee also costarred. Elvis looked absolutely beautiful in this movie, even more so than usual. Elvis got to stay home with the baby for three weeks before going to California to start filming for MGM. He was only there for three days when he missed Priscilla and the baby so much, he asked them to come out and join him.
They took a little side trip over to Vegas then to Hawaii when filming was complete. In fact, Charro! Ina Balin costars. And Elvis looks amazing in it — especially his sideburns! Elvis plays the boss of a traveling show in the s. Elvis just looks SO beautiful in it! This is such a departure for Elvis, and a welcome one. Change of Habit is an actual drama with a real story line — his only socially conscious movie dealing with race relations with maybe the exception of Flaming Star.
John Carpenter an alias Elvis actually used in real life along with John Burrows runs a free clinic where three disguised nuns played by Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair and Jane Elliot — who went on to play Tracy Quartermaine on General Hospital for years help him try to make the neighborhood a better place.
Ed Asner plays a policeman. This was Im A Roustabout (Previously Unreleased) - Elvis Presley - Elvis 2nd To None (Vinyl first pairing of Ed and Mary and a bit of foreshadowing as they would be star together in The Mary Tyler Moore Show the following year.
Change of Habit has become one of my favorite Elvis movies moving up to my eighth favorite Elvis movie. Ironically though, Elvis died the day the slumber party scene was filmed August 16, WLS-TV in Chicago had a movie in which we saw the highlights of these movies, considering they were larded with commercials then cut down to 90 minutes.
Like Like. Thanks so much Deena! Your list is wonderful and I wrote them all down. I enjoyed reading your in depth review of all 31 Elvis movies. My son is a huge fan and I just took him to Graceland for his 14th birthday. We would love to get all of the movies but so far we just have a few of them. Did you purchase yours all at once or did you buy them one at a time? It would be nice if they made a DVD box set with all of the movies in it!
Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I got all my elvis movie DVDs back in the late 90s. But they are all available to stream on amazon — you can buy all of them but 4 or 5 from amazon prime video. You can purchase all. Thanks for reading. I have all elvis movies purchased from amazon to stream — all but 5 are available. But I have them all on dvd since the mid 90s.
An interesting, personal review. Elvis preferred dramatic roles because they were a challenge. Thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed it, and I could help. Let me know if you like Wild in the Country more this time. My friend Allan Weiss was the screenwriter for six of the Elvis films. He met Elvis at his first screen test back in the s. Allan died a couple of years ago and when I see discussion about Elvis I always think of Allen.
He was a super sweet guy, very grounded about his work and experiences and even though the Elvis films were his best known writing products, he was deeply connected with many of the biggest stars, producers, directors and writers in Hollywood. Good job. Big Elvis fan. Loved reading this. We have different favorites and our likes are in a different order.
Thanks for your great descriptions. Thanks for reading and thanks for commenting. Some of my opinions and faves have changed as well although my favorite will always be Girl Happy and wild in the country.
I recently watched it 6 times straight, thank God my husband is an Elvis fan as well, his acting in that movie in priceless!!! Thank you for your list.
I grew up listening to Elvis Presley and watching his movies because my mother loves him. I really loved that period and I wish he did more movies like those ones. I revisited the ones that I watched long time ago and Roustabout is my favourite. He plays the bad boy to perfection. Then, he falls ill and goes home with her and she drugs him. Furthermore, he ends up losing his job because he spends two days passed out on her couch.
She forces herself into his life. She is a pathological liar and then, they tell me he falls for her? Give me a break! Although, Elvis looks his best. The same with Change of Habit. He looks so beautiful in that movie! Like Liked by 1 person. Oh, I watched Wild in the Country! I loved it…I loved his character in that movie! I adore Elvis in dramatic roles.
I melted! I am a big Elvis fan. I like Elvis movie songs more than his other songs with a few exceptions. I wish they would have his movies on netflix. Some are prime for free and the rest to rent or buy. Thanks for reading and commenting! Love the list Deena! I have a very similar line-up of favorites, although I find a few of them more entertaining than you do, probably from a male perspective. Speedway is one of my favorites, top ten, not top five!
I had the chance to talk to someone recently who lived through the release of his movies, and she had a very insightful opinion on many of the movies. Paradise Hawaiian style was her last viewed at a movie theater. Her absolute favorite is Follow That Dream, which I also find to be very funny and entertaining. Elvis really shows his comedic chops in the movie, and it really works—whereas Tickle Me relied on a silly look of bewilderment to get a laugh, and after the third or fourth one….
Wow thanks so much for reading and commenting! I realize these are very old movies, but people like me will naturally use this article as a movie guide to the Elvis flicks. I apologize. I wrote it not even thinking about that, rather thinking only Elvis fans would read it and every Elvis fan knows how Love Me Tender ends. I do agree with you on many points!
Wild in the country has always been my favourite Elvis movie! By the way, excellent page! I was enjoying reading this as I am in my recent discovery phase of Elvis movies. These people complaining about spoilers on movies that are decades old is just silly. Come on people!! That is so great! Enjoy the Elvis movie marathon. Thanks for reading and commenting. The lines after Elvis moved the jalopy over the log were brilliant comedic lines by E…. I appreciate Follow That Dream as a great acting job for Elvis and there are many funny parts for me.
There are just other movies I prefer, probably because I prefer dramas and those movies elvis also has his natural hair. Wild in the Country and Kid Galahad are two of those movies and two of my favorites. I have watched these movies hundreds of times each and studied them and researched them and I like Follow That Dream a lot more than I used to. I can appreciate it and have it not be my favorite. We all have different tastes. This article was a great read!
We need a list at the end of the 11 you watch all the time, and a full ranking maybe. Love me tender Clambake Tickle me It happened at the worlds fair Spinout. Brilliant site. I will enjoy reading this over the next days. Girl Happy is also my favourite movie, Really witty funny and great songs. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Like this: Like Loading I would to read your thoughts when you do. Great post dee. And I absolutely love the way you write. Its on interesting facts about me. Thank you SO much! I really appreciate that!
I love this! Thank you! Thank you for reading! Enjoy the movies! Thanks for sharing. Makes me want to watch Elvis movies! Let me know when you watch Wild in the Country Like Liked by 1 person. Thanks for reading Like Like. Thank you so very much!
Yes sorry that was Flaming Star. I guess I should add spoiler alert to my post. I do apologize. Haha thank you! Hey Deena, This article was a great read! Aw thank you so much! Please share your thoughts about this post. Elvis is the desire that is never satisfied. It was fun collecting, anyhow. And an addiction. It soon became obvious how we fans were being taken for a ride.
Buying Elvis albums was a treacherous experience for the unwary. Elvis was effectively competing against himself. It was a counter-productive strategy that destroyed Elvis' music and reputation in the long-run. Many must have been drawn in by the decent material only to hear some ghastly musical misconception alongside it, never to go near Elvis again. I was a fanatic, so I stuck with Elvis, album after album. I wanted the lot, Elvis addict as I was.
I think I've earned a view on the music of Elvis Presley. So here is my very brief guide to the Elvis albums as they were issued. Note well that this is the original release. I shall be taking the original releases in order. The reissues now include the hit records, B-sides and extra tracks recorded at the same sessions.
I have reviewed these elsewhere. Here, I discuss the historical and musical importance of the original Elvis albums as they were issued. Take it as read that, if it comes to making a purchase, you will be buying the re-issues containing extra tracks.
The album hit number 1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart inthe first rock and roll album ever to do so. He did, too. So what? Are we talking art or commerce? That's fifties rock'n'roll. Chuck Berry knew it - maybe one day your name will be in lights. Elvis got there his name in the biggest of lights, and this album explains why. To some, that blending is revolutionary; to purists who like to uphold strict divisions — enforcing the hierarchies in music, culture, and society that Elvis sought to dismantle — that represents a cultural dilution.
Both sides have part of the truth. Such is the musical life. Elvis drew the strands together with a conscious pop sensibility and an explicitly commercial intent. He was brought up on country and gospel, developed a taste for the blues, but all the time listened to the pop hits on the radio.
The result was a pop form that was without cultural implication, so much so that white kids from art school in the United Kingdom could come later to pick it up, try it on for size, and reshape it in their own unique ways. Such is the danger of substituting an obsession with fame and fortune for the music.
It always comes back to the music. Elvis was drawing on sources of real musical substance in fashioning this new pop form. Those drawing on Elvis used him as source and drew on their own talent. That works with the likes of The Beatles. But if we keep drawing further and further away from the source, turning the derivative into the substance, then we are just adding water and stirring. With creative inspiration ever diminishing in this manner, the pop world comes to consume itself until in the end it is nothing but the circulation of manufactured images and commodities.
Elvis was such an image and commodity, purists may say, and his demise was entirely of his own doing. Elvis was the biggest victim of rock and pop inversion and inflation.
The only debate is whether it had to end that way. But the strong potentials for corruption were there from the start, existing in the very nature of the beast. He never lost the music, though.
Only his life. He got his name in lights, it's just that it became less and less easy to say just who this "Elvis" really was. Elvis himself in an interview spoke of the difficulty of separating image and identity. This album is iconic. It was ranked number 56 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest albums of all time in The cover is ranked number 40 on Rolling Stone's list of the greatest album covers, published in So we may have confidence in proclaiming the album to represent Elvis at his very best, then?
Not quite. The constantly high rankings this receives above other Elvis albums is entirely due to its cultural and historical importance in association with the impact Elvis made in Elvis is exceedingly good.
Keep buying! Of course, at the time, fans would have bought LP's, EP's, and the singles. That's where Elvis made his name. Great album, but a misleading guide to Elvis in ' It has none of the big breakthrough hits, either. Remember that at Sun inElvis would enter the studio to record a couple of sides for single release; here, in much less time, he was recording a number of songs for single and album release. The album hit 1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart that year, spending four weeks at the top, making Elvis the first recording artist to have two albums go straight to number one in the same year.
That was quite some achievement. Elvis was just twenty one but was already big. When we start to discuss what went wrong, and scratch our heads as to how Elvis and his management could consistently mess up and lose musical direction, there is a need to bear in mind just how huge Elvis became so quickly and so young and keep in view the sheer overscale of his achievement.
Pop stars have careers now, professional managers, legal teams, personal trainers, marketing experts the lot. Elvis had Tom Parker, a small time carny crook whose only concern was to leech on Elvis, isolate him from his peers, and keep turning a dollar the same old way.
The first of the film soundtracks which we loved at the first, and then got tired of on account of their non-descript, formulaic, and utterly cynical approach to Elvis, his music, and his fans. This album is excellent though, and another chart topper, spending ten weeks in pole position. Why is it so good? But great art it is, all the same. And Elvis did it better than anyone.
Was it merely part of the job description, to bolster the album to acceptable lengths? Elvis was taking his place in the musical mainstream. Elvis never bought into such views, he was neither consciously a musical pioneer nor a cultural revolutionary, but was aiming for fame and fortune and also a little critical respect for the way his vocal abilities embraced a genuine multiplicity in music.
He was inclusive. He liked ballads and he saw himself as a ballad singer. Elvis was never about pitching different musical traditions against each other, he was about blending them. Lennon would later claim that Elvis died when he went into the army. Lennon's Elvis never really existed, in that he was recording ballads from the pop mainstream, like "Blue Moon," from the very first Lennon would also come to dismiss Elvis as a new Crosby in the early sixties.
But here in is Elvis recording Crosby material. That is to his credit. He would return to Hunter inagain with stellar results. As to warning signs of danger ahead.
The album and film are wonderful, but there are clear indications as to how Elvis was totally misunderstood as to what he was from the first, and how his career was going to be badly misdirected as a result. The film Loving You pictures Elvis as a simple country boy with a guitar in hand, in blue denim, the familiar rags to riches tale etc. Elvis was a white working class southerner but that does not make him country. He loved country, but he made the impact he made by drawing on rhythm and blues.
He did not dress in blue denim. Somehow, however, this film image of Elvis in blue jeans became an iconic image of fifties Elvis. From the start, Elvis lost control of the narrative. The controversy that did come, however, concerned something else entirely, and indicates precisely what Elvis was achieving with his musical synthesis, why he was dangerous to the establishment, and why he was a liberator for the rest of us.
The centre of the storm was the perennial Bing Crosby Christmas standard "White Christmas," which had appeared on the chart at Christmas time ever since it was first issued in He considered it sacrilegious, a "profane parody" of his cherished yuletide standard, ordering his staff in New York to telephone radio stations across the United States to demand the song be discontinued from radio play.
One disc jockey was fired for playing a song from the album, whilst most Canadian stations refused to play the album. It may strike us as bizarre now, but it would be a mistake to laugh it off as merely a clash between the old and the new.
There was a deeper division at work here, both racial and class. Elvis had received similar criticism when performing "Peace in the Valley" on the Ed Sullivan Show in How can such a vulgar and profane person perform such sacred material! Not only was Elvis raised on gospel, he sang it well. In fact he sang it very well indeed, with real passion and emotion, and not the earnest hollow solemnity of establishment hypocrites.
Dorsey by day and Georgie Tom by night, a blues singer with the accent on the blue. The sacred and the profane went hand in hand in the real America from which Elvis emerged. The cultural standards insisted upon by the establishment were bound up with social hierarchies and class and racial divisions.
They were acting as gatekeepers, and Elvis was breaking those gates down and sweeping the guardians to one side. That this is the case is made clear by the nature of this particular controversy.
Elvis was not only breaking into the mainstream, he was bringing those artists and traditions and musical forms excluded from the mainstream in with him. He was breaking down the boundaries. Elvis was mixing black and white, exciting a huge public, and educating them at the same time as to where this music came from and where it still existed.
He was bringing the hidden, marginalised, excluded America to public attention and making the claiming that not only he but they belonged in the mainstream. In the s I had to suffer the accusations that Elvis was a racist and a cultural appropriator who made millions on the back of black artists who were infinitely more talented than he. Try living history in context instead of rewriting it to fit your dumb politics. Elvis was Im A Roustabout (Previously Unreleased) - Elvis Presley - Elvis 2nd To None (Vinyl more of a liberator than any of these critics.
I always loved Christmas, always loved the shows, with the Christmas songs. I already remember it in black and white. Of course the film from Holiday Inn is in black and white. And we only had a black and white television. Classic carols, rocking around the Christmas tree, a bit of blues, and some stunning gospel. I do, of course, love Christmas. It goes without saying that it was another chart topper.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America RIAAthe album, including its reissues, has sold more than 17 million copies in the United States alone, and millions more that I cannot be bothered to count all over the world, making it the best-selling Christmas album of all time in both the United States and the world. And now you hear what all the fuss was about.
Of course, had you been there you would already have known. These are the hits. In fact, these are the million selling gold records. This is not merely the first greatest hits album in rock and roll history, it is a document which shows you why they crowned Elvis the King.
Elvis is there somewhere in that, too, but he was always about more than that. That said, hit after hit here fall like hammer blows, giving us the message that here is where the action is. Essential Elvis. He liked this one. Dixieland Rock! Great film, too.
And lest it get overlooked, Elvis does have a way with the ballads. There are many standouts here. Try to find the version with the extended duet with Kitty White. This is a compilation, mirroring the very first Elvis album. By now, the pattern is forming. RCA were interested in keeping the albums coming, even though Elvis was now away in the army. The album is a classic. Again, another compilation … six Sun recordings, stunning, by the way alongside four tracks from Jailhouse Rock and one left over and totally out of place from Love me Tender.
Essential recordings, mind. But, at twenty-three minutes, this is an incredibly short album. The company is sacrificing music to marketing and money and, in doing so, are embarked on a strategy that could only be self-defeating in the end. Elvis had succeeded beyond all of the wildest dreams, and was riding high. But this approach risked dividing Elvis up between an adoring public and a discerning public.
This was the lowest charting Elvis LP of the decade, as the previous one had been. You can exhaust the patience and the pockets of the public. Keep short-changing people, and they become shy, and maybe even go away. Those damned films were already in the way. Bizarrely, I read that this album received a fairly mixed critical reception. The New York Times called the record "drab and lacklustre. High Fidelity magazine said: "Presley obviously finds it hard to record his old gusto Perhaps [the recordings] are the first attempts to master new styles.
Unfortunately the album sold relatively poorly, justcopies in the US. Does it matter? Music is music. What they did seem to like was films …. OK, I have a soft spot for this album. My mother bought me this one some time inand I remember her pulling it out of the drawer carefully, as a surprise. My brother received Blue Hawaii at the same time. Two choices which represent the middle of the road in Elvis fandom.
Where's the rock'n'roll?! The album is jaunty enough. In retrospect … the meeting of the blues and the army, putting something vital to a military marching beat, is something of a car crash.
It's still far better than the pop of Elvis was miles ahead of the competition. I loved the film and the album in my younger days. I like a waltz, although Elvis steps it up a bit.
We sang this in the school choir. I was good. When I remembered the words. Elvis does it much quicker. GI Blues is for fans only. And it is evident that a distinctively pop-inclined Elvis public was emerging, commanding much greater numbers than those who wanted a rootsier Elvis.
Elvis sang gospel beautifully. His diction and intonation on these songs are perfect and nail the myth of Elvis as a rock'n'roll 'mumbler' as the lie it is. The music here is very formal and restrained, and perfectly enunciated. Elvis is often parodied for slurring his words. It was gospel melisma. The diction is crisp and clear and perfect.
Another number one. Lose the definition and the profile, and the audience gets confused, loses track, and loses interest. This is actually a proper album, not a random collection that tries to cover all bases.
Perhaps too sophisticated and too sedate. Many critics point to the influence of Chet Atkins on the production here, steering Elvis in the direction of the sixties Nashville sound. The alternates reveal Elvis in livelier mood, swinging the music much more. There is a point when smooth and clean becomes a little soporific. The edge has gone missing on the music. Elvis is echoing his past best. Frankly, the kids are gonna get bored.
Elvis the professional, the sophisticated pop artist expanding into light country inflected ballads. Elvis was better, and also better than this. Production was curtailing his sound. Elvis as a beach boy. The ballads were nice, mind, and Elvis is in beautiful voice. Can so many millions of Elvis fans be wrong?
Yes, they can, and the problem is not so much here as with the template it set for later films and soundtracks. Elvis carries on perfecting that brand of sophisticated high quality pop that blends rhythm, country, and ballads. Elvis is way better on the ballads. He just needed to have done much more of this. Or, he needed to have included the singles material into the albums to strengthen their quality and impact. Elvis plays 20 year old Glenn Tyler who almost kills his brother played by Red West in a fight.
His punishment is to live with his uncle and cousin played by Tuesday Weld and see a psychiatrist played by Hope Lange. Wild in the Country was a movie Elvis actually liked as it was a far more literary script than most, although he was not too thrilled with the added songs.
It was a movie with quite a different formula from the rest with three love interests and just four songs. His three love interests all represent a different path. Glenn can play it LP) with his childhood sweetheart Betty Lee or take a risk with Nory his temptress cousin who has a baby or go a completely different way with the something Irene who opened the door to a life beyond the crappy jobs in a small town full of narrow minded people.
In Loving You and King Creolehe went with the younger. I like everything about this movie, LP) the literary theme. All the books! I love that Glenn carries books in his suitcase, much like Elvis did later on. And I love the college library scene when Glen is so excited to be surrounded by all the books. There is nothing about Wild in the Country I would change, not even the songs.
They do not bother me at all. There are two scenes I especially like. The hotel scene with Glenn and Irene is SO hot! As is the scene with Glenn and Nory slow dancing at the fair on her birthday. There are two lines I especially like. Wild in the Country was directed by Philip Dunne, who was better known as an award winning screenplay writer.
Later on he became a speechwriter for JFK. The movie was adapted from J. Inan abridged version came out with the title Wild in the Country after the movie was released. Clifford Odets, who was one of the greatest playwrights of the s specializing in socially conscious dramas, wrote the screenplay for Wild in the Country.
The character of Glenn Tyler was loosely based on Thomas Wolfe. Odets had written over pages and was fired two weeks before filming began, so Director Philip Dunne had to finish the screenplay while filming and directing the movie.
Hope Lange also wrote some of the screenplay, rewriting her own dialogue. The original title was Lonely Manwhich was one of the songs that was cut after the title was changed to Wild in the Country. The book starts when Jim is an infant. It takes place in Charlottesville, VA. In the book, Jim is an artist not a writer and Irene is a teacher, not a psychiatrist. The book has no trial scenes.
I update more as I finish the book. Wild in the Country has a great cast especially the female leads. During filming, she broke her wrist slapping Elvis well Glenn actually in a scene. I was fortunate to meet Millie during Elvis Week At a meet and greet, she signed my copy of the original abridged book Wild in the Country.
The part of Irene Sperry was supposed to be played by Simone Signoret, who was actually middle aged, but she wanted too much money. Muirwhich I used to watch when I was little. Elvis liked Hope so much that he actually stocked his bar with vodka for her, where he usually never had alcohol in the house. Tuesday was also filming Return to Peyton Place at the same time she was filming Wild in the Country. She brought her white German Shepherd dog with her on set, which was against studio regulations.
Lockwood also had a role in Splendor in the Grassanother one of my favorites. Christina is the adopted daughter of Joan Crawford and the author of Mommie Dearest. He was a gold medal Olympic decathlon in the games in Rome. In Johnson, along with Rosy Grier, apprehended Sirhan Sirhan after he shot Bobby Kennedy, as they were a part of his campaign detail.
He was in the opening scene fighting with Glenn and then at the end of the movie he propositions Irene outside of the court house. Ironically, his hair is dark in this movie, not red. It was her film debut. While on location, they all stayed at the Casa Bellvue-al Hotel. Exterior scenes were filmed in and around Napa Valley, California including Calistoga and at the University of California at Los Angeles where 75 students were hired as extras.
Helena, California. While in Napa, side trips were made to San Francisco on Saturday nights staying at the Mark Hopkins Hotel and watching football on Sundays then driving back Sunday nights. Elvis and guys stayed at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel during this time. Elvis also socialized a lot with Tuesday Weld and Hope Lange, which was rare for him as he did not usually socialize with Hollywood folks. On November 26th, Elvis and the guys took a weekend trip to Las Vegas.
During filming, Elvis had a huge boil on his butt. Even after it was lanced, it was still very painful for Elvis to sit. Elvis received a platinum watch from RCA to commemorate his having sold 75 million records. He and Elvis decided to do a benefit concert in Hawaii in March, while they were there making his next movie Blue Hawaii. After, Elvis sat a table for hours in the motel and signed autographs and took photos for all the local kids who hounded him during filming.
Filming ended in mid Januarybut Elvis was called back in February to reshoot the ending. The second ending that was shot and kept has Irene survive her suicide attempt. In many books I have read, it says the movie ended with Glenn on the train opening a letter Irene gave him saying his first story had been published. I have never seen this ending. In my version of Wild in the CountryIrene sees Glenn to the train station, he gets on the train then we see him walking up the steps at the college.
Wild in the Country premiered in Memphis June 15, and opened nationally on June 22, Elvis did not attend the premiere. This is the only Elvis movie that did not make money. The Colonel wanted six songs in the movie, but only four made it in. None of the four songs in the movie was released as a single. Elvis recorded two versions, a high key and a low key.
It was unreleased for years in the s. Ben Weisman wrote more than 50 songs for Elvis. It is my 6th favorite movie, one of the eleven Elvis movies I watch all the time. I think LP) Hawaii is what started the beach movie crazy in the s, or was at least paved the way. It is a gorgeous movie to watch with all those vibrant colors, just seems more alive than other movies.
Hawaii had just become the 50th state inand Blue Hawaii sort of doubled as advertisement. Before Elvis started filming Blue Hawaiihe did a benefit concert to raise money for the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor — this would be his last live performance for seven years. Unfortunately, Angela did not feel the same and has been quoted as saying Blue Hawaii was the low point of her career. Like with GI Bluesthe movie led to the sales of the soundtrack album, which led back to the sale of movie tickets.
Blue Hawaii contained 14 songs, more than any other Elvis movie. Elvis plays Chad short for Chadwick Gates, who just returns to his wealthy family after two years in the army. His parents want Chad to work in the family pineapple business, but Chad has other plans a tour guide with the help of his girlfriend Maile. The Colonel suggested Hawaii as a location for an Elvis movie back in while Elvis was still in the army in Germany because of the popularity of Hawaiian music.
This was the second Elvis movie directed by Norman Taurog. It was, however, the first one written by former newspaperman Allan Weiss. Weiss who went on to write screenplays for five other Elvis movies: Girls!
Bing plays a PR man hired by a pineapple company to escort the Pineapple Queen contest winner around the islands of Hawaii. The famous wedding scene was shot on Kauai at the Coco Palms Resort Hotel, which had been in operation since closed in after Hurricane Iniki. While filming, Elvis took golf lessons from pro Gary Player.
Filming was always difficult because of the throngs of fans trying to get to Elvis. Extra security guards were around all the time. Besides difficulty with filming, Elvis could not go out and visit the tourist sites like he wanted. Patti appeared as an extra in a canoe in one of the beach scenes. Rain caused delay in filming one day, then the weather broke so they had limited time to get this shot of Elvis coming out of the water. Elvis removed his watch and the scene was redone.
Filming in Hawaii was finished by April 17, Then the cast and crew went back to Hollywood, California and continued filming on Paramount Studios until May 23, Alan Fortas wrote they had the most fun making Blue Hawaii. Joan and Elvis dated in real life.
They first met a few years before Blue Hawaii at Paramount Studios while Elvis was doing Loving You and their romance was on and off for about a year until left Elvis for Germany. She sang in the movie, but if you notice Joan is not heard on the soundtrack at all as the soundtrack was recorded in Hollywood before filming on the movie began.
Joan said Elvis liked her singing a lot when they would sing together off set. Joan said she is reminded of their connection every time she hears that song. Plus Joan saw Elvis in Vegas years later, so it was the last song he sang and that was the last time she ever saw him.
Elvis was a very busy boy while filming. This ended when Wallis enforced a 10pm curfew on them after they were showing up on set with bags under their eyes. Darlene Thompkins, who I was lucky enough to meet at Elvis Week orplayed Patsy one of the girls Chad was showing around Hawaii.
Darlene also played Ms. I have also read that her relationship with Frank Sinatra had something to do with her not reporting for work on another Elvis movie. Juliet Prowse was then put on suspension at Fox Studios. Flora K. Howard McNear, who played Mr. Chapman the boss at the tourist agency, also famously played Floyd the barber on The Andy Griffith Showone of my favorites.
McNear also played in two other Elvis movies. John Stevers in Fun in Acapulco. He also played Chen with Elvis in Girls! Steve Brodie played Tucker Garvey, the troublemaker who gets into a fight with Chad at the bar. Richard Reeves, who played the harmonica in the jail scene, also had roles in four other Elvis movies. Blue Hawaii opened nationally on November 22, On that same date two years later, President Kennedy would be assassinated.
Blue Hawaii also ranked in at InBlue Hawaii was rereleased together with GI Bluesfurthering rumors that it was sort of a sequel. InBlue Hawaii was used by the City of Honolulu to open every weekend movie festival show on a big screen on Waikiki Beach.
Did Blue Hawaii start the beach movie craze of the s? Joan Blackman says yes and no other beach movies come close to Blue Hawaii. But the first beach movie was actually two years before Blue Hawaii. It was Gidget in spawning two sequels, the first was in titled Gidget Goes Hawaiian coincidence?
They would star in many more. Since his two previous dramatic movies Flaming Star and Wild in the Country which neither had soundtracks were not financially successful, the Colonel used the great financial success of Blue Hawaii movie and soundtrack album and the success of GI Blues move and soundtrack album to convince Elvis his fans preferred him in musical comedies, which sadly they did.
Elvis had just signed a five year contract with Hal Wallis just before filming Blue Hawaiiso he was stuck doing whatever they wanted. Elvis was already committed to his next two movies Follow That Dream and Kid Galahad these two also had no soundtracksso there was nothing they could do about those but after that it was travelogue after travelogue. Elvis recorded all the songs in three nights in Hollywood on March 21, 22 and 23 before filming started.
It was listed by Billboard as the second biggest selling album of the s behind West Side Story. It was nominated for a Grammy in for Best Soundtrack. Elvis wore his famous gold lame jacket and sang 19 songs. Two days after the benefit concert, Elvis began filming Blue Hawaii. It is still not on my rotation of 11 Elvis movies I watch all the time, but I can appreciate it now. The bank scene is especially funny, and I literally laugh out loud when I watch it.
Did you notice Joe Esposito as a bank teller and Red West as a security guard? Follow That Dream is a sweet, funny, albeit goofy, movie that I will watch more often now as I have probably only watched it a handful of times.
Gordon Douglas ended up directing the movie and was the only person to have directed both Elvis and Frank Sinatra. Douglas invited Elvis out for dinner during filming, but the Colonel put a stop to it.
Gamblers move in next to them and mayhem ensues. Elvis of course plays Toby Kwimper the son recently home from the army, out on disability. A rarity in his movies, Elvis is not the focal point of each scene but rather a part of an ensemble. Maybe life imitating art again as teenage Priscilla came to live with Elvis and his family at Graceland?
Elvis and Anne dated during filming. Anne says she was not a fan of Elvis prior to filming and did not meet him until they were on location in Florida. She said Elvis brought flowers to her cabin on her first day and they went for a drive and immediately hit it off. Joe Esposito tells a different story. This proved to be false when her stomach was pumped at the hospital. Location shooting for Follow That Dream began on July 6, and filming began on July 11 continuing through August 28, The studio had to actually build a beach and hauled palm trees into Crystal River.
With temperatures over degrees, Elvis had to change his shirt 22 times in one day. Interiors were shot in the courthouse in Inverness and a bank in Ocala. Filming was delayed while it was removed. Elvis and his friends stayed at the Port Paradise Hotel, situated on a little lagoon out in Crystal Bay which opened up to the Gulf of Mexico.
Each room had a little kitchen where Joe Esposito and Alan Fortas would cook Elvis breakfast each morning. In fact, they would purposely argue loudly while making breakfast as a way to wake up Elvis. Gambling was illegal in Florida, so they had difficulties obtaining two dice tables and other gambling equipment until one day a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a couple of anonymous gamblers showed up and saved the day.
Elvis visited these Natural Springs to watch the Mermaids perform in the Underwater Theater, which they did eight shows a day to a million people a year. It was during this time, Dee told Elvis she was pregnant, but several months later she said had a miscarriage. He was 11 years old at the time. Petty visited his uncle on set and got a chance to to meet Elvis.
It was those records that inspired Tom Petty to become a musician as well as a lifelong Elvis fan. Compared to the great success of Blue Hawaiiit was clear the ticket buying audience preferred Elvis in light hearted romantic comedies with lots of songs. Elvis recorded six songs and around 38 takes in just three hours between 7pm and 10pm. I would watch it even more, but it is the only one of my favorites that is not available to stream online, so I have to actually put the dvd in to watch it.
Kid Galahad does not get much publicity, is barely discussed and is rarely shown even though it is good movie with a real plot and a good cast that mixes drama, comedy and music well.
Like Wild in the Countryit is a movie I would watch even if Elvis was not in it — but then again I love s dramas. Kid Galahad does not rely on Elvis in every scene.
It is also the last Elvis movie for six years that was based on a book until Live a Little, Love a Little 18 movies later. The screenplay for Kid Galahad was written by William Fay. It was based on the novel of the same name by Frances Wallace in I have the book but have yet to read it. It also starred Eddie Albert and Sylvia Sidney. Elvis originally wanted Michael Cortiz to direct as he directed the original Kid Galahad in as well as King Creolebut instead Phil Karson was the director.
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