Review: Girl Happy Soundtrack CD | Sony Special Products 2010
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Girl Happy single CD in Jewel case. The sound quality is superb on this, and all the Sony Special Products Soundtrack releases. If you like the Girl Happy soundtrack then you will not be disappointed.
Girl Happy was an excellent outing for Elvis.
The movie actually made sense as Elvis was a singer who was sent to Florida to look after his boss’ daughter who was there for spring break. Shelley Fabares played the daughter and while the chemistry between her and Elvis may not have been of the Ann-Margret caliber, I do consider her to be number two on my list of Elvis’ romantic movie interests. Shelley could act, she could sing and she looked fabulous.
The soundtrack from the movie was issued March 1, 1965 and reached Number 8 on the national charts and earned Elvis another Gold Record. The music is strong and works well within the context of the film and on its own as a stand alone album. The song, 'Girl Happy' is a fine up-tempo pop number that still makes a person smile 40-plus years later. Elvis is in fine vocal form as he belts out what could have been a successful single release. It is vocals that like this one by which Elvis should be remembered. 'Spring Fever', in the movie, was a duet between Shelley Fabares and Elvis. The album release contained just an Elvis vocal. The duet was superior and did not surface as an official release until it was added as a CD bonus song decades later.
Four more songs conclude the first side of the original LP release. 'Startin’ Tonight' 'Wolf Call' and even 'Fort Lauderdale Chamber Of Commerce' are acceptable pop. Elvis seems to be inspired and really trying as the vocals are crisp and the tracks well produced. 'Do Not Disturb' is an excellent ballad in the Presley tradition. All in all this six song set remains one of the best of any contained on his movie soundtracks.
There were two singles released from the album and both probably deserved better than the re-action they received from the record buying public. 'Do The Clam' only reached the top twenty for Elvis. The song is not as bad as the title implies. It was a bongo (yes bongo) driven up-tempo song that worked. It even came with a picture sleeve that is quite rare today. 'Puppet On A String' may not have been as strong but was certainly better than many of the mid-sixties songs that graced Elvis’ soundtrack albums. Elvis slows the tempo down and just allows his smooth baritone voice to carry the song along. Girl Happy remains one of the better Elvis Presley movies ranking just below Viva Las Vegas. The soundtrack is also excellent throughout and holds up well. So for an enjoyable evening, grab some popcorn and watch Girl Happy.
The CD releases are;
Roustabout ( View images + Read Review)
G.I Blues ( View images + Read Review)
Viva Las Vegas ( View images + Read Review)
Girls! Girls! Girls! ( View images + Read Review)
Frankie And Johnny ( View images + Read Review)
Clambake ( View images + Read Review)
Fun In Acapulco ( View images + Review)
01. Girl Happy
02. Spring Fever
03. Fort Lauderdale Chamber Of Commerce
04. Startin' Tonight
05. Wolf Call
06. Do Not Disturb
07. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die
08. The Meanest Girl In Town
09. Do The Clam
10. Puppet On A String
11. I've Got To Find My Baby
12. You'll Be Gone
Review : Roustabout Soundtrack CD - Sony Special Products 2010
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Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.