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Album Review

Elvis' movie themes and '60s soundtracks are renowned as the repository for his worst material, fluffy novelties with inane lyrics and uninspired performances. What's more, their genesis usually had everything to do with Elvis' management securing the copyright and publishing, and nothing to do with the recording of strong material. They can't be ignored by anyone however, much less by Elvis fans, since they often resulted in big hits like "Can't Help Falling in Love," "G.I. Blues," and "Viva Las Vegas." Even when they didn't reach the charts, there were still the occasional pleasant throwaways like "Flaming Star," "Follow That Dream," "Rock-A-Hula Baby," "A Little Less Conversation," "Little Egypt," or "Bossa Nova Baby." Elvis at the Movies is a two-disc, 40-track set from RCA that concisely presents most of Elvis' signatory movie songs. This type of compilation has been offered before, most notably in 1995, when RCA assembled a fine movie collection (Command Performances: The Essential 60s Masters II) with more than 20 additional songs than this one, including this set's biggest omission: "Girls! Girls! Girls!" The only new feature that Elvis at the Movies offers is remastering with DSD technology, which does indeed make a noticeable difference compared to previous remastering.

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I din't think I would ever rate a collection of movie songs with five stars, but this collection shows how many excellent tunes were scattered among the muck that even Elvis detested. Of course, the first six tracks are pre-Army songs, when both Elvis' music AND movies were all good. The next seven are from the first two years after the Army when, although movies weren't all that good, the music still was, as Elvis hadn't given in to the Col. Parker machine yet. The next couple of dozen contain a few lemons, but even those demonstrate Elvis' talent for mining some gold our of dross. "Do The Clam" is embarrassing, but it was a minor hit. "Little Egypt" should have been a perfect vehicle for the King, but amidst the whirlwind of films and film soundtracks done in the mid-60s, often three each year, this version lacks passion of Elvis' early and later work. The end of the album offers a handful of works that show a rejuvenated Elvis, following his 1968 comeback, with renewed energy and passion. "A Little Less Conversation," "Clean Up Your Own Backyard," and "Rubberneckin'" were all among his best-kept secrets until two of them were remixed several years ago. At that time, the movie contracts were winding down and he could see the light at the end of the tunnel, with a successful Las Vegas engagement and subsequent national tour on the horizon. It makes one think, "What would Elvis have done, creatively, if the movies had not dominated his career from 1962 to 1968." He might have actually made less money, as movie soundtracks such as "Blue Hawaii" actually sold better than blues/R&B/Pop masterpieces such as 1960s "Elvis is Back," but the latter is what anyone with taste will listen to today. With the exception of his movie music from the 50s, which is all very good or excellent, we can discard most of his movie catalog from the 60s and a compilation such as this will suffice.

Elvis @ the movies rocks on

This stuff's awesome. U gotta love the songs, and u gotta love tracks 1, 3,4,5,6,11,13,14,16,19,20 & 21. That's basically the top half of everything on dis great great great great great album. elvis is da best individual artist EVA!!!!! If it's not elvis, screw most of the individuals besides those in da classic rock category, bands only. You get da idea.

Some Wonderful Stuff

Lots of great and classic tunes, however I wish they had skipped over some real marginal tunes like "Shake That Tamborine" and "This Is My Heaven" and replaced it with much better Elvis movie songs like "City By Night". Nevertheless, a truly worthwhile collection.

Biography

Born: January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, MS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Elvis Presley may be the single most important figure in American 20th century popular music. Not necessarily the best, and certainly not the most consistent. But no one could argue with the fact that he was the musician most responsible for popularizing rock & roll on an international level. Viewed in cold sales figures, his impact was phenomenal. Dozens upon dozens of international smashes from the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s, as well as the steady sales of his catalog and reissues since his death...
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