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The Love Machine

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Words & Music: G. Nelson/ F. Burch/ C. Taylor
Step right up to the love machine
You may get lucky when you zap a dream
Let the wheel go round, round and round
You may win that girl you've never found

She may be Suzy or Maybelline
She could be Cathy or Angeline
Let the wheel go round, round and round
Try your luck right now on the love machine

We're just a bunch of salty sailors
One thing on our mind
Takin' a chance on this machine
Maybe love we'll find
She maybe tall she maybe short
She may be wide
But Lady Luck stop that wheel
On 38-24-35
Step up, whose next in line
This love machine don't waste no time

Let the wheel go round, round and round
What will your fortune be on the love machine
All right

We're just a bunch of salty sailors
One thing on our mind
Takin' a chance on this machine
Maybe love we'll find
She maybe tall she maybe short
She may be wide
But Lady Luck stop that wheel
On 38-24-35
Step up, whose next in line
This love machine don't waste no time

Let the wheel go round and round and round
And round and round and round and round
What will your fortune be on the love machine

What will your fortune be on the love machine
Recorded: 1966/09/29, first released on EP

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Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 7, 2013report abuse
Good film fodder but erroneously released as a single in the UK. I don't squirm when I hear it, as I like the Presley voice
and it has plenty of energy but I don't play it that often.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 20, 2013report abuse
I think that the songs written by Nelson/Burch (sing you children, love machine,yoga is) were on a publishing firm owned by Scotty Moore, Fernwood Records. That's why Elvis recorded them. As a favour to Scotty. Elvis did that before with "Girl next door went a'walking". It's a pretty lame song.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 22, 2012report abuse
I prefer "Love Machine" over "Yellow Submarine" and "Octopus' Garden" any day.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 21, 2012report abuse
fun movie song. Nothing more.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 21, 2012report abuse
I was lucky to be around in 56 when Elvis cared about his career. Regardless of it benig a film song or not, Elvis had the choice of rejecting this kind of stuff and putting his foot down.Absolute cack!
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2012report abuse
As long as Elvis was doing great material I didn't mind him doing silly songs. I actually like "The Love Machine" but it will never match the great stuff he put out.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 15, 2012report abuse
The are some moments where the bad catch your attention. For no particular reason, that happened to me with this song. It’s a bad song. But I like.
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 15, 2012report abuse
I like the alternate release of ths number. I like it only because of the era it was recorded, the mid to late sixties. i like Elvis" voice here and the music. BUT! I do have to say the lyrics are just down right cringe worthy ! Could have been a good song if it had been about something else and not women on the game advertised on a spinning wheal ! Jezzzz !
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 28, 2010report abuse
I think Elvis sells it, I really do. I know it's nowhere near the level of material that the great Elvis Presley should have been doing, it's not as good as what the Beatles and Bob Dylan were doing at the time, etc etc etc. But while I know we have to recognize these low points, in part to fully appreciate the brilliant comeback and return to form of 1968, I still get some enjoyment out of this track. I still remember trying to memorize the words so I could sing along to this when I was 10 or 11. I don't play it often now, and if it comes on and I am not alone, I skip it. But if it's just me and it pops up on my iPod... I still sing along loudly and have great time doing it!
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2010report abuse
When Love Machine was released I remember thinking that future releases couldn't get any worse. I regret to say, bad as this release was, I was wrong, and we had Rca releasing singles that even failed to reach the Uk top 50. Thankfully '1968' arrived with Elvis re-inventing himself with recordings more fitting for the 'king'.
Swen (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2010report abuse
A "song" in no way worthy of "The King of Popular Music"!
TBG (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2010report abuse
A lot of movie songs are being bashed just because it's a movie song. There's a lot of movie songs I like, but several of them are recorded on a sound stage making it sound bad. Songs from Double Trouble and Frankie and Johnny are a perfect example. I like several of the songs, but it's hard to enjoy the good songs because of the lousy sound on these recordings. This song however, "The Love Machine", deserves all the negative comments. There's not many songs that can compete with the bad lyrics, maybe "Britches" or "Song of The Shrimp". "The Love Machine" is an embarassing sequence to watch, I wonder what they had to do to Elvis to make him record this s**t. However I like "You Gotta Stop" from that movie. Again, bad soundwise, but had it been recorded in a studio with better arrangement it could have been a nice addition to any release.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2010report abuse
Absolute '****! What the hell were RCA thinking of putting this out as a single?
Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2010report abuse
At this point in his career Elvis may as well have asked his fans to pitch their song ideas to him rather than rely on the monkeys with typewriters who came up with rubbish like this. You can smell the bottom of the barrel off somgs like this and Yoga Is As oh God I can't even be bothered finishing the title off. Eugh!
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 25, 2010report abuse
For all of you movie critics who hate when Elvis sings to children or sings a sappy love song or sings a humorous song like "Who Needs Money" or "He's Your Uncle, Not Your Dad", I understand what you are saying, but I disagree. With this song in this movie, I understand and agree 100%. This was a pointless scene in a poor movie and the song on record is not very enjoyable. Why did RCA release this as a single in the U.K.??? Most of the times the situational songs worked well in the movies and listening to them on record brings back a pleasant memory from the movie. On this one, it brings back perhaps the memory of the most sexist and dull movie performance of Elvis' movie career.
EspenK (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2009report abuse
It's funny, Elvis is remarkably bored and uninspired on this track... And that is probably why I love it! Yup, this song is ranked high on my personal Elvis chart. He sounds "different" (read: bored) than the usual Elvis, and I think that is the reason it catched my attention immediately.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2009report abuse
This is a recording by the 'Famous' Elvis Presley. Yet it only reached #38 in the Uk charts. Elvis's career was in free fall in 1967. Look at his other Uk chartings. Love Machine's followup was Long Legged Girl which only just made it to #49, then 2 none charting singles with There's Always Me & You Don't Know Me. Thankfully 1968 saw Elvis take more to do with recordings & releases. We had Guitar Man at #19, US Male at #15 which proved that Elvis could still bring out chart material. Soon '69 would bring us If I Can Dream, In the Gheto, Suspicious Minds etc and Love Machine was soon forgotten.
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2009report abuse
I think I would take Hard Days Night over any of the terrible mindless Elvis soundtracks. I was watching a TV show in which they compared a meal to Elvis career. Started out gangbusters went stedily downhill & died on the toilet. This crap tarnishes a great singer. This is why he is ridiculed today.How anyone can defend these stupid songs.?Why because they were written into a certain scene? Why not write better scenes & songs.?
jack409 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2009
Invisible because there were too many capitals in the text
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2009report abuse
You gotta wonder about the fans who give this song a pass. Its those fans who probably think this is better than anything The Beatles ever recorded simply because Elvis sang it. Fit the movie? A bunch of sailors singing about a roulette machine with women on it? Yes that scene was really necessary in the movie. Movie - total garbage. Song - ditto.
Steve Morse (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2009report abuse
Probably Elvis's worst single ever. Yes, Elvis sounds bored and it's hardly surprising. The song is garbage. It may fit the movie scene, but the movie scene is ridiculous, totally unbelievable and embarrassing to watch. I seldom put down the movie songs, but am pleased to make an exception here. Absolutely nothing redeems it.
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2009report abuse
On 38-24-35 ??? Are these figures related to numbers on a gambling machine ?Never seen the movie. Well, I guess the better combination is 90-60-90 ;-) And qualitiywise: If the outtakes are even worse, the had no choice but to take the best of them for the Master.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 7, 2008report abuse
Typical example of movie crap !!!
dressingroomrehearsa (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 7, 2008report abuse
elvis sings for grownup children too ¦-)
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 7, 2008report abuse
I like this song; specially if you compare it to other moviesongs from that year.
Clambake67 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2008report abuse
I love this song and happens to be 1 of my favorite movie tunes! Funny song with some suggestive lyrics for a movie tune.
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2008report abuse
'Innocent movie fluff' Thats just the problem. This was the King of Rock n Roll we are talking about. The guy who sang 'Trouble' in King Creole. Now in 1966 he was reduced to this dog crap while everyone else was making hipper & better records even Sinatra. Emabarassing lyrics (just read them!) and a bad vocal. Terrible all around.
samcra (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2008report abuse
It's an ok song I guess, but it certaintly doesn't rank up there with 'Old McDonald'.
Dan (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2008report abuse
I happen to like this song. Yes, mindless fun, but one of the snappier tunes from the film..
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2008report abuse
It's just a piece of mindless, situational movie fluff. It's certainly no great shakes, but taken as is I don't have a problem with it. Kind of enjoy it actually.
Viva (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2008report abuse
A fun track, I love to hear it. Not Grammy award material, but who cares? I have fond memories of hearing this for the first time, and seeing the King on TV singing this track, I loved it when I was a kid, and I don't see why I shouldn't love it now.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2008report abuse
Listen to Elvis. Hear how bored he sounds. The outtakes are even worse. This is dreadful stuff for the guy that changed music only 10 years before.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2008report abuse
Given the setting of the musical type of movie it fits in according to the storyboard. However that is as far as it goes.
FLASHBOY (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2008report abuse
Elvis Presley was not made for singing this kind of song cause he was the greatest of all entertainer.
An awful song that does not match with Elvis talent.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2008report abuse
For a movie song, I don't think it's that bad !...I even enjoy listening to it !
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2008report abuse
An awful dated choice for a single when first released and still horrendous today

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