In the classic soundtrack series FTD releases a soundtrack that was never released as soundtrack, not even on EP. Two of the songs ended up on singles, while the remaining tracks were placed on albums, two of them several years later on the “left overs” compilation Elvis For Everyone.
As usual the design of the cover and booklet are neat. Great publicity shots and memorabilia decorate the background information on the movie, the (out) takes and “behind the scenes”. Okay, we have the little misprint and it is my first CD of Elvis Presely… but in the past the replacements worked fine, so I guess it will this time too.
Beforehand I was a bit skeptic on this release. Only five songs filling a complete CD sounded a bit boring. So the first positive remark I can make is that the CD is playing for the third time now, so it wasn’t that boring to me. I could easily sit out the 63+ minutes.
Some of the 23 (!) previously unreleased outtakes have a pretty different feel from the known versions, although it is never a really spectacular difference. Probably because we had quite some outtakes and of course the alternate masters of Lonely Man and I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell before.
The mix of the only real up tempo song I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell
with the more or less ballads (Forget Me Never
is somewhere in between in my ears) works out pretty well. Husky Dusky Day
is a fun addition for the completists, but I could have lived without it.
The sound quality a crystal clear and shows Elvis’ perfect vocals, which are at the top in 1960 (although I prefer the more mature Elvis from the late 60s, early 70s more myself).
This CD is another proof that you shouldn’t judge without listening. To me it is a nice compilation which is very listenable, and that is not really what I expected it to be. I understand completely if others say “it’s too much of the same”, but next to the collector’s point of view I really enjoyed playing it.