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Harum Scarum


Harum Scarum
2.6 / 5
Released: 2003/11/10 by FTD
7” format cover, original back and front cover, 3 panel Gatefold sleeve and 8 page booklet with photos and memorabilia.

ElvisNews review

The second set of previously deleted soundtracks albums was re-released on the Follow That Dream label as part of the label’s program to keep Elvis catalogue available for fans. Last and least of this bunch is "Harum Scarum".


The format for these movie re-releases is exactly the same as the previous releases, so nothing new here, and again we compliment Ernst and his team on the beautiful job they did on this package. For those not familiar with the previous releases, this is what you get:

1) 7” format cover (like a single or EP)
2) Original back and front cover
3) 3 panel Gatefold sleeve
4) 8 page booklet with photos and memorabilia
5) Original album with original album EQ
6) Additionally all previously released outtakes (if space permits)
7) Additionally previously unreleased outtakes (if available and space permits)


What can we say? The soundtrack of this movie is as listenable as the movie is watchable. It is a neck to neck race for the worst (Elvis) movie with "Easy Come, Easy Go." But at least the latter has some decent (song) performances in it. Even "Kismet" and "So Close, Yet So Far", that could have been a beautiful ballad, sound boring. The fact that this soundtrack was recorded in Studio B instead of Hollywood could not bring it to a higher level. The only purpose of this soundtrack we can think of is as an opiate.


To us this is nothing more than a cabinet filler. It is a shame The Colonel "made" Elvis ever recording it. Hopefully this is the definitive "Harum Scarum" release we bought.


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Tina S wrote on June 14, 2005
fantistic album (joke) yuk
Rating: 1 / 5
JerryNodak wrote on November 30, 2005
A favorite of mine. Love the Eastern flavor on many of the songs. So Close, Yet So Far is a classic. A vastly underrated album.
Rating: 4 / 5
ger wrote on January 12, 2006
just bad
Rating: 1 / 5
potluck62 wrote on February 12, 2007
Call me weird but,I like this soundtrack,Kismet,Mirage,So Close,Wisdom and Animal Instinct.I agree I like the eastern feel of the music and it was completely different than anything Elvis had ever recorded.
Rating: 3 / 5
Mystery Rider wrote on April 07, 2007
why does it exist.?
Rating: 1 / 5
Cruiser621 wrote on June 04, 2007
Absolute garbage. Could have been recorded much better. No effort, just greed. Save your money.
Rating: 3 / 5
GEORGE (GK) wrote on August 23, 2012
Certainly far from his best, but the soundtrack, does feature some good songs, such as "So Close yet so far" and "Animal Instinct.
Rating: 5 / 5