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Live a Little/Charo/Trouble With Girl

3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Almost in Love
  2. A Little Less Conversation
  3. Wonderful World
  4. Edge of Reality
  5. A Little Less Conversation [Album Version]
  6. Charro!
  7. Let's Not Forget About the Stars
  8. Clean Up Your Own Backyard
  9. Swing Down, Sweet Chariot
  10. Signs of the Zodiac [#]
  11. Almost
  12. The Whiffenpoof Song [#]
  13. Violet [#]
  14. Clean Up Your Own Backyard [Undubbed Version][#]
  15. Almost [Undubbed Version][#]
  16. Have a Happy
  17. Let's Be Friends
  18. Change of Habit
  19. Let Us Pray
  20. Rubberneckin'

Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (March 28, 1995)
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B000002WSN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Elvis's movie career, especially the mid to late 1960s output, has long been the favorite whipping boy of critics. Of the King's many cinematic endeavors from this era, few elicit more scorn and ridicule than the four featured on this collection: 1968's "Live a Little, Love a Little" and the three 1969 releases, "Charro!", "The Trouble with Girls (and How to Get into It) and "Change of Habit." Given this negative stigma, it is not surprising that the music associated with these four films have been virtually ignored by all but the most uncompromising Elvis fan. This is unfortunate because as evidenced by the four soundtracks compiled on this version of "Elvis: Double Features", the quartet of films featured some very underrated songs. This disc contains 20 tracks representing an eclectic grouping of Presley recordings that is more diverse than any collection this side of an all encompassing boxed set. Soft love ballads, upbeat sing-alongs, social minded mantras, and a couple of unreleased tracks highlight this collection. The movie "Live a Little" offers two top-notch performances: the bluesy "Edge of Reality" (B-Side of the 1968 hit "If I Can Dream) and the underappreciated "A Little Less Conversation", another 1968 single that achieved very mediocre chart position. Both performances sound fresh and each has a gritty drive far removed from what was usually found on Presley soundtracks. "Charro!", a movie best remembered as the one in which Elvis sported a full beard and delivered just one song (during the film's opening credits) offers up two gems. In the title track, Elvis's strong vocals are backed by the magnificent Hugo Montenegro Orchestra, and the combination delivers a classic, albeit, cliché laden western movie love ballad.Read more ›
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As Elvis' movies matured in their content, the songs improved as well. This CD includes all the songs included and recorded for Elvis' last four movies and suprise, it is very good.
The songs from "Live a Little, Love a Little" are an odd mixture and quite different from Elvis' previous soundtracks. While this movie contained, as almost every Elvis movie did, a love ballad(s) and a rocker(s), the songs are smarter and geared to a more adult audience. The love ballad "Almost In Love", a song with an unusual tempo, is sung in a very deep voice and while not one of Elvis' best ballads, it is still above average. "Little Less Conversation", the rocker, has mean lyrics and Elvis is perfect for this type of song. Two versions of this song appear on this CD, the original 1968 single version and the version that appeared on the RCA / Camden budget LP "Almost In Love". "Wonderful World", a feel good ballad that should have been released as a single, and "Edge Of Reality" an unusual, interesting and indescribable ballad, are the remaings songs from this movie.
While only one song was included in the movie "Charro!", that being the title song, there was another song recorded for the movie that was not in the final print of the film. "Let's Forget About The Stars" is a fine ballad in which urges his love to forgot about astrology and follow her heart. The title song is passionately sung and one the few story ballads Elvis recorded.
The songs from "The Trouble With Girls" are an even odder mixute than the ones from "Live A Little..
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Here are Elvis' final soundtrack entries, and it's interesting to realize that as his interest in movie-making waned, the quality of the product came up more than a notch. The roles fit his age and generally he did a fine job in the acting department, and a *very* fine job singing. His vocals are strong, especially when the material is good - i.e. on the uptempo, contemporary "Edge of Reality" from "Live A Little..."; "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" from "The Trouble With Girls"; and the title tune to "Change of Habit". The lone number for "Charro" is its' musical namesake and is very well-produced, but Elvis' vocal is not what it could have been. Another low-key effort is for "Let's Forget About The Stars", a tired "beat ballad", if you will, a song which is reported to be from the session for the Western "Charro". The tune would have fit a scene from the light musical "Live A Little..." when the subject of Astrology comes up at a party. [Presley experts, do you think Elvis could have carried this possibly planned but unrecorded "Live A Little..." number to the "Charro" session?] For me, the highlight in this collection is "Swing Down, Sweet Chariot" from "The Trouble...", an actual Presley remake of a song from his "His Hand In Mine" album. This '68 rendition of a song he also did *live* at the '61 Hawaiian Benefit Concert (see "Elvis Aron Presley" boxed set from 1980) is a bit livelier. [**** for Elvis collectors / ** for casual fans = a solid ***].
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