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Viva Las Vegas [Import]

Elvis Presley Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (June 1, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B003JLJRO2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Viva Las Vegas Remaster is a dream come true!!!! February 13, 2010
Format:Audio CD
For the first time ever, rock n' roll aficionados are treated to Elvis's best 1960's soundtrack in stunning sound quality.

While most of his soundtrack material is ably covered on Elvis At The Movies, there are certain soundtrack albums by the King that need further exploration. Of his 1960's fare, Viva Las Vegas is undoubtedly the strongest offering and needs to be heard completely, as it offers some real rocking gems that often get overlooked in the Presley catalogue. This cd starts off with the Iconic title track, "Viva Las Vegas" and quickly moves into possibly the best-ever cover of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say", rather than simply attempting a straight copy of Charles down and dirty hipster-jive as so many other artists have done, Elvis creates quite a different atmosphere than the Charles original. He speeds it up to a rollicking (but oh-so dancable) pace, and adds a polish that makes the song self-consciously hip in a very different way from the Charles standard.

Following "What'd I Say" is the Red West-penned "If You Think I Don't Need You", a nice rock ditty that finishes a blistering three song set before settling into the cool and lonely evening sounds of "I Need Somebody To Lean On", a jazzy vocal ballad reminiscent of Sinatra's Capitol period. Other album highlights are "C'mon Everybody" and "Night Life", two catchy mid-60's rockers that need alot more rotation than they get, and two duets with Ann Margaret, a very steamy version of Lieber and Stoller's "You're The Boss" and the infectious back and forth of "The Lady Loves Me".

The only real throwaway on the CD in the pointless "Do The Vega". Even "The Eyes Of Texas" has a certain charm that justifies it's inclusion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great...for the price..... March 12, 2010
By M. Reid
Format:Audio CD
To my ears, this does not touch the FTD deluxe issue for sound quality-that is still the standard. However, this is the first "regular" release of this soundtrack on it's own, and it is great for the price. These masters seem to be the ones used for the first vinyl issue of this soundtrack back in the 80s. It sounds fine-until you compare it to the FTD-which sounds like it was recorded this morning. Also-the artwork suffers from a bad transfer-could they not get access to the same elements used for the FTD release? It looks pale and blurry, and the back contains no additional art, unlike the other budget-priced soundtrack releases from Jan '10. The hardcore Elvis collector cannot do without the FTD deluxe version of this soundtrack-the casual fan will be happy with this.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis and Ann-Margret burn up the Las Vegas strip January 26, 2010
Format:Audio CD
There are a number of commonly held misconceptions about Elvis Presley's film career: Elvis couldn't act, his movies were all throwaways, and the soundtracks were populated entirely with substandard material. But key films in the King's catalog show that he could indeed act, if called upon, there are several high-quality dramatic and musical films in Elvis' oeuvre, alongside many good lightweight romantic musical comedies, and his soundtracks are laced with hits and terrific albums sides. To measure the highpoints of Elvis' soundtrack catalog by virtue of the low points (of which there are admittedly many) is to miss out on a valuable dimension of Presley's musical career.

1964's Viva Las Vegas was Elvis' fifteenth film, and remains a favorite among fans for the electricity generated between Elvis and co-star Ann-Margret. For once Elvis was matched by an actress who could sing and dance with the same heat he brought to the screen, and the film featured some of the best songs that had been written or corralled for an Elvis film vehicle. With all that going for it, it's anyone's guess why RCA so completely fumbled the soundtrack's release. At the time of the film's debut the title track was issued as a single, backed with Elvis' smoking cover of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say," and a four-song EP whose cover is reproduced for this CD. The rest of the soundtrack's songs were scattered among numerous Elvis albums over subsequent months and years, with several (including two duets with Ann-Margret) held in the vaults until after Elvis' death. Ann-Margret's two solo numbers finally turned up on a Bear Family box set of her recordings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Mr. Anesini, I would like to thank you for doing such a great job in the re-mastering of the 8 new Elvis Sony Special Products Soundtrack releases! They couldn't sound better! These soundtracks were previously released on CD in the "Double Features" series in the early '90's and the mixing and sound quality did not sound very good in most cases, and the stereo separation was poor as well. These new CD's sound crystal clear, and the mix on all of them sound just like they did on the original LP's, which is the way they SHOULD sound! The stereo separation sounds brilliant as well! I would just like to point out one thing: On the "Fun In Acapulco" CD, the song "El Toro" has a slight break (or distortion) in the opening intro. I was wondering if this might be due to some kind of fault in the mastering process. I was a little dissapointed, because the rest of the CD sounds absolutely perfect, except for this. This isn't what you would call a major defect, but still, it is a bit annoying to hear it this way. Is this a problem that could be corrected in future pressings? I doubt that this could be a defect in the original master tape. If you listen to the song on the "Double Features" series, it sounds fine. I'm hoping that somehow you will see this message and have this problem corrected, if at all possible. Anyway, thanks again for doing such a great job mastering these CD's and for making them sound so good! I'm hoping to see the rest of Elvis' soundtracks released on CD in the near future, and I hope you will be doing the re-mastering on them as well!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved all the songs!
Knew all the songs because just recently watched it for the first time! Very cool! I could picture the movie during each of the songs.
Published 5 months ago by sunshine4mrb
5.0 out of 5 stars ELVIS IS THE GREATEST!!!!
OH, MY GOSH! ARE YOU SERIOUS?!! ELVIS SINGS BEAUTIFULLY AND HURTS YOUR EYES TO LOOK AT HIM, HE WAS SO HANDSOME!!!!!!
Published 6 months ago by DJLiving
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL SOUNDTRACK !
NICE ELVIS' CD CONTAINING VIVA LAS VEGAS TERRIFIC SOUNDTRACK !

WONDERFUL MUSIC WITH AN AFFORDABLE PRICE FROM AMAZON = HAPPY ELVIS' FAN !
Published 9 months ago by Silvia Regina T.Barbosa
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis and Ann-Margret
Lots of great songs here that were also in the movie. The two cuts with Elvis & Ann-Margret are great. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Roger Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for collectors.
This is a must for Elvis collectors, there are only but 2 songs from this Cd that I do not have till I purchased this Cd. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Better Elvis Soundtracks
I'm not a huge fan of the Elvis soundtracks but I will say that I may have wore out this CD from playing it soo much. Read more
Published on December 26, 2011 by Stefan Todorovic
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Elvis's better soundtracks
I have always liked Viva Las Vegas, in part for its nostalgic scenes from a city that is constantly reinventing itself. Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by Amazonaddict
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Las Vegas (Soundtrack)
Wonderful. Listening to the CD brought back memories of times gone by. Very fast shipping.
Published on September 13, 2010 by Hilsgal
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Time Coming
this music all in one package has been a long time coming.it was music of the time and still very enjoyable today.
Published on June 9, 2010 by David L. Banes
3.0 out of 5 stars between the Army and the Comeback Special
It's really not that bad. In fact, this is another instance where 1/2 a star more would be more appropriate. it's really not either a 3 or a 4. Read more
Published on March 2, 2010 by Jay Boco
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