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who needs the sun sessions?,
This review is from: Harem Holiday/Girl Happy (Audio CD)
as this is a two part cd, so shall this review be. are you ready, kiddies? now it begins!!!
harem scarem is not a good movie. nor is it a good soundtrack. it falls in the category of forgotten elvis, simply because it is neither king-of-rock-&-roll good, nor is it fat-man-on-the-toilet bad, it simply lies there, like a forgotten tuna fish sandwich at the carnival. only three tunes stand out: shake that tambourine is most definitely FMOTT bad; generic rock backing with a cringe worthy lyric. one can almost hear elvis weeping into his hands after recording this. hey little girl would be just another blatant come on from the king to one of his unworthy minions, except for the fact that, in the film, he's actually singing this entendre laden swill TO A LITTLE GIRL, making it rather uncomfortable to listen to (you want easy listening? pat boone is waiting!). & so close yet so far is (no foolin) a great great ballad. one can almost see elvis sigh with relief after getting a decent tune to sing, then pound his fist in exasperation after getting the lead sheet to "go east young man".
girl happy. girl happy is the finest elvis soundtrack ever. girl happy is the finest elvis movie ever. girl happy is the greatest elvis ever. sure, okay, you might dismiss the whole thing as mindless escapism & heresy to compare this slight 20+ minutes of material to the finest the king had to offer, but allow me to rebut with this: you are wrong. nothing touches this. you want great rock & roll with minimal investment in time? meanest girl in town, got to find my baby, & startin tonight all fit your bill-not a one over two minutes & action packed HEAR ME action packed! you need stooopid, head scratchworthy babble? why not try ft lauderdale chamber of commerce & spring fever? you dig elvis da stud? cross my heart & do not disturb should be ringin your bells! i know you wanna dance dance dance, so get animal & listen to wolf call & do the clam! in fact the lamest song on here is the most conventional, puppet on a string, but it is but a small price to pay for otherwise perfection. forget heartbreak hotel & hound dog, in the ghetto & kentucky rain, hurt & patch it up. THIS is elvis' peak.