ELVIS IS STILL ACTIVE IN NORWAY

Follow That Dream is an exclusive Elvis specialty label run out of Denmark by BMG. To date there are almost a dozen and a half releases. Here is a review of Elvis New Year's Eve by Norwegian fan Oven Egeland who runs the fan site Elvis Is Still Active In Norway [http://home.online.no/~ov-egela/indexep.html] FTD releases are all officially approved releases but extremely limited.


Elvis at the movies
Review by Oven Egeland





ELVIS PRESLEY
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY
BMG 82876 53370 2


1: Frankie And Johnny
 2: Come Along
 3: Petunia, The Gardeners Daughter
 4: Chesay
 5: What Every Woman Lives For
 6: Look Out, Broadway
 7: Beginner's Luck
 8: Down By The Riverside/When The Saints Go Marching In
 9: Shout It Out
10: Hard Luck
11: Please Don't Stop Loving Me
12: Everybody Come Aboard
13: Frankie And Johnny (1) [Out In Hollywood]
14: Please Don't Stop Loving Me (10) [Today, Tomorrow And Forever]
15: Everybody Come Aboard (1, 2)
16: Chesay (1)
17: Petunia, The Gardeners Daughter (2)
18: Look Out, Broadway (3, 4, 5)
19: Please Don't Stop Loving Me (1, 2, 3)
20: Shout It Out (1, 2, 3)
21: Everybody Come Aboard (9, 10)
22: Chesay (3, 6)
23: Look Out, Broadway (6, 7, 8)
24: Petunia, The Gardeners Daughter (5)
25: Please Don't Stop Loving Me (7)
26: Frankie And Johnny (3, 4)
27: Frankie And Johnny (Movie version) [Acetate]

Tracks in green denotes previously unreleased takes (officially).

This updated soundtrack album of Frankie And Johnny is presented in the same manner as the previously 3 updated soundtrack album; Girl Happy, Fun In Acapulco and finally It Happened At The World's Fair. The CD is housed in a colorful gatefold pack with appropriate pictures and necessary information. Inside you will also find a booklet telling more about the movie and the soundtrack. A nice delivery!

After the original LP soundtrack, you will find 15 bonus tracks, 13 of which has never been released officially before. On the other hand this material have been released already on great sounding bootlegs. Only the acetate of the movie master is "new" for the avid Elvis collector.

The sound quality is very good all the way through and of course better than on these high quality bootlegs mentioned above. I acknowledge the mxing work done by BMG.

Frankie And Johnny was, perhaps, next to Harum Scarum a movie where Elvis sang music quite outside his ordinary repertoire. Dixieland music isn't my cup of tea, perhaps not Elvis' either, but all the same it is nice to hear him sing these tunes. Some of the songs are catchy, like 'Petunia The Gardeners Daughter', the gipsy 'Cheesay' and even 'Everybody Come Aboard'.

The several ballads are all beautiful, the emotions are in fact enhanced by the dry vocal recording technique used. Especially take 7 of 'Please Don't Stop Loving Me' stands out above the rest. I wonder why this was not chosen as master!?

Unfortunately the CD does not offer any outtakes of 'What Every Woman Lives For' or 'Beginner's Luck'. They are still lost from the archives. For some reasons the intro on 'Beginner's Luck' has been axed on this release.

I would recommend this CD whether you like the music or not. Such dedication from FTD should be supported!

© Oven Egeland, January 2004




ELVIS PRESLEY
HARUM SCARUM
BMG 82876 53369 2

Updated soundtrack

 1: Harem Holiday
 2: My Desert Serenade
 3: Go East Young Man
 4: Mirage
 5: Kismet
6: Shake That Tambourine
 7: Hey Little Girl
 8: Golden Coins
 9: So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise)
10: Animal Instinct
11: Wisdom Of The Ages
12: My Desert Serenade (7) [Today, Tomorrow And Forever]
13: Hey Little Girl (1, 2) [Out In Hollywood]
14: Shake That Tambourine (7, 8)
15: Golden Coins (3, 4)
16: Kismet (1, 2)
17: Animal Instinct (1, 3, 4)
18: So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (1)
19: Shake That Tambourine (10, 16)
20: Hey Little Girl (3)
21: My Desert Serenade (2, 3)
22: Golden Coins (7, 8)
23: Harem Holiday (1, 2)
24: Wisdom Of The Ages (3)
25: Shake That Tambourine (18, 19, 20, 21)

Tracks in green denotes previously unreleased takes (officially).

Available on bootlegs:
Some tracks are available on Come What May

The CD is housed in a colorful gatefold pack with appropriate pictures and necessary information. Inside you will also find a booklet telling more about the movie and the soundtrack.

After the original LP soundtrack, you will find 14 bonus tracks, 12 of which has never been released officially before. Some of this material has been released on bootlegs, but at lot of it is new for most Elvis fans.

These sessions were recorded in Studio B, Nashville. Even so, the sound quality is very poor. It sounds like RCA recorded the sessions on re-used (old) tape. Fortunately the sound quality is significantly better on the outtakes, than on the mastertakes which BMG obviously hasn't worked (much) on.

Harum Scarum offers music outside Elvis' ordinary repertoire. Personally I like the punch in 'Animal Instinct'. Also 'So Close Yet So Far (From Paradise)' is an acceptable tune. I also think that 'Kismet' stands above the rest of the ballads recorded during these sessions.

During the many outtakes of 'Shake That Tambourine' it is obvious that Elvis had motivation problems. Eventually that master had to be created by splicing take 24 and take 38! Was he unfocused, or what!?

The CD is recommended whether you like the music or not. Such dedication from FTD should be supported!

© Oven Egeland, January 2004




ELVIS PRESLEY
VIVA LAS VEGAS
BMG 82876 50412 2


Updated soundtrack

 1: Viva Las Vegas
 2: What'd I Say
 3: If You Think I Don't Need You
 4: I Need Somebody To Lean On
5: C'mon Everybody
 6: Today, Tomorrow And Forever
 7: Santa Lucia
 8: Do The Vega
 9: Night Life
10: Yellow Rose Of Texas/The Eyes Of Texas
11: The Lady Loves Me
12: You're The Boss
13: Today, Tomorrow And Forever (duet) (1, 2*) [Today, Tomorrow...]
14: Viva Las Vegas (1, 2) [Silver Screen Stereo]
15: Night Life (3) [Out In Hollywood]
16: C'mon Everybody (1, 2, 3) [Silver Screen Stereo]
17: I Need Somebody To Lean On (8) [Out In Hollywood]
18: The Lady Loves Me (9) [Silver Screen Stereo]
19: You're The Boss (3) [Silver Screen Stereo]

20: Today, Tomorrow And Forever (3, 4*) [Silver Screen Stereo]
21: What'd I Say (1, 2)
22: If You Think I Don't Need You (5, 7)
23: C'mon Everybody (6, 7)
24: Do The Vega (1)
25: The Climb (9) [Sung by Georgie McFadden and The Jordanaires]

Tracks in green denotes previously unreleased takes (officially).

The CD is housed in a colorful gatefold pack with appropriate pictures and necessary information. Inside you will also find a booklet telling more about the movie and the soundtrack.

After the original EP soundtrack, you will find the additional mastertakes and several bonus tracks, only 5 of which has never been released officially before.

The sound quality is very good all the way through and of course better than on these high quality bootlegs mentioned above.

'What'd I Say' take 1 and 2 is new to most Elvis fans. I had hoped for at better arrangement on these outtakes, but the complete take 2 is almost identical to the final master. Elvis' voice is too up-front for my liking. The movie takes of 'C'mon Everybody' runs significantly faster than the record version. Elvis is weak in his voice on the movie mastertake (7). 'The Climb' is a number where Elvis only attends and directs the recording. George McFadden sings lead, while The Jordanaires are backing. Perhaps Elvis also sings together with The Jordanaires? We get three takes of this song, though only take 9 is listed.

I recommend this CD to all Elvis fans. Such dedication from FTD should be supported!

© Oven Egeland, January 2004



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