Blue Hawaii [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
After his return from military service, Elvis Presley's movies, and the soundtracks to them, began taking on a formulaic quality -- the early ones, however, such as G.I. Blues and this release, still had enough interest on the part of the makers and the singer, however, to make them attractive if flawed efforts. In keeping with its setting, Blue Hawaii used a lot of Hawaiian-themed music that doesn't necessarily present Elvis in anything like his strongest musical setting. But in between and around tracks like "Aloha Oe" and other pieces of music lifted from the local color, there are songs such as "No More" and, most importantly, "Can't Help Falling in Love" arguably the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
After his return from military service, Elvis Presley's movies, and the soundtracks to them, began taking on a formulaic quality -- the early ones, however, such as G.I. Blues and this release, still had enough interest on the part of the makers and the singer, however, to make them attractive if flawed efforts. In keeping with its setting, Blue Hawaii used a lot of Hawaiian-themed music that doesn't necessarily present Elvis in anything like his strongest musical setting. But in between and around tracks like "Aloha Oe" and other pieces of music lifted from the local color, there are songs such as "No More" and, most importantly, "Can't Help Falling in Love" arguably the best song in any Elvis movie, and maybe the best song ever written for a rock & roll movie that show him at his best -- his singing was advancing with each passing month, and with the right material he was still one of the most compelling and charismatic vocalists on the planet, and here, for those two songs, he had the right material, which was more than enough; it was even enough to overcome the weakness of "Rock-A-Hula Baby," a third-rate song that became an international hit and proved that at this point, Elvis could probably have sung the telephone book and made it chart. The expanded edition is mostly filled out with the songs as arranged and mastered for their on-screen incarnations, which are slightly different in emphasis, texture, and accompaniment -- even here, "Can't Help Falling in Love" is different enough to justify the purchase of the special edition. The sound on all of this is impeccable, state of the art, and gives the singer his due and more in terms of fidelity and richness. There's also a "Collector's Edition" version that takes the form of a mini-deluxe LP, like a miniature hardcover book with pages and pages of photos and other relevant documentation. Either way, this release captures Elvis' singing at a point that -- as the quality of the songs in his movies declined in the years to come -- fans would soon regard as a golden age.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/1997
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • UPC: 078636695921
  • Catalog Number: 66959
  • Sales rank: 21,325

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Hawaii (2:36)
  2. 2 Almost Always True (2:25)
  3. 3 Aloha Oe (1:53)
  4. 4 No More (2:22)
  5. 5 Can't Help Falling in Love (3:01)
  6. 6 Rock-A-Hula Baby (1:59)
  7. 7 Moonlight Swim (2:20)
  8. 8 Ku-U-I-Po (2:22)
  9. 9 Ito Eats (1:23)
  10. 10 Slicin' Sand (1:35)
  11. 11 Hawaiian Sunset (2:32)
  12. 12 Beach Boy Blues (2:03)
  13. 13 Island of Love (2:41)
  14. 14 Hawaiian Wedding Song (2:50)
  15. 15 Steppin' Out of Line (1:53)
  16. 16 Can't Help Falling in Love (1:54)
  17. 17 Slicin' Sand (1:45)
  18. 18 No More (2:35)
  19. 19 Rock-A-Hula Baby (2:15)
  20. 20 Beach Boy Blues (1:58)
  21. 21 Steppin' Out of Line (1:54)
  22. 22 Blue Hawaii (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Alvino Rey Steel Guitar
Scotty Moore Guitar
Hal Blaine Drums
Dudley Brooks Piano, Celeste
George Fields Harmonica
D.J. Fontana Drums
Bernie Mattinson Drums
Boots Randolph Saxophone
Tiny Timbrell Guitar
Fred T. Tavares Ukulele
Bob Moore Bass
Bernie Lewis Ukulele
Technical Credits
Elvis Presley Arranger, Adaptation
Dennis Ferrante Mastering
Thorne Nogar Engineer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen Producer
Roger Semon Producer
Traditional Composer
Darrell Fuller Composer
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