Live a Little, Love a Little/Charro!/The Trouble With Girls/Change of Habit

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
When dealing with the music from Elvis' late-'60s movies, it's easy to feel like a diver trying to get at some treasure hidden under a very deep stretch of ocean; in effect, you've got to go down very far, maybe almost deeper, and at the expense of more effort than the potential rewards would seem to justify, in order to find anything of value. This CD packages the music from Presley's final four films of the '60s, a point at which audiences were staying away from his pictures in droves and the musical content was so attenuated that they didn't even merit individual soundtrack releases. He was so far from his rock & roll roots by this time that a good deal of the music ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
When dealing with the music from Elvis' late-'60s movies, it's easy to feel like a diver trying to get at some treasure hidden under a very deep stretch of ocean; in effect, you've got to go down very far, maybe almost deeper, and at the expense of more effort than the potential rewards would seem to justify, in order to find anything of value. This CD packages the music from Presley's final four films of the '60s, a point at which audiences were staying away from his pictures in droves and the musical content was so attenuated that they didn't even merit individual soundtrack releases. He was so far from his rock & roll roots by this time that a good deal of the music bears no relationship to rock at all, and certain tracks here, such as "Signs of the Zodiak," are exclusively the interest of obsessive completists. On the other hand, Presley was still such a good and charismatic singer that a surprising amount of what is here -- considering its dire reputation -- is worth hearing and even owning. Even on sugary, upbeat pop numbers such as "Wonderful World" from Live a Little, Love a Little and "Have a Happy" and "Change of Habit" from Change of Habit, Presley imbues enough passion and intensity to make them worth hearing; he might've had problems with his repertory or understanding what audiences wanted from him at that point in his career, but he was never dull and seldom less than exciting. He does depart significantly from rock music at times in these scores, most notably on "Almost" from The Trouble With Girls and "Almost in Love" from Live a Little, Love a Little; on the latter, Elvis comes as close to emulating Frank Sinatra stylistically as he ever got, and he pulls it off. And the rock content here isn't to be overlooked either -- Elvis' one foray into quasi-psychedelia, "Edge of Reality" from Live a Little, Love a Little, wasn't entirely successful, mostly because of an arrangement that makes it sound like the theme from The Mod Squad, but it is a fascinating oddity and does offer a bracing performance by the King; this disc also offers two different takes of the one true albeit semi-precious jewel out of that same film, "A Little Less Conversation," which was a good rocker in the context of any period of Elvis' career. Similarly, "Clean up Your Own Backyard," from The Trouble With Girls, shows the excitement that Elvis could still generate and appears in two different versions, one with dubbed-on horns and the singing of the Blossoms featuring Darlene Love and one featuring just Elvis and the core band, including some upfront bluesy guitar. "Charro!," from the movie of the same name, is interesting as a failed attempt to place Elvis' voice in a pseudo-Ennio Morricone setting actually, the authors and arrangers don't seem to know if they were trying to emulate Morricone or John Barry, while the accompanying "Let's Forget About the Stars" is a pleasant and intense ballad performance by Presley. The last five tracks on this disc come from Change of Habit, and it's interesting to note the influence of works such as Hair whose cast album, also on RCA, had sold considerably better than most of Presley's work in 1968 and 1969 on the scoring of this movie. The similarity between "Let's Be Friends" and the Frank Sinatra/Nancy Sinatra showcase tune "Somethin' Stupid" is hard to ignore, but Presley still makes it interesting enough to enjoy. And listeners even get a couple of reminders of Presley's interest in gospel music in the form of "Let Us Pray" in addition to "Swing Down, Sweet Chariot" from The Trouble With Girls. The overall material is better than it's usually made out to be, and some of what's here is quite good; this isn't the place to start listening to Elvis Presley, or even an ideal seventh or eighth Elvis disc to buy, but it's a fascinating addendum to the 1968 comeback special and the Memphis sides that followed and several of the songs are enjoyable in their own right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/1995
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 078636655925
  • Catalog Number: 66559

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Almost in Love (3:04)
  2. 2 A Little Less Conversation (2:11)
  3. 3 Wonderful World (2:24)
  4. 4 Edge of Reality (3:40)
  5. 5 A Little Less Conversation (2:13)
  6. 6 Charro! (2:47)
  7. 7 Let's Not Forget About the Stars (2:30)
  8. 8 Clean up Your Own Backyard (3:09)
  9. 9 Swing Down, Sweet Chariot (2:16)
  10. 10 Signs of the Zodiac - Marilyn Mason (2:20)
  11. 11 Almost (1:49)
  12. 12 The Whiffenpoof Song (0:31)
  13. 13 Violet (0:52)
  14. 14 Clean Up Your Own Backyard (3:09)
  15. 15 Almost (1:48)
  16. 16 Have a Happy (2:22)
  17. 17 Let's Be Friends (2:43)
  18. 18 Change of Habit (3:19)
  19. 19 Let Us Pray (3:01)
  20. 20 Rubberneckin' (2:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Vocals
Les Taylor Conductor
Rudy Vallée cast
Barbara McNair cast
Al Casey Rhythm Guitar, Musician
Roger Kellaway Piano, Musician
Don Randi Piano, Musician
John Carradine cast
Lyle Ritz Bass, Musician
James Burton Guitar
Mike Deasy Sr. Guitar, Musician
Jeanie Greene Vocals
Darlene Love Vocals, Accompaniment, Group Member
Hugo Montenegro Conductor
The Blossoms Accompaniment
Vincent Price cast
Billy Strange Conductor
Bobby Wood Piano, Musician
The Sweet Inspirations Background Vocals
Sue Allen Vocals, Accompaniment
John Bahler Vocals, Accompaniment
Hal Blaine Drums, Musician
Duke Bardwell Bass
Max Bennett Bass, Musician
Chuck Berghofer Bass, Musician
Ray Brown Bass, Musician
Dennis Budimir Guitar, Musician
Frank Carlson Percussion, Drums, Musician
Gene Chrisman Drums, Musician
Tommy Cogbill Bass, Musician
Gary Coleman Drums, Musician
Glen D. Hardin Piano
Bobby Emmons Organ, Musician
Joe Esposito cast
Loren Farber Vocals, Accompaniment
Bobby Gibbons Guitar
John Guerin Drums, Musician
Jack Hale Trombone, Musician
Ron Hicklin Vocals, Accompaniment
Charlie Hodge Guitar, cast
Ginger Holladay Vocals
Howard Roberts Guitar, Musician
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Fanita James Vocals, Accompaniment, Group Member
Felton Jarvis Overdubs
Jean King Vocals, Accompaniment, Group Member
Larry Knechtel Bass, Musician
Bill Lee Vocals, Accompaniment, Group Member
Neil Levang Guitar, Musician
Andrew Love Saxophone
Joe Mondragon Bass, Musician
Marilyn Mason cast, Accompaniment
The Mello Men Accompaniment
Gene Merlino Vocals, Accompaniment, Group Member
Thurl Ravenscroft Vocals, Accompaniment, Group Member
Emil Richards Percussion, Musician
Gerald Richardson Trombone, Musician
Glen Spreen Saxophone, Musician
Sally Stevens Vocals, Accompaniment
Tommy Tedesco Guitar, Musician
Donna Thatcher Vocals
Ron Tutt Drums
Jackie Ward Vocals
John Wilkinson Guitar
Reggie Young Guitar, Musician
Kathy Westmoreland Background Vocals
Ian Freebairn-Smith Vocals, Accompaniment
Gerry McGee Guitar
Jerry Schillinger cast
B.J. Baker Vocals, Accompaniment
Tony Cason French Horn
Joe De'Gerolamo French Horn, Musician
Dick Steff Trumpet, Musician
R.F. Taylor Trumpet, Musician
Bob Tebow Vocals, Accompaniment
Jackie Thomas Trombone
The Voice Background Vocals
Joe Guercio Conductor
Jack Halloran Vocals, Accompaniment
Lynn Kellogg cast
Robert Zwirn Vocals, Accompaniment
Donald Porter cast
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps Background Vocals
Alanna Capps Vocals, Accompaniment
Al Dvorin Master of Ceremonies
Anissa M. Jones cast
Al Casey Rhythm Guitar
Sheree North cast
Robert Bain Guitar, Musician
Edward Asner cast
Charles Britz Guitar, Musician
Bill Cole Vocals, Accompaniment, Group Member
Edward Andrews cast
Ina Balin cast
Michele Carey cast
Leora Dana cast
Jane Elliot cast
Robert Emhardt cast
Victor French cast
William Goldenburg Conductor
Ralph Grasso Guitar, Musician
Joseph Robert 'Bobby' Gibbons Guitar, Musician
Red West cast
Technical Credits
Mac Davis Composer
Elvis Presley Arranger
Hugo Montenegro Composer
Billy Strange Composer
Dick Baxter Engineer
Eddie Brackett Engineer
Kevin Cleary Engineer
Dennis Ferrante Engineer
Wayne Jackson overdub engineer
Felton Jarvis Producer
Buddy Kaye Composer
James Lee Screenplay
Marilyn Mason Duet
Chips Moman Producer
Mike Moran Engineer
Geoff Morrow Composer
Gus Mossler Engineer
Ronnie Olsen Engineer
A.L. Owens Composer
Ben Weisman Composer
Roger Semon Annotation
William H. Graham Director
Eric Bercovici Screenplay
Douglas Laurence Producer
Mel Metcalf Jr. Engineer
R.F. Taylor overdub engineer
Norman Moore Art Direction
Paul Dowling Cover Art
Larry Schnapf Engineer
John Joseph Story, Screenplay
Sylvia Dee Composer
Dolores Fuller Composer
Tod Galloway Composer
Norman Taurog Director
Traditional Composer
Florence Kaye Composer
Dory Jones Composer
Christian Arnold Composer
David Martin Composer
Bunny Warren Composer
Phil Yen Engineer
Meade Minnigerode Composer
George S. Pomeroy Composer
Helen Colvig Costume Design
Joe Connelly Producer
Fredrick Louis Fox Story
William Goldenburg Composer
Dan Greenburg Screenplay
Scott Davis Composer
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