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Year of Release: 1984
Stop, Look And Listen
Adam And Evil
All That I Am
Never Say Yes
Am I Ready
I'll Be Back
Baby, If You'll Give Me
All Your Love
Could I Fall In Love
Long Legged Girl
Short Dress On)
City By Night
I Love Only One Girl
There Is So Much
World To See
It Won't Be Long
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My fondest memory of Elvis Presley's Spinout, is not the movie, but
the music, especially the title song 45 single and its flip side. As a child,
(it was in first grade, if my memory is right), Show and Tell was my favorite
event. I would bring in my 45 RPM records that either my mother and/or older
brothers had given me, and "Spinout" with its appropriate B-side,
"All That I Am" was brought in for the students to enjoy.
Elvis had to be my first music idol. Once discovering him, other music
talents followed, thanks to my mother and brothers. The "Spinout" single
went through a lot of wear and tear over the years, as my vivid image of this
45 saw the black vinyl turn to an off-colored white, which tells you how much
I used to play this single.
Elvis Presley's movies, on the other hand, were not as exceptional for
reviews. One thing that always stood out, was the music for each of his films.
I may not remember much of each movie's dialogue and storyline, yet I always
looked forward in hearing his music.
Spinout featured Elvis as a race car driver, and Double Trouble
featured Elvis playing two roles, similar to twins (The fact still remains that
Elvis was a twin when he was born, but his brother Jesse died at birth; we can
only imagine what it would of been like to watch Jesse and Elvis, and wondering
how Jesse would handle his famous brother.)
Starting off the Spinout soundtrack is Stop, Look And Listen,
a song that easily fits the 1968 TV Special, likewise "Adam And Evil,"
"Never Say Yes" and "Smorgasbord"
The beautiful ballads here are "All That I Am" (a favorite of mine,
being the the flip side of "Spinout"), and "Am I Ready," a song
best remembered for me from his Burning Love LP, an album of songs from
his movies. "Beach Shack" has a bossa-nova sound, similar to another
movie song, "Do The Vega," from Viva Las Vegas. "I'll Be
Back" is your typical Rock & Roll Elvis, having the 50s/early 60s Elvis
The 1968 comeback special comes to mind on songs such as "Double
Trouble" and "Baby, If You'll Give Me All Your Love." "Could I
Fall In Love" is another one of Elvis' beautiful ballads, as it
features some great instrumentation. The '68 comeback special sound
returns with "Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On)."
"City By Night" is very impressive; it features Elvis in a jazz
atmostphere, with its horns and piano in a typical jazz sound. The standard
"Old MacDonald" once agains returns to the Comeback Special style;
"I Love Only One Girl" is best remembered once again from Elvis'
Burning Love LP; "There Is So Much World To See" and "It
Won't Be Long" easily fits the Comeback style.
The soundtrack to Spinout and Double Trouble has Elvis
in showman style, compared to the performances on his 1968 Comeback Special.
Despite many songs from his soundtracks may not have achieved great success
as his non-movies, its easy to hear how Elvis shaped his music around the
showman style. Elvis was indeed a great performer, yet many felt that his
movies were terrible, as for storylines. His earliest movies were considered
his best, and many felt that he could have become a serious actor. (Barbra
Streisand considered Elvis in the lead male role in A Star Is Born;
we can only imagine how serious an actor Elvis could have been if Colonel
Tom Parker had agreed to let him play the role. Parker would control Elvis'
film career; many agreed that this was probably one big mistake Elvis could
Regardless, Elvis Presley still remains an Icon and Legend. His
music will always be with us, and truly inspires future musicians to
last a lifetime and beyond. Elvis' movie music can be experienced as
touch-and-go, yet we can only imagine what Elvis could have done if he
had more creative control in his movie career. All in all, Elvis will
remain the King. Love live the King, and thanks for the wonderful memories.
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