This is a nice, fun collection for new fans, or for those who did not buy any number of similiar sets. There's nothing for the historian, and in fact, there were several spots where something special could have been delivered: like the first appearance of the movie version of Tickle Me's "I Feel That I've Known You Forever" the movie versions of Kissin' Cousins' "Catchin' On Fast"; of ...World's Fair's "Happy Endings"; of Speedway's "Your Time Hasn't Come Back, Baby".
Perhaps some more imagination could also have been applied to "Do The Clam", a high energy tune featuring Boots Randolph. The pressing with the curious drop-out in sound is used, but that's one thing: this track should been pressed in mono, with the background voices muted and the syncopated hand-claps O-U-T. Similarly, "Long Legged Girl..." is the original album version, with the rhythm section in the left-field grandstand. Terrible.
Presumptive mistakes: the alternate take of the themesong from "Follow That Dream", as great as it is, and the original of "King of The Whole Wide World" without the long sax solo ending. Add the version of "I'm Yours" *not* used in Tickle Me - the 1962 album track with the narration.
The title song from "Clambake" is here in all it's ignoble glory, more rockin' that one might recall, but still an embarrassment. That movie actually had some entertaining tunes - they shoulda used "The Girl I Never Loved" or "A House That Has Everything".
The best sound here is from the '50s, particularly "Hard Headed Woman": all the instruments have great presence, especially that of Mr. Scotty Moore. Those who have determined he's really just an inspired *stylist* should check this one out - among others here: "Frankfurt Special" has alot of Sun Records ambience thanks to him, and "Rock-A Hula Baby" is handled perfectly. A light and bright, but insistent complement to a fun soundtrack tune.
[Superb notes by Michael Hill; cool cover shot of Elvis, circa. '66].