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Elvis:  Great Country Songs
Elvis: Great Country Songs
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of fine performances., June 12 2000
This collection features some of the more country-oriented songs that Elvis recorded in his 20+ recording career. From "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" in 1954 to "He'll Have to Go" in 1976, Elvis puts a lot into these performances.
Highlights on this collection include "Kentucky Rain", "Make the World Go Away", and "Always On My Mind".
For the collectors, there are outtakes of "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Just Call Me Lonesome", "There Goes My Everything", "Green Green Grass of Home", "Fairytale", and "Help Me Make It Through the Night". Also included is the 1981 remix of "Guitar Man".
Nice collection, considering some of the lesser compilations that RCA has put out.

Best Of Artist of the Century
Best Of Artist of the Century
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1.0 out of 5 stars Quite redundant, really, June 12 2000
C'mon, RCA! How many times are you gonna pull the same trick?
Not only has half of the tracks on this album been issued over and over ad nauseum, there really is little reason for this sorry excuse for a release.
You're better off buying the full 3-CD ARTIST OF THE CENTURY collection. You'll get more for your money, believe me!

Frankie & Johnny
Frankie & Johnny
VHS
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2.0 out of 5 stars Typical mid-60s Elvis musical, June 12 2000
This review is from: Frankie & Johnny (VHS Tape)
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY is better than the previous two films (TICKLE ME and HARUM SCARUM), but that doesn't mean that it succeeds on all levels.
Elvis looks quite comfortable in the costumes he wears in this picture, but the lousy dialogue and dumb plotline are anything but brilliant.
The songs are okay, but nothing outstanding. Only "Please Don't Stop Loving Me" could succeed on it's own.
It's not as bad as some of the other Elvis pictures of the era, but it's not an essential addition to anyone's collection.

Tickle Me
Tickle Me
VHS
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pitiful!, June 12 2000
This review is from: Tickle Me (VHS Tape)
Uggh! This is, in my opinion, THE worst Elvis picture.
Elvis plays a hired hand at an all-girl dude ranch. Of course, he falls for one of the employees (the gorgeous Jocelyn Lane), and somehow the plot shifts over to that of a buried treasure.
It's embarrassing to watch Elvis break into song in the most redundant situations. The dialogue is SO bad, and the acting leaves a lot to be desired.
The music is actually GOOD in this picture. But, that's because the studio couldn't afford new songs to record. The result: songs from Elvis' albums from 1960 to 1963. But, their use in this picture is not done to their advantage.
Avoid at all costs!

Spinout
Spinout
VHS
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2.0 out of 5 stars The music's better than the movie, June 12 2000
This review is from: Spinout (VHS Tape)
SPINOUT is another hard movie to sit through, thanks to the weak dialogue and even weaker storyline.
Elvis plays a singing race car driver (for the second time), who is being chased by three women. These include a spoiled brat (Shelley Fabares), an erotic author (Diane McBain), and his own drummer (Deborah Walley).
The music is actually listenable in this picture. Highlights include "Stop, Look, and Listen" and "I'll Be Back".
Elvis appears to be sleepwalking through this one. His appearance is also disturbing: slightly overweight and his hair looks like a big black ball on his head.
Again, not QUITE the worst, but far from the best. Buy something more worthwhile first.

Speedway
Speedway
VHS
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Viva Las Vegas 2"? Not really..., June 12 2000
This review is from: Speedway (VHS Tape)
By 1967, enough was enough with the light fluff comedies starring Elvis Presley. Throughout the 60s, Elvis was being humiliated making bad movies like TICKLE ME and HARUM SCARUM while The Beatles and Bob Dylan were changing the music scene.
In SPEEDWAY, Elvis plays a singing race car driver (for the third time!) who gets into trouble with the IRS. He falls in love with Nancy Sinatra, and that's about it for the plot.
The only saving grace is that the cast is better than average. It's quite interesting to see Elvis act alongside "Lucy" regular Gale Gordon. The songs are a little better than average, especially the quite good "Let Yourself Go".
Again, it's not that bad. It's a definite improvement over CLAMBAKE, but a far cry from JAILHOUSE ROCK or KING CREOLE.

Harum Scarum
Harum Scarum
VHS
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1.0 out of 5 stars Incoherent and boring, June 12 2000
This review is from: Harum Scarum (VHS Tape)
This picture is real hard to sit through.
Elvis plays an American film star (ironic, indeed) that gets kidnapped by Arabians. Of course he falls in love with one of the ladies, but a conflict occurs when he is ordered to kill her father. Huh?
Anyway, both the plot and the accompanying songs are weak. The only song that comes close to being good is "So Close, Yet So Far". The others range from the average Elvis movie song ("Mirage", "Hey, Little Girl") to the ridiculous ("Shake That Tambourine").
This is a picture that should have never seen the light of day, and is not good for those who already have a negative image of Elvis Presley. For die-hards only!

Kissin Cousins [VHS] (1964)
Kissin Cousins [VHS] (1964)
VHS
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2.0 out of 5 stars The first embarrassingly bad Elvis picture, June 12 2000
If you thought that IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD'S FAIR was a weak picture, wait until you see THIS one!
For some reason, they had Elvis play two roles in this picture: a black-haired city boy and a blond haired hillbilly. It was an idea that having two Elvises would certainly create big box office numbers.
The storyline is quite trite, the black haired Elvis tries to convince a family (in which the blond Elvis belongs) to let them use their property for some army-related project.
The funny thing is, while Elvis plays two roles in this picture, he isn't really shown any more than in any other picture. Most scenes feature either the black haired Elvis or the blond haired Elvis.
The songs in this picture are fair to poor. The only real standout is the quite nice "Tender Feeling". On the other hand, there's "Barefoot Ballad", one of the worst Elvis movie songs of all time.
KISSIN' COUSINS is hard to sit through in some parts, but it's still better than some of the pictures to come, namely TICKLE ME and HARUM SCARUM.

Paradise, Hawaiian Style
Paradise, Hawaiian Style
VHS
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2.0 out of 5 stars Paradise? Get "Blue Hawaii" instead, June 12 2000
This is a very feeble remake of "Blue Hawaii".
In this picture, Elvis' third for 1965, he plays Rick Richards (what a name!) who keeps on getting in trouble by messing around with women (wow..that's never happened in an Elvis picture before!). Anyway, Rick tries to create a helicopter taxi service. Got that? Because that's the movie's main plot!
The songs are quite bad in this one. Do we think Elvis enjoyed singing "Datin'", "A Dog's Life" or "Queenie Wahine's Papaya"? I doubt it very much.
Even Elvis isn't in the top of his form for this picture. He is noticeably a little pudgier than usual, and a lot of the dialogue is quite embarrassing to hear (much like TICKLE ME).
The only saving grace to this picture is the beautiful scenery. The best sequence, the final one, is probably the film's finest moment. Not much else to recommend from this excuse for a movie.
A definite waste of time.

Live a Little, Love a Little
Live a Little, Love a Little
VHS
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4.0 out of 5 stars Above average Elvis vehicle, June 12 2000
This picture is a great improvement over the movies of the previous three years (especially when compared to EASY COME, EASY GO and CLAMBAKE).
In this more adult-oriented comedy, Elvis plays a photographer who gets stalked by a rather eccentric woman, who gets him fired from his job and moves him out of his own home. How does she do it? I can't tell you, you have to buy the picture. He, he.
Anyway, you'll have fun watching Elvis juggle between two jobs, and the songs in this picture are actually GOOD (especially "Edge of Reality" and "A Little Less Conversation"). The "Edge of Reality" sequence is actually pretty psychedelic, an Elvis film highlight, indeed.
Finally, Elvis was getting more quality scripts in this period. Unfortunately, his movie contract was almost up, so that's probably the reason for it.
Buy this picture, you'll be glad you did.

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