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    Out In Hollywood

    OUT IN HOLLYWOOD - Outtakes From Elvis' Soundtrack Recording Sessions


    Tracklist: (click on the track to hear a 20 second sample) Help

    01: Mexico - take 7
    02: Cross My Heart And Hope To Die - take 6
    03: Wild In The Country - take 11
    04: Adam And Evil - take 16
    05: Lonely Man - take 4
    06: Thanks To The Rolling Sea - take 3
    07: Where Do You Come From - take 13
    08: King Of The Whole Wide World - take 3
    09: Little Egypt - take 21
    10: Wonderful World - take 7
    11: This Is My Heaven - vocal overdub take 4
    12: Spinout - take 2
    13: All That I Am - take 2
    14: We'll Be Together - take 10
    15: Frankie And Johnny - take 1
    16: I Need Somebody To Lean On - take 8
    17: The Meanest Girl In Town - take 9
    18: Night Life - take 3
    19: Puppet On A String - take 7
    20: Hey Little Girl - takes 1 & 2
    21: Edge Of Reality - take 6
    22: (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care - vocal overdub take 6

    Keith Flynn
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    Out In Hollywood - Part 1

    Before I start, I must say that this is the first review of a CD that I have ever written. It seemed as no one else was going to review this CD, so I thought I would. First, I must say that I do love listening to studio sessions (out-takes / alternate takes etc...) It's amazing how different a song can sound from take 1 up to the master take, examples being 'Sand Castles' (listen to Takes 1 & 9 on the import release Hawaii USA and you'll see what I mean) and 'Stay Away' take 2 that was released on FTD Vol.5 Long Lonely Highway last year. I know some people don't like these "stupid" movie songs - they say that these songs weren't the real Elvis. But I will say this: What a perfectionist Elvis was with his music! How many other artistes would go to the lengths of recording 31 takes of 'King Of The Whole Wide World' or 20 takes of 'Adam & Evil' before getting them the way he liked them? I don't think many would.

    There's nothing really outstanding on this CD, but they are all new alternate takes. A lot of these have been released before on Import releases, but for some, it is the first time they have been released in any form so I personally like this CD. In this review I refer a lot to the released version of a song, this is the master take of the song already released by RCA or BMG on the soundtrack Album.

    The CD starts with 'Mexico' (take 7) from Fun in Acapulco. This is actually very different to the released version (take 5) as Elvis sings all of the words of the song. It's interesting to hear Elvis sing the complete song himself. This version is released for the first time. Next is 'Cross My Heart And Hope To Die (take 6) from Girl Happy. This is interesting because there's no piano intro at the beginning of the song. This is also released for the first time on this CD. 'Wild In The Country (take 11) is next. This is quite different to the master version (take 19) in that the backing vocals seem a bit flat and there seems to be no feeling whatsoever. Also there seems to be a tapping all the way through the song, as if someone is tapping a guitar the whole time, very irritating.

    'Adam & Evil' (take 16) from Spinout is next. Well after doing 15 takes of this song, and not finishing a complete take, Elvis must have been really tired of it, and it showed. We get a few seconds of 'When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano' and a couple of improvised lines of 'Adam & Evil' by Elvis at the beginning of the take. Even though this take is complete, Elvis did another four takes until he gets the song the way he likes it. The master version is take 20. 'Lonely Man' (take 4 Record Version) is next, and is released for the first time here. It is a lot slower than the released version (take 13) and in my opinion, a lot better. We even get the engineer at the end of the take saying "God ****, that's pretty", and Elvis saying "Thank you". It's a shame they didn't put take 1 or 3 of 'Lonely Man' (Solo) on this CD, especially as it was the solo version that was supposed to be used in Wild in the country. I say that because I have a movie trailer on video, for Wild in the country with Elvis (with guitar in hand) singing Lonely Man.

    On 'Thanks To The Rolling Sea' (take 3) from Girls, Girls, Girls Elvis almost stumbles on the lyrics "Abalone steaks and tuna fish cakes" at the end of the take, but manages to keep the song going to the end. It's not too different to the master version (take 5). 'Where Do You Come From?' (take 13) also from Girls, Girls, Girls is next. This too only differs slightly from the released version, where Elvis almost stumbles on the line "Or from some di-stant star", and again at the end with the line "And tell me what you'll say". Next we have take 3 of 'King Of The Whole Wide World'. The only difference here to the released version (take 4) seems to be the longer saxophone ending. Now we come to 'Little Egypt' (take 21), this should be called Little Egypt #2, as it was recorded the day after the released version was recorded. Elvis seems a lot more relaxed, singing this song now, and he sings it a lot slower - and in my opinion - a lot better, than the final master. Elvis also fools around at the end of this take. 'Wonderful World' (take 7) is next. The released version (take 17) was sung over the opening credits of Live A Little, Love A Little. This is not much different to the released version, apart from maybe a longer ending.

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    Out In Hollywood - Part 2

    'This Is My Heaven' (take 4 vocal overdub) is quite different to the master version, as Elvis can't seem to get those high notes needed for this song. Elvis must have had trouble with the other takes too, as the master is a splice between take 6 & take 8. We also get the last few seconds of take 3 here. 'Spinout' (take 2) is not much different to the released version (take 5), apart from the ending. On this take we don't get Elvis finishing the song with "Well let me tell you spinout". 'All That I Am' (take 2) also from Spinout, differs a lot due to the fact that there are no strings on this take, only piano, guitar etc.... The vocals are much the same as the master version (take 5), which makes me think that the piano was overdubbed onto the master. 'We'll Be Together (take 10), yet another song from Girls, Girls, Girls is next, and it's not much different to the released version (take 11). You can hear Elvis himself say - almost at the end of the take - knowing that he would have to do another one.

    'Frankie And Johnny' (take 1) is next up. This is the only other complete take of this song, apart from the released version (take 6), and Elvis is just trying this song out here. He doesn't even sing the last part of the song "Well Frankie told Johnny, well this is the end of the song" etc... but never the less, this is another alternate version and is welcomed on this CD. 'I Need Somebody To Lean On' (take 8) from Viva Las Vegas doesn't sound much different to the master (take 20), apart from the backing, less piano etc... This is the only other take of this song to be released, apart from the master take (take 20) so it is also welcomed here.

    'The Meanest Girl In Town' (take 9) another song from Girl Happy is next. It is a little slower than the released version (take 13), and Elvis doesn't "Whoop" it up as much here, not as many Ha, Ha, Ha's as the master version has.

    'Night Life' (take 3) from Viva Las Vegas is next, and Elvis doesn't seem at ease with this song yet, and you can tell, he even sings the wrong lyrics after the instrumental break, but manages to keep the song going to the end. The released version (take 14) has a much more bouncy feeling, but hey, he had to do another eleven takes of the song to get it that way! But as this is the only other take of this song to be released, apart from the master, this is a welcome addition to this CD too. 'Puppet On A String' (take 7) from Girl Happy is next; it's a little bit different to the released version (take 11). About ?'s of the way through take 11 the tempo rises slightly, and Elvis gives the song that extra kick, but on the take we get here, this doesn't happen, and the song is sung at the same pace. A nice song nevertheless! Another new complete take here is 'Hey Little Girl' from Harem Holiday (takes 1 & 2), actually we get two takes (take 2 is complete). This is a little different to the Released version, (take 5) as Elvis sings his "Huh's and Ha's" differently in the instrumental break.

    'Edge of Reality' (take 6) is next, and this seems a little slower, with a longer fade out at the end, compared to the master (take 8). Finally we get 'Baby I Don't Care' (vocal overdub #2 take 6) from Jailhouse Rock. This was first released by RCA in 1986, on Essential Elvis. But what we get here is the vocal overdub only, without the backing track. It's really strange hearing a song like this, and it made me think that there must have been a lot more songs done like this, backing track recorded first, then Elvis adds his vocals a few days later. That's probably how they did the Guitar Man Album in the 80's, and more recently with Too Much Monkey Business.

    Well this was Vol. 2 in the Follow That Dream series, and if you like Elvis in the Movies, or just like alternate takes, I think you'll enjoy this CD.

    ? May 28 2001, Keith Flynn

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    Well I gave this disc another spin and have to say it presents a nice cross section of material from the movie soundtracks.

    There is a good balance reached between both ballads and more up tempo numbers; and some additional studio chat adds additional flavour to the recipe.

    The pacing too on this disc flows very nicely, with perhaps only the accapella You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care) being better suited to the begining of the disc than the end, although this is just a personal observation and not necessarily a criticism.

    Personally, I find much to enjoy amongst the movie soundtracks in general and as far as I am concerned Out In Hollywood stands up as an enjoyable listen (from beginning to end) in its own right.

    'What, honey ? ..... one scarf for the balcony ?! ........... OK ........... gimme a baseball ! ............ there's no way unless you put a rock in it'.

    (Las Vegas - 7th December 1975)

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    Little Egypt on this set, was frist heard on a 2 cd set from time life series,

    but i forgot the tittle of that cd, but it was a very nice set.

    all of the cd series from time life it was called.

    "The Elvis Presley Collection"
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    Long Live Vinyl. :worthy:

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    I have been quite excited about the release of "Mexico"! I really love this version and play it quite often in my car - especially during the hot summer months.
    What I was wondering about was the following: did RCA back in 1963 release the LP Version of "Mexico" by mistake? As I see it, the version on "Out in Hollywood" simply has got to be the take considered master for LP release. The version we have come to know through the years as LP master obviously had been recorded for inclusion in the movie only.
    So probably the two different versions were mixed up by mistake and the wrong version ended up on the LP.
    Any ideas?

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    I love the movie stuff. No, it's not all great. Some of it is downright BAD.
    But I love it anyway. This is another one of those FTDs that was great to have at the time, but now most of the material is available elsewhere in better sound. Still, if you're not a completist like me and aren't into collecting all the movie songs this cd is worthwhile.
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    Although I do not own the cd, I have listened to it a couple of times(my brother has it).The cd really isn't bad but there aren't enough good songs on it for me to purchase it. Two songs that stand out on it are Wonderful World and Edge of Reality.

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    FTD #2-Out In Hollywood

    When I heard FTD was discontinuing this release along with three others, I did everything I could to get it. Getting good quality CDs of Elvis' movie years has been tough for me, so I'm glad to have this one. I could use help in obtaining copies of the other 3 deleted FTD releases though. Can anyone help me?

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    You can find all the deleted albums from the FTD label on for very cheap prices !!
    "How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977

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    I love all FTD this one is highly recommended

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    I think that any FTD label is great and a must have.

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