“ A Dog’s Life ” Audiofon AFNS-67361 was released
in 1980. Though it is made to appear as
having come from Germany, it was produced in the good ole’ US of A.
I’ve always wondered if the German text at the bottom of the back cover
is linguistically correct…or would it just translate as gibberish?
Regardless, this LP is listed in Cotton / DeWitt’s “ Jailhouse Rock
” reference guide as being the 3rd in the series.
Though there is some confusion as to where the other two LPs actually
place, I’ll deal with those in their respective reviews.
The LP cover is graced with a circa 1950’s Elvis nibbling on the RCA
Dog Nipper’s ear…quite cute given the LP title.
The back cover has a color shot ( “Paradise Hawaiian Style” ) of
Elvis sitting down with a girl resting her head on his leg with the ocean and a
small island in the background flanked with track titles, order and recording
information. The LP label is a darkish blue with silver graphics and text.
The LP was mastered in stereo, but only two of the tracks are actually
stereo, as noted below. The pressing is good, minimal surface noise is evident with
the overall sound quality being fantastic. There
is slight variance in quality between the live tracks sourced from videotape,
the acetates, and the studio tracks, but all are of a consistently high grade.
Of the three LPs in this series, this has the most studio banter, which
certainly makes for more fun.
Side one kicks off with the LP title track: from the
film “ Paradise Hawaiian Style ” we have “ A Dog’s Life ” vocal
overdub take 8. While the rhythm track
was actually recorded July 27, 1965 as the track is dated, the vocal overdub was
recorded on Aug 4. Elvis cracks up at the
end of the song because of the silly lyrics.
“ Rock A Hula Baby ”, from the motion picture “ Blue Hawaii ”,
consists of takes 1, 2, 3 recorded March 23, 1961.
Take 1 is a false start, the master of which was the B-side of the smash
single “ Can’t Help Falling In Love ” as released in December of 1961.
Take 2 is great as it gets goofed but keeps rolling like a train until
the engineer yells “ hold it ” as laughter resounds throughout the studio.
Take 3 is complete but a little rough.
“ It’s Over ”, taken from the Jan 12, 1973 Aloha rehearsal show, is
one of the most passionate performances from this concert…and perhaps my
favorite. This is the first of four songs
from this rehearsal show to appear on this LP. The
concert was released in 1980 on an Amiga label LP, which was operated by the
Audiofon folks. “ There Goes My
Everything ” undubbed, recorded June 8 1970 Nashville Sessions, is sourced
from a stereo acetate ( this is the only song on this side that is in stereo ).
The source does crackle a bit, but the fidelity is excellent.
Take 4 of “ Home is Where the Heart Is ” (incorrectly dated Oct. 8,
1961) was actually recorded Oct 26. It is
a short, incomplete take from the “ Kid Gallahad ” soundtrack sessions.
And for the last track on this side, we head back to the Aloha rehearsal
show for “ My Way ”.
Side two continues with “ Riding the Rainbow ”
takes 3 and 4 ( incorrectly dated Oct. 8, 1961 ) were recorded on Oct. 26 for
“ Kid Gallahad ”. Both takes
here are goofed up lyrically as it is clear they are still learning the
arrangement and their parts. “If I Were
You” from the June 8, 1970 Nashville sessions, comes from a stereo acetate
source. Again, this undubbed track has
the usual acetate crackle, but excellent fidelity ( and is the only stereo track
on this side as well ). “ American
Trilogy ”, the great showstopper that it is, again takes us to the Aloha
rehearsal. Who would have known 24 years
ago that RCA/BMG would actually release the incredible comprehensive DVD set
that was given to us last summer! “
Hawaii USA ” ( which is actually titled “ Paradise Hawaiian Style ”) take
4 vocal overdub is incorrectly dated as Aug 3, 1965 from the film “ Paradise
Hawaiian Style ”. The rhythm
track was recorded July 27 and the vocal overdub was recorded on Aug 4.
This take is complete although goofed up. As this is a vocal overdub to the completed rhythm track, it was
spliced with a portion of take 3 to get the completed master vocal overdub.
After the music fades out, the engineer makes mention of the fact that a
segment of the track is actually usable. “
Scratch My Back ”, also from “ Paradise Hawaiian Style ”, is incorrectly
dated July 27, 1965. The rhythm track was
actually recorded on the 26th and the vocal overdub take 1 we have
here was recorded on Aug 3. The LP
closes out with “ Can’t Help Falling In Love ” from the Aloha rehearsal
Ernie Boyes Jr.