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Best track on "Paradise, Hawaiian style" LP 1966

Poll ended at Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:03 pm

Paradise, Hawaiian Style
0
No votes
Queenie Wahine's Papaya
0
No votes
Scratch My Back
1
6%
Drums Of The Islands
1
6%
Datin'
3
18%
A Dog's Life
1
6%
House Of Sand
0
No votes
Stop Where You Are
0
No votes
This Is My Heaven
7
41%
Sand Castles
4
24%
 
Total votes : 17

Best track on "Paradise, Hawaiian style" LP 1966

Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:03 pm

I´d like to smash two flies at once and start two polls at the same time. We are now (together wíth F & J, Harum Scarum) at the lowest point in Elvis LP production. Some people will probably add "Kissin´ cousins" and "Double trouble", and even "Clambake" but at least there were a few strong tracks including bonus tracks. And the worst thing at all is that this short LP has only ten tracks, which means that there´s no need to remove my number one hate song by Elvis: "Queenie Wahine's Papaya" with that terrible faster and faster ending!!! But strangely I prefer listening to this album than the above mentioned because, for some reason, Elvis does his very best with those corny (quite a few) songs. But he sounds strained on the title track. A song like "datin´" or "A dog´ life" are very poor material, but couldn´t hardly been better performed by Elvis. Just like "Harum Scarum" this album gets a bit better at the end. "Stop where you are", "This is my heaven" and "House of sand is quite ok. But best of all, this album has one gem and it´s the end song which was cut from the movie. I love "Sand castles" and is my favourite underground classic by Elvis from the movie years. The sound on the album is a lot better than the latest albums.

Time to vote!!!

Regards/BJörn

Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:56 pm

"Queenie Wahine's Papaya" brings tears to my eyes. Has anyone else been affected this way by this song?

"This Is My Heaven" gets my vote (and that's not saying much).

Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:31 pm

The outtakes are, as you said, outstanding on the silver box and our man is for some reasón in a good mood. He certainly wasn´t in a good mood when he recorded "Do not disturb" according to the book "Careless love".

A vote for Datin´ is a bit surprising, but surprises are fun, aren´t they? :D

//Björn

Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:53 pm

dreambear, Datin`now has 2 votes :D
To me there`s nothing exiting about any of the songs, but as shanebrown mentioned, the Datin outtakes are fun to listen to and the scene in the movie where it`s sung is kind of sweet and fun too.
Elvisa

Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:03 pm

Are there any good ones on this album? I think I've missed them...

Joern

Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:45 pm

Joern wrote:Are there any good ones on this album? I think I've missed them...

Joern


Well, as I wrote. Very nice finger picking guitar on "Sand castles", nice melody and a good performance by Elvis, but of course not in the same class as "Long black limousine".

//Björn

Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:38 pm

Another tough call, as there are several good songs here. The title track, "Drums of the Islands", "House of Sand", and "Sand Castles" are all good, but I prefer "This Is My Heaven". Elvis’s vocal is sublime on that one, and the lyrics ain’t half bad either.

Per

Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:50 pm

I know it's a poor album when I vote for the bonus song that didn't even make the film.

Yes, This Is My Heaven is pretty and Scratch My Back has always been a guilty pleasure, but all in all this album makes me just say ick!!

Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:58 pm

At a pre-production meeting of the film company execs:

Top Exec: Now this Paradise Elvis thing...

Junior Exec: Yes sir, we've lined up the usual crap songs.

Top Exec: That's the problem, a couple are above par.

Junior Exec: Oh, sorry about that. Yes, 'This Is My Heaven' is pretty good for an Elvis film.

Top Exec: Shorten it as much as possible.

Junior Exec: We'll get him to sing just a few lines. But that 'Sand Castles' is even better....

Top Exec: Cut it altogether, then.

Junior Exec: Yes, sir !

Top Exec: If we raise standards, they'll expect it all the time....

Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:36 am

ColinB wrote:At a pre-production meeting of the film company execs:

Top Exec: Now this Paradise Elvis thing...

Junior Exec: Yes sir, we've lined up the usual crap songs.

Top Exec: That's the problem, a couple are above par.

Junior Exec: Oh, sorry about that. Yes, 'This Is My Heaven' is pretty good for an Elvis film.

Top Exec: Shorten it as much as possible.

Junior Exec: We'll get him to sing just a few lines. But that 'Sand Castles' is even better....

Top Exec: Cut it altogether, then.

Junior Exec: Yes, sir !

Top Exec: If we raise standards, they'll expect it all the time....


'LOL* There are more examples of cutting good/average songs and leave worse ones in the movie: Anyone, You´re the boss, It won´t be long, How can you lose, to name a few.

//Björn

Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:39 pm

Datin' is a game that grownups play...

Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:51 pm

This Lp is horrible. Elvis must have been so embarrassed recording this crap. It's becomes even worse when you think about what other artists were bringing out the same year. For instance the Beatles released Revolver a month later and the Stones released Aftermath a few months earlier

Wed Jun 27, 2007 5:13 pm

Rigs wrote:This Lp is horrible.
Elvis must have been so embarrassed recording this crap.
It's becomes even worse when you think about what other artists were bringing out the same year.
For instance the Beatles released Revolver a month later and the Stones released Aftermath a few months earlier


Yes, there was a period in the 60's when it was embarrassing to be an Elvis fan.

Especially when we knew what music he was capable of doing !

With the right songs & backing, he could have blown the opposition out of the water.

And we got PHS....................... ah, well.............

Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:55 pm

It was certainly interresting to see if this album got any votes....AND IT DID! :D

Not a big surprise that "This is my heaven" won!

Thanks for voting!

/Björn

Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:19 pm

The real shocker is that Datin' actually managed to get 3 votes!

Tue Jul 31, 2007 9:37 am

Pete Dube wrote:The real shocker is that Datin' actually managed to get 3 votes!


Who knows....maybe "Datin´" should´ve been released as a single, backed with "Queenie..." back in 1966.....Beatles would have been scared to death... :oops:


//Björn

Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:16 am

Even at the lowest point of the movie songs I was NEVER embarrassed to be an Elvis fan. Even with the worst of the movie drivel he made the best of a very bad situation. Any other artist would have simply "drowned."

Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:08 pm

ColinB wrote:
Rigs wrote:This Lp is horrible.
Elvis must have been so embarrassed recording this crap.
It's becomes even worse when you think about what other artists were bringing out the same year.
For instance the Beatles released Revolver a month later and the Stones released Aftermath a few months earlier


Yes, there was a period in the 60's when it was embarrassing to be an Elvis fan.

Especially when we knew what music he was capable of doing !

With the right songs & backing, he could have blown the opposition out of the water.

And we got PHS....................... ah, well.............


Recording this crap, ( which I'm sure embarrassed Elvis ), might have helped him achieve his brilliance in the 68 special, who knows!

Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:47 am

not a good soundtrack , hardly listening to this LP ( together with FRANKIE & JOHNNY )
there is only one song that i like from it: SANDS CASTLES !
there is also one good thing in that LP: the cover :wink: ( taken from FUN IN ACAPULCO ) also the back cover very colourfull , very hawaii, love it!
sincerely
Lior

Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:30 am

I'm quite fond of "Drums of the Islands". "Datin'" almost becomes a work of art in outtake form -- for how Elvis keeps cracking up and disguising his utter hatred for the record. "Sand Castles" is pretty sweet. I also enjoy the overblown lyric on the title track. But there's very little to recommend here (IMO).