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Best track on "Harum Scarum" LP 1965

Poll ended at Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:09 am

Harem Holiday
0
No votes
Go East (Young Man)
0
No votes
Mirage
0
No votes
Kismet
1
6%
Shake That Tambourine
1
6%
Hey Little Girl
0
No votes
So Close, yet so far (from paradise)
13
72%
Animal Instinct
3
17%
Wisdom Of The Ages
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 18

Best track on "Harum Scarum" LP 1965

Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:09 am

...or Harem Holiday which my british pressing are called!!?? This is not an album too start off with after bying a greatest hits collecction by Elvis, but probably the best one if you´re into smoking a joint on wekends :wink: .
No just kidding. This one must be one of the albums that Elvis really hated to record and you can certainly hear it on some of the tracks. Try the first sentence on the title track: "Gonna travel, gonna travel..." He sounds depressed in my opinion. But there are worse tracks than that one and one have to go. That one is "My desert serenade (which was included on a earlier poll with the worst songs that I did.)´. The other one that was close (there´s a few candidates...) was "Go east, young man". But the album gets better at the end nad the bonus tracks, also meant for the movie, are the strongest tracks together with "So close, yet so far (from paradise). The rockers sounds a bit pathetic in it´s half arabian arrangements. If I have to chose a favourite, it must be "Animal instinct", which Elvis actually sings with some attack. Despite of the album, please let the votes coming...

Regards/Björn

Thu Jun 14, 2007 12:25 pm

"So Close, Yet So Far (from Paradise)", no doubt.

Per

Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:06 pm

thekingisalive wrote:"So Close, Yet So Far (from Paradise)", no doubt.
Per

Same for me.

Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:40 pm

Kismet for me.

Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:49 pm

I voted for So Close, Yet So Far From Paradise, but I think Hey Little Girl has some merit. To be sure it's lyrically trite, but Elvis sings it with energy and spunk, and the musical backing is pretty interesting.

Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:19 am

This seems to be a love it or hate it album. No middle ground. So I'll state up front that I love it. The whole album. Every song.

Best song? My vote goes to "So Close, Yet So Far" (From Paradise).

Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:01 am

Golden Coins had to go as well, so we have nine songs to choose from ...

Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:05 pm

"So close yet so far" no doubt about that, it`s a really beautiful song and one of my favorite movie songs, so to me the turnout of this poll is 8)

Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:14 pm

This must be the song (So close...) that most people agree on yet. Wonder how it would have fared if had been on, let´s say the "Pot luck" album on a poll?

//Björn

Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:50 pm

What a winner! Wonder if any track on the forthcoming votings will come close.

Thanks for voting!

//Björn

Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:52 am

Just like JERRY NODAK said: some love it , some dont...
I love this LP ! every song on it ! it was my first LP that i bought
But to pick one: the mystery song....WISDOM OF THE AGES , great lyrics, great melody !!!
sincerely
Lior

Re: Best track on "Harum Scarum" LP 1965

Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:10 pm

The only thing worse than this album, at least in the canon of Elvis' '60s film work, is the film from which it derived. I think I've only seen the film once, but it was enough (though, to be fair, I do recall a pretty cool mass fight scene and Elvis looked absolutely fantastic for this film). I's probably my least favorite film, even more so than Double Trouble (Clambake might qualify but, again, that's also one I've only seen once and I remember almost none of it). I should preface my remarks by noting that it's been a long, long time since I've heard some of these tracks and I am gratefully purged of any memory of their details. I think that 1965 was the nadir of Elvis' recording career, though there are still a few songs from the three films recorded for that year that hold some appeal for me.

"Harem Holiday" has got to be one of (if not the) weakest title tracks to any Elvis movie. Oddly, it sometimes pops into my head and won't go away...it IS somewhat catchy, dammit, and makes for a decent 'earworm' (the same is true of others on this LP).

"My Desert Serenade" doesn't even have the redeeming factor of being catchy, really.

"Go East, Young Man" is only marginally better, but at least (from fading memory) it's sung pretty well. I should mention that, although I don't like this LP very much, the attempt at a Eurasian sound actually does work pretty well and creates a unique sound on some tracks. The whole, though, fails more than it succeeds.

"Mirage" is a song I barely remember but, like others on this album, if I were to listen to it right now I'd probably conclude that it's a profoundly undistinguished but very well sung ballad. Elvis could sing ballads like nobody else, and knocking out a perfectly-rendered vocal on such a song was second nature to him by this point.

"Kismet" is one I remember a little more, so I'm guessing it's more memorable. Nice ballad. Not a standout or especially liable to obscure the memory of Elvis' other many fine '60s ballads, but well executed.

Now we're talking: "Shake That Tambourine"! What a classic! Actually, it's decidedly substandard and a complete travesty but it does offer compelling hooks and Elvis sounds like he's having fun, even if he actually wasn't. This song and the next are frequent earworms, invaders of my mental jukebox, which is pretty much how I came to appreciate their unmagnificent magnificence.

"Hey, Little Girl" is the other culprit. It's pure fun. I guess it'd be my pick of the LP, for now. I love it. I mean, I don't actually listen to it on purpose, and I recognize the true nature of the piece (crap, basically) but, hey...

"Golden Coins" is another of those ballads I can only remember bits of, so undoubtedly not especially memorable but well sung. There was a lot of that going around, it seems.

"So Close, Yet So Far" is also a well sung ballad, but this one stands above the others and is a decent ballad by any measure, though still (to me) at or near the bottom rung in terms of all the ballads that Elvis recorded during the '60s. There's something about the song that sounds kind of forced, or contrived, and it detracts to some degree -- still, a nice vocal performance, interesting backing, and it's even the soundtrack to a nicely-shot scene from a movie not known for nicely-shot anything. This'd probably be my pick if not for the incredible catchiness of "Hey, Little Girl," and it's undoubtedly the better performance.

"Animal Instinct," like the other song not included in the film, is stronger than most of what made the cut for the movie. From my first hearing it, I thought it was a cool song. Actually, on any other day it'd probably be my pick for the best of this album. Very different and rather nice, but still nowhere near the quality of Elvis' recordings from non-soundtrack (and even most soundtrack) sessions during the '60s. In comparison to Elvis' other material, any "best of" song from this LP is really the best of a pretty sad bunch.
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"Wisdom Of The Ages" is similarly of better quality, though overwrought and kind of weird. Not bad, though, really. The question is, why cut two of the strongest songs from the film?

One good thing about LPs like this is that it's sure a lot easier to pick a favorite than it is from higher-quality albums!

Re: Best track on "Harum Scarum" LP 1965

Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:19 pm

They are all pretty bad. Not one of the finer soundtrack albums from EP.

Re: Best track on "Harum Scarum" LP 1965

Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:14 am

so close yet so far was ok

Re: Best track on "Harum Scarum" LP 1965

Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:27 am

This album must be Elvis' nadir with regard to film soundtrack albums......... or any albums, come to that.

But I guess it makes Double Trouble and Clambake sound better...................

Re: Best track on "Harum Scarum" LP 1965

Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:42 am

Not one track on this OST has merit. Not one. Only the Easy Come, Easy Go EP is worse.

The Nashville session was contentious to begin with because of the arrogance of MGM's musical director, Fred Karger. Session man extraordinaire Charlie McCoy relates the story in yet another essential interview courtesy of the September 2008 issue of The Man and His Music.

He goes on to express shock at the sound of the released album. Every track is "dry" -- no reverb or echo on anything. It sounds like crap. Which is a perfect way to describe the Harum Scarum project.

Re: Best track on "Harum Scarum" LP 1965

Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:49 pm

Inigo Montoya on Hey, Little Girl wrote:It's pure fun + I love it = crap, basically


???

JerryNodak wrote:So I'll state up front that I love it. The whole album. Every song.


Now we're talkin'. I couldn't have said it better myself. Yes, this soundtrack was badly mastered, but Elvis and the musicians did a terrific job (which is even more obvious on the outtakes because they don't have that dry sound) and there is a lovely atmosphere to this album. The tunes are damn catchy too. Good clean entertainment for the whole family to enjoy!

Keith Richards, Jr.

Re: Best track on "Harum Scarum" LP 1965

Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:28 pm

Keith Richards, Jr. wrote:
Inigo Montoya on Hey, Little Girl wrote:It's pure fun + I love it = crap, basically


???

JerryNodak wrote:So I'll state up front that I love it. The whole album. Every song.


Now we're talkin'. I couldn't have said it better myself. Yes, this soundtrack was badly mastered, but Elvis and the musicians did a terrific job (which is even more obvious on the outtakes because they don't have that dry sound) and there is a lovely atmosphere to this album. The tunes are damn catchy too. Good clean entertainment for the whole family to enjoy!

Keith Richards, Jr.


Please note that all Swedish people doesn´t share this opinion ... :D :D

Kind regards
Björn