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The only song I like from Harum Scarum is "So Close, Yet so Far From Paradise".



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Hi there!! :D :D :D.
Ken Jensen wrote:Harum Scarum is a soundtrack Ernst Jørgensen can sit back and enjoy listening to. He has said so in an interview.

The soundtrack falls into the category easy listening. I like it. Elvis sings in a beautiful voice. "Kismet" and "Mirage" are desert pearls. I'm not saying it's a great or memorable album, far from it, but I enjoy it for what it is. If you want nice, unchallenging music running in the background, Harum Scarum is a fine choice.
So now we have two confirmations that Ernst Jorgensen loves Elvis movie music in the 60´s very, very much! 8).

First he stated, that he loved "Marguerita" on a Worldwide Elvis interview some years ago & now we have him in another interview saying he enjoys listening to Harum Scarum :smt023. Interesting!. Thanks. Bye for now :smt006.
I (Ernst Jorgensen) get completely lost when they do "Marguerita"! I think it's marvelous. I know I can't say that to people because they'll think I'm nuts but I love it.
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Re: Any love for "Kismet"?

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I like 'Kismet', in fact I like most of the 'Harum Scarum' soundtrack.
Different strokes for different folks :-)
The album sold pretty well here in the U.K reaching #11 on the charts.



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Elfan wrote:I like 'Kismet', in fact I like most of the 'Harum Scarum' soundtrack.
Different strokes for different folks :-)
The album sold pretty well here in the U.K reaching #11 on the charts.

And #8 in the US :D . It stayed on the charts for 11 weeks.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Elvis_Presley_hit_albums


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MikeFromHolland wrote:
Scarre wrote:
r&b wrote:Tepper and Bennett are hack writers, and Kismet is a hack tune on a bad album. Elevator music is too high a compliment. Im sure Dylan was happy his song didnt appear on that soundtrack album. I couldnt believe my ears in 1965, that this was Elvis Presley I was listening to. Elvis Presley!!
Hack writers? That´s bull. They wrote some fine music. Just to mention a few: G.I. Blues, For The Millionth And The Last Time, Just For Old Time Sake.
I'd bet r&b can do much better :wink: Where can we listen to his compositions?

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In fact I have when I was with a small group, but thats another point. We are talking Elvis here, and to think he couldnt (or wouldnt bother) to get better songwriters than these two is beyond reproach. Overall they were strictly under achievers as writers. A few good songs out of many doesnt cut it over the long haul. its sad that the bulk of the 60's were made of their work and other names that you constantly saw on the label. Her's an idea. Play this Billboard #8 album at the next party you throw that doesnt include Elvis freaks. See how it goes over.



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r&b wrote:
MikeFromHolland wrote:
Scarre wrote:
r&b wrote:Tepper and Bennett are hack writers, and Kismet is a hack tune on a bad album. Elevator music is too high a compliment. Im sure Dylan was happy his song didnt appear on that soundtrack album. I couldnt believe my ears in 1965, that this was Elvis Presley I was listening to. Elvis Presley!!
Hack writers? That´s bull. They wrote some fine music. Just to mention a few: G.I. Blues, For The Millionth And The Last Time, Just For Old Time Sake.
I'd bet r&b can do much better :wink: Where can we listen to his compositions?

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In fact I have when I was with a small group, but thats another point. We are talking Elvis here, and to think he couldnt (or wouldnt bother) to get better songwriters than these two is beyond reproach. Overall they were strictly under achievers as writers. A few good songs out of many doesnt cut it over the long haul. its sad that the bulk of the 60's were made of their work and other names that you constantly saw on the label. Her's an idea. Play this Billboard #8 album at the next party you throw that doesnt include Elvis freaks. See how it goes over.
You're right, I was only kidding :wink:

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No offense but with topics like this we can go further: "Any Love for Dominic, Ito Eats, Beach Schack, Old Mc Donald, Barefoot Ballad, No Room to Rhumba in a Sport's Car, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Queenie Wahinee's Papaya, Yoga is As Yoga Does, Confidence?"



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jurasic1968 wrote:No offense but with topics like this we can go further: "Any Love for Dominic, Ito Eats, Beach Schack, Old Mc Donald, Barefoot Ballad, No Room to Rhumba in a Sport's Car, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Queenie Wahinee's Papaya, Yoga is As Yoga Does, Confidence?"
Don't like any of them. But I do like Ito Eats though :D . No, not to play at parties...

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Maybe if we will scrap the bottom of the barrel we will find some new and exciting.




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MikeFromHolland wrote:
Elfan wrote:I like 'Kismet', in fact I like most of the 'Harum Scarum' soundtrack.
Different strokes for different folks :-)
The album sold pretty well here in the U.K reaching #11 on the charts.

And #8 in the US :D . It stayed on the charts for 11 weeks.


Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Elvis_Presley_hit_albums


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Big deal. Why do people always equate chart success with an album's merit? This argument is always stifled when you realize Chuck Berry's only #1 song was the worst record he ever put out. By the way Harum Scarum hit #8 solely on the reputation Elvis had built previously. It had nothing to do with the album's content. He had a huge built-in fanbase that bought everything that came out, but that was ebbing with each release due to albums like this. Many fans (some of them I knew)said no more when this product came out. It was a turning point of sorts. Lets see how Harum Scarum ranks up there with the best of 1965

Rubber Soul - Beatles
Otis Blue - Otis Redding
The Beach Boys Today
Out of Our Heads - Stones
Having A Rave Up - Yardbirds
September of My Years - Sinatra
Bringing It All Back Home - Dylan
Going to a Go-Go - Miracles
Do You Belive in Magic - Spoonful

Its very sad



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Right. I wrote before, but for the fans who did not know Harum Scarum was the last studio LP of Elvis (well even if this is a soundtrack) to reach top 10 in Bilboard in the US in his life. The other albums reaching Bilboard top 10 were from his 3 TV specials. And if he will go back further, the last album with non soundtrack material reaching the top 10 was Pot Luck from 1962-I don't include here the compilations or the Gold Records LP's.



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r&b wrote:
MikeFromHolland wrote:
Elfan wrote:I like 'Kismet', in fact I like most of the 'Harum Scarum' soundtrack.
Different strokes for different folks :-)
The album sold pretty well here in the U.K reaching #11 on the charts.

And #8 in the US :D . It stayed on the charts for 11 weeks.


Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Elvis_Presley_hit_albums


Elvis in the Harum Scarum session:

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Why do people always equate chart success with an album's merit?
Who did?

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MikeFromHolland wrote:.


So glad that Jorgensen & Co released the Harum Scarum FTD. If it was up to some on this forum it might have never happened, for it was "full of sh*t" etc.

The mastering of the outtakes on the FTD is sublime. The Hey, Little Girl! outtake is one of my favorites from this session. It rocks. I enjoy listening to the whole cd now and than for it being so different with those eastern instruments and eastern "feel". A cross over style that would be copied later by many others.

Kismet just ease along. Lovely and unpretentious. Just the kind of approach a song like this needs. Elvis' voice sounds a bit like in his '56 recording of Love Me Tender here and there. Nice to hear that timbre is still there.

Because of this thread I gave it a listen again.

Thanks Juan Luis for finding those little enjoyable songs every time. I like your threads about these songs! Please never stop.

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fn2drive wrote:You have almost a fetish in higlighting the most appalling recordings and labeling them underrated. This soundtrack is utter garbage and the nadir of Elvis soundtrack recordings. We get it-Elvis cut it so it is fantastic. I'm sure you must deep down believe that Elvis version of Old MacDonald brings something to the table-that ending mulligan stew how cool is that? As i noted in your thread of the pedestrian Girls Girls Girls title track, no one objects to you loving the most mediocre and poorest recordings of Elvis career. There are many i love. I just never pretend these are legacy recordings-they arent.
You like to put thoughts words in my mouth. It is all in the title. Any love? And I go further if you feel the "need"... Where do I state that this is top shelf song. Just highlighting a little nugget I like. And obviously what irks you and the others is that I am not alone on this. And there is NOTHING you can do about it.



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I enjoy Kismet, it is well sung and as it was sung 'live' with the group makes it all the better, unlike Mirage which he overdubbed his vocals.

As the movie has such a bad reputation, the soundtrack is often regarded as very poor. I don't agree as I enjoy many of the songs including, besides Kismet, Shake That Tambourine, Hey Little Girl, Animal Instinct, Wisdom Of The Ages and My Desert Serenade.

Whilst the album is, of course, no way equal to his best work it is still very listenable.




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MikeFromHolland wrote:
r&b wrote:
MikeFromHolland wrote:
Elfan wrote:I like 'Kismet', in fact I like most of the 'Harum Scarum' soundtrack.
Different strokes for different folks :-)
The album sold pretty well here in the U.K reaching #11 on the charts.

And #8 in the US :D . It stayed on the charts for 11 weeks.


Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Elvis_Presley_hit_albums


Elvis in the Harum Scarum session:

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Why do people always equate chart success with an album's merit?
Who did?

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Well by you stating this album placed in the top 10 you were indirectly giving it some merit solely on its chart placing. This happens quite frequently here when Elvis' less than stellar work is discussed. There is no other point one can conclude when such a statement is made other than yeah it wasnt great but hey it made #8, so it must somehow be ok! If you had another point in mind, please, Im all ears



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The album was one of his worst, no doubt about it.



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r&b wrote: If you had another point in mind, please, Im all ears
I was amazed by it.

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If the Harum Scarum LP it's good, Bonnie and Clyde loved the law.




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'Kismet' is pleasant enough, but the world is not a better place because Elvis recorded it.

Unlike 'Hound Dog'.




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I'm not his yes man, like you sad very "polite". It's just a fact that this LP was one of the worst Elvis Presley ever recorded.




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I like "Kismet", too. Especially the way he sings "we've met". It's on my Elvis favourite ballads list. I became a fan in 1958 after seeing "Jailhouse Rock", but being a female, I've always had a preference for ballads.




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