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"Carny Town"

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Recorded on March 3, 1964 at Radio Recorders Studio B, Hollywood, California. The great Dave Wiechman behind the console. Written by Fred Wise and Randy Starr (Doctor Warren Nadel). He is retired today (at age 86), having practiced dentistry until the mid-1990's. More interesting information here: http://www.onehitwondersthebook.com/?page_id=2945

Since we have the ROUSTABOUT FTD finally getting a long awaited release. Why not highlight another track I thought. I already had the spotlight shown on the great "Little Egypt"... so I decided on this one. A fun and funny (too short), little ditty for me. Nothing more, nothing less. Elvis Presley sings just fine. Also Floyd Cramer's piano is really outstanding...and that's no bull!

Colonel Parker must have been pleased with the whole carny film and album. Much more (I imagine) when the soundtrack album hit the top spot!

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It is enjoyable if you take it for what it is and no more.


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Soundtrack filler, lighthearted bit of fluff for me. At just over a minute it doesn't really get going. There are some witty lyrics in there though.

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Filler.
Didn't the Double Features version had a bluesy ending?




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One of the reasons this album hit #1




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r&b wrote:One of the reasons this album hit #1
No it isn't. And that's no bull! :lol:



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hit with a capital S in front of it.


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"There's a man who swallows swords and he never gets hurt
He eats razor blades for dessert
He's just about the sharpest guy around
You'll see him here, in Carny Town"
... Good stuff! Funny and a bit witty too! BTW..for the non-speaking English language members.... Sharpest guy in town is also well dressed, good looking etc.. So it has double funny meaning. :lol:




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A thread extolling the virtues of Carny Town? :facep:




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stevelecher wrote:A thread extolling the virtues of Carny Town? :facep:
If I had extolled the virtues of "Carny Town" I would say you were correct with :facep: :facep: :facep: These and more. Let's look at the definition.
"extol the virtues of one's children"; "glorify one's spouse's cooking" exalt, glorify, laud, proclaim. praise - express approval of; "The parents praised their children for their academic performance" canonise, canonize - treat as a sacred person; "He canonizes women".......



Read the OP and tell me I extolled the virtues of anything. :facep: :lol:
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jeanno wrote:Filler.
Didn't the Double Features version had a bluesy ending?
Yes, it is an extended version with a cute ad-lib by Elvis. "We Got to End!"


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This is the moment the Comeback began.




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Hobbes wrote:This is the moment the Comeback began.
Nope. But he sure wasn't gone with a #1 album and all.



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I think the consensus of opinion so far is that this is not a very good song, and that by some, would be putting it politely.

Of course you have to be careful how you word things around here, so just to clarify, that does not mean that Elvis sings it poorly (he doesn't) or the backing is poor (it isn't) and it may well fit into the theme of the film. But we are talking about the Elvis Presley here who gave us Dont Be Cruel, That's All Right, Its Now or Never, Little Sister, Devil In Disguise etc etc. But hey, it's on an album that got to #1 so that in itself must give the song total credibility. It was the first album to get to #1 since 1962, and with so much emphasis being placed on this in recent weeks, I guess it is safe to now assume that The Comeback started here in 1964/65 and not 1966.
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Rob wrote:It is enjoyable if you take it for what it is and no more.
Exactly. I don't skip it when playing shuffle in the car. I enjoy it.



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emjel wrote:I think the consensus of opinion so far is that this is not a very good song, and that by some, that would be putting it politely.

Of course you have to be careful how you word things around here, so just to clarify, that does not mean that Elvis sings it poorly (he doesn't) or the backing is poor (it isn't) and it may well fit into the theme of the film. But we are talking about the Elvis Presley here who gave us Dont Be Cruel, That's All Right, Its Now or Never, Little Sister, Devil In Disguise etc etc. But hey, it's on an album that got to #1 so that in itself must give the song total credibility. It was the first album to get to #1 since 1962, and with so much emphasis being placed on this in recent weeks, I guess it is safe to now assume that The Comeback started here in 1964/65 and not 1966.
Another convert ! :wink:


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Steve Morse wrote:
emjel wrote:I think the consensus of opinion so far is that this is not a very good song, and that by some, that would be putting it politely.

Of course you have to be careful how you word things around here, so just to clarify, that does not mean that Elvis sings it poorly (he doesn't) or the backing is poor (it isn't) and it may well fit into the theme of the film. But we are talking about the Elvis Presley here who gave us Dont Be Cruel, That's All Right, Its Now or Never, Little Sister, Devil In Disguise etc etc. But hey, it's on an album that got to #1 so that in itself must give the song total credibility. It was the first album to get to #1 since 1962, and with so much emphasis being placed on this in recent weeks, I guess it is safe to now assume that The Comeback started here in 1964/65 and not 1966.
Another convert ! :wink:
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Elvis's voice is slightly reminiscent of his 50's vocal stylings here. He still had it in spades but clearly stronger material was required! Still, although it's not entirely without its charms (it reminds me a little of Dixieland Rock) fortunately the comeback was just around the corner! Roll on '66!




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It's a fun song that adds to the atmosphere of the soundtrack. The One Track Heart - It's Carnival Time - Carny Town sequence might be slight, but it's always a joy to hear.



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Although Carny Town and It's Carnival Time are the weakest links on the Roustabout soundtrack, there is humour in the lyrics of Carny Town.

Poison Ivy League perhaps is a better attempt at incorporating humourous lyrics on the same soundtrack.



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Juan Luis wrote:
r&b wrote:One of the reasons this album hit #1
No it isn't. And that's no bull! :lol:
Thanks, Juan. Elvis would never again sound quite as youthful, or as southern, as he does on the word "ribs".

On the same page, is "those sons of the rich", Elvis' most earthy lyric.


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mike edwards66 wrote:
Juan Luis wrote:
r&b wrote:One of the reasons this album hit #1
No it isn't. And that's no bull! :lol:
Thanks, Juan. Elvis would never again sound quite as youthful, or as southern, as he does on the word "ribs".

On the same page, is "those sons of the rich", Elvis' most earthy lyric.
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I prefer this version :smt002 . Interesting ending!

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Cracking little song from a cracking album.....like most of the movie tracks their function was to enhance and complement the film and in return give us enjoyable regular album releases. Really looking forward to the ftd release.



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"Carny Town"

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I like the song arrangement, rhythm , delivery and melody . Not so much the words. I hoped it had a cool guitar solo in it. The track that I don't like in the album is "it's carnival time"




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