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EASY COME, EASY GO and SPEEDWAY were two of the Elvis films which came out towards the end of his movie career, in 1967 and 1968 respectively. Elvis had become very bored with the limpid storylines and poor music he was expected to sing in these movies and it was later in 1968 that would come his Comeback Special (a TV show) which would re-establish him as a rocker of the first order.
This CD features the music from these 2 films and it is mostly not good. Rumour has it that the appalling YOGA IS AS YOGA DOES was written on the orders of Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, as a response to Elvis' then current love, yoga - Parker didn't like the spiritual aspects of the technique. Unfortunately Elvis went along with singing the song, which is not a good one. The best song from the EASY COME EASY GO selection is LEAVE MY WOMAN ALONE, which is a cover of a Ray Charles song.
The songs from SPEEDWAY are a little better, mainly because Elvis was co-starring against Nancy Sinatra, who he had something of a crush on (although not as much as Ann-Margret a few years before) and this inspired him, if only a little. The title song is a rocking tune and SUPPOSE has Elvis in fine form.
This is an OK album with some OK songs, but be prepared for some songs of lower quality too.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Easy Come, Easy Go
2 Love Machine
3 Yoga Is as Yoga Does
4 You Gotta Stop
5 Sing You Children
6 I'll Take Love
7 She's a Machine
8 Love Machine [Alternate Take 11]
9 Sing You Children [Alternate Take 1]
10 She's a Machine [Alternate Take 13]
11 Suppose [Alternate Master]
13 There Ain't Nothing Like a Song
14 Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby
15 Who Are You (Who Am I?)
16 He's Your Uncle, Not Your Dad