All Things Elvis: Releases explore The King's hits ? and misses

Plenty of Follow That Dream releases to catch up on.

First is an expanded edition of “Girls! Girls! Girls!” This was Elvis’ second Hawaiian outing, and though not nearly as successful as “Blue Hawaii,” it did feature the fine hit “Return To Sender.”

Unfortunately, there aren’t any outtakes of that song among the bonus material, though some might note with relief there aren’t any alternate versions of “Song of the Shrimp” either! There are previously unreleased takes of the heartfelt “Mama,” which was written for the film but ultimately not used, along with other unreleased material.

“Easy Come, Easy Go” is notable for having one of the strangest musical numbers of any Elvis film, “Yoga Is As Yoga Does” (ranking right up there with the dream sequence “Edge of Reality” from “Live A Little, Love A Little”), which saw the King trading yoga positions with the Bride of Frankenstein (Elsa Lanchester, playing a yoga instructor). The film’s soundtrack was an EP, so this expanded edition has lots of bonus material, including previously unreleased takes of “She’s A Machine,” recorded for the film but not used due to Elvis’ dislike of it (nor, judging by his performance, could he work up a great deal of enthusiasm for the other soundtrack songs).

“Wild In The Country” didn’t even have a soundtrack release; the songs were scattered among singles and albums, like Elvis For Everyone. This is because the film was one of Elvis’ “serious” efforts (and one that I’m rather partial to), and thus only featured five songs. Why they didn’t make “I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell” a single is beyond me; on this release you can hear Elvis make his way through numerous takes of the song, and the film’s title track is another highlight.

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