“GI Blues” by Elvis Presley - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1960Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

When the best track on an album is a reworking from a previous set then the chances are there’s trouble in store. Such is the case on G.I. Blues. Elvis was a busy boy when he was discharged from the Army in March 1960. His terrific comeback LP “Elvis Is Back!” was in the stores by April. Before April was through he got to work on “G.I. Blues”, his first film since “King Creole” in 1958. The soundtrack LP has its moments, but it’s a massive credibility fall in terms of Elvis as an edgy rock n roller, with lines like “Frantic frauleins at the station, they’re ready for a celebration” filling cheesy MOR rock n roll numbers like “Frankfort Special”. And how hard can it be to spell Frankfurt? The banality of the lead single, “Wooden Heart”, didn’t put people off – it shot to Number One in the UK. That’s the record buying public for you. The lightweight pop croon of “Pocketful Of Rainbows” and the slushy balladry of “Big Boots” fire further warning signs that Elvis could be on the slide.

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A1 [02:14] 4.0.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - Tonight Is So Right For Love (Sid Wayne, Abner Silver) Pop
A2 [02:18] 5.2.png Elvis Presley - What’s She Really Like (Sid Wayne, Abner Silver) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A3 [02:58] 3.5.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - Frankfort Special (Sid Wayne, Sherman Edwards) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A4 [02:02] 3.7.png Elvis Presley - Wooden Heart (Ben Weisman, Fred Wise, Kay Twomey) Pop
A5 [02:37] 5.8.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - G.I. Blues (Sid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B1 [02:35] 2.5.png Elvis Presley - Pocketful Of Rainbows (Ben Weisman, Fred Wise) Pop
B2 [02:23] 4.5.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - Shoppin’ Around (Aaron Schroeder, Sid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [01:31] 2.3.png Elvis Presley - Big Boots (Sid Wayne, Sherman Edwards) Pop Ballad
B4 [02:36] 6.2.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - Didja’ Ever (Sid Wayne, Sherman Edwards) Pop
B5 [02:07] 7.0.png Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes [gi blues version] (Carl Perkins) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B6 [03:11] 5.5.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - Doin’ The Best I Can (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman) Pop Ballad

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