Elvis Presley

Double Trouble

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Elvis showed signs of life on Spinout only to be spun back into the dregs on 1967's Double Trouble. As it always is with Presley's soundtracks, the culprit is the careless construction. Any time a passable tune surfaces, its appearance seems to be by chance, an accidental combination of performance or production. Double Trouble kicks up just two of these tracks: the snazzy Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman title track, which kicks with a vigor suited for Vegas, and "Long Legged (With the Short Dress On)," a nice blast of fuzzy chaos. The rest are stiff throwbacks to the low-stakes hijinks of his early-'60s movies, so outdated that by the time this short LP slides into four leftovers from 1963 and 1964 -- some originally released on EPs, so they're the definition of filler -- there doesn't seem to be much of a gap aesthetically. Without these four cuts, the soundtrack material would add up to a paltry 16 minutes and that brevity still disguises how terrible the worst of the batch are: Elvis rarely did anything worse than the farting march "I Love Only One Girl" or a big-band rendition of "Old MacDonald," nonsense that seem even worse in the wake of the relatively lively Spinout.

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