Elvis Presley

C'mon Everybody

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Elvis is pictured in a Vegas-era jumpsuit on the cover of 1971's Camden compilation C'mon Everybody but all ten songs date from a period that's much, much earlier -- primarily the days before Beatlemania, in fact -- with only two of its songs deriving from 1967's Easy Come, Easy Go and the rest of the songs coming from Follow That Dream and Kid Galahad, both 1962 films, and 1964's Viva Las Vegas. The common thread between all four films is that their soundtracks only existed on EP, not LP. Hence, C'mon Everybody is the first time these tunes have popped up on LP, so it's a little bit of an incoherent clearinghouse but a lot of its bones are stronger than what showed up on the official soundtrack LPs of the '60s. Much of that is due to the music's early origins: in 1962 and 1964, there still was some swivel in Elvis' swing, and some appealing kick in the songs. Sure, they often could be silly -- "A Whistling Tune" wasn't meant to be heard outside of the film -- but Fred Wise/Ben Weisman's "Follow That Dream" is one of Presley's better soundtrack tunes, "C'mon Everybody" embraces its go-go camp, "Angel" twinkles sweetly, and there's good humor fueling "I'll Take Love." This still doesn't make C'mon Everybody much more than a grab bag, but dip in at the right moment and it can generate some fun.

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