It Happened At The Worlds Fair is a standard CD, presented in a 7" format cover (like a single or EP) with original back and front cover art, 3 panel Gatefold sleeve, 8 page booklet with photos and memorabilia, original album with original album EQ and with both previously released and previously unreleased outtakes. A must have CD for all fans and collectors.
The audio mix on all the tracks has been spatially opened up to create a wide stereo sound (as much as the MGM basic original tapes allow) and it truly is 'Living Stereo' as the logo infers. This allows all the musicians to shine and the overall feel you get it is that this was a great studio band being wasted on uninspiring material. However the new sound is still a treat to listen to and a track like 'Relax' is delicious with a nice clean bass sound.
Elvis'previous LP was another soundtrack, 'Girls! Girls! Girls!', and although 'World's Fair'was also recorded in 1962 it was a real indication that any of that early 60's musical spark was lost. However the updated audio re-mastering is excellent & hearing the musicians properly make even the lightweight songs a far more enjoyable listening pleasure than the muffled sound of the 90's 'Double-Features' issue.
The original LP ran incredibly short, at less than 22 minutes (Side 1 ran under 10 minutes!) and it is probably only the presence of composer Don Robertson that gives the LP any interest. The first delight is the master of 'Relax'where you can now clearly hear some lovely jazz guitar work from Tiny Timbrell, along with the dual pianos of Dudley Brooks & Don Robertson. Adding Ray Seigel's nice walking-bass line and the shiny new percussion makes this a real joy to listen to.
The It happened At The Worlds Fair CD is again presented in a beautifully printed deluxe gatefold sleeve looking very much like the original LP. The packaging, in a '45 rpm'size concept, is delightful and fits perfectly next to your Elvis 45rpms. The pictures include some rare candid photos as well as movie stills and also Cinema lobby cards. There are some informative notes including the fascinating fact that 'Elvis wore no underwear during this period'!
The least essential FTD soundtrack so far, but due to the lack of quality in the original soundtrack rather than anything else. However, if 'It Happened At The World's Fair'is a favourite film of yours then there are still enough surprises to make this an enjoyable purchase and if you like the package, the other ones are even better!
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From the movie It Happened At The World's Fair
Beyond The Bend
Take Me To The Fair
They Remind Me Too Much Of You
One Broken Heart For Sale
I'm Falling In Love Tonight
Cotton Candy Land
A World Of Our Own
How Would You Like To Be
Recorded at: Radio Recorders Studios, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood. September 1962
Recorded August 30* & September 22, 1962 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, Original engineer: Dave Weichman
Musicians: Scotty Moore: Guitar, Billy Strange: Guitar, Tiny Timbrell: Guitar, Ray Siegel: Bass, D.J. Fontana: Drums, Frank Carlson: Drums, Dudley Brooks: Piano & Organ, Don Robertson: Piano & Organ, Clifford Scott: Sax, The Mello Men -: Vocals (September 22), The Jordanaires - Vocals (August 30)
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