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HARUM SCARUM - BMG 82876 53369 2
Recording By Elvis 1965


Harum Scarum

 1. Review by Oven Egeland
Updated soundtrack

 1: Harem Holiday
 2: My Desert Serenade
 3: Go East Young Man
 4: Mirage
 5: Kismet
 6: Shake That Tambourine
 7: Hey Little Girl
 8: Golden Coins
 9: So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise)
10: Animal Instinct
11: Wisdom Of The Ages
12: My Desert Serenade (7) [Today, Tomorrow And Forever]
13: Hey Little Girl (1, 2) [Out In Hollywood]
14: Shake That Tambourine (7, 8)
15: Golden Coins (3, 4)
16: Kismet (1, 2)
17: Animal Instinct (1, 3, 4)
18: So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (1)
19: Shake That Tambourine (10, 16)
20: Hey Little Girl (3)
21: My Desert Serenade (2, 3)
22: Golden Coins (7, 8)
23: Harem Holiday (1, 2)
24: Wisdom Of The Ages (3)
25: Shake That Tambourine (18, 19, 20, 21)

Tracks in green denotes previously unreleased takes (officially).

Available on bootlegs:
Some tracks are available on Come What May

"Arab Elvis"
(Review by Oven Egeland)

This updated soundtrack album of Harum Scarum is presented in the same manner as the previously 3 updated soundtrack album; Girl Happy, Fun In Acapulco and finally It Happened At The World's Fair. The CD is housed in a colorful gatefold pack with appropriate pictures and necessary information. Inside you will also find a booklet telling more about the movie and the soundtrack. A nice delivery!

After the original LP soundtrack, you will find 14 bonus tracks, 12 of which has never been released officially before. Some of this material has been released on bootlegs, but at lot of it is new for most Elvis fans.

These sessions were recorded in Studio B, Nashville. Even so, the sound quality is very poor. It sounds like RCA recorded the sessions on re-used (old) tapes. Fortunately the sound quality is significantly better on the outtakes, than on the mastertakes which BMG obviously hasn't worked (much) on.

Harum Scarum offers music outside Elvis' ordinary repertoire. Personally I like the punch in 'Animal Instinct'. Also 'So Close Yet So Far (From Paradise)' is an acceptable tune. I also think that 'Kismet' stands above the rest of the ballads recorded during these sessions.

During the many outtakes of 'Shake That Tambourine' it is obvious that Elvis had motivation problems. Eventually that master had to be created by splicing take 24 and take 38! Was he unfocused, or what!?

The CD is recommended whether you like the music or not. Such dedication from FTD should be supported!

© , Norway, January 2004
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