Double Trouble (soundtrack)

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Double Trouble
Elvis Presley - Double Trouble.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJune 1, 1967
RecordedMay 1963, June 1966
GenreRock, pop
Length22:36
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerJeff Alexander
Elvis Presley chronology
How Great Thou Art
(1967)
Double Trouble
(1967)
Clambake
(1967)
Singles from Double Trouble
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic1/5 stars[1]

Double Trouble is the fifteenth soundtrack album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released by RCA Victor in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 3787, in June 1967. It is the soundtrack to the 1967 film of the same name starring Presley. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders and at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in Hollywood, California, on June 28, 29, and 30, 1966.[2] It peaked at number 47 on the Billboard 200.[3]

Background[edit]

After his enthusiasm for his gospel album How Great Thou Art made in the previous month in Nashville, the rushed and pedestrian soundtrack returned Presley to the depressing grind of churning out forgettable records for forgettable movies.[4] Even the chosen release date for Double Trouble would prove unfortunate — the same day as The Beatles' era-encapsulating landmark album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Content[edit]

Presley had usually insisted on working in the comfortable environment of a regular recording studio, and had avoided the large movie studio sound stages, but MGM executives with an eye on budgets insisted on moving the soundtrack recordings after the first night to just such a sound stage.[5] A frustrated Elvis dutifully went along, but the final straw was having to sing "Old MacDonald," Presley storming out of the session in a huff after finishing a very short master recording of "Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On)."[5] That song would be issued as a single in late April, prior to the film's premiere, and would peak at an anemic number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Nine songs were recorded for the film, coming in at a brief 17:11 and far too short for a normal LP. To bring up the running time, three tracks recorded at the "lost album" sessions of May 1963, were added to push the album over the twenty-minute mark.[6] Two had already been issued as b-sides to singles, "Never Ending", the flipside to a four-year-old album track "Such a Night", and "Blue River" on the back of an eight-year-old vault track, "Tell Me Why."[7] "It Won't Be Long" was recorded for the film but was not used.

Reissues[edit]

In 2004 Double Trouble was reissued on the Follow That Dream label in a special edition that contained the original album tracks along with a selection of alternate takes.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Double Trouble"Doc Pomus, Mort ShumanJune 29, 19661:38
2."Baby, If You'll Give Me All of Your Love"Joy ByersJune 29, 19661:47
3."Could I Fall in Love"Randy StarrJune 28, 19661:42
4."Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On)"Leslie McFarland, Winfield ScottJune 29, 19661:27
5."City by Night"Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence KayeJune 28, 19663:04
6."Old MacDonald"Randy StarrJune 29, 19662:04
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."I Love Only One Girl"Sid Tepper, Roy C. BennettJune 29, 19661:52
2."There Is So Much World to See"Randy StarrJune 28, 19661:53
3."It Won't Be Long" (bonus track)Ben Weisman, Sid WayneJune 29, 19661:44
4."Never Ending" (bonus track)Buddy Kaye, Phil SpringerMay 26, 19631:57
5."Blue River" (bonus track)Paul Evans, Fred TobiasMay 27, 19632:11
6."What Now, What Next, Where To" (bonus track)Hal Blair, Don RobertsonMay 26, 19631:56

Follow That Dream reissue[edit]

Tracks 1-12 are the original album tracks.

No.TitleLength
13."Double Trouble" (take 1)1:39
14."Baby, If You'll Give Me All Of Your Love" (take 2)2:25
15."I Love Only One Girl" (take 1)2:25
16."It Won't Be Long" (takes 1,2)2:21
17."Long Legged Girl" ([2nd version] takes 1,2)2:40
18."Could I Fall In Love" (take 6 [undubbed master])2:27
19."There Is So Much World To See" (take 10)2:27
No.TitleLength
20."Long Legged Girl" ([1st version] take 6)1:44
21."City By Night" (take 3/10)2:56
22."It Won't Be Long" (take 5)1:47
23."Double Trouble" (takes 2,3)1:50
24."Baby, If You'll Give Me All Of Your Love" (takes 3,4)2:49
25."Could I Fall In Love" (harmony take 1)1:48
Total length:51:54

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1967 Billboard Pop Albums 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Keith Flynn's Elvis Presley pages". Keith Flynn. 2015. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  3. ^ Awards for Double Trouble at AllMusic
  4. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 222.
  5. ^ a b Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; p. 221.
  6. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 179.
  7. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 75.
  8. ^ Sources:

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