Elvis Presley’s Definitive Soundtrack Album Ranks Among His Career Bests: Triple-Platinum Blue Hawaii Showcases the Singer’s Panache, Diversity, and Joyfulness
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Pressed at RTI: Mobile Fidelity’s Numbered-Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP Set Plays with Newly Uncovered Detail, Depth, Air, and Tonality
The Second-Best-Selling Soundtrack of the Musical-Dominant 1960s: Includes the Timeless Standard “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and Island-Inspired Fare
The old adage about Elvis Presley is that his soundtrack work never held a candle next to his studio albums. Though true for a majority of his film-related outings, the traditional notion is forever disproved by his Blue Hawaii set. Originally released in 1961 in support of the film in which he starred, the triple-platinum LP spent nearly five months at the top of the Billboard album charts; outsold his two prior studio efforts; and ultimately, remains the second-best-selling soundtrack of the musical-dominant 1960s. And now, it has received sonic treatment befitting rock royalty.
Recorded before the King started to burn out on soundtracks and go into a creative tailspin, Blue Hawaii presents him in tremendous voice. The newly uncovered layers of detail, body, emotionalism, and tonality on this 2LP set bring that treasured element – as well as the brilliance of the arrangements and accompaniment – to light like never before. Presley’s warm crooning alone warrants unmitigated attention. It’s not for nothing that this record – replete with panache, whimsy, romance, and seriousness – forever altered the course of his career.