'Silver Screen Stereo' is released so close on the heels of the sensational 'Memphis Sessions' that it is hard to give it a fair review. There is no doubt that opinions are going to be very divided but after a week of continuous listening I realise that Ernst + the FTD team have produced another gem. This CD is 'Out in Hollywood' Vol.2 but there is much more here. 26 tracks, over 70 minutes, and this time the treat of eavesdropping on Elvis and the band working out the songs and, above all, the BRILLIANT audio quality. The cover is pure 60's and one of FTD's best. Ernst has added the logo 'A new Orthophonic High Fidelity Recording' (which Elvis' early RCA singles used to say). It's a great RCA 'in-joke' by Ernst but yes, the audio quality is dynamite. For me the highlights are the rediscovered tapes of Viva Las Vegas plus the delicious Kid Galahad songs but there's so much more … and it's perfect for an Australian Summer afternoon.
The first 3 tracks are in Binaural Stereo and as soon as D.J's drum kicks the beat in on 'Loving You' you can immediately notice the great sound. However it is the second track 'Jailhouse Rock' Tk5 that is the first highlight. As soon as Elvis says 'We've gotta get this thing goin' ' before the explosive start, you know that Ernst is going to let us hear a little more than just the songs. A dynamite sound, with less echo, this version is outstanding. 'Just a little too fast' they say at the end. The Master was next.
01) Loving You (fast version) - take 14 - 1:35 (Leiber/Stoller) 2-14-57 02) Jailhouse Rock - take 5 - 2:30 (Leiber/Stoller) 4-30-57 03) Don't Leave Me Now - takes 16-17-18 - 2:41 (Schroeder/Weisman) 5-3-57 04) Tonight Is So Right For Love - takes 1-2 - 3:10 (Wayne/Silver) 4-27-60 05) Frankfort Special - take 13 - 2:32 (Wayne/Edwards) 4-27-60 06) Doin' The Best I Can - take 3 - 3:19 (Pomus/Shuman) 4-27-60 07) Shoppin' Around - take 1 - 2:29 (Tepper/Bennett/Schroeder) 4-27-60 08) Summer Kisses Winter Tears - takes 8-9 - 2:43 (Wise/Weisman/Lloyd) 8-8-60 09) In My Way-take 1 - 1:26 (Wise/Weisman) 11-7-60 10) Hawaiian Wedding Song - take 1 - 2:49 (King/Hoffman/Manning) 3-22-61 11) Island Of Love - takes 7-8 - 4:01 ((Tepper/Bennett) 3-22-61 12) Angel -take 2 - 3:04 (Tepper/Bennett) 7-2-61 13) I Got Lucky- alternate master - 1:35 (Fuller/Weisman/Wise) 10-27-61 14) Home Is Where The Heart - takes 13-14 - 3:39 (Edwards/David) 10-26-61 15) Riding The Rainbow-take 1 - 1:56 (Weisman/Wise) 10-26-61 16) The Bullfighter Was A Lady-alternate master - 1:59 (Tepper/Bennett) 1-23-63 17) I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here-alternate master -2:28 (Robertson/Blair) 1-23-63 18) Viva Las Vegas - takes 1-2 - 4:12 (Pomus/Shuman) 7-9/10-63 19) The Lady Loves Me - take 9 - 3:47 (Tepper/Bennett) - 7-11-63 20) You're The Boss - take 3 - 2:46 (Leiber Stoller) - 7-11-63 21) Today, Tomorrow, And Forever - takes 3-4 - 3:37 (Giant/Baum/Kaye) 7-11-63 22) C'mon Everybody - takes 1-2-3 - 4:11 (Byers) 7-9-63 23) Kissin' Cousins-hillbilly overdub - 1:26 (Wise/Starr) 10-10-63 24) There's So Much World To See-alternate master - 2:21 (Wayne/Weisman) 6-28-66 25) Clambake- take 11 (including reprise) - 3:41 (Weisman/Wayne) 3-22/23-67 26) Almost-take 11 - 1:45 (Kaye/Weisman) -10-23-68