Elvis Presley - G.I. Blues
G.I. Blues was Elvis' first movie back from his own stint in the U.S. Army, and like his character in the movie, Elvis was stationed in Germany, and he, too, met a girl there. It was there the resemblance ended. G.I. Blues wasn't autobiographical, it was another lighthearted love story with some music, and the added attraction of the magnificent dancing of the exotic Juliet Prowse (then the girlfriend of Frank Sinatra).
With some of Elvis' best recordings of the early '60s, G. I. Blues is a terrific listen by itself, but the CD contains many alternative takes of all the best of the songs. With the delightful "Wooden Heart," the bluesy "Tonight's All Right For Love" and lovely, lyrical "Pocket Full Of Rainbows," it's simply a terrific listen. Even the somewhat sappy, but sweet, lullaby "Big Boots" is welcome here, amidst such terrific up-tempo numbers as "Didja Ever" and the title track, "G.I. Blues." And, of course, there's a version of Elvis' classic "Blue Suede Shoes" (this is the only time "Elvis Presley" appeared as "himself" in an Elvis movie). Elvis' movie career may have gone into a stall once he made it past this film, but as of here he was still enjoying himself, and it shows in his performance and in the music he made. It's a delightful, enjoyable listen all the way through.
Review by Kathy Coleman.