Paradise, Hawaiian Style (soundtrack)

Paradise, Hawaiian Style is the thirteenth soundtrack album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released by RCA Victor in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 3643, in June 1966. It is the soundtrack to the 1966 film of the same name starring Presley. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, on July 26 and 27, and August 2, 1965. It peaked at number 15 on the Top LP's chart.[2]

Paradise, Hawaiian Style
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJune 10, 1966
RecordedJuly–August 1965
StudioRadio Recorders (Hollywood)
GenrePop, Hawaiian
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerDavid Weichman, Thorne Nogar
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Background edit

Presley found himself in 1965 recording soundtrack albums for films that were almost a year away from release – gone were the days when the turnaround time from the final session for Elvis Is Back! to its arrival in the shops was less than one week.[3] While working on this album, his most recent film in the theaters was Tickle Me, and Presley had completed three more movies since then. With titles like "A Dog's Life" and "Queenie Wahine's Papaya" he openly ridiculed the material, wasting time before finally approaching the microphone to do the job.[4] He begrudgingly accepted songs given him that he would have rejected outright years earlier. He always finished the work, but in essence Presley had become a hired hand in his own career.[4] Popular music, and particularly Rock n' Roll, was in a state of total change as an art form and Presley was 'lost in Hollywood'.

Content edit

No singles were issued from songs on Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Ten songs were recorded at the sessions for the soundtrack, but only nine were used in the film. The omitted song, "Sand Castles," was included on the album to bring the running order to ten tracks. Sales for the album were under 250,000, a new low for Presley's LP catalogue.[5] The good news was the single issued in June 1966 two days before the album, the 1945 Victor Young standard "Love Letters" backed with Clyde McPhatter's 1958 rhythm and blues hit "Come What May". It made a respectable number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at least reflected Presley's actual tastes away from obligations to the soundtrack recordings.[6] It was also his first contemporary record release in three years since "(You're the) Devil in Disguise" in June 1963, arriving in stores less than two weeks after it was recorded.[7]

Reissues edit

In 2004 Paradise, Hawaiian Style was reissued on the Follow That Dream label in a special edition that contained the original album tracks along with numerous alternate takes.[8]

Track listing edit

Original release edit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Paradise, Hawaiian Style"Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence KayeJuly 27, 19652:39
2."Queenie Wahine's Papaya"Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence KayeJuly 27, 19651:35
3."Scratch My Back (Then I'll Scratch Yours)"Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence KayeJuly 26, 19652:16
4."Drums of the Islands"Sid Tepper and Roy C. BennettJuly 26, 19652:34
5."Datin'"Fred Wise and Randy StarrJuly 26, 19651:23
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."A Dog's Life"Ben Weisman and Sid WayneJuly 27, 19651:59
2."House of Sand"Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence KayeJuly 27, 19652:04
3."Stop Where You Are"Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence KayeJuly 27, 19652:06
4."This Is My Heaven"Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence KayeJuly 27, 19652:36
5."Sand Castles" (bonus track)David Hess and Herb GoldbergAugust 2, 19652:58

2004 Follow That Dream CD reissue edit

Original tracks
1."Paradise, Hawaiian Style"2:39
2."Queenie Wahine's Papaya"1:34
3."Scratch My Back"2:15
4."Drums of the Islands"2:33
6."A Dog's Life"1:58
7."House of Sand"2:03
8."Stop Where You Are"2:04
9."This Is My Heaven"2:34
10."Sand Castles" (bonus track)2:58
Previously released outtakes
11."This Is My Heaven" (take 4)3:01
12."A Dog's Life" (takes 4, 5, 6)5:45
13."Datin'" (takes 6, 7, 8, 11, 12)3:23
14."This Is My Heaven" (take 7)2:48
Previously unreleased outtakes
15."Drums of the Islands" (takes 4, 5)3:37
16."Queenie Wahine's Papaya" (take 5)1:57
17."Stop Where You Are" (take 1)2:40
18."House Of Sand" (take 3 plus intro)4:44
19."Paradise, Hawaiian Style" (takes 4, 1)4:04
20."Scratch My Back" (take 1)2:29
21."A Dog's Life" (take 8)2:06
22."Sand Castles" (KOV take 1)3:06
23."Datin'" (takes 1, 2, 3, 4)3:20
24."This Is My Heaven" (takes 1, 2, 3)3:56

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Charts edit


Year Chart Position
1965 Billboard Pop Albums 15

References edit

  1. ^ "Paradise, Hawaiian Style – Elvis Presley". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  2. ^ "Pop Albums". Elvis Presley: Official Site of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. 2013. Archived from the original on May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  3. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; p. 127.
  4. ^ a b Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 201.
  5. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 222.
  6. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p. 217.
  7. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., pp. 415, 417.
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