Album Title : Blue Hawaii
Catalogue Number : LPM - 2426
Year Release : 1st October 1961
Side 1 : Blue Hawaii - Almost Always True - Aloha Oe - No More - Can't Help Falling In Love - Rock-A-Hula Baby - Moonlight Swim
Side 2 : Ku-u-i-po - Ito Eats - Slicin' Sand - Hawaiian Sunset - Beach Boy Blues - Island Of Love (Kauai) - Hawaiian Wedding Song
Brief History :
Blue Hawaii is the fourteenth album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 2426, in October 1961. It is a soundtrack for Presley's film of the same name. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on March 21, 22, and 23, 1961. It spent 20 weeks at the #1 slot and 39 weeks in the Top 10 on the US Top Pop Albums chart. It was certified Gold on 12/21/1961, Platinum and 2x Platinum on 3/27/1992 and 3x Platinum on 7/30/2002 by the RIAA. On the US Top Pop Albums chart Blue Hawaii is the #2 most successful album of the 1960s, second only to West Side Story.
RCA and the Colonel had initially planned a schedule of one soundtrack and one popular music release per year for Presley, in addition to the requisite four singles . To coincide with the location of the film, touches of Hawaiian music were included, from instrumentation to the traditional song "Aloha ʻOe." The title song was taken from a similar film Waikiki Wedding starring Bing Crosby in 1937, and "Hawaiian Wedding Song" dates from a 1926 operetta.
The songs "Can't Help Falling In Love" and "Rock-A-Hula Baby" were pulled off the album for two sides of a single released the following month. The A-side "Can't Help Falling In Love," which would become the standard closer for an Elvis Presley concert in the 1970s, went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the b-side charted independently at #23.
The Blue Hawaii soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1961 in the category of Best Sound Track Album Or Recording Of Original Cast From A Motion Picture Or Television.
The success of this soundtrack and its predecessor G. I. Blues, both of which sold in much greater quantity than Presley's two regular releases of the time, Elvis Is Back! and Something for Everybody, set the pace for the rest of the decade. The Colonel and Presley would focus on Elvis' film career, "normal" albums taking a back seat with only six during the 1960s against sixteen full-length soundtrack albums among 27 movies and the comeback special. Five songs from this album appear on the 1995 compendium of soundtrack recordings: the two sides of the single, "Blue Hawaii," "Hawaiian Wedding Song," and "Beach Boy Blues".
Front Cover : Photo of Elvis. Film title to right. Catalogue number bottom left. Logo top right. Bottom side left Printed In U.S.A.
Rear Cover : 4 Elvis photos from Blue Hawaii. Catalogue number top right LPM/LSP 2426.
Label : Black with silver lettering & dog on top.
Side 1 : Right side has "New Orthophonic" High Fidelity under the number 1. Long Play at bottom.
Side 2 : Right side has "New Orthophonic" High Fidelity under the number 2. Long Play at bottom.
Pressing Plant : Indianapolis
Matrix Number Side 1 : M2PP - 2996 - 1S B1 (Machine Stamped)
Matrix Number Side 2 : M2PP - 2997 - 1S A3 (Machine Stamped)