Album Title : Spinout
Catalogue Number : LPM - 3702
Year Release : 31st October 1966
Side 1 : Stop, Look And Listen - Adam And Evil - All That I Am - Never Say Yes - Am I Ready - Beach Shack
Side 2 : Spinout - Smorgasbord - I'll Be Back - Tomorrow is A Long Time - Down in The Alley - I'll Remember You
Brief History :
Spinout is the twenty-seventh album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 3702, in October 1966. Recording sessions took place at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California, on February 16 and 17, 1966. It peaked at #18 on the Top Pop Albums chart.
In early 1966, executives at RCA and the Colonel had arrived at the same conclusion. They could no longer expect records of only soundtrack recordings and session leftovers to perform as strongly as in the past. Popular music was rife with changes in the mid-1960s, and with chart dominance from The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and a host of others, Presley no longer reigned supreme in the marketplace. Soundtrack sales were plunging, shifting fewer units and peaking at lower positions on the chart.
But the Spinout sessions still adhered to the same formula of the past four years. Nine songs were recorded for the soundtrack, all of which appeared in the film. The songs derived from the standard pool of songwriters, their publishing rights signed over to Elvis Presley Music and Gladys Music, the companies owned by Elvis and the Colonel. One song "Stop, Look, and Listen" had been a recent b-side for Bill Haley & His Comets in February 1965. Two songs were released as a single the month before the film's premiere, the title track backed with "All That I Am," and although both sides charted independently the A-side just barely made the Top 40. Elvis performed the song "Adam and Evil" on stage in the film which features a long drum roll at the beginning. He makes reference to Adam and Eve in the Bible, that "Adam and Evil they go hand in hand / Eve taught him sin, that's the way it all began". Elvis clicks his fingers throughout the track.
Acknowledging shifts in taste, three additional tracks of a contemporary nature were added as a "special bonus" to bring the album up to a more acceptable running time. Recorded at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee during the sessions for his gospel album How Great Thou Art, two were rhythm and blues songs. The other was an original by Bob Dylan (publishing rights were, of course, not signed over to Presley and Parker), with a ballad from a later Nashville session in June. "Down in the Alley' had been released in 1957 by The Clovers, and Presley knew of and appreciated the Dylan song from the version on Odetta Sings Dylan by the folk singer Odetta. "I'll Remember You" had been a record by Don Ho, and reflected Presley's infatuation with Hawaii and its culture. Even with these inclusions, the album fared little better than its predecessors in 1966.
Dylan confessed to Rolling Stone in June 1969 that Presley's version of "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" was the cover of one of his songs that he "treasured the most." The three additional songs can be found on From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters, while three songs from the film soundtrack appeared on its sister compilation: "Spinout," "All That I Am," and "I'll Be Back."
Front Cover : Photo of Elvis. Title to the right. Catalogue number bottom left.
Rear Cover : 9 Photos of Elvis. Catalogue number top right Mono LPM 3702 / Stereo LSP 3702. Printed in U.S.A. bottom right.
Label : Black with silver lettering & dog on top. RCA Victor Logo in white.
Side 1 : Right side has "Side 1". MONAURAL at bottom.
Side 2 : Right side has "Side 2". MONAURAL at bottom.
Pressing Plant : Hollywood
Matrix Number Side 1 : TPRM - 5314 - 5S (Machine Stamped)
Matrix Number Side 2 : TPRM - 5315 - 5S (Machine Stamped)
*NOTE* A 11 X 11 inch photo was given away free for a period during this release. It was enclosed inside the album.