I am in total agreement with both of these sentiments, which oddly enough surprises me. Again, I had not even pulled this album out of my RCA Album Collection box set as I thought this was the nadir of Elvis's soundtrack recordings. I have also avoided the movie like the plague over the years, and I plan to continue that habit. I was prepared to say how much I hate this album to earn my bone fides among the more discriminating fans on this fine forum, but I am going to have to say several members pointed me to some songs that I actually like a bit, but first lets start with the sound issues. Wow, this is got to be one of the poorest professionally engineered recordings I have ever heard. Boy, it sure had to be hard to make a voice as beautiful and as rich as Elvis Presley's sound flat and harsh sounding with all his rich vibrato, but they sure did a good job of it. Elvis's voice often sounds like it was recorded two studio's over from the rest of the band and on some of the cuts he sounds like he is down in a deep well somewhere. The band is not bad at all as you point out, but they too are buried in the mix. Elvis's voice is way out front, but not in a pleasing way. I particular;y cannot believe how bad both sound on a cut like Go East-Young Man, one of several songs by the team of Giant, Baum and Kaye that I actually like. Having said these things about the atrocious sonics on the album, I actually like some of the songs more than I thought I was going to before I gave the album a better listen. I even like Harum Holiday, with its interesting little piano figure, but Elvis's voice seems almost off pitch, something I do not think I have ever said before about a studio cut on Elvis. I like most of the Giant, Baum and Faye written songs, but especially Animal Instinct. A sexy song with some really fine drum work by Kenny Buttrey or D.J. Fontana or a combination there of. I also really dig Hey Little Girl, with a really interesting piano/bass signature that reminds me a lot of Neil Diamond's great song Cherry Cherry, recorded about a year or so later I believe. Elvis even has a nice sounding grunt in there, once again reminding me of Neil's live version of the song. I also really like the front and back cover shots for the album as well, something we do not always say about these Elvis albums from the sixties and 70's. Well, here is one more album that I thought I was going to truly despise, but there were more than a few songs that I actually liked.