King Creole: Original Soundtrack/Collector's Edition/+7" [VINYL]
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The original album hit #2 in America and #4 in Britain in 1958, plus the EPs King Creole Vol 1 and Vol 2 held both the #1 & 2 spots on the Billboard EP chart, with the Elvis EP at#6 and Jailhouse Rock at#8 all at the same time: this is very impressive as this was at a time when EPs sold far more than albums, both EPs sold over half a million copies each, the album sold 300,000 even though the EPs already contained all the songs.
And the songs are outstanding, King Creole and Hard Headed Woman are rock classics, hard driven and dangerous.
The duet Crawfish is a wonderful calypso inspired song, whilst the ballads are beautifully sung yet are a million miles away from the meanacing Trouble, a song that has become a legendary, not only here but as the opener in Elvis 68 Special.
There are plenty alternate takes here, making this an essential CD for everyone
If you like Elvis and you've been listening to compilation albums and think that it is time to try a full album with tracks that you've not heard before, then King Creole is a very good place to start.
I would suggest that you buy the film first and then without further persuassion you will then buy the CD.
A great addition to any music/film collection.
Music wise it's also one of his better soundtracks though one does wonder why the contribution to rock'n'roll history made by the city of New Orleans has been totally ignored in favour of a kind of ersatz dixieland approach. I don't remember when it was meant to be set but the appearance looked fairly current for the time so the whole heritage of Domino, Penniman, etc. should have been relevant. Could it be that the film makers only related NO to dixie music? I'm rather inclined to think the answer (from the perspective of Hollywood) was yes!!!!!!!!
Oh well, moving on, what about the music? It does have several tracks which I'd put in his very good category, just below his very best stuff. These include the title track, a rather manufactured rocker from Leiber and Stoller which builds tension superbly in the stop/start verses only to rather dissipate the same thanks to the Jordanaires in the chorus. The blues "Trouble" is possibly the best track and it's the only one that went on to be used by Elvis in concert format at a much later stage in his career. As a blues it bears comparison more to the sort of thing that Muddy Waters or Howling Wolf were putting out in Chicago - with different instrumentation of course - than the more rolling piano dominated New Orleans blues.Read more ›
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Great value for £3.99...not a lot I can add that other reviewers haven't said - other than, for me, Hard Headed Woman is worth £3.99 by itself.Published 9 months ago by Galning
One of the best Elvis albums. All the recordings are pure gold but 'Trouble' and the sublime 'New Orleans' make this compilation sheer joy!Published 9 months ago by Fiona Layton
Arguably the best film Elvis ever made and definitely the best soundtrackPublished 19 months ago by Dennis Smith