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Not King Creole Indeed
on 17 July 2004
I have never been attracted to the 'deluxe... lots of pictures' type of Elvis package, but I liked the song Frankie and Johnny and the much better value 'double feature' is impossible to get, so I bought this.
I find the outtakes distracting and not particularly informative, but they are quite entertaining. Unlike outtakes from the 50s and 70s, these show Elvis struggling with words and approach, and offer little variations to the eventually released version.
There's a lack of real quality material as usual with Elvis' mid 60s output, and Elvis sounds not totally committed, but the quality is bolstered by the Dixie land feel, something which I feel hurt the far superior King Creole, probably due to the overall per rock feel of the whole venture.
There's pleanty of quite good songs also, the title track is a tough rendition from Elvis, the ballads "What Every Woman", "Beginner's Luck" and "Please Don't Stop" (even showing some emotion) are fine and there's plenty of pre-rock style fun with "Petunia", "Look Out Broadway" and "Come Along". There's even a surprise, the blues tinged "Hard Luck" shows a return to some form.