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King Creole

By ElvisNews/ Lex, June 16, 2015 | Music

FTD did release a real classic album recently. The soundtrack of Elvis’ fourth movie, King Creole, is now available as a 2CD in the classy 7” format.


The design is as usual, a pretty informative booklet with pictures, sleeves, newspaper and magazine clippings and other memorabilia. Suppose we all know the format by now. Of course the usual mistakes are present too.


In my eyes, or should I say ears, this Elvis’ best soundtrack, although Jailhouse Rock is very close and Loving You not too far away. All others can only take a deep bow for these three. The sound is very clear, of the masters, but also of Thorne Nogar’s live mono mixes. These were taped and mixed at the same time, but not used for the records (those masters were down mixed from the binaureal versions).

All together the first CD gives nothing really special, but it is pure pleasure to listen to. Not enough repetition to get boring, as a matter of fact it has been a long time ago that I played a CD more than 5 times in a row and this one made it!

While putting the 2nd CD – only filled with demos – into the player I said to the mrs. “pay attention, it’s probably the only time you’ll hear it”. Now, having the CD for only 5 days, that turned out to be false information, since I played it a second time since. Actually it is quite funny and interesting to hear how close Elvis stayed with the demo most of the times. Not all versions are great, but all together a fun listen too!


FTD finally made me really happy again, too bad there is not much more and they did not use all they have. 

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LarsG wrote on June 17, 2015
A great release. The second CD is great fun! The demo of As Long As I Have You is turned into amazing doo wop. Why not, if possible, release the missing soundtracks with demos.
TheMemphisFan wrote on June 18, 2015
The Thorne Nogar live mono mixes sound fantastic... and the demos are indeed great fun to hear. 5 stars!
Boxcar wrote on June 25, 2015
"They did not use all they have"?? What else do they have? What is missing?
JerryNodak wrote on June 25, 2015
This is now my "go to" source for King Creole material, and probably my last purchase of this material unless missing reels are located or something.
You Dont Know Me wrote on June 25, 2015
Yes agree Demos are a great addition + sounds good all through.
Cruiser621 wrote on June 28, 2015
I've been listening to this FTD version for a while now and the "live in-studio" versions are definitely superior in all respects to the actual released versions which to my way of thinking, have compression added big time. The demo's are very interesting and enlightening to be honest. This FTD release is well worth having.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on July 06, 2015
I have the alt track's on otherCs so.....I only wish someone would do th same for Loing You & release the aternative ending or he song hat wese Elvis on his knee's bending backward..whatever the song is ?
bajo wrote on July 06, 2015
I thought I had it all! But, then there's Crawfish! So I had to have it all over again! Ernst and Roger sure know their ways! I thought it wouldn't be a "must have". Now I know I was wrong, damn.... Get it folks!
TheMemphisFan wrote on July 06, 2015
Yes indeed, bajo! The full-length recording of "Crawfish" is from the Thorne Nogar live mono mixes, not from a scratchy acetate. Sounds fabulous... as the entire set does!