Frankie And Johnny (FTD Edition)

Nov 20, 2003
Frankie And Johnny (FTD Edition)
The second set of previously deleted soundtracks albums was re-released on the Follow That Dream label as part of the label’s program to keep Elvis catalogue available for fans. The first one we review is “Frankie And Johnny”, if only for one of the best lines in an Elvis lyric “You know they'll put your where the cold wind blows. From the hottest corner in hell”. Design The format for these movie re-releases is exactly the same as the previous releases, so nothing new here, and again we compliment Ernst and his team on the beautiful job they did on this package. For those not familiar with the previous releases, this is what you get: 1) 7” format cover (like a single or EP) 2) Original back and front cover 3) 3 panel Gatefold sleeve 4) 8 page booklet with photos and memorabilia 5) Original album with original album EQ 6) Additionally all previously released outtakes (if space permits) 7) Additionally previously unreleased outtakes (if available and space permits) Inside the booklet there is a small mistake though, there is a picture from "Tickle Me" on page two of the booklet. Content This CD contains the original soundtrack and fifteen bonus tracks; all out-takes from the soundtrack songs. This soundtrack perfectly matches the movie with that Dixieland sound, but between the Dixieland you also get a bluesy song like “Hard Luck” or a tender ballad like “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me”. We won’t go into the fans appreciation for movie songs or Dixieland music, you can do that yourself. But since it is a special release for fans, do they get something interesting inside the beautiful package? If you own the bootlegs “Original Film Music Vol. 4“ or the first volume of the “Celluloid Rock” series you have all bonus tracks on this CD, so nothing new her in titles or out-takes. But the sound quality of this release make it worth buying it. One exception is the movie version of the title song, with 7 minutes and one second one of the longest Elvis songs, on this release is almost one minute longer than the one previously available on the “Original Film Music” CD. This version is an interesting mix between Dixieland and blues telling the story of Frankie and Johnny, one of the highlights of this album. Conclusion We can be short in our conclusion of this release, it is the same one as on the previous FTD soundtracks. The FTD label did a great job on this re-release. This is the kind of release that even makes soundtrack recordings interesting. Hopefully we’ll get all of Elvis movie soundtracks in this format.


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Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 11, 2003report abuse
I think telling Jaap that he is not a real Elvis fan because he doesn't like Frankie and Johnny is a little bit harsh Marco. I quite like most of the songs on Frankie and Johnny and good comic performances from Harry Morgan and Donna Douglas (yes, Elvis was great too Marco...) help lift the film off the bottom rung of the ladder as far as Elvis' movie career is concerned. But it ain't no cracker as I'm sure many of the fans will admit. Having said that, when you look at the two movies Elvis made before and after F&J, Harum Scarum and Paradise Hawaiian Style (shudder!) it gives you a little bit of perspective on the lowly 'standards' Hollywood was demanding from the King at the time. They make F&J look like Oscar material. EEK!
Marco Aurelio (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 6, 2003report abuse
Great movie and a great soundtrack. I don´t agree with jaap van der leij. How can you say this is the worst Elvis movie? You don´t have any idea what you wrote there. For me you are not a real Elvis fan. Let´s thank Ernst for these great releases. Keep up the good work FTD! I´m sorry jaap van der leij, but you were unhappy with this reaction.
jaap van der leij (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 4, 2003report abuse
This is the worst elvis movie.The qualite is low standaard. The soundtrack is low standard and cheap. So why do they release not a better ftd
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 22, 2003report abuse
I'm very happy with the FTD soundtrack releases! With regard to FRANKIE AND JOHNNY I never liked the sound of the original LP. When it appeared on the DF series, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY was remixed and to me, the album sounded like I always wanted it to be! Now it appears that Ernst stuck to the original LP master and not, IMO, the superb remix done for the DF release. But, the outtakes stand out, and I shall not complain, since I have the DF releases also. At least I now have the soundtrack in best possible sound, so I make my own preferences! But, thanks to Ernst and Roger for the wonderful work with the soundtracks! Keep 'em coming!
EspenK (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 21, 2003report abuse
Its funny to see you mention “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me". It is one of my absolute favorite Elvis tracks, not only of the movie soundtracks, but of all the songs he ever recorded. These releases from FTD are simply a gift to all of us that has found so many precious gems amongst the underrated movie recordings.

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