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July 26, 2022

King Creole (Single/EP/LP - RCA, 1958)

Title:
King Creole
Label:
RCA Victor [LPM 1884]
Format:
LP
Number of tracks:
11
Running time:
21:35
Type of album:
Soundtrack
Linked to:
Official discography; King Creole, 1958
Year:
1958
Recorded:
January 15, 16 & 23, February 11 and June 19, 1958
Released:
September 19, 1958
Singles:
"Hard Headed Woman/Don't Ask Me Why" (July 10, 1958)


King Creole is Elvis Presley's sixth album for RCA Victor, recorded in five days at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. It contains songs written and recorded expressly for the 1958 film of the same name, and reached number two on the Billboard Top Pop Albums.


Most of the songs originated from the group of writers hired by Hill & Range, the publishing company jointly owned by Presley and Colonel Tom Parker: Fred Wise, Ben Weisman, Claude Demetrius, Aaron Schroeder, Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who had reached an impasse with the Colonel during production of the previous film, Jailhouse Rock (1957), in which they had virtually mastered the proceedings, were notorious in their relatively limited contribution.

Furious at mere songwriters having such easy access to Presley without going through Parker's "proper channels", the Colonel closed the avenue to his award-winning client, especially as the duo also tried to influence the direction of Presley's film by giving him an idea to film an adaptation of Nelson Algren's novel "A Walk On the Wide Side", with Elia Kazan directing, and Leiber and Stoller providing the music.

The Colonel put an end to such notions, though echoes of the concept lingered in the film and the pair still managed to put three songs on the soundtrack, including the title track and "Trouble", possibly the best songs in the production. Presley's rendition of "Trouble" alludes to Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley; he would return to the song with tremendous success in the 1968 television special.

The songs "Hard Headed Woman" and "Don't Ask Me Why" appeared as two sides of a single on July 10, 1958, to coincide with the film's release, and reached No. 25 in the genre's charts.

Capitalizing on the film, RCA also released two EPs, on July 15 and 29, with the soundtrack split between the two, omitting only "Steadfast, Loyal and True".

Released ten weeks after film production, on September 19, 1958, the album was certified Gold on July 15, 1999 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The label first published the original 11-track album on CD in 1988, followed by an expanded edition on April 15, 1997 to which seven more tracks were added, including the song "Danny" recorded in the same sessions as the track, but never used.

Between 2010 and 2016, FTD released three remastered versions of the album, complete with several alternate takes and extras.
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RECORDING SESSIONS

Dates:
January 15, 16 & 23; February 11; June 19, 1958

Studio:
Radio Recorders Studio B
Paramount Sound Stage

Location:
Hollywood, California

Musicians:
Voice: Elvis Presley
Guitar: Elvis Presley
Electric guitar: Scotty Moore, Neal Matthews
Bass: Bill Black, Ray Siegal, Neal Matthews
Drums: DJ Fontana
Piano: Dudley Brooks
Cymbals: Hoyt Hawkins
Saxophone: Justin Gordon
Clarinet: Mahlon Clark
Trumpet: Teddy Bruckner
Trombone: Elmer Schneider
Backing Vocals: The Jordanaires, Blanche Thomas (Crawfish)

Sound engineer / Recording engineer:
Thorne Nogar, Wally Kamin


JANUARY 15, 1958
                                         Turtles, Berries, Gumbo (Blanche Thomas)
                                         Hard Headed Woman J2PB 3603-10
                                         Trouble J2PB 3604-05
                                         New Orleans J2PB 3605-05
                                         King Creole (Alternate Master) J2PB 3606-18
                                         Crawfish J2PB 3607-07

JANUARY 16, 1958
                                         Dixieland Rock J2PB 3608-14
                                         Lover Doll (EP Version) J2PB 3609-07
                                         Don't Ask Me Why J2PB 3610-12
                                         As Long As I Have You J2PB 3611-10
                                         Muskrat Ramble (Instrumental)
                                         Steadfast, Loyal & True (Vocal & Piano) WPA5 2586-06
                                         As Long As I Have You (Short Movie Version)
                                         As Long As I Have You (Long Movie Version) WPA5 2509-08

JANUARY 23, 1958
                                         King Creole (Revised) J2PB 3612-13 (2:22)
                                         Young Dreams J2PB 3613-08 (2:37)
                                         King Creole (Main Title - Instrumental) (1:47)
                                         Banana (Liliane Montevecchi)
                                         My Wish Came True (Tryout) J2WB 0178-NA
                                         Doncha' Think It's Time (Tryout) J2WB 0179-NA

FEBRUARY 11, 1958
                                              Danny WPKM 8123-10
                                              Steadfast, Loyal & True (Solo) J2PB 4226-NA

JUNE 19, 1958
                                              Steadfast, Loyal & True (Overdub) J2PB 3261
                                              Lover Doll (Overdub - LP Version) J2PB 3262
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SESSION LOGS





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ASSOCIATED LP, SINGLES AND EPS TRACKS (RCA, 1958)

HARD HEADED WOMAN (SINGLE)

July 10, 1958

1. Hard Headed Woman
2. Don't Ask Me Why



KING CREOLE, VOLUME 1 (EP)

July 15, 1958

1. King Creole
2. New Orleans
3. As Long As I Have You
4. Lover Doll



KING CREOLE, VOLUME 2 (EP)

July 29, 1958

1. Trouble
2. Young Dreams
3. Crawfish (duet with Kitty White)
4. Dixieland Rock



KING CREOLE (LP)

September 19, 1958

1. King Creole
2. As Long As I Have You
3. Hard Headed Woman
4. Trouble
5. Dixieland Rock
6. Don't Ask Me Why
7. Lover Doll
8. Crawfish (duet with Kitty White)
9. Young Dreams
10. Steadfast, Loyal and True
11. New Orleans








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COMPLIMENTARY WORK

Title:
The Complete '58 Sessions
Label:
Chrome Dreams [CDCD5031]
Format:
Double CD
Number of tracks:
34
Running time:
71:00
Type of album:
Studio
Linked to:
Unofficial discography
Year:
2008
Recorded:
January 15 - October 1, 1958
Released:
2008
Singles:
---


The Complete '58 Sessions was one of the first bootleg CDs to complete all official 1958 recordings featuring complete and unreleased rarities from Elvis' days in the Army. It contains audio captured by journalists in several never-before-released interviews in an official or unofficial work, in addition to the Masters of singles from that year. Also present were the full content of the King Creole LP and the Elvis Sails EP. The work includes the following tracks:

CD1
SINGLES
1. Don't
2. I Beg of You
MARCH 24, 1958
3. Draft Board
4. Interview - Fort Chaffee
SINGLES
5. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
6. Doncha' Think it's Time
KING CREOLE LP
7. Hard Headed Woman
8. Don't Ask Me Why
9. King Creole
10. As Long As I Have You
11. Trouble
12. Dixieland Rock
13. Lover Doll
14. Crawfish
15. Young Dreams
16. Steadfast, Loyal and True
17. New Orleans
OCTOBER 1, 1958 (Friedberg, Germany)
18. Interview
19. One Night
JUNE 10/11, 1958
20. I Got Stung

CD2
ELVIS SAILS EP
1. Press Interview With Elvis Presley
2. Elvis Presley's Newsreel Interview
3. Pat Hernon Interviews Elvis at the Library of the U.S.S. Randall at Sailing
JANUARY 15/16, 1958 (KING CREOLE LP - MOVIE VERSIONS)
4. Turtles, Berries and Gumbo / Crawfish
5. Lover Doll
6. Trouble
7. Banana
8. Dixieland Rock
9. Young Dreams
10. New Orleans
11. King Creole
12. Don't Ask Me Why
13. As Long As I Have You / Outro
SEPTEMBER 22, 1958
14. The Truth About Me Interview (Full Lenght)
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FTD VERSIONS

Title:
King Creole - The Music
Label:
FTD [FTD 093] [506020 975015]
Format:
CD + Book
Number of tracks:
19
Running time:
36:00
Type of album:
Soundtrack
Linked to:
FTD discography
Year:
2010
Recorded:
January 15, 16 & 23, February 11 and June 19, 1958
Released:
July 21, 2010
Singles:
---

Without investing much in alternative takes and audio rarities, the release featured a booklet with more than 200 pages with rare photos from the recording sessions as its main attraction. The CD contains the following tracks:

ORIGINAL ALBUM
1. King Creole (Take 13, Master)
2. As Long as I Have You (Take 10, Master)
3. Hard Headed Woman (Take 10, Master)
4. Trouble (Take 5, Master)
5. Dixieland Rock (Take 14, Master)
6. Don't Ask Me Why (Take 12, Master)
7. Lover Doll (Take 7, Master)
8. Crawfish (Take 7, Master)
9. Young Dreams (Take 8, Master)
10. Steadfast, Loyal and True (Take 6, Master)
11. New Orleans (Take 5, Master)
BONUS MATERIAL
12. Danny (Take 10, Master)
13. As Long as I Have You – (Take 4, Short Movie Version Master)
14. Lover Doll (Take 7, Undubbed EP Master)
15. King Creole (Take 3, First Version)
16. Steadfast, Loyal and True (Take 6, First Version Master)
17. As Long as I Have You (Take 6, Unused Long Movie Version Master)
18. King Creole (Take 18, First Version Master) 
19. Steadfast, Loyal and True (Solo Version Undubbed Master)
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Title:
King Creole
Label:
FTD [FTD 143] [506020 975086]
Format:
Double CD
Number of tracks:
46
Running time:
95:00
Type of album:
Soundtrack
Linked to:
FTD discography; King Creole, 1958
Year:
2015
Recorded:
January 15, 16 & 23, February 11 and June 19, 1958
Released:
May 2015
Singles:
---

If FTD seemed to neglect rare tracks in 2010, the label simply redeemed itself with this double CD. The real must have of this release is the second CD, which contains 13 demos and acetates with all the songs from the film sung by people other than Elvis, which served as a basis for him to feel the spirit of the song when recording his version. Closing the double CD, FTD made available a 16-page booklet with rare photos. The work includes the following tracks:

CD 1
ORIGINAL ALBUM
1. King Creole (Take 13, Master)
2. As Long as I Have You (Take 10, Master)
3. Hard Headed Woman (Take 10, Master)
4. Trouble (Take 5, Master)
5. Dixieland Rock (Take 14, Master)
6. Don't Ask Me Why (Take 12, Master)
7. Lover Doll (Take 7, Master)
8. Crawfish (Take 7, Master)
9. Young Dreams (Take 8, Master)
10. Steadfast, Loyal and True (Take 6, Master)
11. New Orleans (Take 5, Master)
BONUS
12. Danny (Take 10, Master)
BONUS MIXES BY THORNE NOGAR
13. Hard Headed Woman (Take 10, Master)
14. Trouble (Take 5, Master)
15. New Orleans (Take 5, Master)
16. King Creole (Take 3, First Version)
17. King Creole (Take 18, First Version Master) 
18. Crawfish (Take 7, Unedited Master)
19. Dixieland Rock (Take 14, Master)
20. Lover Doll (Take 7, Unedited/Undubbed Master)
21. Don't Ask Me Why (Take 12, Master)
22. As Long As I Have You (Take 10, Master)
23. Muskrat Ramble (Instrumental)
24. Steadfast, Loyal and True (Take 6, First Version Master)
25. As Long as I Have You (Take 4, Short Movie Version Master)
26. As Long as I Have You (Take 6, Unused Long Movie Version Master)
27. King Creole (Take 13, Revised Version Master)
28. Young Dreams (Take 8, Master)
29. King Creole (Take 8, Main Title Instrumental Master)
RECORDED AT PARAMOUNT
30. Steadfast, Loyal And True (Solo Version, Undubbed Record Master)
31. Steadfast, Loyal And True (Movie Version)

CD 2
DEMOS AND ACETATES (WITHOUT ELVIS ON VOCALS)
1. King Creole
2. Trouble
3. Dirty, Dirty Feeling
4. New Orleans
5. Hard Headed Woman
6. Dixieland Rock
7. Crawfish
8. As Long As I Have You
9. Danny
10. Don't Ask Me Why
11. Lover Doll
12. Young Dreams
13. Steadfast, Loyal And True
14. Turtles, Berries, Gumbo
15. Banana
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Title:
King Creole - The Original Session Monitor Mixes
Label:
FTD [FTD 313] [506020 975099]
Format:
LP
Number of tracks:
19
Running time:
40:00
Type of album:
Soundtrack
Linked to:
FTD discography; King Creole, 1958
Year:
2016
Recorded:
January 15, 16 & 23, February 11 and June 19, 1958
Released:
May 2016
Singles:
---

A year after the double CD, FTD redistributed the previously released tracks on an LP to vinyl fans. The work includes the following tracks:

SIDE A
1. King Creole (Take 8, Main Title Instrumental Master)
2. Don't Ask Me Why (Take 12, Master)
3. Hard Headed Woman (Take 10, Master)
4. As Long as I Have You (Take 10, Master)
5. King Creole (Take 13, Revised Version Master)
6. Lover Doll (Take 7, Unedited/Undubbed Master)
7. Dixieland Rock (Take 14, Master)
8. Muskrat Ramble (Instrumental)
9. Steadfast, Loyal and True (Take 6, First Version Master)
10. Danny (Take 10, Master)
SIDE B
11. New Orleans (Take 5, Master)
12. Young Dreams (Take 8, Master)
13. King Creole (Take 3, First Version)
14. As Long as I Have You (Take 8, Unused Long Movie Version Master)
15. Trouble (Take 5, Master)
16. Crawfish (Take 7, Unedited Master)
17. King Creole (Take 18, First Version Master) 
18. Steadfast, Loyal And True (Solo Version, Undubbed Record Master)
19. Lover Doll (Take 7, Master)
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