King Creole (album)
|Soundtrack album by Elvis Presley|
|Released||September 19, 1958|
33:53 (CD re-issue)
|Producer||Walter Scharf, Phil Khagan|
|Elvis Presley chronology|
|Singles from King Creole|
King Creole is the sixth album by Elvis Presley, issued on RCA Records, LPM 1884 in mono in September 1958, recorded in three days at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. It contains songs written and recorded expressly for the film, and peaked at at number two on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. It followed the film release by over ten weeks. It was certified Gold on July 15, 1999 by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The bulk of the songs originated from the stable of writers contracted to Hill and 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. Conspicuous in their relatively limited contribution were Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who had come to an impasse with the Colonel during the making of the previous movie, Jailhouse Rock, in which they had practically dominated the musical proceedings. Furious over mere songwriters having such easy access to Presley without going through Parker's "proper channels," the Colonel closed off their avenue to his prize client, especially since the duo had also tried to influence Presley's film direction, pitching him an idea to do a gritty adaption of Nelson Algren's recent novel, A Walk on the Wild Side, with Elia Kazan directing, and Leiber and Stoller providing the music. The Colonel put the kibosh on such notions, although echoes of the concept remained in the film, and the pair still managed to place three songs on the soundtrack, including the title track and "Trouble," arguably the film's best songs. Presley's performance of "Trouble" in the film alludes to Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley; he would return to the song for his tremendously successful television comeback 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 release of the film. "Hard Headed Woman," the A-side, and "Don't Ask Me Why" both made the pop singles chart, peaking at #1 and #25 respectively.
RCA first issued the original 11 track album on compact disc in 1988. The album was reissued in an expanded edition on April 15, 1997, and again in an audiophile version from Japan on August 25, 2005. For the both reissues, an additional seven tracks were added, including the song "Danny" taken from the same sessions, with six alternates, four previously unreleased.
|1.||1/23/58||King Creole||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||2:16|
|2.||1/16/58||As Long As I Have You||Fred Wise and Ben Weisman||1:50|
|3.||1/15/58||Hard Headed Woman||Claude Demetrius||1:53|
|4.||1/15/58||Trouble||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||2:16|
|5.||1/16/58||Dixieland Rock||Aaron Schroeder and Rachel Frank||1:46|
|1.||1/16/58||Don't Ask Me Why||Fred Wise and Ben Weisman||2:06|
|2.||1/16/58||Lover Doll||Sid Wayne and Abner Silver||2:09|
|3.||1/15/58||Crawfish||Fred Wise and Ben Weisman||1:48|
|4.||1/23/58||Young Dreams||Aaron Schroeder and Martin Kalmanoff||2:23|
|5.||2/11/58||Steadfast, Loyal and True||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||1:15|
|6.||1/15/58||New Orleans||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||1:58|
1997 reissue bonus tracks
Positions for albums taken from the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.
|Track||Recorded||Original LP/EP issue||Catalogue||Release date||Chart peak||Song title||Writer(s)||Time|
|1.||1/15/58||previously unreleased||King Creole (alternate take 18)||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||2:04|
|2.||1/23/58||previously unreleased||As Long As I Have You (movie version take 4)||Fred Wise and Ben Weisman||1:24|
|3.||2/11/58||Elvis: A Legendary Performer Vol. 3||CP1 3082||12/78||#113||Danny||Fred Wise and Ben Weisman||1:51|
|4.||1/16/58||previously unreleased||Lover Doll (undubbed)||Wayne Silver and Abner Silver||2:09|
|5.||1/16/58||previously unreleased||Steadfast, Loyal And True (movie version alternate master)||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||1:15|
|6.||1/15/58||vinyl single||7/78||Crawfish (duet, alternate master mix by Jean Bilbrew)||Fred Wise and Ben Wiseman||4:10|
|7.||1/16/58||Essential Elvis Vol. 3||RCA 2229-2-R||1/91||As Long As I Have You (movie version take 8)||Fred Wise and Ben Weisman||1:24|
|8.||1/15/58||Essential Elvis Vol. 3||RCA 2229-2-R||1/91||King Creole (alternate take 3)||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||2:04|
Charts and certifications
|UK Albums Chart||1958||1|
My Fair Lady by Original Soundtrack
|UK Albums Chart number-one album
20 September 1958 - 8 November 1958
South Pacific by Original Soundtrack
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- LPM-1884 King Creole Guide part of the The Elvis Presley Record Research Database
- LSP-1884 King Creole Guide part of the The Elvis Presley Record Research Database