“King Creole” by Elvis Presley - album review

TJR says

1958 was a tumultuous year for Elvis – “King Creole” was the last album he would record before his 2-year stint in the Army, a prospect which he felt would kill his career in music. By the time of the album’s release in September, Elvis was six months into his service, and his career worries had been dwarfed by the hammer-blow of his momma’s death from heart failure in August. Gladys Presley was just 46. All of the album’s best action is in the first half, where the excellence of the title track dominates, with the ballsy big-band stylings of “Trouble” and the brassy rock n roll rendition of “Hard Headed Woman” keeping the album's rating respectable. As with many Elvis soundtrack LPs, the set suffers from movie fluff insertions, with “Lover Doll”, “Crawfish” and “Steadfast, Loyal and True” being the worst offenders on-board in this instance. Not that any of this matters a damn. A boy had lost his mama.

The Jukebox Rebel
11-Aug-2008

A1 [02:16] 8.5.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - King Creole (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [01:50] 5.2.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - As Long As I Have You (Fred Wise, Ben Weisman) Pop Ballad
A3 [01:53] 6.2.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - Hard Headed Woman (Claude DeMetruis) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A4 [02:16] 6.9.png Elvis Presley - Trouble (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A5 [01:46] 5.0.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - Dixieland Rock (Claude Demetrius, Fred Wise) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B1 [02:06] 6.0.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - Don’t Ask Me Why (Fred Wise, Ben Weisman) Rock n Roll Ballad
B2 [02:09] 3.8.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - Lover Doll (Wayne Silver, Abner Silver) Pop
B3 [01:38] 4.4.png Elvis Presley - Crawfish (Fred Wise, Ben Weisman) Pop
B4 [02:23] 4.7.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - Young Dreams (Aaron Schroeder, Martin Kalmanoff) Pop
B5 [01:15] 4.0.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - Steadfast, Loyal And True (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) Pop Ballad
B6 [01:58] 6.1.png Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires - New Orleans (Sid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett) Blues / Rhythm n Blues




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