The 20 Elvis Presley Movie tracks you really need to hear
By: Andrew Male
February 23, 2014 - 4:35:02 PM
Although it was his second movie Loving You was the first Elvis film with a full-length soundtrack. This vivifying little hillbilly-swing convulsion is the standout, cut in the studio just four days after Elvis found out he'd been classified 1A by the Memphis Draft Board.
The soundtrack for Elvis' third movie, 1957's Jailhouse Rock. Everyone knows the title track but this is the best example of the late Presley mix of insolence and charm. Written overnight by an up-against-it Leiber and Stoller, it's also the most in-the-pocket performance of the film, thanks to D.J. Fontana's stomping drums, Scotty Moore's chatty, little guitar riff and that mean electric bass rumble, which is played by Elvis himself.
The opening song from Elvis' 1958 movie, the brilliant King Creole, Crawfish was cut at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California on January 15, 1958. it was overseen by the film's director Michael Curtin and Elvis' favourite engineer Thorne Nogar, responsible for the song's super-heavy bass-and-drums rhythm and Elvis' almost illicit interaction with Kitty White on those call-and-response vocals.
This is just lovely, a mellifluous David Lynch drug-dream dressed in the gossamer threads of Quiet Village exotica thanks to Julie Prowse's spectral vocals.
Bob Roberts and Ruth Bachelor's King Of The Whole Wide World, especially as seen in the title sequence.
06. Flaming Star
'Flaming Star' is, along with 'King Creole', the best film Elvis ever starred in. Taking a part originally written for Marlon Brando, Elvis is suitably troubled and moody as the 'half-breed' cowboy Pacer, dogged by frontier racism. Brutal, moody and politically fascinating, the film also comes with one of the best cowboy ballads, the dark half of Lee Marvin's Wanderin' Star, concerning the ever-present 'flaming star of death' that dogs us all.
The high point remains this oddly sorrowful love ballad, Elvis' gospel rendition made all the more eerie and forlorn by the music-box backing and the fact that he is singing it to his girlfriend's grandmother.
08. We're Coming In Loaded
09. Bossa Nova Baby
10. Anyone (Could Fall In Love With You)
11. I Need Somebody To Lean On
12. Beginner's Luck
13. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
14. City By Night
15. You Don’t Know Me
17. All I Needed Was The Rain
18. A Little Less Conversation
19. Clean Up Your Own Backyard
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The set includes; Loving You (1957), Jailhouse Rock, King Creole (1958), G.I. Blues (1960), Follow That Dream, Blue Hawaii (1961), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), It Happened At The World's Fair (1963), Fun In Acapulco (1963), Kissin' Cousins (1964), Viva Las Vegas, Roustabout (1964), Girl Happy (1965), Harum Scarum (1965), Frankie And Johnny (1966), Paradise Hawaiian Style (1966), Spinout (1966), Double Trouble (1967), Clambake (1967), Speedway (1968) ['Flaming Star', 'Follow That Dream' and 'Kid Galahad' in compilation on 'Follow That Dream']. Buy 'Elvis: The Movie Soundtracks' 20 CD box set.
CD 1 : Loving You :
Mean Woman Blues, (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Loving You, Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do!, Lonesome Cowboy, Hot Dog, Party, Blueberry Hill, True Love, Don't Leave Me Now, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, I Need You So.
CD 2 : Jailhouse Rock :
Jailhouse Rock, Young And Beautiful, I Want To Be Free, Don't Leave Me Now, (You're so Square) Baby I Don't Care, Treat Me Nice, I Beg Of You, Don't, Playing for Keeps, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Good Rockin' Tonight, I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine.
CD 3 : King Creole :
King Creole, As Long As I Have You, Hard Headed Woman, Trouble, Dixieland Rock, Don't Ask Me Why, Lover Doll, Crawfish, Young Dreams, Steadfast, Loyal And True, New Orleans.
CD 4 : G. I. Blues :
Tonight Is So Right For Love, What's She Really Like, Frankfort Special, Wooden Heart, G. I. Blues, Pocketful Of Rainbows, Shoppin' Around, Big Boots, Didja' Ever, Blue Suede Shoes, Doin' The Best I Can.
CD 5 : Follow That Dream :
Follow That Dream, What A Wonderful Life, I'm Not The Marrying Kind, A Whistling Tune, Sound Advice, Angel, King Of The Whole Wide World, This Is Living, Riding The Rainbow, Home Is Where The Heart Is, I Got Lucky, A Whistling Tune, Flaming Star, Summer Kisses, Winter Tears.
CD 6 : Blue Hawaii :
Blue Hawaii, Almost Always True, Aloha Oe, No More, Can't Help Falling In Love, Rock-A-Hula Baby, Moonlight Swim, Ku-U-I-Po, Ito Eats, Slicin' Sand, Hawaiian Sunset, Beach Boy Blues, Island Of Love, Hawaiian Wedding Song.
CD 7 : Girls! Girls! Girls! :
Girls! Girls! Girls!, I Don't Wanna Be Tied, Where Do You Come From, I Don't Want To, We'll Be Together, A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You, Earth Boy, Return To Sender, Because Of Love, Thanks To The Rolling Sea, Song Of The Shrimp, The Walls Have Ears, We're Coming In Loaded.
CD 8 : It Happened At The World’s Fair :
Beyond The Bend, Relax, Take Me To The Fair, They Remind Me Too Much Of You, One Broken Heart For Sale, I'm Falling In Love Tonight, Cotton Candy Land, A World Of Our Own, How Would You Like To Be, Happy Ending.
CD 9 : Fun In Acapulco :
Fun In Acapulco, Vino, Dinero Y Amor, Mexico, El Toro, Marguerita, The Bullfighter Was A Lady, (There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car, I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here, Bossa Nova Baby, You Can't Say No In Acapulco, Guadalajara, Love Me Tonight, Slowly But Surely.
CD 10 : Kissin’ Cousins :
Kissin' Cousins, Smokey Mountain Boy, There's Gold In The, One Boy, Two Little Girls, Catchin' On Fast, Tender Feeling, Anyone (Could Fall In Love With You), Barefoot Ballad, Once Is Enough, Kissin' Cousins, Echoes Of Love, (It's A) Long Lonely Highway.
CD 11 : Viva Las Vegas :
Viva Las Vegas, I Need Somebody To Lean On, You're The Boss, If You Think I Don't Need You, What'd I Say, Today, Tomorrow And Forever, C'mon Everybody, Do The Vega, Night Life, The Yellow Rose Of Texas/The Eyes Of Texas, The Lady Loves Me, Santa Lucia.
CD 12 : Roustabout :
Roustabout, Little Egypt, Poison Ivy League, Hard Knocks, It's A Wonderful World, Big Love, Big Heartache, One Track Heart, It's Carnival Time, Carny Town, There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon, Wheels On My Heels.
CD 13 : Girl Happy :
Girl Happy, Spring Fever, Fort Lauderdale Chamber Of Commerce, Startin' Tonight, Wolf Call, Do Not Disturb, Cross My Heart And Hope To Die, The Meanest Girl In Town, Do The Clam, Puppet On A String, I've Got To Find My Baby, You'll Be Gone.
CD 14 : Harum Scarum :
Harem Holiday, My Desert Serenade, Go East, Young Man, Mirage, Kismet, Shake That Tambourine, Hey Little Girl, Golden Coins, So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise), Animal Instinct, Wisdom Of The Ages.
CD 15 : Frankie And Johnny :
Frankie And Johnny, Come Along, Petunia, The Gardener's Daughter, Chesay, What Every Woman Lives For, Look Out, Broadway, Beginner's Luck, Down By The Riverside/ When The Saints Go Marching In, Shout It Out, Hard Luck, Please Don't Stop Loving Me, Everybody Come Aboard.
CD 16 : Paradise, Hawaiian Style :
Paradise, Hawaiian, Queenie Wahine's Papaya, Scratch My Back, Drums Of The Islands, Datin', A Dog's Life, House Of Sand, Stop Where You Are, This Is My Heaven, Sand Castles.
CD 17 : Spinout :
Stop, Look And Listen, Adam And Evil, All That I Am, Never Say Yes, Am I Ready, Beach Shack, Spinout, Smorgasbord, I'll Be Back, Tomorrow Is A Long Time, Down In The Alley, I'll Remember You.
CD 18 : Double Trouble :
Double Trouble, Baby, If You'll Give Me All Of Your Love, Could I Fall In Love, Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On), City By Night , Old MacDonald, I Love Only One Girl, There Is So Much World To, It Won't Be Long, Never Ending, Blue River, What Now, What Next, Where To.
CD 19 : Clambake :
Guitar Man, Clambake, Who Needs Money?, A House That Has Everything, Confidence, Hey, Hey, Hey, You Don't Know Me, The Girl I Never Loved, How Can You Lose What You Never Had, Big Boss Man, Singing Tree, Just Call Me Lonesome.
CD 20 : Speedway :
Speedway, There Ain't Nothing Like A Song, Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby, Who Are You? (Who Am I?), He's Your Uncle Not Your Dad, Let Yourself Go, Your Groovy Self, Five Sleepy Heads, Western Union, Mine, Goin' Home, Suppose.
Buy Elvis: The Movie Soundtracks 20 CD box set
The Perfect Elvis Presley Soundtrack Collection : 20 CD Box Set : 20 original Elvis albums
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.