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January 15 1958
(+ means you need both    ~ means same material    °° means stereo or binaural    ° means mono)
(SFS = Short False Start | FS = False Start | LFS or BD (Breakdown) = Long False Start | PB (Playback) or Complete = Complete Take)

Radio Recorders Studio B - Hollywood, California
Soundtrack Session for Paramount's 'King Creole'
Paramount Producer : Walter Scharf
Engineer : Thorne Nogar / Wally Kamin
(9.00am - 1.20pm / 2.20pm - 5.40pm)

Musicians:   Vocals:
Guitar: Elvis Presley Blanche Thomas, Unknown & Unknown (Turtles, Berries, Gumbo)
Guitar: Scotty Moore Kitty White (Crawfish)
Bass: Bill Black  
Bass / Tuba: Ray Siegal Backup Vocals:
Bass / Guitar: Neal Mathews The Jordanaires: Gordon Stoker; Neal Matthews; Hoyt Hawkins; Hugh
Drums: D.J. Fontana Jarrett
Bongo's: Gordon Stoker  
Cymbals: Hoyt Hawkins  
Piano: Dudley Brooks  
Clarinet: Mahlon Clark  
Trumpet: Teddy Bruckner  
Saxophone: Justin Gordon  
Trombone: Elmer Schneider  

Turtles, Berries, Gumbo
A (January 28 1958)
Take NA "Opening" 0:17
(Blanche Thomas, Unknown & Unknown)
King Creole (FTD)° (Count-In)
Take NA "Turtles" 0:39 (Blanche Thomas) King Creole (FTD)° (Count-In)
Take NA "Berries" 0:33 (Unknown) King Creole (FTD)° (Count-In)
Take NA "Gumbo" 0:33 (Unknown) King Creole (FTD)° (Count-In)
Take NA "Ending" 0:22 (Blanche Thomas, Unknown & Unknown) King Creole (FTD)°
Complete (M) 2:26 (Complete acetate of above sections) King Creole (FTD)°
Spliced (M) 2:06 (Spliced from "Opening", "Turtles",
"Berries", "Gumbo" & "Ending")
 
Edited M 1:18 (Spliced - "Opening", 1st verse of
"Turtles", 2nd verse of "Berries",
2nd verse of "Gumbo" & "Ending")
Soundtrack°~The Best Of British - 1957-1958° (Faded)

Hard Headed Woman
J2PB 3603
B January 15 1958 (Wed)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10 M 1:53 (2:01 with count-in) King Creole (FTD)°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°~Rockin'
Rebel (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 31)°~Elvis 75 - Good
Rockin' Tonight 2 (Legacy)°~Elvis 75 CD1°~King Creole-The Music (FTD)°
~Elvis Rock (DSD)°~King Creole (1997)°~(LP)°~50s Box 4°~E1 (30 #1
Hits)°+Top Ten Hits° (SPA1 4172)+King Creole (FTD)° (Live Mono Mix
& Count-in)

Trouble
J2PB 3604
C January 15 1958 (Wed)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5 M 2:18 (2:30 with count-in) King Creole (FTD)°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°~Rockin'
Rebel (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 31)°~Elvis 75 - Good
Rockin' Tonight 2 (Legacy)°~King Creole - The Music (FTD)°~Elvis By
The Presleys°~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller°~King Creole (1997)°~(LP)°
~50's Box 4°+Acetate° (Count-In)~From The Beach To The Bayou LP°
(Count-In only)+King Creole (FTD)° (Live Mono Mix & Count-In)

New Orleans
J2PB 3605
D January 15 1958 (Wed)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5 M 2:00 (2:07 with count-in) King Creole (FTD)°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°~Rockin'
Rebel (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 31)°~King Creole -
The Music (FTD)°~King Creole (1997)°~(LP)°~50's Box 4°+King Creole
(FTD)° (Live Mono Mix & Count-In)+Soundtrack°~The Best Of British -
1957-1958° (Extra Vocals)

King Creole
J2PB 3606
E January 15 1958 (Wed)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3 Complete 2:11   King Creole (1997)°~Chante Leiber& Stoller°~50's Box 5°~Essential Elvis
Vol. 3°+King Creole (FTD)°~King Creole - The Music (FTD)° (Count-In &
Additional Dialogue)~Acetate° (Count-In)~From The Beach To The Bayou
LP° (Count-In)
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7        
Take 8        
Take 9        
Take 10        
Take 11        
Take 12        
Take 13        
Take 14        
Take 15        
Take 16        
Take 17        
Take 18 M 2:22 (Alternate Master) The Complete Elvis Presley Masters 28 (Sony)°~King Creole (1997)°
~Elvis Chante Leiber & Stoller°~Essential Elvis Vol 3°~King Creole (2007
Single)°+King Creole - The Music (FTD)° ("One.. Two..." Count-In)
+The Lost Promo° (Count-In)~Acetate° (Count-In)~From The Beach
To The Bayou LP° (Count-In)+King Creole (FTD)° (Count-In & Additional
Dialogue)

Crawfish
J2PB 3607
F January 15 1958 (Wed)
Take 1        
Take 2        
Take 3        
Take 4        
Take 5        
Take 6        
Take 7 (M) 2:45 (Unedited - 2:57 with count-in) Essential Elvis Volume 3°+Acetate° (Count-In)~From The Beach To The
Bayou LP° (Count-In)+King Creole (FTD)° (Live Mono Mix & Count-In)
(Dry Vocals)
Take 7 (M) 1:57 (Extra Vocals - Edited)
(Movie Version)
Soundtrack°~The Best Of British - 1957-1958°
Take 7 M 1:50 (Edited - Record Version) King Creole (FTD)°~Complete Elvis Presley Masters 4 (Sony)°~Rockin'
Rebel (Franklin Mint Complete Masters Collection 31)°~King Creole -
The Music (FTD)°~King Creole (LP)° (Original Mix)+Complete Single
Collection 10°~50's Box 4°~King Creole (1997)° (Dry Vocals)

Notes

All songs were recorded in Binaural.

The song Turtles, Berries, Gumbo was originally titled Crawfish, Berries, Gumbo but was changed when the song Crawfish was chosen to be used too. The acetate cut at the time wrongly has FTD printed on it (Track F = Crawfish) which is scratched out and ATD written on it instead. The song was recorded at Paramount Sound Stage on January 28 1958 by Blanche Thomas and two unknown male singers.

The count-in for Trouble (Track C - Take 5) can be found on the old bootleg LP "From The Beach To The Bayou" where it was sneakily inserted before Take 8 of As Long As I Have You (Track N). This deceivingly made it look as though it was Take 5 of As Long As I Have You on the LP.

The original release of Crawfish in 1958 had echo added to Kitty White's vocals and they were further back in the mix than Elvis' vocals. Since the release of the '50's Box' however, Crawfish has been released with dry vocals and both vocals are at the same level. This has been corrected with the 2007 remaster on the 30 disc 'Complete Elvis Presley Masters' collection, the Franklin Mint package, FTD's 'King Creole - The Music' and FTD's 'King Creole' classic album where we again get the original mix of the song.

The movie version of Crawfish contains extra vocals by Kitty White in the second verse, that are not on the Unedited Master (as pressed on acetate) or the Record Version. As these sessions were recorded in Binaural (Second channel used for Orchestra and Overdubs etc..) it is possible that Kitty White's vocals were left out of the original unedited take, and Record Version, but kept in for the movie version. Basically - They are different mixes!

As above, the movie version of New Orleans contains extra vocals and finger clicking by The Jordanaires that are not on the Record Version. As these sessions were recorded in binaural, it is again possible that these extra vocals were left out of the Record Version, but kept in for the movie version. Another possibility is that these extra vocals and finger clicking for the movie version were recorded on the movie set.

Take 18 of King Creole (First Version - Track E) is on disc 28 of Sony's 'Complete Elvis Presley Masters' collection, where it is incorrectly listed as being "First Version - Take 3" and is missing the "One... Two..." count-in that can be heard on FTD's 'King Creole - The Music'.

The 'Thorne Nogar Live Mono Mixes' featured on FTD's 'King Creole' classic album are not the actual masters as heard on record. The released masters were remixed from Binaural two-track tapes and some have additional reverb added. However, as above with Crawfish when released with dry vocals, some of these 'Live Mono Mixes' were used as the actual masters on the '50s Box' ('The King Of Rock 'N' Roll - The Complete 50s Masters'), 'Essential Elvis Volume 3' and the 1997 reissue of the 'King Creole' album.

Thanks to Ray Reeves for pointing out the extra vocals on New Orleans.

Thanks to Ray Reeves for pointing out the extra vocals on New Orleans.

Thanks to David English for information relating to Blanch Thomas providing the vocals for the street vendor 'Turtles' (as seen in the movie) on the song Turtles, Berries, Gumbo.

In March of 2007, Sony decided to go through all of Elvis' masters. They retransferred everything and remastered all tracks including repairing as many clicks, pops, bad edits and dropouts as they could. They have used these newly mastered recordings on their new releases since 2007 including budget soundtracks, 'Legacy' releases, the 30 disc 'Complete Elvis Presley Masters' collection and the Franklin Mint package.

In a letter from Hal Wallis on January 8th 1958, outlining what songs would be recorded for different scenes in the movie, it appears there was an additional song called Stop Me which was planned to be recorded.

Stop Me
(Authors Unknown)

You miss me when I'm gone
You really want me near
Stop me if I'm wrong
Stop me from being here

The kiss we held so long
You want your whole life through
Stop me if I'm wrong
Stop me from kissing you

Don't let our lips meet
If yours only mean to deceive
For when our lips meet
This is what I believe

Your love for me is strong
And always will be true
Stop me if I'm wrong
Stop me from loving you

Thanks to Bill Bram for the lyrics to Stop Me

Session Logs
Recording Information
King Creole
King Creole
Tape Log
King Creole
King Creole
Letter from Hal Wallis
January 8 1958
Letter - January 8 1958

Acetates
Turtles, Berries & Gumbo / Crawfish
Turtles, Berries & Gumbo (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Acetates
Trouble (I'm Evil) / New Orleans
Trouble (Thanks to Glen Johnson)
Acetate
Hard Headed Woman (Blues)
Hard Headed Woman Blues (Thanks to Glen Johnson)

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