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If you have read any of my recent or perhaps my previous Elvis reviews you will know I generally have little or nothing bad to say about him or his albums but I have to put my hands up and admit that the Frankie and Johnny album is a poor production.
Frankie and Johnny was Elvis`s 20th movie and the album as you might have guessed is a soundtrack from the movie, now Elvis`s movies were never great but their one saving grace was often their music.
However the music in Frankie and Johnny was generally as bad as the movie itself.
There are no real Elvis classics on this album and some of the tracks such as "Petunia the gardener's daughter" are so bad I cannot even bring myself to listen to them and I am a huge fan of the man.
Perhaps true fans like myself will simply have to have this album for their collection as I did but if you are getting into Elvis music and look at this as a possible buy then look again because there are dozens upon dozens of much better albums out there.
Amazingly this fairly poor album costs around £30 because it is a collector's edition and when you consider that you could have three good albums for that price, that in itself is a good reason to give this one a miss.
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY was Elvis Presley's 20th movie and was a themed musical which takes on the era of the Mississippi showboats. This CD is another release by the Elvis Presley specialist record label FTD and is an extended version of the original soundtrack LP with additional outtakes and alternate takes.
Some of the music here is not good. PETUNIA THE GARDENER'S DAUGHTER is as poor a song as the title suggests. Lyrics such as "I'm as daffy as a daffodil" do not a good Elvis song make and Elvis' delivery of the song shows that he was not really enjoying himself.
His version of the title song, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY, is more enjoyable with a nice bounce and Elvis' voice here has a real edge. He clearly enjoyed recording this song more than many other of his movie songs.
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY is a typical mid-1960s Elvis movie and the soundtrack fits this. Some songs are OK, some are poor, and overall they do not really portray Elvis in too positive a light.
Buy this if you like the music from Elvis' movies.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Frankie And Johnny
2 Come Along
3 Petunia, The Gardeners Daughter
5 What Every Woman Lives For
6 Look Out, Broadway 1:38
7 Beginner?s Luck
8 Down By The Riverside And When The Saints Go Marching In
9 Shout It Out
10 Hard Luck
11 Please Don?t Stop Loving Me
12 Everybody Come Aboard
13 Frankie And Johnny (take 1)
14 Please Don?t Stop Loving Me (take 10)
15 Everybody Come Aboard (takes 1 & 2)
16 Chesay (take 1)
17 Petunia, The Gardeners Daughter (take 2)
18 Look Out, Broadway (takes 3,4 & 5)
19 Please Don?t Stop Loving Me (takes 1, 2 & 3)
20 Shout It Out (takes 1, 2 & 3)
21 Everybody Come Aboard (takes 9 & 10)
22 Chesay (takes 3 & 6)
23 Look Out, Broadway (takes 6, 7 & 8)
24 Petunia, The Gardeners Daughter (take 5)
25 Please Don?t Stop Loving Me (take 7)
26 Frankie And Johnny (takes 3 & 4-Record version)
27 Frankie And Johnny (Movie version, Mono acetate source)