With a little delay I got the opportunity to enjoy the next FTD release in ‘The Complete Session’-series. This time the soundtrack recordings for Kid Galahad are in full display.
As with the previous releases in this series the package is pretty good. A slip case for the fold out panel holding the CDs. The panel is decorated with tape labels from the sessions. The booklet is as usual beautifully decorated with publicity shots, candids and all sorts of memorabilia.
The written content is pretty outstanding. A good essay by Alan Hanson is accompanied by all the necessary session information, movie background and trivia and a lot of statistical stuff about the releases for a ton of countries.
Some 15 years ago ElvisNews wrote on the original FTD release of this soundtrack:
No discussion on the quality of movie soundtracks this time, that has been done too often. We'd like to say "to each his own" "and place them in the right - historic - perspective". As for our personal taste, this soundtrack rates in the top half on our personal favourite movie soundtrack list. The album, or should we say EP, isn't too slow and songs "King Of The Whole Wide World" and “I Got Lucky” are funny and upbeat enough, so you keep humming it a while. The same goes for other songs from the original EP like "Riding The Rainbow" and "This Is Living". Next to those fun songs there is a beautiful ballad in the form of “Home Is Where The Heart Is”. To have out-takes from these songs is a good reason to get this CD. But we have to admit we get a bit spoilt by now. Some 6 years ago we were looking forward to any new “complete sessions” (bootleg) CD, but now we get a bit bored at the 7th version of “King Of The Whole Wide World”.
Then we got bored at the 7th version, now we have to endure not less than 31 takes of this song, not counting the bonus of the remake. In other words: it still is not my piece of cake to listen to so many takes, especially not when the song is not really evolving, it is there from the first take, with only slight differences… the same goes for the other tracks.
A beautiful collector’s item, but it won’t find its way to my player very often, I’m afraid.