Elvis Presley ‎– The King In The Ring

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A1 That’s All Right
Written-By – Arthur Crudup*
4:08
A2 Heartbreak Hotel
Written-By – Elvis Presley, Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden
2:55
A3 Love Me
Written-By – Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
3:12
A4 Baby What You Want Me To Do
Written-By – Jimmy Reed
5:44
A5 Blue Suede Shoes
Written-By – Carl Perkins
2:20
A6 Baby What You Want Me To Do
Written-By – Jimmy Reed
4:03
A7 Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
Written-By – Lloyd Price
3:03
B1 Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Written-By – Lou Handman, Roy Turk
2:51
B2 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
Written-By – Gene Sullivan, Wiley Walker
0:38
B3 Blue Christmas
Written-By – Billy Hayes, Jay Johnson
2:36
B4 Trying To Get To You
Written-By – Charles Singleton, Rose Marie McCoy
2:50
B5 One Night
Written-By – Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King
3:57
B6 Baby What You Want Me To Do
Written-By – Jimmy Reed
5:11
B7 One Night
Written-By – Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King
2:37
B8 Memories
Written-By – Billy Strange, Scott "Mac" Davis*
3:24
C1 Heartbreak Hotel
Written-By – Elvis Presley, Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden
4:12
C2 Baby What You Want Me To Do
Written-By – Jimmy Reed
3:27
C3 Introductions 2:17
C4 That’s All Right
Written-By – Arthur Crudup*
3:08
C5 Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Written-By – Lou Handman, Roy Turk
4:00
C6 Baby What You Want Me To Do
Written-By – Jimmy Reed
3:24
C7 Blue Suede Shoes
Written-By – Carl Perkins
2:27
C8 One Night
Written-By – Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King
3:20
D1 Love Me
Written-By – Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
4:14
D2 Trying To Get To You
Written-By – Charles Singleton, Rose Marie McCoy
3:04
D3 Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
Written-By – Lloyd Price
2:57
D4 Santa Claus Is Back In Town
Written-By – Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
1:18
D5 Blue Christmas
Written-By – Billy Hayes, Jay Johnson
4:02
D6 Tiger Man
Written-By – Joe Hill Lewis*, Sam Burns
3:11
D7 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
Written-By – Gene Sullivan, Wiley Walker
1:17
D8 Memories
Written-By – Billy Strange, Scott "Mac" Davis*
3:13

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Black Vinyl . Gatefold sleeve.

Recorded at NBC Studios Burbank, June 27, 1968 6PM & 8PM shows.

Made in the US.

Track information:
Tracks A6,B7,D3,D5,D6 originally released 1968
Tracks C5,D1,D2 originally released 1974
Tracks B6, C7 originally released 1976
Track A5 originally released 1981
Track C4 originally released 1983
Tracks B2,B4 originally released 1997
Tracks A1to A4, A7,B1,B3,B5,B8, C1 to C3, C6, C8,D4,D7,D8 originally released 1998
All tracks originally recorded 1968

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 190758966311
  • Barcode (Scanned): 190758966311
  • Label Code: 190758966311
  • Other (Number on sticker): 19075896631S1

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
19075811831 Elvis Presley The King In The Ring(2xLP, Album, Comp, Num, Red) RCA Victor, RCA, Legacy, Sony Music 19075811831 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
190758118311 Elvis Presley The King In The Ring(2xLP, Album, Comp, RE) RCA Victor, RCA, Legacy, Sony Music 190758118311 Europe 2018 Sell This Version

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toshberman

toshberman

January 27, 2019

Released in many formats, this is a very recent re-release of Elvis Presley's incredible performance on his NBC-TV special from 1968. At this point, Elvis was a figure from the past, who made too many mediocre films, and this was an approach to bring him back to contemporary culture. Either by Elvis or the producers, they had the brilliant idea to do a set of songs unplugged and little to no sets, but surrounded by an audience.

Covering his Sun-era recordings as well as his early 1950s RCA sides, plus a few Christmas songs (including one of my fave Elvis cuts "Blue Christmas"), he's not only back, but also to my ears has the energy of a young proto-punk band. The Cramps came to mind when I hear this album, and it's not that weird of a comparison or aesthetic. The sad thing is that Elvis regained his 'moment' but then lost it in the 1970s, at least image-wise. Often bloated, but I would argue his magnificent voice never failed him. Now, I wonder if Elvis actually had made a bad record? Weak ones, yes, but a terrible record? Still, clad in an all-leather outfit, and an f**K you to 1960s haircut and stance, he's magnificent.

For one, to see him with his band is like being in a foreign country to me. It's William Faulkner coming to life, and the happy relationship between him and the group, is very much like a small club where the membership is secret, and although he and they are human, it is still very much of a foreign culture. But that's me, the ultimate Southern California fellow! If The Cramps are exotic then so is "The King In The Ring." It's a double album, of two live sets recorded for the TV special. The idea was to film both shows and then edit the songs together for the final program. So, as a listener, we are hearing repeated but different performances such as Jimmy Reed's "Baby What You Want Me To Do" (five times) "One Night (three times) and so forth. Each version has its charms, and all are phenomenal.

The band is basically the original Elvis group of Scotty Moore and drummer D. J. Fontana (playing on a guitar case used as drums), Charlie Hodge guitar and backup vocals, and two Memphis Mafia guys on percussion. It's a superb band, with Elvis on guitar, and that remarkable voice that cuts down all sense of fakeness, yet theatrical in its presence. Elvis was a unique artist, where his landscape turned against him, yet, among the rubble, he came out like a pauper King. These recordings are my favorite Elvis. It's up there with the Sun Records, but also I like them even better than the RCA early 50s recordings. They're loose, and he's on fire.