Ernie's Import Lp Corner

The King Goes Wild

“The King Goes Wild ” is a fun LP!!  The front cover has an interesting card-design, which catches the eye nicely.  This LP was released in 1975 as Wilde Productions PRP 207. This version originated in Great Britain as is noted on the back bottom left corner of the LP.  Supposedly both the front and back cover photographs are from Elvis’ third Ed Sullivan appearance Jan 6, 1957.  There are no liner notes, nor any indication to state where the material is derived from, only a track list with dates on the back. Upon listening it is clear that the three Ed Sullivan appearances are presented here. 

Side 1: Tracks 1-4. “Don’t Be Cruel ”, “Love Me Tender ”, “Ready Teddy ” and “Hound Dog ” are from September 9, 1956.  Tracks 5-7 “ Don’t Be Cruel ”, “ Love Me Tender ” and “ Love Me ” are from October 28, 1956. 

Side 2: Track 1 “Hound Dog ” is the final track from the October 28, 1956 show.  Tracks 2-8 “Hound Dog ”, “Love Me Tender ”, “Heartbreak Hotel ”, “Don’t Be Cruel ”, “Too Much ”, “When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again” and “Peace In The Valley are from the January 6, 1957. 

Because the original English issue was limited, this LP was reissued under the EP Records PRP 207 designation here in the States in 1975 under the same title and with the same artwork, save for the fact that there is no country of origin listed on the back cover.  The record label of the English issue is yellow with black text, while the US version has the familiar EP Records black background with white text. 

Kinescopes of the original televised performances were undoubtedly the audio sources for this release and the results are very listenable and exciting.  Keep in mind the rather archaic recording processes of the day that preserved these performances for us!!  The English version is a noisier pressing, as there seems to be more surface noise.  The US reissue is a cleaner pressing and it seems that side-one was mastered with some of the high frequencies taken down, while side-two didn’t have the high-end frequencies lowered as much.  The result on side-one is less noise of course, but results in a muffled sound. The matrix numbers in the trail off areas are handwritten but not the same. 

Either the English or US version of this LP would satisfy the LP collector looking for this release, as they are both on par. There is unfortunately very little audio of Elvis in the Fifties considering the extent to which Elvis performed live during the decade, and these performances are true gems!!  The excitement is palpable from the audience reactions and Elvis no doubt fed off this energy, “The King Goes Wild! ”

Ernie Boyes Jr.