The King & Eye

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The King & Eye
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Studio album by The Residents
Released 1989
Genre Avant-garde, Noise rock
Label Rykodisc
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Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [2]

The King & Eye is an album by the American avant-garde band The Residents, released in 1989. It consists of a series of Elvis Presley songs strung together with a narration exploring what motivated him throughout his career. Most of the album showed up in the Cube-E tour. This album was the last full-length album The Residents released before entering their "Multimedia Era."

Through the perspective of a father telling his children fables about a long dead king and his songs, and a poignant string of narrative interludes - "The Baby King" - the work hints at a darker side of the Elvis mystique and questions the spiritual nature of his reign. The album "incisively portrays Elvis's life and work as a misguided abandonment of innocence in favor of a sad yet comedic Oedipal journey," writes Jim Green.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Blue Suede Shoes"
  2. "The Baby King Part 1"
  3. "Don't Be Cruel"
  4. "Heartbreak Hotel"
  5. "Return to Sender"
  6. "The Baby King Part 2"
  7. "Teddy Bear"
  8. "Devil in Disguise"
  9. "Stuck on You"
  10. "Big Hunk o' Love"
  11. "A Fool Such As I"
  12. "The Baby King Part 3"
  13. "Little Sister"
  14. "His Latest Flame"
  15. "Burning Love"
  16. "Viva Las Vegas'
  17. "The Baby King Part 4"
  18. "Love Me Tender"
  19. "The Baby King Part 5"
  20. "Hound Dog"

2004 Remix version[edit]

A remix version of the album featuring a more heavily synthesised, drum n bass-type sound was released in 2004, consisting of a main album plus a three-track bonus e.p.

Track listing (Main album)[edit]

  1. "The Baby King 1"
  2. "Viva Las Vegas"
  3. "Jailhouse Rock"
  4. "Surrender"
  5. "Devil in Disguise"
  6. "Heartbreak Hotel"
  7. "Big Hunk o' Love"
  8. "Little Sister"
  9. "Stuck On You"
  10. "Burning Love"
  11. "All Shook Up"
  12. "Don't Be Cruel"
  13. "Don't"
  14. "A Fool Such as I"
  15. "Can't Help Falling in Love"

Track Listing (Bonus e.p.)[edit]

  1. "Blue Suede Shoes"
  2. "Hound Dog"
  3. "Teddy Bear"

Omitted from the remix version were "Return to Sender", "Marie's the Name" and "The Baby King" Parts 2-5.