Elvis Presley – Moody Blue (1977) – Lp
Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American musician and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll”, or simply, “the King”.
Artist: Elvis Presley
Title: Moody Blue
Label: RCA Records
Moody Blue is the final studio album by Elvis Presley. The album was a mixture of live and studio work, and included the four tracks from Presley’s final studio recording sessions in October 1976 and two tracks left over from the previous Graceland session in February 1976. “Moody Blue” was a previously published hit song recorded at the earlier Graceland session and held over for this album. Also recorded at the February session was “She Thinks I Still Care“. “Way Down” became a hit after Presley’s death less than one month after this album’s publication. Side note…the original album release had the sound of a dog barking after the song Way Down. The apparent joke was that JD Summer hit a note at the end of Way Down that was so low only a dog could hear it. This gem obviously put there by the producer, which was listed as Elvis has since seem to have been taken out of later releases. As described in Elvis: The Illustrated Record, RCA was not able to obtain sufficient new studio material for a complete album, with all but two songs of Presley’s studio recordings of 1976 having already been used in the previous album, From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee or released as singles. The company chose to augment the remaining available works with three live songs recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on April 24 and 26, 1977, which were heavily overdubbed for the album, and were also the final recordings Elvis would ever make. One of those was his version of “Unchained Melody” which he accompanied himself on the piano. RCA and the producer Felton Jarvis had booked a recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee, for January 1977, to record some new tracks for this album. Presley had chosen a few songs to record with the help of Jarvis, most of them were rather country and uptempo. Unfortunately, Presley never showed up at that session, claiming that he was sick and thus staying home (an excuse that Presley used rather frequently during the 1960s to avoid recording poor soundtracks for his motion pictures). Jarvis and RCA had nothing left to do but to fill the album with the live tracks mentioned above. Also included is a live performance of “Let Me Be There” which had already been released three years earlier on his album Elvis: As Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis, even though, as noted, RCA had access to a previously unreleased live recording, “Softly, As I Leave You”, which it would later utilize for a single release of “Unchained Melody”.
The song “Moody Blue” was released as a single in December 1976 and it reached number one on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, and #31 on the pop chart. “Way Down” was released as the album’s next single during the early summer of 1977. It did not go very far up the chart, but it soared to #18 after Presley’s death in August (jumping to number one in the U.K.) It was a bigger hit on the country charts, and it had risen to number one in the same week of the death of Presley. This album reached number three on the Billboard album charts after his death, although it had already entered the top 40 before he died. This was the last album by Presley to reach the TOP 40. Moody Blue was also a number one album on the Country Albums chart. Moody Blue was published on July, 1977, and it peaked on the album chart in August 1977.
1. Unchained Melody (2:36)
2. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (3:02)
3. Little Darlin’ (1:55)
4. He’ll Have to Go (4:35)
5. Let Me Be There (3:38)
1. Way Down (2:41)
2. Pledging My Love (2:50)
3. Moody Blue (2:53)
4. She Thinks I Still Care (3:54)
5. It’s Easy for You (3:30)