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Moody Blue
Moody-Blue.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 19, 1977
RecordedFebruary 2 and 4, 1976; October 29 and 31, 1976; April 24 and 26, 1977
GenreSoft rock, country rock, doo-wop
Length31:35
LabelRCA Records
ProducerFelton Jarvis
Elvis Presley chronology
Welcome to My World
(1977)
Moody Blue
(1977)
Elvis in Concert
(1977)
Singles from Moody Blue
  1. "Moody Blue"
    Released: November 29, 1976
  2. "Way Down"
    Released: June 6, 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]
MusicHound3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]
Rough Guides3/5 stars[5]

Moody Blue is the twenty-fourth and final studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released by RCA Records in July 1977, less than a month before his death. 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 release. The album was certified Gold and Platinum on September 12, 1977 and 2x Platinum on March 27, 1992 by the RIAA.

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Contents

Contents

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 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 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 issued in July 1977, and it peaked on the album chart after Elvis' death on August 16, 1977.

RCA pressed the album on blue vinyl, to match the title track. Since colored vinyl pressings were relatively uncommon at the time, and they almost never occurred in a wide release, this has led to collectors mistakenly assuming that blue vinyl copies of Moody Blue are collectors' items, when in fact, the true collectables are pressings from immediately before Presley's death on standard black vinyl. (Immediately following his death, the production of Moody Blue was shifted back to blue vinyl. However, in later years the album was produced again using standard black vinyl). Following Presley's death, "Unchained Melody" was also released as a single, and it peaked at #6 on the country music charts. This version was not the same as on the Moody Blue LP. The single version was an overdubbed version of the song, recorded in Rapid City, June 21 1977.

Reissues

The original RCA CD issue contained the same tracks and cover art as the original vinyl LP. RCA reissued the album on CD again in 2000 with revised cover art including a different concert photo of Elvis and omitted the track "Let Me Be There", due to its presence on Elvis: As Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis, and it added the complete album From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee as tracks 10–19 – in effect compiling the Graceland sessions rather than reissuing the original album. In 2013 Moody Blue was reissued on the Follow That Dream label in a special edition that contained the original album tracks along with a selection of alternate takes.

Track listing

Original release

Side A[6]
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Unchained Melody" (recorded on tour)Alex North, Hy ZaretApril 24, 19772:32
2."If You Love Me (Let Me Know)" (recorded on tour)John RostillApril 26, 19772:57
3."Little Darlin'" (recorded on tour)Maurice WilliamsApril 24, 19771:52
4."He'll Have to Go" (recorded at Graceland)Joe Allison, Audrey AllisonOctober 31, 19764:28
5."Let Me Be There" (from the album, Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis)John RostillMarch 20, 19743:26
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Way Down" (recorded at Graceland)Layng Martine, Jr.October 29, 19762:37
2."Pledging My Love" (recorded at Graceland)Don Robey, Ferdinand WashingtonOctober 29, 19762:50
3."Moody Blue" (recorded at Graceland)Mark JamesFebruary 4, 19762:49
4."She Thinks I Still Care" (recorded at Graceland)Dickey Lee, Steve DuffyFebruary 2, 19763:49
5."It's Easy for You" (recorded at Graceland)Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim RiceOctober 29, 19763:26

Follow That Dream re-issue

Disc one
No.TitleLength
1."Unchained Melody" 
2."If You Love Me (Let Me know)" 
3."Little Darlin’" 
4."He’ll Have To Go" 
5."Let Me Be There" 
6."Way Down" 
7."Pledging My Love" 
8."Moody Blue" 
9."She Thinks I Still Care" 
10."It’s Easy For You" 
11."Unchained Melody" (undubbed master) 
12."If You Love Me (Let Me Know)" (undubbed master) 
13."Moody Blue" (take 6) 
14."She Thinks I Still Care" (take 2B) 
15."My Way" (live) 
16."Way Down" (undubbed master) 
17."Little Darlin’" (undubbed master) 
18."He’ll Have To Go" (rough mix) 
19."Pledging My Love" (composite of rehearsal and take 3) 
20."It’s Easy For You" (take 1) 
21."She Thinks I Still Care" (takes 1, 2A) 
22."America The Beautiful" 
23."Softly As I Leave You" 
Disc two
No.TitleLength
1."Way Down" (rehearsal, take 1) 
2."Way Down" (take 2A) 
3."She Thinks I Still Care" (takes 3,4) 
4."Moody Blue" (take 1) 
5."Pledging My Love" (takes 1,2) 
6."Pledging My Love" (take 3) 
7."It’s Easy For You" (takes 3,4) 
8."It’s Easy For You" (undubbed master) 
9."She Thinks I Still Care" (takes 7,9) 
10."She Thinks I Still Care" (take 10) 
11."Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" (unedited rough mix of master) 
12."Moody Blue" (takes 7,5) 
13."Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall" (rough mix of master) 
14."Pledging My Love" (takes 4–5) 
15."Pledging My Love" (undubbed, unedited master) 
16."Way Down" (take 2B) 
17."Way Down" (rough mix of master) 
18."Moody Blue" (takes 8,9) 
19."Moody Blue" (master unedited rough mix) 
20."She Thinks I Still Care" (take 15) 
21."America" (composite of single master and the surviving ending of the erased studio version) 

Personnel

Technical
  • Don Wardell – executive producer, producer
  • Chick Crumpacker – producer
  • Dick Baxter – engineer
  • Glenn Meadows - Original Mastering
  • Vic Anesini - Digital Remastering

Charts

Album

Chart (1977) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 3
Canadian RPM Top Albums 2
Austrian Alben Top 75 20
Dutch Albums Chart[7] 3
New Zealand Top Albums Chart 1
Norway Albums Top 40 Chart 3
Sweden Top 60 Albums 2

Certifications

Region Provider Certification(s)
United States RIAA 2x Platinum [8]
Canada CRIA 2x Platinum [8]

References

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Elvis Presley Moody Blue". AllMusic. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: P". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 892. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Elvis Presley: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  5. ^ Simpson, Paul (2004). The Rough Guide to Elvis. London: Rough Guides. p. 152. ISBN 1-84353-417-7.
  6. ^ "Elvis Presley Albums". Softshoe-slim.com. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  7. ^ Dutch Charts – Elvis Presley Moody Blue Archived 2012-02-23 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b "Sitemap". Elvis.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2012-03-02.

External links

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