Released in the summer of ’77, “Moody Blue” would become the final record of singer Elvis Presley, during his lifetime. It’s a patchwork of songs from 1977 (live recordings), 1976 (the last of the “Jungle Room” sessions) and 1974 (“Let Me Be There”.)
In January 1977, Elvis was set to finish the recordings, then backed off at the last moment. [Reason given: a throat infection, although it was probably due to an argument with his then-girlfriend Ginger Alden.]
“Moody Blue” was pressed in a translucent blue vinyl. A few copies were done in traditional black. The single “Moody Blue” was black: however, five copies are blue. (Collector’s items.)
The second single “Way Down” was issued and was still for sale at the time of his death (Aug. 16) and went all the way to number one in England. [The British being some of Elvis’ most loyal fans, despite the fact that he never went there.]
“Moody Blue’s” version of “Unchained Melody” is not to be confused with the one contained on “Elvis – The Great Performances”. [Originally cut from Elvis in Concert”.] “Unchained Melody” would also be released as a single, backed by “Softly As I Leave You” (previously unreleased.)
“Let Me Be There” (thrown in from a 1974 live album) seems misplaced – sung by a young-sounding Elvis and contrasts with other songs.
The first three songs are live recordings added from Elvis’ spring tours – RCA’s only way of finishing it.
“It’s Easy for You”, the last song on side 2, appears to be a message for his ex-wife Priscilla, as many as his songs were during their separation. “I had a wife, I had children, I gave them all away.”
Interesting side note: the odd album cover was a printing error. RCA intended this one for the cassette. That’s why the photo of Elvis is only three inches tall. Only three of the correct album covers still exist.
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