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Moody Blue

The King's final recordings

Moody Blue. It was the last album released by Elvis Presley on July 19th, 1977 and it included tracks he had recorded in February and October of 1976 and April of 1977.

It included a mixture of live concert recordings with earlier studio work. The B-side tracks were recorded during his Graceland sessions of 1976.

As RCA was scrambling to find some studio tracks to put on the album, Elvis had hand picked a few songs to record for it. They were up-tempo country songs. Unfortunately, when it came time to record them, Elvis was a no show, claiming to be sick. This was a trick used by the King in the '60s to get out of recording bad songs for his movies soundtracks.

RCA decided to fill in the rest of the album with live tracks. “Let Me Be There” recorded on stage in Memphis, Tennessee; “Unchained Melody,” “If You Love Me (Let Me Know)” and “Little Darlin’” all recorded while on tour in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1976.

The rest of the tracks were from the Graceland sessions: “He’ll Have To Go” which is the only studio recording on side A, “Way Down,” “Pledging My Love,” “Moody Blue,” “She Thinks I Still Care” and “It’s Easy for You.”

The album was originally released on black vinyl, a month later when Presley died they had the album pressed on blue vinyl to go with the title track. It went Gold and Platinum in September of 1977 and Platinum in 1992.

The CD release of the album had a different concert photo, removed the track “Let Me Be There” and added the complete previous album “From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee.”