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Winston
06-21-2013, 06:01 PM
Part two of my TOP 50 performances:

For me one of the few real highlights of Elvis‘ last concert tours is when he sits down at the piano and performs Unchained Melody. Surely, this is not the kind of recording that fans of his early image have expected Elvis to do. But like so much of his best work, it is a faithful expression of his emotional state.

Elvis was a big fan of the Righteous Brothers but he always associated Unchained Melody with the great R&B artist Roy Hamilton. Elvis was a fan of him since the early 50s. Back in 1958 Elvis should have experimented with this song and trying to emulate Hamilton’s breathing techniques. Elvis was so moved when he met him at the American Recording Studios that he gave him the song Angelica. He wanted recording this song by himself.

It is interesting that Elvis paid tribute to Hamilton in some compelling performances of his last two years. In Uniondale, he sings You’ll Never Walk Alone on July 19, 1975 as he sits on the piano. What a fantastic thing for the audience and later collectors of concerts. Some friend told me that there is an apocalyptic version of Hurt from a gig on February 5, 1976.

Peter Guralnick writes that as Elvis concerts became increasingly erratic, he seemed to invest every fiber of his being in Unchained Melody. However, I think that the version from April 1977 in Ann Arbor is the best ever and the last time he sings it with fire. His voice soared with the freedom that is lost in his sessions in Graceland in 1976. The performance is bursting with romantic longing and aching with loss and grief. In addition, give Shaun Nielsen’s fantastic falsetto a big listen.

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KPM
06-21-2013, 07:35 PM
The fire in Elvis at the end was always in the big bombastic emotion filled songs or hymns that he meant something to him personally.
Its the songs about great love and loss of love that spoke to him during those last concert years.

debtdbruno
06-21-2013, 08:20 PM
Its the one song that I really do not like watching him sing.....I find it so depressing.......I just want to grab him up in a big bear hug and tell him it will all be okay:'(:'(

KPM
06-21-2013, 09:12 PM
In the EIC 77 footage when he sings Unchained Melody and looks up at Charlie Hodge with a small smile-its heartbreaking.

King Of The Whole World
06-22-2013, 01:38 AM
Great version!!!

Winston
06-22-2013, 06:33 AM
Yes, this fantastic song finds his way into the heart of his fans. It is a winner!

Diane
06-22-2013, 03:39 PM
Its the one song that I really do not like watching him sing.....I find it so depressing.......I just want to grab him up in a big bear hug and tell him it will all be okay:'(:'(

My feelings exactly, I laugh and cry at the same time for the fact that he nailed it as bad as he was feeling...and want to wrap my arms around him to give comfort and let him know how proud of him it made me feel.

Winston
06-22-2013, 04:01 PM
... give comfort and let him know how proud of him it made me feel ...
That goes direct into my heart.

JRtherealJR
06-22-2013, 04:32 PM
Some friend told me that there is an apocalyptic version of Hurt from a gig on February 5, 1976.


"Apocalyptic"? Can you elaborate on this. What was so apocalyptic about this version as opposed to any other version of Hurt.

Snake Eyes
06-22-2013, 04:34 PM
In the EIC 77 footage when he sings Unchained Melody and looks up at Charlie Hodge with a small smile-its heartbreaking.

Definately pulls at the heart-strings, still I do really like this version. I have to say it, but I've never liked You'll Never Walk Alone. I've not heard Elvis or Roys versions and I don't think my mind would be changed even if I did. It's just a song that reminds me of a very sad time in UK football history.

Winston
06-23-2013, 07:12 AM
"Apocalyptic"? Can you elaborate on this. What was so apocalyptic about this version as opposed to any other version of Hurt.
The apocalyptic on the gig from February 5, 1976 is that this was the date of the recording session in Graceland. ;) Elvis recorded Hurt and don't sing it live in concert on this date. This was a Easter egg::supriced:

elvia7
06-23-2013, 09:56 AM
Its the one song that I really do not like watching him sing.....I find it so depressing.......I just want to grab him up in a big bear hug and tell him it will all be okay:'(:'(




I agree. I, too, so that I feel. I would like to take HIM off the stage and
allowed to cry. Maybe it would be a little easier for HIM:'(:'(

elvia7
06-23-2013, 10:05 AM
The apocalyptic on the gig from February 5, 1976 is that this was the date of the recording session in Graceland. ;) Elvis recorded Hurt and don't sing it live in concert on this date. This was a Easter egg::supriced:

Thanks Winston, many things we learn from you!:notworthy