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    People always said I have weird (others say 'interesting') taste, but I always greatly liked:

    1. Where did they go Lord.

    2. Rags to riches.

    3. Anyday now,

    and then a great bunch of other songs.

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    Oh man, this is way too hard!

    I think his voice was at its most versatile (as far as depth, tenderness, rawness, volume, warmth, range and control goes) pretty much from the '68 Comeback through to perhaps 1971.
    Before and after that, in my opinion, some of the ingredients was always missing. So when he was young(er) he missed a bit in depth and thus range, but excelled in enthusiasm.
    In 1973, primarily, I think his voice lacked warmth often (like in the Aloha days his voice sometimes had an almost metallic, nasal, edge to it, sharper than his usual smooth tones) and maybe even a bit of control, resulting in some wavering notes.
    Later when his health started interfering with his vocal abilities it seems he sometimes was forcing his range by yelling, just to make it seem he was still as powerful as in his healthy days.

    This is all just MY perception, how his vocals during the years come across to me, okay, so don't hang me up on some high branch of a big ole tree
    I still have vocal favorites in each phase of his career, though, because often "weaknesses" or "flaws" can fit a certain song perfectly, mood wise, which is why Elvis himself often did not do retakes of songs with mistakes in them, because even the flawed versions "felt right".

    So, taking the above into consideration these are the first songs that come to mind, in no particular order:

    Trying to Get to You ('68 Comeback, vocal range, versatility and strength)
    If I Can Dream ('68 Comeback TV version, vocal range, versatility and strength)
    American Trilogy (Aloha, probably the best sung song during this concert)
    In My Way (Wild in the Country. tenderness, warmth)
    You've Lost that Loving Feeling (TTWII, energy, range, rawness)

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    Cool

    for me he always had a range and power in his voice.I mean look at 'jailhouse rock' so powerful and such a range and ability through to 'soldier boy' from 1959/1960 he showed a great depth and range ability then.Then to 'so close yet so far' from 1965 so much depth and range.
    Then 'if i can dream' from 1968...i can go on.I think you cant pin point a moment in his life when his greatest vocal performance was it was always at a high standard throughout.:worthy: :worthy: :worthy:

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    my top five of elvis songs :

    1. Polk Salad Annie, TTWI 1970

    2. Hurt

    3. What Now My Love ( The Rehearsal of aloha from hawaii )

    4. Mine

    5. Bridge Over Trouble Water ( Elvis On Tour 1972)

    and if i could i wanted to add five more

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    ok here's mine.

    1.It hurt's Me-1963-& 1968
    2.In Your Arms-1961
    3.Three Corn Patches 1973
    4.Don't 1957
    5.Steamroller Blues 1974 Memphis 20 concert.

    6.polk salad annie-1976 on goodbye memphis.
    7.Moody Blue
    8.T-R-O-U-B-L-E-1975 studio version
    9.Burning Love -1972 studio version
    10.Shake A Hand-1975.
    11.Just Pretend -1970
    12.it's a sin-1961
    13.mine-1967
    14.Big Boss Man-1974 (Live Version any live version)

    theres more. but this is only a hand full.
    Curtis Simpkins

    Long Live Vinyl. :worthy:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulie1971
    People always said I have weird (others say 'interesting') taste, but I always greatly liked:

    1. Where did they go Lord.

    2. Rags to riches.

    3. Anyday now,

    and then a great bunch of other songs.
    There we go! I was waiting for someone to say Rags To Riches

    Some of the best for me are RAGS TO RICHES, FROM A JACK TO A KING and WITHOUT LOVE.

    Also WHEN IT RAINS IT REALLY POURS from the dressing room rehearsal of the 68 comeback special and TRYING TO GET TO YOU from the sit down shows on the 68 special.

    Oh yeah and ANYWAY YOU WANT ME
    Last edited by WildStyle; 08-05-2004 at 10:47 PM.

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    Glad to have been of service WildStyle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulie1971
    People always said I have weird (others say 'interesting') taste, but I always greatly liked:

    1. Where did they go Lord.

    2. Rags to riches.

    3. Anyday now,

    and then a great bunch of other songs.
    Anyday Now, Thats In my car now just on repeat, I never tire of this song!!

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    Always liked How great thow atrt cbs special vers

    Promisedland. from platinum......

    actually there are so many can't really write m down at once......

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    one vocal performance that rates very highly for me was when he sung 'My Way' - i think it was around June 1977.

    He was ill but his voice never failed him. x

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    Even though I can not call myself a gospel kind of guy, I also like 'He touched me' from the Platinum boxset!

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    i enjoy some of elvis gospel songs, such as 'Why Me Lord ' Elvis Live in Memphis 3/20/1974, "Miracle Of Rosary " i dont remember the name of the albums but this is one of his best gospel song ( to me ).

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    Bridge Over Troubled Water- TTWII
    Just Pretend- TTWII
    Suspicious Minds -Memphis 69
    Trying To Get To You & Lawdy Miss Clawdy- NBC 68
    How Great Thou Art- In Concert

    "When You Let Your Head get Too Big, It'll Break your Neck" Elvis Presley.

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    Tricky to say - my favourite vocal performances often change, but these usually put a thrill down my spine.,

    If I Can Dream
    Hurt
    Where No One Stands Alone (live 77)
    Unchained Melody
    Tryin to get to You (77)
    How Great Thou Art (77)
    Bridge over Troubled Water (June 26, 1977).
    Note the trend - his vocal power certainly shone through in that last year.
    rick

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    Some good choices by all...and i think Aron has a valid point that throughout his career there are very strong vocal performances to be found. After all...thats why we all like him so much.

    Favourites do change from week to week. When i am in the gospel mood there are some great performances to be found there too.

    highlights for the moment would be.....

    Hurt
    If I Can Dream
    Padre
    Where did they go Lord ?
    You'll never walk alone......

    to name just a select few
    TCB Chris.

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    Am playing Where did they go Lord right now, it has always been a favorite of mine ... at times I am also quite partial to Heart of Rome!

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    im back with a new list

    some other faviourtes:

    my boy (studio & live version)
    i really dont want to know (studio version)
    all i needed was the rain
    so close yet so far
    peace in the valley
    that when your heartache begins
    milkcow blues boogie
    patch it up (ttwii version)
    polk salad annie (any version )
    love letters
    how great thou art (also any version )
    santa claus is back in town
    blue christmas
    american trilogy
    if i can dream

    Basically anything really

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    Yes, when you add it all up, I guess its basically everything

    So close yet so far is also a favorite of mine!!

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    I guess I am the newest member here. My list is:

    1-) HURT (June,26th,1977)
    2-) AN AMERICAN TRILOGY (January,14th,1973)
    3-) UNCHAINED MELODY (June,21st,1977)
    4-) HOW GREAT THOU ART (December,13,1975) - bootleg "Just Pretend"
    5-) LOVE ME, LOVE THE LIFE I LEAD (1971 Recording Session) - from Elvis Fool Album

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    1. Surrender - staggering performance.
    2. Jailhouse Rock - the original is an underrated vocal performance. It's a challenging song, as can be heard when he tackles it later on
    3. Hurt - studio version pips the live versions due to the greater control and tone, even though he began to add one extra note at the end for the live versions
    4. Bridge Over Troubled Water - TTWII version is easily the best. It has more subtlety than the On Tour version and is less forced
    5. American Trilogy - undecided on the best version. Aloha version is great, but perhaps eclipsed by some 72 performances
    6. Are You Lonesome Tonight? - the original is unbeatable. The closest he got to replicating it was the 68 Special version
    7. Unchained Melody - April 77 version blows the June version out of the water. Much better breath control and he reaches up to an A on the final 'lonely time', which he doesn't bother with in June. I think June is picked because there is video evidence of the effort he put into singing it and so more of an emotional response to the performance. Definitely inferior though
    8. That's All Right - the first and one of the best vocals he would ever record.

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