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    Elvis' greatest singles

    If you had to choose one single that could be called the greatest Elvis single, released in his lifetime, which one would you choose? We know that "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" was the best-seller, but what was the best produced, performed, written, etc?

    I would choose "Kentucky Rain". A mature, well-written song, brilliantly produced and performed by Elvis. I think this was his greatest single. The only down side is the b-side "My Little Friend" was medicocre.

    As far as weakest singles, the early 70's were a time of strange single releases in Elvis' musical career. "Until It's Time For You To Go" b/w "We Can Make the Morning"? Both pretty songs, but there does not seem to be much commerical potential there. It did make the top 40 though.

    I don't think EP ever released any really bad singles. Even the silly movie songs were usually backed with a decent studio cut. The "Life"/"Only Believe" release is another head-scratcher though.
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    It's Now Or Never b/w A Mess Of Blues would have to be up there.
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    We Can Make the Morning was, and is, a great song it was much in the vein of similar pop songs out in early 70s at the time I thought it was very contemporary. I always thought is should have been pushed harder by RCA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KPM
    We Can Make the Morning was, and is, a great song it was much in the vein of similar pop songs out in early 70s at the time I thought it was very contemporary. I always thought is should have been pushed harder by RCA.
    I love this song! It's one of elvis' best songs and in my opinion is one of the most under-rated. I could listen to this song all day long... it's brilliant and I love the way it builds up so when Elvis sings "it's a long long lonely night... we can make the morning if we try" for the last few times at the end of the song they are so impassioned.
    I also agree with you about it being contempory- if this song were released now I'm sure it would rocket straight up to number one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nashville cat
    If you had to choose one single that could be called the greatest Elvis single, released in his lifetime, which one would you choose? We know that "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" was the best-seller, but what was the best produced, performed, written, etc?

    I would choose "Kentucky Rain". A mature, well-written song, brilliantly produced and performed by Elvis. I think this was his greatest single. The only down side is the b-side "My Little Friend" was medicocre.

    As far as weakest singles, the early 70's were a time of strange single releases in Elvis' musical career. "Until It's Time For You To Go" b/w "We Can Make the Morning"? Both pretty songs, but there does not seem to be much commerical potential there. It did make the top 40 though.

    I don't think EP ever released any really bad singles. Even the silly movie songs were usually backed with a decent studio cut. The "Life"/"Only Believe" release is another head-scratcher though.
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    I agree that "We Can Make the Morning" and "Until It's Time for You to Go" are magnificent performances by Elvis. They should have done better on the charts, IMHO. Elvis' voice is so convincing and the overdubs are incredible. "Morning" is, as stated above, a really nice contemporary effort for Elvis with it's early 1972 release.

    For me, "I'm Leavin" b/w "Heart of Rome," while not selling well relatively speaking, is a great single release.

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    I'll just list my Top 5 Elvis songs. They were all released as singles:

    Suspicious Minds
    Burning Love
    Can't Help Falling In Love
    Are You Lonesome Tonight?
    It's Now Or Never

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    I don't think I've ever heard "We Can Make The Morning". What album is it on?
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    "We Can Make the Morning" originally appeared on 1972's Elvis Now LP.

    I agree with many of the comments. I like Elvis' performance of the song, but there has always seemed something "loose" about it. The band and arrangements sound bland to me. As an album cut, it may have gotten by, but as a single - it just seems to lack something to my ears. It doesn't have an "Elvis sound" to me. Maybe they were trying something different, more contemporary. But the more contemporary sounding cuts from that time period sometime wind up sounding more dated to me.

    I think it's another example of a very mediocre song that Elvis valiantly tried to breathe some life into with his singing.
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