Moody & Blue
|Title:||Moody & Blue|
|Label Number:||MB 1977|
|Sound:||Studio / Multitrack live recordings!|
22 alternate takes of the tracks from the "Moody Blue" album. All taken from
other official and bootleg releases.|
Moody Blue Is the title of Elvis Presley's last album to be released in his lifetime. The album was a mixture of live and studio work, and included tracks from Presley's final studio recording sessions in 1976, including "Moody Blue", a previously released hit, and "Way Down," which would become a hit after Presley's death less than a month alter the album's release. As described in Elvis: The Illustrated Record, RCA was not able to obtain sufficient new studio material for a complete album (most of Presley's 1976 studio output having already been used in the previous album, From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee) and chose to augment the remaining available works with three live tracks recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on April 24, 1977, including a version of "Unchained Melody" which would be the album's third single, released posthumously. RCA and producer Felton Jarvis had booked for January 1977 a recording studio in Nashville to cut some new tracks for this album. Elvis had chosen a few numbers to record with the help of Jarvis, most of them were rather country and uptempo. Unfortunately, Elvis never showed up at the session, claiming he was sick and stayed home (a trick he had often used in the 60's to avoid recording bad soundtracks for his films). Jarvis and RCA had nothing to do then but to fill the album with the live tracks mentioned above. Also included is a live performance of "Let Me Be There" which had already been released three years earlier on the album Elvis: As Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis.
The track MOODY BLUE was released as a single in early 1977 and reached #1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart (partly thanks to the country b-side SHE THINKS I STILL CARE), #31 Pop. WAY DOWN was then released as the next single in the early summer of 1977. lt did not go very far on the charts but it soared to #18 after Elvis Presley's death in August(#1 in United Kingdom). The album reached #3 on the Billboard album charts after his death although it had already cracked the top 40 before he died, the last Elvis album to crack the TOP 40 had been a live album in 1974.
RCA pressed the album in blue vinyl, to match the title track. Since colored vinyl pressings were relatively rare and almost never occurred in a wide release, this has led to collectors mistakenly assuming blue-vinyl Moody Blue albums are collectors items, when in fact the true collectables were early pressings in standard black vinyl. (Later pressings of Moody Blue were, however, on standard black vinyl.)