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Unchained Melody

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Hy Zaret, Alex North

(Moody Blue album version) April 24, 1977, live at Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Michigan
(single version / Elvis In Concert version) June 21, 1977, live at Rushmore Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota

Single:w/ "Softly as I Leave You", PB-11212, March 1978
Also released on Gold Standard Series, w/ "Are You Sincere", GB-11988, May 1980

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#6 on Billboard's Country Chart

1st LP release: Moody Blue - July 19, 1977
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My Spin

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Elvis had been singing "Unchained Melody" informally at home for years, and began singing it in concert in the last year of his life, usually accompanying himself at piano. The recorded versions available are almost all fine examples of Elvis showing off his vocal chops and often it was a highlight of the concert, as Elvis' live performances were hit and miss in the last couple of years. "Unchained Melody" almost always energized both Elvis and the audience.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Unchained Melody" is remarkable. The live recording featured Presley accompanying himself on the piano. For an album release, the idea to overdub a better backing track was right. In the live performance, Presley was carried away and his singing takes on a freedom which had not been heard on disc for many years. The additions are in keeping with the spirit of his performance. This is an outstanding example of Presley in his last years, and thanks are due to those who brought about this realization of what at first might have seemed poor material.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

Elvis played and sang this song for twenty-two years before he finally put it on record. It's no small wonder why fans were moved to tears by his interpretation.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Unchained Melody" Lyrics and Downloads

Oh, my love, my darling
I've hungered for your touch, a long lonely time

Time goes by, so slowly and time can do so much
Are you still mine?

I need your love, I need your love
God, speed your love to me

Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea
To the open arms of the sea
Lonely rivers cry, wait for me, wait for me
I'll be coming home, wait for me

Oh my love, my darling
I've hungered for your touch, a long lonely time

I need your love, I need your love
God, speed your love, to me

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