(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
For other versions, see Lyrics and Downloads section below.
(Just my opinion. Give us yours!)
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.
(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.
ElvisStartPage - As the name implies, this is the place to start when looking for Elvis sites!
Elvis Presley - Another directory of Elvis websites. The place to go to find Elvis on the web!
Study Up Some More!
Ernst Jorgensen's complete chronicle of Elvis' recording sessions, with loads of detailed information about each session and each song.
This is the definitive encyclopedia on Elvis' life details, as well as all the background and trivia you need for all the songs, movies, and TV appearances. Authors are Fred L. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius.
The subtitle of Ace Collins' book says it all: "The stories behind Elvis' #1 hits"!
"Elvis The #1 Hits: The Secret History of the Classics". Another self-explanatory book title. :)