Like most of the people here, I first heard this album as a kid - as an eight year old fooling around with his big sister's sanyo mono tape player. Maybe it's stuck with me subliminally, but for me this is unbeatable music of our time - a white hot band kicking hard on a live take of 'let me be there' (Elvis coaxing them into a pyrotechnic reprise as the crowd goes wild!); Elvis with as rich and powerful a voice as he ever had at the piano singing a truly righteous unchained melody (don't call us, we'll call you, the righteous brothers!), E showing he can still cut it in rock'n'roll on 'Way Down' which in the chorus lurches into a shuffle stevie ray vaughan would be proud of (oooh I can FEEL it!), and a fab-o disco take on the title track Moody Blue. But for me the final two songs, for some reason care' and 'it's easy for you'. This is Elvis not as King of Rock 'n' Roll but as King Lear, a man who knows that all the power in the world ain't nothing without... well, you know what. As Elvis sings 'she thinks I still care' you KNOW that this is E in total, indefensible denial. BOY does he care. And the final track which, i discovered to my horror recently, was written by Lloyd Webber and Rice sums up the last century's greatest entertainer's dilemma, addressed to his ex-wife, his lover, his fans, his different point of view/even though i'm shattered/it's easy for you". Even after all this time I know if I had to take one record from my collection to a desert island, then this would be it.
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Olly Buxton (ElectricRay)
Sep 26, 2009
Dec 22, 2010 09:37 PM UTC
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