Words & Music:
Our friends all ask me
The last time I saw you
And I smile and tell them
It's been a day or two
There's no way to explain it
The way that I miss you
And my love, you have left me
I talk to your picture
My fav'rite one of you
I wish that you were here with me
But what good will it do
Having no way to tell you
The pain that I’ve been through
Oh, my love, you have left me
Yes, my love, you have left me
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I don't agree that Elvis had to be in touch with his times. A lot of big stars, for example Dylan, tried to do that in the eighties, and we all know what that resulted in. A good song is a good song, no matter what. And this is a decent song, very well sung. What songs did Dylan or Lennon ever sing good? None.
A powerfully sung atmosphric ballad in that fine tenor baritone voice with a touch of latin guitar. Sold over a million globally and would have sold a lot more if he had been making concert or TV personal appearances.
This is such a magnificent song and it's one of my twenty most favorite Elvis songs. This song should definitely be way better known than it actually is.
This is among my favourites, just the way Elvis pauses a little ( 30 sec. into the song ) is a beautiful touch that goes to show how Elvis almost always brought a little extra to a song. And by the way it is not always the songs that place highest on the charts that are the best or the ones that stands the test of time. Of course I love the fact that Elvis had so many hits, but I am even happier that he left so many good songs for us to enjoy, more than ANY other artist or group that I know !! TCB
This has always been one of my favorites and I am surprised at the mixed reviews. As far as whether it was a good choice for a single that depends on what audience in '67 RCA was trying to sell Elvis to. For his fans that were entering their late 20's and early 30's at that time and for people buying records in the easy listening market, it was a good choice. If they were trying to sell him to the teens, then it was a bad release. Overall, the results were mixed as the single reached #33. This was seven spots better than his previous single "Spinout" and his next release "Long Legged Girl" would end his consecutive top 40 streak and peak at #63.
Not good single material at all. Not even a real strong song. Well sung, yes, good song & arrangement? No. Its funny when I read comments like it doesnt have to be a # 1 song to be good. Most folks on this site are obesessed with Elvis' record sales. If you want strong sales, you have to have good material. This was not commercial at all. They should have released the Dylan song instead. That would have shook things up for sure.
Blue was Elvis's biggest Uk hit in 1966 getting to #21. It was the follow up to the Uk top 10 hit 'If everyday was like Christmas' so perhaps it should have done better. Good enough recording at a time when movie singles had died on Rca. So what do Rca do, they follow up 'Blue' with,,, 'Love Machine' & 'Long Legged Girl', both movie recording but either Uk top 30 hits. This was the time Elvis should have demanded new orginal material, but we had to wait until 1968 for that to change. Then Elvis got his songs, the ones he wanted, Big Boss Man, Guitar Man, US Male, Let Yourself Go, the comeback was underway. But yes, 'Blue' was a good recording and should have started the string of better songs in 1966.
I don't know how the song fared elswhere but it just missed the top 20 in the UK in 1967 and would have been bigger but for the lack of plays on the radio. Still a great recording today and very much underrated.
great voice and it shows in this great song by the king
I never liked it. Way too much production going on and those searing background voices were distracting. If you listen to the hit ballads of the day, Yesterday, Release Me, Summer Wind, they all had simple backing and played well on the radio. This is an average album cut at best with no radio appeal (also was not a bonus song as someone mentioned)
Great song, great singing, beautiful and really perfect ! Always El.
Simply love that song- and what a performance! It was so great back in ´66 to hear these beautiful "bonus songs" on the Spinout album showing that he still had it. Great arrangement, too, with fantastic guitar picking, and I must admit that I admire good old Millie. What a voice!
I still recall the release of this song. It was indeed quite different from the material released before. At that time we did not know what was to come, so no need to relate to that. Also I liked it much more than the music that was popular in that time frame. It might not have a strong appeal to the younsters at that time, but that goes for so many other things. Being a youngster myself at that time I remember being coerced by my peers to listen only to the contemporary music (I don't think much ahs changed in the course of time). Luckily I had the inner drive to decide for myself.
This is a beautiful, haunting song which is performed amazingly by the king.
Excellant performance by Elvis. I really enjoy this song especially listening to it with headphones on. I wish Elvis had included this song in his live performances.
I dont go along with this not 1966 stuff because if you look at 65,66, 67 the biggest hits included Zorbas dance, king of the road, distant drums, crying in the chapel, strangers in the night, last waltz, release me etc and the sound of music , my fair lady, mary poppins, Andy Williams, The Seekers and Val Doonican etc were/had massive albums around that time. It wasnt all Beatles, Stones, Dylan etc, yes the Beatles etc has stood the test of time better but it wasnt all them at the time
Good song made great I would say although I would agree its an album track.
A masterpiece, yes indeed. There's so much pain and "undiscribable" loss in this song, that it hurts everytime you listen to it. Definitely not meant for the singles buying audience.
This is a very ordinary tune. Well sung but an album cut at best. Even with airplay the kids werent buying this kind of material in 1966. Just compare it to the songs he cut in Memphis less than 3 yrs later. By the way, the high soprano voice & voices killed many an Elvis song and this is one of them. Good on gospel, doesnt work here.
Outstanding performance by Elvis here! What a shame it didnt chart well but thats because RCA never promoted Elvis' music the way it should have.... esp. from the mid 60s and on.
A wonderful example of the way Elvis could turn an ordinary song into a masterpiece. I don't think anyone could make a better version of this songs as our man did.
One of my favorite songs. What a soulful quality to his voice! It doesn't have to be a #1 hit to be great or have an impact.
A masterpiece and what a voice !
One of Elvis´ best love songs. What a masterpiece!
Nice song & well sung but I knew it would never be a hit. Not 1966 hit material at all. The over backing of all those voices & the big blustery ballad arrangement just made it sound so out of touch with pop music at the time.
Elvis' voice was still changing from the youthful sound of the early sixties recordings to the powerhouse of the late 60's and 70's when he cut this record so we get the best of both worlds here. Brilliant song brilliantly recorded. Love the passion on this one.
Nice lyrics, beautiful melody, Elvis is great + The Imperials and Millie Kirkham sound amazing !
I love this song it's just plain beautiful ..i mean the guy sing it perfect!
This single was very much underrated and deserved to be a lot bigger hit than it was in the UK. I remember Alan "Fluff" Freeman praising the record many years ago when he did Pick of the Pops.
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