Auld Lang Syne
Words & Music:
~ The Pittsburgh concert on New Year's Eve of December 31, 1976 would've been the perfect opportunity for Elvis to sing his latest single release, "Moody Blue", immediately after "Auld Lang Syne" as the concert carried over into 1977. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be as Elvis decided to sing the old worn out "Blue Suede Shoes" to kick off the new year.
"Auld Lang Syne" is such a wonderful, unique and iconic song and I wish that Elvis had professionally recorded this gem in the studio for an album. A studio version of this song by Elvis would have definitely been far superior than his live versions of it. A proper Elvis studio version of this gem would have had far superior sound quality on tape than his live versions of it did. The best rendition of this classic song that I've ever heard is definitely by Lisa Lambe of the all-female Irish musical ensemble "Celtic Woman".
I always turn up the sound on the Pittsburgh video of this one as it captures a treasured moment. Not a great recording by any means but 3 stars for the poignancy and the everlasting memory of his last New Year celebration.
Had ELVIS recorded it in the studio he would have without a doubt made a classic version of "Auld Lang Syne". Since he didn't I will refrain from giving any recognition to it.
Elvis also did "at the hop" with himself on the piano. Maybe that should also be here. You can find it on Off duty with private Presley.
Not really a Song to be taken all that serious, only sung from the stage twice to fit the moment. Both versions sound just fine in their context and created a wonderful Moment at the new years eve Shows.
Sorry, but I don't like 'Elvis version'. He kind of just, sing alone, together with all the others on stage and the audience. Almost llike happy birthday! But I'm sure he could have done a very personal commmited version in the studio.
I always feel very sad when I hear this recording, as Elvis was welcoming in the fateful year of 1977. I have the same feeling when he mentions 1982 on a 1970 Vegas show, he had so much more to give and life to live.
I enjoyed a lot the version done by EP. I wish there was a whole box of his last '76 tour! He was in great spirit.
It must have been quite a wonderful experience to say farewell to the old year and usher in the new year together with Elvis! As a die-hard fan I would have loved to be then and there present. However this was not to be. And in this context this recording should be seen. As a matter of fact the last years I play this around new year to sort of have an Elvis moment too around that festive occasion. I will definitely do this again at this very years end!
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