Saturday, 25 April 2015

Only Believe (27/01/71 MS) only live performance

The three day Nashville sessions at RCA's Studio B from June 5-9, 1970 provided material for two of Elvis' most varied and contemporary albums - That's The Way It Is and Elvis Country. There was, however, enough material left over for a third album - Love Letters from Elvis. Having already produced two top drawer albums the third album, by definition, would be filled with the sessions leftovers and it suffers as a result. The blame for this lies not with Elvis but with RCA as the album was poorly conceived and poorly marketed, a trend that would continue right up to the millennium until SONY, having taken over BMG/RCA and by default the Elvis back catalogue, attempted to reverse that trend with varying success.
In the latter part of 1970 Elvis included songs from the first two albums in his setlist and this would continue into his next Vegas engagement although which of these included would vary show to show. For example, Bridge Over Troubled Water, which was sung at most shows in August would appear only three times and all at the end of the engagement.
The only song from the third album, Love letters from Elvis, to ever be performed on stage was this one time only perfromance of Only Believe which appeared at the Midnight show on 27 January - the third show of the engagement.

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