The version of “Unchained Melody” issued on the “Moody Blue” album was recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan on April 24, 1977. Overdubs were added by Felton Jarvis at Soundmaster, Nashville, Tennessee on May 9, and June 9, 1977. The undubbed master was finally released by RCA/BMG on the FTD album “Spring Tours”.
Musicians on the May 9, 1977 overdub session:
Piano: Bobby Ogdin
Drums: Randy Cullers
Guitar: Alan Rush
Bass: Dennis Linde
Bells: Farrell Morris
"If You Love Me Let Me Know" was overdubbed on the same day, so all of the instruments listed above weren't necessarily added to "Unchained Melody"
Musicians on the June 9, 1977 overdub session:
Bass: Norbert Putnam
Organ: Tony Brown
The single version of “Unchained Melody” was recorded during the filming of the CBS TV Special in Rapid City, South Dakota on June 21, 1977. Again the single version was overdubbed by Felton Jarvis at Young ‘Un Sound, Nashville, Tennessee on August 29 & 30, 1977. The single was issued in 1978, (with some copies pressed in white vinyl) and the B-side was “Softly As I Leave You”, which was taken from a soundboard recording from Las Vegas on December 13, 1975. The complete concert was issued by Fort Baxter on the “Just Pretend” CD.
Backup vocalists on the August 29, 1977 overdub session:
Lea Jane Berinati
Sherill Nielsen - vocal overdub on the ending of the song
Musicians on the August 30, 1977 overdub session:
Guitar: Chip Young
Percussion: Randy Cullers
Bass: Mike Leech
Drums: Larry Londin
Piano: Bobby Ogdin
More tracks for the "Elvis In Concert" album were worked on at this session, so all of the musicians listed above didn't necessarily play on "Unchained Melody".
The Rapid City version of “Unchained Melody” featured in the video/DVD “The Great Performances – Centre Stage”, as performed on the night, and this undubbed version of the song was also included on the “Great Performances” CD.