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Elvis' best musical accomplishment came from:

The Sun Sessions 1954
17
22%
The Elvis Is Back Sessions 1960
9
11%
The 1968 Comeback Shows (Black Leather Only)
9
11%
The 1969 Memphis Sessions
25
32%
The August 1969 Vegas Engagement
2
3%
The June 1970 Nashville Sessions
5
6%
The February and/or August 1970 Vegas Shows
5
6%
The On Tour and MSG Performances in 1972
2
3%
The 1976 Graceland Sessions
5
6%
 
Total votes : 79

Elvis' Finest Work (Your Opinion)

Thu Sep 15, 2005 7:23 am

The recent discussion of Elvis' best music has resulted in this poll. Out of what I have listed, where do you think Elvis' best performances came from? I've pretty much covered a wide area of his amazing career. If I've not listed your favorite era, please post your comments. I wanted to list Aloha, but ran out of room.

What is your personal favorite based on the music that really "gets to you?"

Thu Sep 15, 2005 7:27 am

Elvis' best musical accomplishment?

The SUN Sessions...

Elvis' best musical performances?

The 1968 Comeback Shows

My personal Fav?

A little bit of everything...

Thu Sep 15, 2005 7:38 am

I love Sun era but it is not my favorite. I voted for it (54) because without that there would not have been 1956(explosion) and without 1956 I would dare say we would not be here on this site because it would most probably not exist! Oops did not read carefully. Deciding for me personally is impossible like choosing a favorite kid. You can't.
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Thu Sep 15, 2005 7:42 am

How can you have a poll of Elvis' best work and not have anything from 56-58 as an option? Does any fan really think the only 50s classics came from Sun Studios?

Thu Sep 15, 2005 7:47 am

as sessions i go Memphis 69, coz he was never better there! for concerts i go EOT and MSG, judging from the footage i've seen and everything i heard, he never played harder. he is in top form for those shows

Thu Sep 15, 2005 7:56 am

TJ wrote:How can you have a poll of Elvis' best work and not have anything from 56-58 as an option? Does any fan really think the only 50s classics came from Sun Studios?


That's why I said to add your opinion if your personal favorite wasn't listed. Read carefully.

I wanted to add a couple of more things but ran out of room.

Thu Sep 15, 2005 8:43 am

I have favorites from every era, it's just too difficult to choose. But the most exciting time to watch for me would be his comeback period, '68-69, knowing that his personal pressure was so great at the time, having finally given up the movies and wanting to reinvent himself---seeing how he prevailed so greatly---just too cool. That's his greatness, to have such a long career, with so much evolution, and most fans love some of everything. It'll never be done again. 8)

Thu Sep 15, 2005 8:58 am

1968 Comeback gets my vote! 8)

If the Graceland sessions wins this poll I will fly to Memphis and stand outside Graceland, naked, for 31 days without food or water whistling Dixie! :wink:

Thu Sep 15, 2005 9:03 am

Definitely the soundtrack recordings for "Stay Away Joe".

Thu Sep 15, 2005 9:05 am

Delboy wrote:If the Graceland sessions wins this poll I will fly to Memphis and stand outside Graceland, naked, for 31 days without food or water whistling Dixie! :wink:


You are so full of it... :!: :roll:

Thu Sep 15, 2005 9:44 am

Delboy wrote:I will fly to Memphis and stand outside Graceland, naked, for 31 days without food or water whistling Dixie!


Just the thought of that has just made me cancel my upcoming Memphis trip. Thanks a lot!

Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:43 am

Rob wrote:
TJ wrote:How can you have a poll of Elvis' best work and not have anything from 56-58 as an option? Does any fan really think the only 50s classics came from Sun Studios?


That's why I said to add your opinion if your personal favorite wasn't listed. Read carefully.

I wanted to add a couple of more things but ran out of room.


Fair enough. I just assumed the music that caused the worldwide sensation in the first place would be pretty much first choice for inclusion.

Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:59 am

TJ, Exactly!

We who were there at the time saw the astounding impact of the 1956-59 recordings.

The 60 to 63? Songs by Elvis won over the general public.

Then we had quite a time hanging on:-(

But we could explore those wonderful Sun sessions and the beautiful Gospel music.

Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:49 pm

I don't think I can pick just one era.

Personally, I would have to go for a tie between

The American '69 sessions
The Nashville '70 sessions

...but that leaves both Burbank '68, Nashville '60 and the SUN sessions out in the cold...

Impossible task!

I need them all! :lol:

Br
Kristian

Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:59 pm

I voted for June 1970 Nashville Sessions, but it was tough. I was tempted by August 1970 Las Vegas. Memphis 1969 running a very close third.

Jules

Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:16 pm

Rob -

How could you omit the Jan-July 1956 RCA sessions ?

He took the sound he'd pioneered at Sun Studios and, without 'selling out' in any way, he made it a little more rock 'n' roll, a tad more commercial, a touch more 'pop' oriented and ended up with some of the greatest stuff he ever comitted to tape !

Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:16 pm

56-58 without a doubt.

Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:39 pm

Memphis 1969 is superb!

Thu Sep 15, 2005 3:30 pm

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/20020815essentials3.asp May have a point:-)

Thu Sep 15, 2005 3:46 pm

1956 would have been almost perfect without Love Me Tender sessions that even took his original band away.

Thu Sep 15, 2005 3:48 pm

ColinB wrote:Rob -

How could you omit the Jan-July 1956 RCA sessions?


Again, I didn't omit. I ran out of spaces. The 1956 era is one of my favorites.

Anything that is mentioned will be tallied up at the end whether it is listed in the poll or not.

Thu Sep 15, 2005 3:50 pm

Memphis 69 was definitly his best music. The Sun era and 56-58 was undoubtably his greatest cultural and historical achievements. Nashville 70 and the Graceland sessions are options that I personally love. I voted Memphis 69 but really, everything Elvis did could have something positive said about it.

Thu Sep 15, 2005 4:42 pm

bray1977 wrote:everything Elvis did could have something positive said about it.


Even "Yoga Is As Yoga Does"?!?!

:lol:

Jules

Thu Sep 15, 2005 4:53 pm

His career/body of work is too segmented to accomodate the limited number of poll options.


I voted EIB '60


I sometimes look at it terms of his ages, not the decades.

He did his best-selling work while in his 20s.

He's in the history books because of what Elvis at age 21-23 did.

He did his best "modern era" album music between age 34 and 37.

Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:33 pm

It was difficult..but I voted for the Jan./Febr./Aug. 1970 Vegas shows..
A singing adonis who was ready to conquer the world...fantastic..with
Augst 12. 1970 MS being by far the best show ever given ....