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Memories is

Very good
12
44%
Good
10
37%
Average
5
19%
Bad
0
No votes
Boring like the rain
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 27

Memories ( the song )

Sat May 23, 2009 5:14 pm

Hello

Do you enjoy it like Elvis or do you hate it like Sam Phillips :?:

Re: Memories ( the song )

Sat May 23, 2009 5:16 pm

I love the song.

Speaking only for me -- it's a classic.

Re: Memories ( the song )

Sat May 23, 2009 5:20 pm

on this one, i am "between E & Sam Phillips" 8)

Re: Memories ( the song )

Sat May 23, 2009 8:21 pm

always loved it

Re: Memories ( the song )

Sat May 23, 2009 8:26 pm

It made for a good segment in Elvis' 68 Special.

Re: Memories ( the song )

Sun May 24, 2009 4:14 am

An average to good song, brilliantly performed by Elvis. Another standout performance from June 1968.

Re: Memories ( the song )

Sun May 24, 2009 2:21 pm

Good!

Re: Memories ( the song )

Mon May 25, 2009 10:14 am

tcb4 wrote:Do you enjoy it like Elvis or do you hate it like Sam Phillips :?:

First of all, your poll lacks an option for "Excellent." The fact that your highest choice is "Very Good" makes this latest un-scientific poll kind of a waste.

Secondly, Sam Phillips did not "hate" the song. He told Elvis that where the singer had chosen to place "Memories" in his August 1969 set was a mistake, as it stopped the rhythm of the show. Phillips was correct.

The studio recording from June 1968 is stunning. It's got a near-perfect vocal from Elvis despite some lyrics that were pretty damn maudlin, and the arrangement is heart-breaking, with Tommy Tedesco's delicate guitar arpeggios and Larry Knechtal's single-note bass line.

Tedesco later recalled hearing "Memories" on the radio and crying, because, when he worked that session, he had been going through a very painful divorce. Your can hear this emotion in his playing.

The 1969 live recording of "Memories" is inconsequential -- the arrangement places it in a higher key, puts too many instruments in the mix and, unlike the studio master, Elvis sings it with almost no personal attachment.

And that's the way it is.

Re: Memories ( the song )

Mon May 25, 2009 10:24 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:The studio recording from June 1968 is stunning. It's got a near-perfect vocal from Elvis despite some lyrics that were pretty damn maudlin, and the arrangement is heart-breaking, with Tommy Tedesco's delicate guitar arpeggios and Larry Knechtal's single-note bass line.

:smt023

I'd also say: A mediocre song, a very good performance that in parts even shows something like excellence.

Re: Memories ( the song )

Mon May 25, 2009 2:46 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:...The 1969 live recording of "Memories" is inconsequential -- the arrangement places it in a higher key, puts too many instruments in the mix and, unlike the studio master, Elvis sings it with almost no personal attachment.
And that's the way it is.


And the 24th July, 1970 studio 'rehearsal' version, with its animal impressions, general goofing around and whatever, totally destroys any remaining credence the song may have had !

Re: Memories ( the song )

Mon May 25, 2009 5:44 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:Sam Phillips did not "hate" the song. He told Elvis that where the singer had chosen to place "Memories" in his August 1969 set was a mistake, as it stopped the rhythm of the show. Phillips was correct.

I heard that people were walking out all over the place. One guy was even heard saying, "I can't stay here. The rhythm of the show is all messed up now."

It had to have been very uncomfortable for our star attraction.

Re: Memories ( the song )

Mon May 25, 2009 5:52 pm

It would make a perfect medley with This Is Our Dance.

(provided of course that Elvis intentionally sung the 2 songs together in this fashion and did not just do it on the spur of the moment)

Re: Memories ( the song )

Mon May 25, 2009 6:00 pm

Rob wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:Sam Phillips did not "hate" the song. He told Elvis that where the singer had chosen to place "Memories" in his August 1969 set was a mistake, as it stopped the rhythm of the show. Phillips was correct.

I heard that people were walking out all over the place. One guy was even heard saying, "I can't stay here. The rhythm of the show is all messed up now."

It had to have been very uncomfortable for our star attraction.


May I have a word with you.

You do know that he does not want to be ridiculed. And still.

Can't you just, for once, say: "You are right. I have just learned a lot."

Is that so difficult.

Re: Memories ( the song )

Mon May 25, 2009 6:05 pm

I would never ridicule the Doc. I love him too damned much. Just bringing my point across in my own special kind of way.

That's just the way I am. Don't go and try to change me now.

Re: Memories ( the song )

Mon May 25, 2009 6:13 pm

Rob wrote:I would never ridicule the Doc. I love him too damned much. Just bringing my point across in my own special kind of way.


Do not think for a moment I am too old to notice when you are getting sarcastic.

We all have to live together on this board. Peacefully. And if you refuse to show some respect, it is not going to happen.

I know that you have your opinion. Good. Fine. But it is not necessary to tell your opinion to everyone. Have I made myself clear.

Re: Memories ( the song )

Mon May 25, 2009 6:17 pm

Sarcastic? Me? I'd love for you to show me any post of mine that features a hint of sarcasm.

But...just for you....I'll watch myself.

Re: Memories ( the song )

Mon May 25, 2009 8:10 pm

sam phillips said this song is "sh*t"
but
maybe the verb "hate" isn t the best to describe his opinion :smt004

Re: Memories ( the song )

Thu May 28, 2009 12:52 am

Rob wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:Sam Phillips did not "hate" the song. He told Elvis that where the singer had chosen to place "Memories" in his August 1969 set was a mistake, as it stopped the rhythm of the show. Phillips was correct.

I heard that people were walking out all over the place. One guy was even heard saying, "I can't stay here. The rhythm of the show is all messed up now."

It had to have been very uncomfortable for our star attraction.
Thanks, that made me laugh :D

Re: Memories ( the song )

Thu May 28, 2009 4:58 am

Rob wrote:Just bringing my point across ...

What point? That you know more about music than Sam Phillips? That's news to us.


tcb4 wrote:sam phillips said this song is "sh*t" ...

Please direct us to the source of this quote from Phillips, thanks.

Re: Memories ( the song )

Thu May 28, 2009 6:40 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:That you know more about music than Sam Phillips?

At the present time, yes.

I seriously doubt that anyone in attendance, other than Sam, of course, felt that the rhythm of the show had been ruined.

They were all too much in awe to notice anything of the sort.

Re: Memories ( the song )

Thu May 28, 2009 9:56 am

Rob wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:That you know more about music than Sam Phillips?

At the present time, yes.

I seriously doubt that anyone in attendance, other than Sam, of course, felt that the rhythm of the show had been ruined.

Sam also thougt that Elvis' sound was destroyed by adding a piano and The Jordanaires. I think, he had a very special way of looking at music. As much as I like the man: We should not care too much about it.

What I've been wondering about ever since I first listened to it: Why does Elvis introduce Memories as being "From my recent TV-show - which was pretty bad but: Can't win 'em all!"??

Re: Memories ( the song )

Thu May 28, 2009 11:16 am

BIGREDG wrote:It would make a perfect medley with This Is Our Dance.

(provided of course that Elvis intentionally sung the 2 songs together in this fashion and did not just do it on the spur of the moment)


Yes, a medley has to be a pre-planned, premeditated, deliberate act.

Glad that's sunk in at last.......................

Re: Memories ( the song )

Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:40 am

©©® wrote:Why does Elvis introduce Memories as being "From my recent TV-show - which was pretty bad but: Can't win 'em all!"??

It's simply a dose of his self-depreciating humour.

Re: Memories ( the song )

Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:16 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
©©® wrote:Why does Elvis introduce Memories as being "From my recent TV-show - which was pretty bad but: Can't win 'em all!"??

It's simply a dose of his self-depreciating humour.


Err................. in the UK, we call that self-deprecating humour.....................

Re: Memories ( the song )

Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:16 am

ColinB wrote:Err................. in the UK, we call that self-deprecating humour.....................

Too bad you didn't help out and answer his query, but of course, that's not what you do.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/self-depreciation