Extracts of Blagg's football blogs as he follows West Ham United and England through the usual series of near disasters.

Featuring links to the Annual Billy Blagg Advent Calendar of Christmas Songs.

Also featuring guest appearances by 'Captain Olympic'.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Day 8 - 'I'll be Home on Christmas Day' - Elvis Presley

I'm fully aware that if it wasn't for the man from Tupelo then rock music wouldn't be what it is today but, coming from a generation after Elvis, I've sometimes found it hard to deal with the post-Army, Vegas years and found his Christmas output veers towards the cloying.

This though is a reminder of what made Presley the icon and legend he was to become; a slow bluesy number with echoes of the Gospel music that so defined his unique approach to pop music. Great vocal - natch! - nice organ and guitar work and a groovy melancholy feel, I'm not sure what year this was recorded but it's great stuff.

If I had any sense at all / I'd just be on my way / I'd catch that train tomorrow / I'd be home on Christmas day

Loads of versions on Youtube but I've been listening to this one:

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