Elvis In Person At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

Composé de 12 titres, ce disque est un condensé (mais alors trés condensé ) des 57 shows présentés par le King à Las Vegas marquant ainsi son retour sur le devant de la scène. Concernant son come-back, Elvis souhaite s'entourer d'une grande formation musicale afin d'apporter à son spectacle une tonalité nouvelle. Et c'est à James Burton (guitare solo) que revient la lourde responsabilité de rechercher les musiciens et choristes les plus suceptibles de répondre à l'attente du chanteur.

Auront le privilège d'accompagner Elvis lors de ce moment historique : Jerry Scheff (basse), Ronnie Tutt (batterie), John Wilkinson (guitare rythmique), Larry Muhoberac (piano) et le fidèle Charlie Hodge (chant/guitare) ; the Imperials Quartet apportera une sonorité gospel alors que The Sweet Inspirations offriront une tonalité plus soul. L'orchestre, mené par Bobby Morris et comprenant 27 musiciens, est celui évoluant à l'International Hotel et débute ce 33 t  . Suit la guitare de J. Burton qui annonce la couleur avec l'intro de Baby I don't care ; Elvis confirme le retour du R'n'R et de son roi avec un dynamique Blue suede shoes ainsi qu'avec les non moins énergiques Johnny B.  Good, All shook up, Mystery train / Tiger man. Et que dire de Hound dog ?! Jamais version ne sera si sauvage et maitrisée à la fois !

Mais le chanteur nous rappelle qu'il était également un formidable interprète de ballade. Démonstration avec Are you lonesome tonight ?, admirablement soutenue par la soprano Cissy Houston.

Après les anciens succès nous découvrons les nouveautés : I can't stop loving you et My babe collent parfaitement à la voix rauque, grave et puissante d' Elvis.

Words illustre l'osmose totale entre le King, les choristes et les musiciens. Quel bel hommage aux Bee Gees !

In the ghetto montre que les problèmes de société ne laissent pas Elvis indifférent même s'il n'a jamais voulu se prononcer politiquement. Les chansons doivent véhiculer rêve et poésie en premier lieu.

Suspicious minds annonce le "nouvel Elvis" : des titres de plus longue durée nécessitant une façon de se mouvoir sur scène différente et une participation "à temps complet" de tous les protagonistes qui doivent suivre la cadence imposée par le King et répondre à ses improvisations subites.

Can't help falling in love, il faudra s'y habituer, clôt le concert ... Une dernière fois les artistes dévoilent toute leur sensibilité et leur talent. Indéniablement nous sommes face à un ensemble de personnes interdépendantes les unes des autres et formant un tout indissociable que professionnalisme et passion qualifient. Nous ne pouvons qu'approuver les choix de James Burton et d'Elvis.

Tout au long de ces extraits de shows à Vegas l'auditeur peut apprécier l'humour du King et ce besoin de contact avec le public qui rend au chanteur l'immense joie qu'il éprouve à le retrouver.

"In Person" est  très bon vinyl niveau qualité mais que RCA aurait pu étoffer car disposant quand même d'un peu plus de matériel. Comment le retour du King, attendu par des millions de fans, n'a-t'il pas été mieux anticipé et organisé par sa propre maison de disque ? Encore un mystère.

 

Album édité ( pour la première fois ) en Novembre 1969 !

Blue Suede Shoes
Johnny B. Goode
All Shook Up
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Hound Dog
I Can't Stop Loving You
My Babe
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
Words
In The Ghetto
Suspicious Minds
Can't Help Falling In Love

 

Ces chansons ont été enregistrées lors de concerts donnés entre le 21 et le 26 août 1969 à Las Vegas.

Cet album live est d'abord sorti en Novembre 1969 sous la forme d'un Double Album intitulé From Memphis To Vegas / From Vegas To Memphis et était accouplé avec un autre disque qui proposait des chansons enregistrées en studio à Memphis en début d'année 1969. En Novembre 1970, les 2 disques composant ce Double Album sont sortis séparément sous les titres Elvis In Person At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada et Back In Memphis.

 


Les Paroles

Blue Suede Shoes

Well, it's one for the money,
Two for the show,
Three to get ready,
Now go, cat, go.

But don't you step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my Blue suede shoes.

Well, you can knock me down,
Step in my face,
Slander my name
All over the place.

Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh,
Honey, lay off of my shoes
Don't you step on my Blue suede shoes.
Well you can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

Well, it's one for the money,
Two for the show,
Three to get ready,
Now go, cat, go.

Well it's a blue blue blue suede shoes
Blue blue blue suede shoes
Blue blue blue suede shoes
Blue blue blue suede shoes
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.


Johnny B. Goode

Deep down in Louisiana close the New Orleans
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens
There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B Good
Who never ever learned to read or write so well
But he could play the guitar just like ringin a bell

Go, go, go jonny go go
go johnny go go
go johnny go go
go johnny go go
johnny be good

He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track
Oh, the engineerswould see him sitting in the shade
Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made
People passing by they would stop and say
Oh my that little country boy could play

His mother told him some day you will be a man
And you will be the leader of a big old band
Many people coming from miles around
And hear you play your music till the sun goes down
Maybe someday your name gonna be in light
Sayin' Jonny be good tonight


All Shook Up

Well bless my soul
What's wrong with me?
I'm itching like a man on a fuzzy tree
My friends say I'm actin' wide as a bug
I'm in love
I'm all shook up
Uh huh ohh yeah, yeah!

Well my hands are shaky and my knees are weak
I can't seem to stand on my own two feet
Now who do you thank when you have such luck?
I'm in love
I'm all shook up
Uh huh ohh yeah, yeah!

Well please don't ask me what's on my mind
I'm a little mixed up, but I'm feelin' fine
When I'm near the girl that I love best
My heart beats so and it scares me to death!

She touched my hand what a chill I got
Her lips are like a volcano that's hot
I'm proud to say she's my buttercup
I'm in love
I'm all shook up
Uh huh ohh yeah, yeah!


Are You Lonesome Tonight ?

Are you lonesome tonight,
Do you miss me tonight?
Are you sorry we drifted apart?
Does your memory stray to a brighter sunny day,
When I kissed you and called you sweetheart?

Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?
Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there?
Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again?
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?

I wonder if youíre lonesome tonight
You know someone said that the worldís a stage
And each must play a part.
Fate had me playing in love with you as my sweetheart.
Act one was when we met, I loved you at first glance
You read your line so cleverly and never missed a cue
Then came act two, you seemed to change, you acted strange
And why Iíll never know.
Honey, you lied when you said you loved me
And I had no cause to doubt you.
But Iíd rather go on hearing your lies
Than go on living without you.
Now the stage is bare and Iím standing there
With emptiness all around
And if you wonít come back to me
Then they can bring the curtain down.

Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again?
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?

Hound Dog

You ainít nothiní but a hound dog
Cryiní all the time.
You ainít nothiní but a hound dog
Cryiní all the time.
Well, you ainít never caught a rabbit
And you ainít no friend of mine.


I Can't Stop Loving You

I can't stop loving you
So I've made up my mind
To live in memory
Of such an old lonesome time

I can't stop wanting you
It's useless to say
So I'll just live my life
In dreams of yesterday.

Those happy hours
That we once knew
Though long ago,
They still make me blue

They say that time
Heals a broken heart
But time has stood still
Since we've been apart

My Babe

Well, my babe don't stand no cheating, my babe
Well, my babe don't stand no cheating, my babe
You know, my babe don't stand no cheating
She don't, she don't, she don't, oh, God
My babe, I know she loves me, my babe

Well, my babe, I know she loves me, my babe
Well, my babe, I know she loves me, my babe
Well, my babe, I know she loves me
She don't do nothing but kiss and love me
My babe, I know she loves me, my babe


Mystery Train/Tiger Man

Train I ride, sixteen coaches long
Train I ride, sixteen coaches long
Well that long black train got my baby and gone

Train train, coming' 'round, 'round the bend
Train train, coming' 'round the bend
Well it took my baby, but it never will again (no, not again)

I am the king of the jungle
They call me the tiger man
I am the king of the jungle
They call me tiger man
If you cross my path
You take your own life in your hands

Yeah, I get up on a mountain
And I call my black cat back
Yeah, I get up on a mountain
And I call my black cat back
My black cat comes a runnin'
And the hound dogs get way back

Yeah, I get up on a mountain
And I call my black cat back
Yeah, I get up on a mountain
And I call my black cat back
My black cat comes a runnin'
And the hound dogs get way back


Words

Smile an everlasting smile
A smile could bring you near to me
Don't ever let me find you're gone
'Cause that could bring a tear to me

This world has lost its glory,
Let's start a brand new story now my love
Right now there'll be no other time
And I can show you all my love

Talk in everlasting words
And dedicate them all to me
And I will give you all my life
It's here if you should call to me

You think that I don't even mean
A single word I say
It's only words and words are all I have
To steal your heart away


In The Ghetto

As the snow flies
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin'
A poor little baby child is born
In the ghetto
And his mama cries
'cause if there's one thing that she don't need
it's another little hungry mouth to feed
In the ghetto
in the ghetto
People, don't you understand
the child needs a helping hand
or he'll grow to be an angry young man some day
Take a look at you and me,
are we too blind to see,
do we simply turn our heads
and look the other way

Well the world turns
and a hungry little boy with a runny nose
plays in the street as the cold wind blows
In the ghetto
in the ghetto
And his hunger burns
so he starts to roam the streets at night
and he learns how to steal
and he learns how to fight
In the ghetto
in the ghetto
Then one night in desperation
the young man breaks away
He buys a gun, steals a car,
tries to run, but he don't get far
And his mama cries

As a crowd gathers 'round an angry young man
face down on the street with a gun in his hand
In the ghetto
As her young man dies,
on a cold and gray Chicago mornin',
another little baby child is born
In the ghetto
And his mama cries


Suspicious Minds

We're caught in a trap
I can't walk out
Because I love you too much baby

Why can't you see
What you're doin' to me
When you don't believe a word I say?

We can't go on together
With suspicious minds (Suspicious minds)
And we can't build our dreams
On suspicious minds

So, if an old friend I know
Drops by to say hello
Would I still see suspicion in your eyes?

Here we go again
Askin' where I've been
You can't see these tears are real
I'm cryin' (Yes, I'm cryin')

We can't go on together
With suspicious minds (Suspicious minds)
And we can't build our dreams
On suspicious minds

Oh let our love survive
Ah dry the tears from your eyes
Let's don't let a good thing die

When honey, you know
I've never lied to you
Mm, mm, mm, mm, mm
Yeah, yeah

We're caught in a trap
I can't walk out
Because I love you too much baby

Why can't you see
What you're doin' to me
When you don't believe a word I say?

Now don't you know I'm
Caught in a trap
I can't walk out
Because I love you too much baby

Repeat until fade


Can't Help Falling In Love

Wise men say only fools rush in
but I can't help falling in love with you
Shall I stay
would it be a sin
If I can't help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
some things are meant to be
take my hand, take my whole life too
for I can't help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
some things are meant to be
take my hand, take my whole life too
for I can't help falling in love with you
for I can't help falling in love with you