Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

A une époque où le style R'n'R n'était principalement distillé au jeune public qu'à travers des singles et EP's, sortir un LP 12 titres était un pari quelque peu insensé de la part de RCA . Pari amplement réussi puisque ce 1er 33t deviendra N°1au Billboard, ce durant 10 semaines et y restera présent pendant 48. Il deviendra également le 1er vinyl à atteindre le million d'exemplaires vendus de l'histoire de la musique (1 250 000 fin 1956).

Cette parenthèse concernant les chiffres refermée, concentrons nous plus précisément sur le contenu de ce support. Certes, il est indéniable qu'il s'agit là d'un album formant un tout trés homogène et cohérent mais une écoute attentive nous permet de déceler la subtile et progressive évolution artistique de celui qui deviendra THE KING.

Lors de la période SUN en ' 54 Elvis est accompagné de Bill Black, basse et de Scotty Moore, guitariste qui dira "les disques enregistrés chez SUN reflétaient l'état d'âme de l'instant .... On jouait entièrement d'oreille et le feeling était la chose la plus importante pour nous".

De son côté Sam Philips, grâce à un habile système de prise de son et le "slap back echo", parvient à donner l'impression qu'un orchestre complet joue en studio !

De ces sessions naitront "I love you because" (Sun records - 05/07/54 . Séance d'enregistrement la plus importante du monde puisque, pendant une pause, afin de se décontracter, Elvis attaquera "That's all right mama" établissant ainsi la fusion entre la musique noire et la musique blanche ) et le standard "Blue moon" (Sun records - 19/08/54). Deux ballades somme toute assez basiques dans le sens où peu de moyens humains et matériels sont utilisés.

"I'll never let you go (little darlin')" (Sun records - 10/09/54) est une superbe transition entre slow et R'n'R de part son interprétation à 2 vitesses.

Avec "Just because" (Sun records - ?/09/54) le tempo s'accélère fort à propos.

En Mars ' 55 il est à noter que la batterie sera employée en la personne de Jimmie Lott : Première innovation ! Celui-ci est remplacé par Johnny Bernero en juillet ' 55. C'est le 11 de ce mois que "Tryin' to get to you" voit le jour avec Elvis s'accompagnant (semble t'il) au piano : Seconde innovation !

Janvier 1956, le chanteur quitte Sun pour RCA dont les techniciens s'attacheront à donner plus d'écho à la voix du King. Le 10/01/56 le trio Elvis-Bill-Scotty est rejoint par DJ fontana (batterie) au studio B de Nashville auxquels seront associés Floyd Cramer (piano) et Chet Atkins (guitare). Le départ est lancé avec "I got a woman" R'n'R au doux parfum de blues au final. "Il a été le 1er à créer cette chose qu'est le rythme. Je ne pense pas qu'il puisse jamais y en avoir un autre comme lui". (Chet Atkins). Démonstration est faite avec "Money honey" et le son relativement "hard" imposé par les musiciens.

Le 11/01/56 se poursuit l'innovation, pour ne pas dire la modernisation, avec l'adjonction de 3 choristes : Gordon Stoker, Ben et Brock Speer. "I'm counting on you" en est le magnifique résultat.

Le 30/01/56 seul le pianiste Shorty Long accompagne les 3 compères. De là verront le jour 2 bombes d'énergie, de jeunesse, d'insouciance, de fougue qui explosent les tympans : "Tutti frutti" et "Blue suede shoes" à tout jamais inscrites dans le patrimoine du Rock. "On ne pouvait pas mettre en cage un talent comme Presley .. Le monde avait besoin d'un tel phénomène"( Carl Perkins ) ... alors que celui qui fût surnommé le King par des millions de fans reconnaissait humblement que le R'n'R existait avant son arrivée sur scène.

"I'm gonna sit right down and cry (over you)" et surtout "One-sided love affair" (titre préféré d'Elvis dans cet album) permettent au chanteur de trouver la juste intonation. Quelle conviction malgré la légèreté du sujet traité et la gaité qu'apporte le piano !

En conclusion ? Un disque que toute personne s'intéressant à l'Histoire de La Musique se doit de posséder !

 

Album édité en mars 1956 !

Blue Suede Shoes
I'm Countin' on You
I Got a Woman
One-sided Love Affair
I Love You Because
Just Because
Tutti Frutti
Tryin' to Get to You
I'm Gonna Sit Right down and Cry (Over You)
I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
Blue Moon
Money Honey

 

 


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.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

You can burn my house,
Steal my car,
Drink my liquor
From an old fruitjar.

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.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.


I'm Countin' on You

All the words that I let her know
Still could not say
How much I need you so in every way
I hope you will guide me
As only you can do
Hold my hands down beside me
I'm counting on you
I'm counting on you dear
From the dawn of each day
To always come through dear
In your kind lovin' way
If you knew just how deeply
I feel things you do
Then you know how completely
I'm counting on you
I'm counting on you dear
Around the dawn of each day
To always come true, dear
In your kind lovin' way
If you knew just how deeply
I feel things you do
Then you know how completely
I'm counting on you


I Got a Woman

Well, I've got a woman
Way cross town
She's good to me oh, yeah
Say. I've got a woman
Way cross town
She's good to me oh, yeah

She's here in the morning,
loving me
Yeah, she's a kind of friend to me

She says she love me early in the morning
Just for me
Oh, yeah you know she loves me
Oh, naturally

She's there to love me both day and night
No groans or fusses, treats me right
Never running in the street
Loving me alone
She knows a woman's place is around home at night

Well, she's my baby
And I'm her loving man


One-sided Love Affair

If you want to be loved,
Baby, you've got to love me, too.
If you want to be loved,
Baby, you've got to love me, too.
Oh yeah, 'cause I ain't for no one-sided love affair.

If you wanna be kissed,
Well, you've gotta kiss me, too.
Oh yeah, if you wanna be kissed,
Well, you gotta kiss me, too.
'Cause I ain't for no one-sided love affair.

Well, fair exchange bears no robbery,
And the whole world will know that it's true.
Understanding solves all problems, baby,
That's why I'm telling you

If you wanna be hugged,
Well, you gotta hug me, too.
Oh yeah, if you wanna be hugged,
Well, you've gotta hug me, too.
Yeah, 'cause I ain't for no one-sided love affair.

If you know you can't take it,
Baby, why try to give it?
If you know you can't take it,
Then baby, why try to give it?
'Cause I ain't for no one-sided love affair.

Well, fair exchange bears no robbery,
And the whole world will know that it's true.
Understanding solves all problems, baby,
That's why I'm telling you

If you wanna be hugged,
Well, you gotta hug me, too.
Oh yeah, if you wanna be hugged,
Baby, you gotta hug me, too.
'Cause I ain't for no one-sided love affair.

'Cause I ain't for no one-sided love affair.
'Cause I ain't for no one-sided love affair.


I Love You Because

I love you because you understand dear
Every single thing I try to do.
You're always there to lend a helping hand, dear.
I love you most of all because you're you.

No matter what the world may say about me,
I know your love will always see me through.
I love you for the way you never doubt me.
But most of all I love you 'cause you're you.

I love you because, because my heart is ligther
honey everytime, everytime I'm walking by your side
and I love you, yes I love you because the future is a little bit brighter
and the door, the door of my happiness, you open wide

No matter what may be the style or season,
I know your heart will always be true.
I love you for a hundred thousand reasons,
But most of all I love you 'cause you're you.


Just Because

Well, well, well,
Just because you think you're so pretty,
And just because your momma thinks you're hot,
Well, just because you think you've got something
That no other girl has got,
You've caused me to spend all my money.
You laughed and called me old Santa Claus.
Well, I'm telling you,
Baby, I'm through with you.
Because, well well, just because.

Well, well, well,
There'll come a time when you'll be lonesome
And there'll come a time when you'll be blue.
Well, there'll come a time when old Santa
He won't pay your bills for you.

You've caused me to lose all my women
And now, now you say we are through.
Well, I'm telling you
Baby, I was through with you
A long long time ago.

Well, just because you think you're so pretty
And just because your mama thinks you're the hottest thing in
town
Well, just because you think you've got something
That nobody else has got,
You've caused me to spend all of my money.
Honey, you laughed and called me your old Santa Claus.
Well, I'm telling you I'm through with you
Because, well well, just because.


Tutti Frutti

Wop-bop-a-loom-a-boom-bam-boom tutti frutti
au rutti tutti frutti au rutti tutti frutti
au rutti tutti frutti au rutti tutti frutti
au rutti wop-bop-a-loom-bop-a-boom-bam-boom

Got a gal named Sue
She knows just what to do
She rocks to the east
She rocks to the west
She's the gal I love best

I got a gal named Daisy
She almost drives me crazy
She knows how to love me
Yes indeed, boy you don't know
What she does to me


Tryin' to Get to You

I've been traveling over mountains
Even through the valleys, too
I've been traveling night and day
I've been running all the way
Baby, trying to get to you.

Ever since I read your letter
Where you said you loved me true
I've been traveling night and day
I've been running all the way
baby, trying to get to you

When I read your loving letter
Then my heart began to sing
There were many miles between us,
But they didn't mean a thing.

I just had to reach you, baby,
In spite of all that I've been through.
I kept traveling night and day,
I kept running all the way,
Baby, trying to get to you.

Well if I had to do it over
That's exactly what I'd do,
I would travel night and day,
And I'd still run all the way,
Baby, trying to get to you.

Well, there's nothing that could hold me
Or that could keep me away from you
When your loving letter told me
That you really loved me true

Lord above me knows I love you
It was He who brought me through,
When my way was dark as night,
He would shine His brightest light,
When I was trying to get to you.


I'm Gonna Sit Right down and Cry (Over You)

I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you
I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you
And if you say good-bye
If you ever even try

I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you
I'm gonna love you more and more every day
I'm gonna love you more and more in every way
And if you say good-bye
If you ever even try

I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you
I'm gonna tell my mama tell my papa too
So they'll know exactly what I'm gonna do
And if you say good-bye
Say if you ever even try


I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')

I'll never let you go, little darlin'.
I'm so sorry 'cause I made you cry.
I'll never let you go, 'cause I love you.
So please don't ever say good-bye.

The stars would tumble down beside me,
The moon would hang its head and cry.
My arms would never hold another baby doll
If we should ever say good-bye.

Well, I'll never let you go,
Because I love you, pretty baby.
I'm so sorry 'cause I made you cry.
I made you cry.
Yeah, I'll never let you go,
'Cause I love you, little baby.
So please don't ever say good-bye.


Blue Moon

Blue moon,
You saw me standing alone,
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own.

Blue moon,
You knew just what I was there for.
You heard me saying a pray for
Someone I really could care for.

Blue moon,
You saw me standing alone,
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own.

Blue moon...
Without a love of my own.


Money Honey

You know, the landlord rang my front door bell.
I let it ring for a long, long spell.
I went to the window,
I peeped through the blind,
And asked him to tell me what's on his mind.
He said,

Money, honey.
Money, honey.
Money, honey, if you want to get along with me.

Well, I screamed and I hollered,
I was so hard-pressed.
I called the woman that I loved the best.
I finally got my baby about half past three,
She said I'd like to know what you want with me.
I said,

Money, honey.
Money, honey.
Money, honey,
If you want to get along with me.

Well, I said tell me baby, what's wrong with you?
From this day on our romance is through
I said, tell me baby, face to face
How could another man take my place?
She said,

Money, honey.
Money, honey.
Money, honey,
If you want to get a long with me.

Well, I've learned my lesson and now I know
The sun may shine and the winds may blow.
The women may come and the women may go,
But before I say I love you so,
I want

Money, honey.
Money, honey.
Money, honey,
If you want to get along with me.