Elvis Gold Records Volume 4

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

Ce vinyl regroupe 12 titres enregistrés de 1958 à 1966 et sortis en singles tant ils sont jugés de grande qualité. Malgré les 8 années séparant certaines de ces chansons nous avons un album homogène et cohérent.

En 1958 voyait le jour Ain't that loving you baby ; seule la voix quelque peu criarde et rocailleuse d' Elvis (donnant ainsi un côté sauvage au titre) permet d'affirmer que ce rock est d'une période antérieure aux autres rocks contenus dans cet album. Ceci est également valable pour A mess of blues (03/60), seul blues au rythme trés rapide (proche du rock médium selon moi) de ce support.

Please don' t drag that string around et Witchcraft (05/63) sont plutôt des rocks cool dans lesquels Elvis conserve une tonalité vocale relativement constante (et forte agréable) même lorsque le tempo s'accélère. Et musicalement ces 2 titres passent pour plus sophistiqués notamment avec l'ajout d'un superbe solo de saxo dans Witchcraft. You're the devil in disguise (05/63), constitué d'enchainements de rythmes lents puis rapides, est digne de figurer dans la légende du R'n'R car il réconcilie les fans de la 1ère heure avec ceux des années ' 60. Le King imposera un rythme effréné à What'd I say (07/63) au succès de Ray Charles ... Personnellement je trouve l'intervention des choristes "pesante", surtout durant le final. Il est vrai que cette chanson intègre une scène du film Viva Las Vegas et que pour les besoins de celle-ci cette "surcharge" est probablement nécessaire.

Parmi tous ces titres rapides il y en a qui me "sensibilise" particulièrement : la pure merveille qu'est Just tell her Jim sais hello (05/62). Elvis monte dans les octaves avec une facilité époustouflante et tout naturellement, lui qui n'a jamais étudié le chant ! Prodigieux.

Prodigieuses, telles sont les ballades de ce 33 t. Le Billboard dira de Ask me "l'une des plus belles interprétations de ballades existentes"  .Jamais le King n'a été aussi délicat, sensible, sincère... .Choriste et musiciens (apprécier l'orgue au passage) sont en harmonie parfaite avec le chanteur. L'ensemble est sublime. Il en est de même avec Lonely man (11/60) au rythme country et devant appartenir au film Wild in the country. On y découvre un magnifique pont musical soutenu par l'accordéon. C'est cela aussi le roi du R'n'R !

Vocalement éblouissant Elvis l'est aussi dans It hurts me (01/64) et il est, là encore, formidablement secondé par son équipe.

Décernons également un label de qualité à la saison mai-juin 1966. Démonstration avec Love letters (05/66) qu'Elvis imprègne d'une ambiance trés intimiste à l'instar de la discrétion dont font preuve les choristes. La prédominance du piano accentue cette atmosphère intime.

Le travail de soprano est extraordinaire dans Indescribably blue (06/66) et ajouté au professionnalisme des choristes et musiciens et nous obtenons un final de toute beauté ! L'intro sur un air latino, qui soutient Elvis tout au long de la chanson, apporte un caractère trés romantique alors que le King impose une touche assez mélo-dramatique avec des variations de voix inouïes. La perfection est atteinte.

Cependant ce vinyl ne se classera qu'à la 33ème place alors que les sessions d'où proviennent ces titres sont toutes qualifiées d'exceptionnelles. Il aurait mérité beacoup mieux selon moi.

 

Album édité en Février 1968 !

Love Letters / Witchcraft / It Hurts Me  / What'd I Say  / Please Don't Drag that String Around  / Indescribably Blue / Devil in Disguise / Lonely Man / A Mess of Blues  / Ask Me  / Ain't that Loving You Baby / Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello

 


Les Paroles

Love Letters

Love letters straight from your heart
Keep us so near while apart
I'm not alone in the night
When I can have all the love you write

I memorize ev'ry line
And I kiss the name that you sign
And darlin, then I read again right from the start
Love letters straight,from your heart.

I memorize ev'ry line
And I kiss the name that you sign
And darlin, then I read again right from the start
Love letters straight,from your heart.

 

Witchcraft

Don't do that, please stop it
Please stop it now
You know I can't take it
Please stop it now

My head is spinning a spell on me now
My head is spinning around and around
My head is spinning around and around
Your witchcraft has got me
Keep going down and down

Let me forget her, don't mention her name
You know it brings back that old burning flame
It hurts to know that she don't feel the same

I can't go on since she left me alone
My one desire is to try, not to cry
She might come back one day by and by

 

It Hurts Me

It hurts me to see him treat you the way that he does
It hurts me to see you sit and cry
When I know I could be so true
If I had someone like you
It hurts me to see those tears in your eyes

The whole town is talking, they're callin' you a fool
For listening to his same old lies
And when I know I could be so true
If I had someone like you
It hurts me to see the way he makes you cry

You love him so much, you're too blind to see
He's only playing a game
He never loved you
He never will
And darling, don't you know he'll never change

Oh, I know that he never will set you free
Because he's just that kind of guy
But if you ever tell him you're through
I'll be waiting for you
Waiting to hold you so tight
Waiting to kiss you goodnight
Yes, darling, if I had someone like you

 

What'd I Say

Hey mama, don't you treat me wrong
Come and love your daddy all night long
All right, hey, hey, all right now

See the girl with the diamond ring
She knows how to shake that thing
All right, hey, hey, Mmm, all right now

Ahhh, Ohh, Ahhh, Ohh, Ahhh, Ohh, Ohh

Make me feel so good, make me feel so good right now
Make me feel so good, make me feel so good right now
Make me feel so good, make me feel so good

Mmm, see the girl with the red dress on
She can do the dog all night long
All right, hmm what'd I say, tell me what'd I say

Tell me what'd I say, tell me what'd I say right now
Tell me what'd I say, tell me what'd I say right now
Tell me what'd I say, tell me what'd I say

Ahhh, Ohh, Ahhh, Ohh, Ahhh, Ohh, Ohh
It's all right, It's all right right now
Baby, it's all right, Baby, it's all right right now
Baby, it's all right, Oh yeah!

Baby shake that thing, baby shake that thing right now
Baby shake that thing, baby shake that thing right now
Baby shake that thing, well I feel all right

Please Don't Drag that String Around

You like to keep me dangling on a string
'Cause you know without you my life don't mean a thing

So I beg you
Please don't drag that string around, oh no
Well, what if it should break
Oh, tell me, what would I do then
Keep that string up off the ground
Oh, yeah, remember my heart is tied to the other end

Yes, I知 your puppet, my heart is in your hand
One twist of the wrist and I jump to your command

So I beg you
Please don't drag that string around, oh no
Well, what if it should break
What would I do then
Baby, keep that string up off the ground
Oh, yeah, remember my heart is tied to the other end

I feel inside me, as sure as anything
One day I値l mean more to you than a puppet on a string

So I beg you
Please don't drag that string around, oh no
Well, what if it should break
Oh, tell me, what would I do then
Keep that string up off the ground
Oh, yeah, remember my heart is tied to the other end

 

Indescribably Blue

Our friends all ask me
The last time I saw you
And I smile and tell them
It's been a day or two

There's no way to explain it
The way that I miss you
And my love, you have left me
Indescribably blue

I talk to your picture
My fav'rite one of you
I wish that you were here with me
But what good will it do

There'd be no way to tell you
The pain that I致e been through
Oh, my love, you have left me
Indescribably blue
Yes, my love, you have left me
Indescribably blue

 

Devil in Disguise

You look like an angel
Walk like an angel
Talk like an angel
But I got wise
You're the devil in disguise
Oh yes you are
The devil in disguise

You fooled me with your kisses
You cheated and you schemed
Heaven knows how you lied to me
You're not the way you seemed

You look like an angel
Walk like an angel
Talk like an angel
But I got wise

You're the devil in disguise
Oh yes you are
The devil in disguise

I thought that I was in heaven
But I was sure surprised
Heaven help me, I didn't see
The devil in your eyes

You look like an angel
Walk like an angel
Talk like an angel

But I got wise
You're the devil in disguise
Oh yes you are
The devil in disguise

You're the devil in disguise
Oh yes you are
The devil in disguise
Oh yes you are
The devil in disguise

 

Lonely Man

It's a lonely man
Who wanders all around
It's a lonely man
Who roams from town to town
Searchin', always searchin'
For something he can't find
Hopin', always hopin'
That some day fate will be kind

It's a lonely man
Who travels all alone
When he has no one
That he can call his own

Always so unhappy
Taking shelter where he can
Here I am
Come meet a lonely, lonely man

Always so unhappy
Taking shelter where he can
Here I am
Come meet a lonely, lonely man

Here I am
Come meet a lonely, lonely man

 

A Mess of Blues

I just got your letter baby
Too bad you can't come home
I swear I知 goin' crazy
Sittin' here all alone
Since you're gone
I got a mess of blues

I ain't slept a wink since Sunday
I can't eat a thing all day
Every day is just blue Monday
Since you've been away
Since you're gone
I got a mess of blues

Whoops there goes a teardrop
Rollin' down my face
If you cry when you're in love
It sure ain't no disgrace

I gotta get myself together
Before I lose my mind
I'm gonna catch the next train goin'
And leave my blues behind
Since you're gone
I got a mess of blues

Whoops there goes a teardrop
Rollin' down my face
If you cry when you're in love
It sure ain't no disgrace

I gotta get myself together
Before I lose my mind
I'm gonna catch the next train goin'
And leave my blues behind
Since you're gone
I got a mess of blues

Since you're gone I got a mess of blues
Since you're gone I got a mess of blues

 

Ask Me

Ask me if I wanted to caress you
And I壇 confess
Ask me if I'm longing to possess you
I'll answer yes

Now that we池e together
I could hold you close forever
And I swear that I would never let you go

There's no question that I care more than you know
Love me darling, just be mine completely
And there's nothing I won't do if you
Just ask me

 

Ain't that Loving You Baby

I could ride around the world in an old oxcart
And never let another girl thrill my heart

Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you so?

I could meet a hundred girls and have loads of fun
My huggin' and my kissin' belong to just one

Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you so?

If you gave me nine lives like an alley cat
I'd give 'em all to you and never take one back

Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you so?

I'm putting on my Sunday suit and I知 goin' downtown
But I値l be kissin' your lips before the sun goes down

Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you so?

Ain't that loving you baby?
Ain't that loving you so?

Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello

She's sitting right over there
I'd know that face anywhere
I'd run up and embrace her
But I知 ashamed to face her
Just tell her Jim said hello

I'd like to pour out my heart
But I don't know where to start
I'd like to tell her what------------
I知 really feeling but---------------
Just tell her Jim said hello

Just tell her Jim said hello
Just tell her Jim and she'll know

Don't tell her I知 feeling blue
That's just between me and you
Don't say I知 thinking of her
Don't tell her I still love her
Just tell her Jim said hello

Just tell her Jim said hello
Just tell her Jim said hello
Just tell her Jim said hello