On Stage

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

Le sacre d'Elvis en tant que King est confirmé par son exceptionnel (et attendu) retour face au public à Vegas en aout ' 69. L'album "On Stage" nous résume brièvement cet épisode, oh combien important, de la carrière du chanteur avec Runaway : voix rauque, puissante et délicate à la fois. Un superbe travail collégial. Une guitare électrique trés "virile". Cela pour un résultat magnifique. Selon moi, une des meilleures reprises du King ; Yesterday est emprunte de sensibilité et de délicatesse. L'ajout de 2 groupes vocaux et d'une grande formation orchestrale fait ce petit plus que n'a pas forcément une version originale.

Si les ballades de février ' 70 (les fantastiques Let it be me et The wonder of you ) sont de la même veine que celles interprétées quelques mois plus tôt, les rocks contenus dans ce vinyl sont plus modernes. Il ne s'agit pas "simplement" d'améliorer musicalement des succès des années ' 50, de les actualiser, il s'agit de nouveautés permettant au King de renouveler et de varier son répertoir, de concevoir et d'inaugurer une façon différente (et avant-gardiste puisqu'il intégrera dans son show des katas de karaté) de se mouvoir sur scène, à l'image de Polk salad Annie qu'il imprègne de son style.

C C Rider l'inspire tant qu'il accompagnera Elvis tout au long de sa carrière évoluant au gré de l'inspiration du maitre.

Proud Mary, caractéristique de l'Elvis ' 70, est trés "rock 'n' rollisée", dans la lignée de Polk salad Annie.

Release me lui donne l'occasion de tester la tonalité "black" de son organe vocal.

Sweet Caroline respire tout le talent des musiciens et choristes en particulier lorsque le rythme monte et s'accélère.

Avec Walk a mile in my shoes, on admire l'harmonie parfaite qu'incarnent les protagonistes.

Nous le voyons, fevrier 1970 ne manque pas de matière première, aussi pourquoi ne pas avoir intégré dans leur contexte (l'album In person) les titres Runaway et Yesterday et pourquoi n'avoir pas complété On Stage avec Kentucky rain ou Don't cry daddy ?

Ceci étant, nous sommes cependant en présence d'un disque trés cohérent. Vocalement Elvis est au top durant les 2 périodes concidérées.Musiciens et les choristes (même si leur formation a sensiblement changé) sont également motivés et inspirés. Et l'engouement de la foule est le même alors que les spécialistes prévoyaient un échec cuisant, personne n'ayant réussi l'exploit de remplir Las Vegas à quelques mois d'intervalle et ce en plein hiver !

Cet album sera classé 23ème. Pas mal pour un 33 t-tendance compil. ...

 

Album édité en Juin 1970 !

See See Rider
Release Me
Sweet Caroline
Runaway
The Wonder Of You
Polk Salad Annie
Yesterday
Proud Mary
Walk A Mile In My Shoes
Let It Be Me

 


Les Paroles

See See Rider

I said see, see, see rider
Oh, see what you have done
I said see, see, see rider
Oh, see what you have done
Oh girl, you made me love you
*****Now, that your man has come and gone****

hear what I say

Well, I'm going away, baby
And I won't be back 'til fall
Well, I'm going away baby
And I won't be back 'til fall
And if I find me a good girl
I won't, I won't be back at all

Hear what I say, I said

See see rider,
Oh see what you have done
Yeah, yeah, yeah


Release Me

Oh please release me, let me go
For I don't love you anymore
To waste our lives would be a sin
Release me and let me love again

I have found a new love dear
And I will always want her near
Her lips are warm while yours are cold
Oh release me, my darling let me go

Please release me, let me go
For I don't love you anymore
To waste our lives would be a sin
So release me and let me love again

Please release me, can't you see
You’d be a fool to cling to me
To share our lives would bring us pain
So, release me, and let me love again.

Let me go, oh release me, my darling
Let me go


Sweet Caroline

Where it began, I can't begin to know when
But then I know it's growing strong
Oh, wasn't the spring, whooo
And spring became the summer
Who'd believe you'd come along

Hands, touching hands, reaching out
Touching me, touching you
Oh, sweet Caroline
Good times never seem so good
I've been inclined to believe it never would

And now I, I look at the night, whooo
And it don't seem so lonely
We fill it up with only two, oh
And when I hurt
Hurting runs off my shoulder
How can I hurt when holding you

Oh, one, touching one, reaching out
Touching me, touching you
Oh, sweet Caroline
Good times never seem so good
Oh I've been inclined to believe it never would

Ohhh, sweet Caroline, good times never seem so good


Runaway

As I walk along I wonder
What went wrong with our love
Love that was so strong

And as I still walk by
I think off the times we had together
While our hearts were young

I'm a-walking in the rain
Hear it falling,
And I feel the pain
Wishing you were here by me
To end this misery

And I wonder
Why
You went away
Yes, I wonder, where you will stay
My little runaway,
Run, run, run, run, runaway


The Wonder Of You

When no-one else can understand me
When everything I do is wrong
You give me love and consolation
You give me hope to carry on

And you're always there to lend a hand
In everything I do
That's the wonder
The wonder of you

And when you smile the world is brighter
You touch my hand and I'm a king
Your kiss to me is worth a fortune
Your love for me is everything

I guess I'll never know the reason why
You love me as you do
That's the wonder
The wonder of you


Polk Salad Annie

Some of you all never been down South too much...
I' gonna tell you a little story, so you'll understand where I'm talking about
Down there we have a plant that grows out in the woods and the fields,
and it looks something like a turnip green.
Everybody calls it Polk salad. Now that's Polk salad.
Used to know a girl that lived down there and
she'd go out in the evenings to pick a mess of it...
Carry it home and cook it for supper, 'cause that's about all they had to eat,
But they did all right.

Down in Louisiana
Where the alligators grow so mean
Lived a girl that I swear to the world
Made the alligators look tame

Polk salad Annie
'Gators got your granny
Everybody said it was a shame
For the mama was working on the chain-gang
What a mean, vicious woman

Everyday before suppertime
She'd go down by the truck patch
And pick her a mess of Polk salad
And carry it home in a tote sack

Polk salad Annie
'Gators got you granny
Everybody said it was a shame
'Cause the mama was working on the chain-gang
Whoo, how wretched, dispiteful, straight-razor totin' woman,
Lord have mercy.

Sock a little Polk salad to him
Yeah, you know what, yeah, yeah

But daddy was a lazy and a no-count
Claimed he had a bad back
All her brothers were fit for
Was stealing watermelons out of my truck

For once Polk salad Annie
'Gators got your granny
Everybody said it was a shame
For the mama was working on the chain-gang

Sock a little Polk salad to him
You know what meets a meal mention
You sock a little
Hey, hey, hey, yeah, yeah
Chic a bon, chic a bon, chic a bon bon bon bon
Chic a bon, chic a bon, chic a bon bon bon bon
Sock a little Polk salad to him
You know what meets a meal mention
Sock a little Polk salad to him
You know what meets a meal mention
Chinc, chinc, chinc, chin, ling, ling ling


Yesterday

Yesterday,
All my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh I believe in yesterday

Suddenly
I'm not half the man
I used to be
There's a shadow hanging over me
Oh, yesterday, came suddenly

Why she had to go
I don't know, she wouldn't say
I said something wrong
Now I long for yesterday

Yesterday
Love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday


Proud Mary

Left a good job in the city
Workin' for the man every night and day
But I Never Lost One Minute Of Sleeping
Worring about the way things might have been

( Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis
I pumped a lot of 'pane down in New Orleans
But I never saw the good side of the city
Till I hitched a ride on a river bout queen )

Elvis ne chante pas ce couplet dans ce disque.

A big wheel keeps on turnin'
Proud Mary keeps on burnin', rollin', rollin'
Rollin' on a river


If you come down to the river
I betcha you're gonna find some people who live
You don't have to worry
'Cause you have no money
People along the river are happy to give

I said a big wheel keeps on turnin'
Proud Mary keeps on burnin', rollin', rollin'
Rollin' on a river
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on a river
rollin ,rollin,rollin on a river.


Walk A Mile In My Shoes

If I could be you, if you could be me
For just one hour, if we could find a way
To get inside each other's mind
If you could see you through my eyes
Instead your own ego I believe you'd be
I believe you'd be surprised to see
That you've been blind

Walk a mile in my shoes
just walk a mile in my shoes
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Then walk a mile in my shoes

Now if we spend the day
Throwin' stones at one another
'Cause I don't think, 'cause I don't think
Or wear my hair the same way you do
Well, I may be common people
But I'm your brother
And when you strike out
You're tryin' to hurt me
It's hurtin' you, Lord HAVE mercy

Walk a mile in my shoes
just walk a mile in my shoes
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Then walk a mile in my shoes

Now there are people on reservations
And out in the ghetto
And brother there, but, for the grace of God
Go you and I,
If I only had wings of a little angel
Don't you know, I'd fly
To the top of a mountain
And then I'd cry, cry, cry

Walk a mile in my shoes
just walk a mile in my shoes
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Then walk a mile in my shoes (3X)


Let It Be Me

God bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you
Let it be me

Don't take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever
Let it be me

Each time we meet love,
I find complete love
Without your sweet love
Tell me, what would life be?

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you'll always
Let it be me