Raised On Rock

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

A la 1ère écoute de cet album, notre attention est immédiatement attirée par le formidable travail des musiciens et des choristes qui soutiennent plus qu'admirablement Elvis. Tous font preuve de talent et de professionnalisme, que ce soit dans les titres à rythme lent comme "Sweet Angeline", les titres rapides à tendance soul  (les studios Stax étant fortement imprégnés par ce genre musical) à l'instar de  "If you don't come back" et sa superbe introduction ou les rocks qu'illustre la chanson "Raised on rock" et dans laquelle est intégré, entre autre, un magnifique travail de soprano.

Mais qu'en est-il du King ? Bien .. il est vrai que si on se concentre uniquement sur sa voix, ce disque laisse un goût d' inachevé artistiquement parlant mais humainement il nous dévoile un aspect "vrai" du chanteur. Il nous révèle son état d'esprit en ce mois de juillet 73. Elvis est trés affecté par son divorce et malgré son succès planétaire du show à Hawaii cette même année 73, ce demi Dieu pour des millions de fans ne parvient pas à surmonter l'épreuve.

Cette lassitude, cette morosité, ce désespoir sont parfaitement démontrés par l'interprétation de "For ol' times sake" qui est, selon moi, un petit bijou de sincérité et ne nécessitant pas d'exercice vocal particulier. Il n'en est, hélas, pas de même pour les titres exigeants "punch" et puissance vocale.

Cette monotonie dans la voix à laquelle Elvis ne nous a jamais habitué est cependant rompue par l'interprétation de 2 titres : "Are you sincere" (conviction dans le pont parlé , voix plus puissante) et "I miss you" (regrets remarquablement exprimés). La raison est que ces 2 chansons proviennent des sessions de septembre 73 et amorcent le retour en studio pour décembre de l'artiste exceptionnel qu'est Elvis et d'où verront le jour de superbes interprétations. Pour l'anecdote, ces enregistrements se sont déroulés à Palm Springs dans la maison d'Elvis. Et, à cause de problèmes techniques, le King a enregistré à l'aide d'un micro fixé par un ruban à un manche à balai !

Mais pour l'heure les fans ont-ils perçu le manque de motivation de leur idole ? Ils semblerait que oui puisque le succès du disque est mitigé : 50ème place au classement.

 

Album édité en 1973 !

Raised On Rock
Are You Sincere
Find Out What's Happening
I Miss You
Girl Of Mine
For Ol' Times Sake
If You Don't Come Back
Just A Little Bit
Sweet Angeline
Three Corn Patches

 


Les Paroles

Raised On Rock

I remember as a child I used to hear
Music that they played Lord with a feel'
Some call it folk, some call it soul
People let me tell you it was rock and roll

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
Every day when I got home I turned on my radio

Listening to the music that my idols made
I knew every single record the DJ's played
A honky tonk a Hound Dog, a Johnny B. Goode
Chain Gang, Love Is Strange, Knock On Wood

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
I was born to love the beat I was made for rock and roll

I thought it was a fad, thought that it would pass
But the younger generation knew it would last
Time's gone by, the beat goes on
But every time I hear it Lord it takes me home

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
Every day when I got home I turned on my radio

Mother played recordings of Beethoven's Fifth
Mozart's sonatas down the classical Liszt
My papa loved to listen to his country songs
While I was in the back room rockin' on

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
I was born to love the beat I was made for rock and roll

I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul
I was born to love the beat I was made for rock and roll
I was raised on rock, I got rhythm in my soul


Are You Sincere

Are you sincere when you say I love you
Are you sincere when you say you love me too
Oh and are you really mine every day, all the time
I've gotta know which way to go
Will our love grow, are you sincere

Are you sincere when you say I love you
Honey, are you sincere when you say you love me too

And are you really mine every day, all the time
I've gotta know which way to go
Will our love grow, are you sincere


Find Out What's Happening

Baby you know me well
You know I mean what I say
Before I say farewell
I'll give you just another day

You'd better find out what's happening
Find out what's happening before long, Oh yeah
If you don't find out what's happening
You're gonna find out that I've gone now, Oh yeah

Tell me what you're gonna do
You'd better make up your mind
It all depends on you
I'm leaving you behind

You'd better find out what's happening
Find out what's happening before long, Oh yeah
If you don't find out what's happening
You're gonna find out that I've gone now, Oh yeah

Baby you know it's true
We've been through thick and thin
But if you don't come through
You won't ever see me again

You'd better find out what's happening
Find out what's happening before long, Oh yeah
If you don't find out what's happening
You're gonna find out that I've gone now, Oh yeah
You'd better find, find, better find out
Better find out
Better find, better find out
Better find, better find out
If you don't find, you're gonna find out that I'm gone


I Miss You

Still I recall all the good times together
The love we shared, the fun and the laughter
How I wish you could feel what my heart says tonight dear
I miss you and I wish you were here

Dreams that I had they lay broken in sorrow
The plans I made the hopes for tomorrow
If I could I would tell you I'm lonesome tonight dear
Oh I miss you and I wish you were here

All through the night I will see memories passing
The way you looked the sound of your laughing
How I long for the touch of your hand holding mine dear
Oh I miss you and I wish you were here

Lord, I miss you and I wish you were here


Girl Of Mine

When your asleep beside me, I watch you lying there
Your hand upon the pillow and moonlight in your hair
I get the warmest feeling, so good I almost cry
I kiss your sleeping lips and say I'll love you 'till I die

Oh girl of mine you make my day
One sunny smile and all the clouds just roll away
Eyes deep as the sea seem to say to me
Our love will always be
So girl of mine turn out the light
And in my arms together we'll make sweet love tonight
Down life's golden road and you'll always know
I love you ... girl of mine

Sometimes I know I hurt you when things ain't goin' right
I walk away and leave you to face the lonely night
I wouldn't blame you darlin' if you walked out on me
But I return to find you there still waiting patiently

Oh girl of mine you make my day
One sunny smile and all the clouds just roll away
Eyes deep as the sea seem to say to me
Our love will always be
So girl of mine turn out the light
And in my arms together we'll make sweet love tonight
Down life's golden road and you'll always know
I love you ... girl of mine


For Ol' Times Sake

Before you go walk out on me
Take a look around tell me what you see
Here I stand like an open book
Is there something here you might have overlooked
'Cause it would be a shame if you should leave
And find that freedom ain't what you thought it would be

The years we had were not all bad
In fact I know the good outweighed the bad
Now you say that you've grown tired
You want to be by yourself a while
It would be a shame if you should go
And find that freedom was a long time ago

I know that you can't stand the chains that bind you
They just keep on drivin' us apart
You could go where I could never find you
But could you go far enough to get away from your heart

So one more time, for ol' times sake
Come and lay your head upon my chest
Please don't throw this moment away
We can forget the bad and take the best
If you don't have nothing left to say
Let me hold you one more time for ol' times sake

If you don't have nothing left to say
Let me hold you one more time for ol' times sake

 

If You Don't Come Back

(Woke up early in the morning)
(What did the poor boy find)
Well the car was gone and you were gone
And I almost lost my mind.
If you don't come back (If you don't come back)
Yeah! if you don't come back today (If you don't come back today)
You can call up the people at the crazy house
And take this crazy man away

(He threw himself off a gas stone wall)
(He tore his clothes out the door)
I ran out on the street in my stockinged feet
Tell the police I've been robbed
If you don't come back (If you don't come back)
Mmm if you don't come back today (If you don't come back today)
Well you can call up the people at the crazy house
And take this crazy man away

Mrs. Brown's been talking about me
To the people across the street
She said (said (I cooked that boy a pot full of stew,
But the poor thing just won't eat).)

If you don't come back (If you don't come back)
Yeah! If you don't come back today (If you don't come back today)
You can call up the people at the crazy house
And take this crazy man away


Just A Little Bit

I do't want much
Just want a little bit
Don't want it all
Just a little bit
Give me an eeny weeny bit
A teeny weeny bit of your love

Turn your lamps down low
Slip me a kiss
Turn your lights down low
I won't let you resist
I want an eeny weeny bit
A teeny weeny bit of your love

Early in the mornin'
Well just a little bit
Around midnight
Just a little bit
I want an eeny weeny bit
A teeny weeny bit of your love

Walk with me
Just a little bit
I said talk to me
Just a little bit
I want an eeny weeny bit
A teeny weeny bit of your love

I want you to remember
To say that you'll be mine
Say you'll never leave me
Till the end of time
I want an eeny weeny bit
A teeny weeny bit of your love
I want an eeny weeny bit
A teeny weeny bit of your love


Sweet Angeline

Sweet Angeline I loved you much more than poets say in rhyme
Just for one short time

Sweet Angeline remember though we've not seen the summer through
I lived only for you
I'm only human and I realize it's no use trying to disguise
My love for you Angeline has ended
So let's be thankful now not sad
For the little love we've had

Sweet Angeline remember though we've not seen the summer through
I lived only for you
I'm only human and I realize it's no use trying to disguise
My love for you Angeline has ended
So let's be thankful now not sad
For the little love we've had


Three Corn Patches

I said three corn patches about four cotton fields away
I said three corn patches about four cotton fields away
Lives the prettiest girl in the whole darn U.S.A.
I said A

She's got big brown eyes and long black wavy hair, Mmm
She's got big brown eyes and long black wavy hair
She's so beautiful, people it don't seem fair

Well I've been to Chicago, been to New Orleans
Yes, I've been to Chicago, been to New Orleans
But I'd rather see my baby workin' in her old blue jeans

I said three corn patches
About four cotton fields away
I said three corn patches
About four cotton fields away
Lives the prettiest girl in the whole darn U.S.A.
I said A

She keeps a big bull dog out in the yard all night
She keeps a big bull dog out in the yard all night
And it barks like a bear oh, but he don't bite

Yeah,
I said three corn patches
About four cotton fields away
I said three corn patches
About four cotton fields away
Lives the prettiest girl in the whole darn U.S.A.
I said A
Gimme three, gimme four
I said three, well four