Elvis Presley – On Stage February 1970

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame. 

With two Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning sides, this original RCA Orange Label copy simply could not be beat. This is Elvis doing songs made famous by others, proving that he can still out-rock and out-soul practically anybody alive. With ten million copies sold to date, this album’s appeal has transcended its time and must be considered a true Elvis Classic.

Background Courtesy of Wikipedia

On Stage is an Elvis Presley live album mostly recorded between February 17 and 19, 1970 at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, and released on RCA Records LSP-4362. It was an immediate follow up to From Memphis to Vegas/From Vegas to Memphis, which also featured live recordings.

Unlike the previous release, however, this album focused on songs that were not, at the time, associated with Elvis. This album was released in June 1970 and reached number 13 on both the Billboard 200 and country music charts. It was certified Gold on February 23, 1971, and Platinum on July 15, 1999, by the Recording Industry Association of America.

It features the worldwide number one single “The Wonder of You”, which topped both the United States Adult Contemporary tracks chart and the British music chart. Other selections include “See See Rider”, “Yesterday”, Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie”, Del Shannon’s “Runaway”, and a version of “Let It Be Me”.

“See See Rider” would go on to become Elvis’ frequent introductory number at his concerts up to his last performance at the (now defunct) Market Square Arena in Indianapolis Indiana on June 26, 1977, while “Polk Salad Annie” also became a regular part of his repertoire. The album is notable for not showing Elvis’ name anywhere on the cover.

The album has remained in print since its release date and has sold more than ten million copies globally.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

See See Rider
Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)
Sweet Caroline
Runaway
The Wonder Of You

Side Two

Polk Salad Annie
Yesterday
Proud Mary
Walk A Mile In My Shoes
Let It Be Me (Je T’Appartiens)

AMG 4 Star Review

Elvis’ second live album, partly cut at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in early 1970, is one of his most unfairly underrated releases. At the time, it did seem a bit cheap, offering ten songs that weren’t necessarily associated with Presley.

By this time, he was adding covers of other artists’ contemporary hits to his set, not to capitalize on their success but to keep his hand in contemporary music and show audiences of the era that he was capable of doing more than reprising his own ’50s and early-’60s songs.

The critics failed to notice two things, however: Presley had the same first-rate band who had graced the previous tour, led by James Burton on guitar; when he performed Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie,” and (most especially) Del Shannon’s “Runaway,” he did them extremely well.

“The Wonder of You” might not have been “That’s All Right” or even “Heartbreak Hotel,” but it was a towering performance by a singer who could, even then, run circles around virtually anyone in the business this side of Roy Orbison.