On Stage (Elvis Presley album)

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On Stage
On Stage February, 1970.jpg
Live album by Elvis Presley
Released June 1970
Recorded February 17–19, 1970
Venue International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Genre Rock
Length 31:57
Label RCA Records
Elvis Presley chronology
Let's Be Friends
(1970)Let's Be Friends1970
On Stage
(1970)
Almost in Love
(1970)Almost in Love1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
MusicHound3.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[3]
Rough Guides4/5 stars[4]

On Stage is a live album by American singer Elvis Presley, released on RCA Records LSP-4362 in June 1970. It was mostly recorded between February 17 and 19, 1970 at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. The album reached number 13 on both the Billboard 200 and country music charts.[5] It was certified Gold on February 23, 1971, and Platinum on July 15, 1999, by the Recording Industry Association of America.[6]

Content[edit]

On Stage 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.

The album 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. On January 8, 2010, it was announced that a Legacy Edition would be released, to follow the Legacy Edition release of From Elvis In Memphis in the spring of 2010.

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."See See Rider"TraditionalFebruary 17, 19703:08
2."Release Me"Eddie Miller, Dub Williams,
Robert Yount
February 18, 19703:11
3."Sweet Caroline"Neil DiamondFebruary 18, 19702:43
4."Runaway"Del Shannon, Max CrookAugust 22, 19692:47
5."The Wonder of You"Baker KnightFebruary 19, 19702:38
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Polk Salad Annie"Tony Joe WhiteFebruary 19, 19705:33
2."Yesterday"Paul McCartney and John LennonAugust 25, 19692:27
3."Proud Mary"John FogertyFebruary 17, 19702:47
4."Walk A Mile In My Shoes"Joe SouthFebruary 18, 19702:59
5."Let It Be Me"Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis, Pierre DelanoëFebruary 17, 19703:39

Personnel[edit]

Extended Version[edit]

Legacy Edition[edit]

On March 23, 2010, the album was released in a two-disc Legacy Edition. All tracks on disc two were recorded August 23–26, 1969.

The album was arranged by Bergen White, Glen D. Hardin and Glen Spreen

References[edit]

  1. ^ On Stage at AllMusic
  2. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 892. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  3. ^ "Elvis Presley: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ Simpson, Paul (2004). The Rough Guide to Elvis. London: Rough Guides. p. 144. ISBN 1-84353-417-7. 
  5. ^ "On Stage Awards". Allmusc. Rovi Corp. 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Searchable database". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America. 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2013.  Note: Enter search for "On Stage", then select "Presley, Elvis"

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