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Steamroller Blues

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(Taylor)

 

Information:

Steamroller Blues was written by James Taylor and first appeared on his 1970 album Sweet Baby James (Warner Bros. 1843).

 

Elvis sang Steamroller Blues in concert several times and in his 1973 TV special Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii. The concert version was released as a single. Steamroller Blues had a 12-week stay on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, peaking at #17. It reached #31 on the country chart.

 

Lyrics:


I’m a steamroller baby, I'm 'bout to roll all over you

I'm a steamroller baby, I'm 'bout to roll all over you
I'm gonna inject your soul with some sweet rock'n'roll

And shoot you full of rhythm and blues
I'm a cement mixer, a churning urn of burning funk
I'm a cement mixer, a churning urn of burning funk

I’m a demolition derby, a hefty hunk, steaming junk

 

I’m a steamroller baby, I'm 'bout to roll all over you
I'm a steamroller baby, I'm 'bout to roll all over you

I'm gonna inject your soul with some sweet rock'n'roll

And shoot you full of rhythm and blues
I'm a napalm-bomb guaranteed to blow your mind
I'm a napalm-bomb guaranteed to blow your mind
If I can't have your love now baby, there won't be nothing left behind


Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on Aloha From Hawaii »

 

Singles:

- Steamroller Blues / Fool (RCA 74-0910) April 1973. Standard release »

- Burning Love / Steamroller Blues (RCA GB-10156) March 1975. Gold standard series original release.

 

LPs/CDs:

- Aloha From Hawaii (1973) »

– Memories of Elvis (1978) »

- Legendary Concert Performances (1978) »

- Elvis! His Greatest Hits (1979) »

– Elvis Greatest Hits, Volume 1 (1981) »

- The Alternate Aloha (1988)

- Walk a Mile in My Shoes – The Essential 70’s Masters (1995)

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 2 (1998)

- Elvis – The Concert (1999)

- Rhythm & Blues (2001)

- Takin’ Tahoe Tonight! (2003) - FTD »

- Dragonheart (2003) - FTD »

- Closing Night (2004) – FTD »

- Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (2004) - FTD »

- Elvis By the Presleys (2005)

- Southern Nights (2006) - FTD »

- Elvis Live (2006)

- Live in L.A. (2007) – FTD »

- The Essential Elvis Presley (2007)

- I'll Remember You (2008) - FTD »

- A Minnesota Moment (2010) - FTD »

- High Sierra (2010) - FTD »

- Elvis (Fool) (2010) - FTD »

- Chicago Stadium (2010) - FTD »

- Live in L.A. (2011) - FTD »

– Amarillo '77 (2011) - FTD »

– 48 Hours to Memphis (2011) - FTD »

– Elvis From Hawaii to Las Vegas (2012) - FTD »

- Hits of the 70s (2012) - FTD »

– Destination U.S.A. (2014) - FTD »

- Home Town Shows (2016) - FTD »

– The Bicentennial Show (2017) - FTD »

– Murfreesboro '74 (2018) - FTD »
– Omaha, Nebraska '74 (2018) - FTD »

– St. Paul to Wichita, October '74 (2019) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- From Las Vegas... to Niagara Falls (1974) - Live Productions

- Sold Out (1974) - E.P. Records

- To Know Him is to Love Him (1978) - Black Belt Records

- Aloha Rehearsal Show - Kui Lee Cancer Benefit (1980) - Amiga Records

 

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