Elvis Presley – Raised on Rock / For Ol’ Times Sake (1973/2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Elvis Presley – Raised on Rock / For Ol’ Times Sake (1973/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 27:57 minutes | 571 MB | Genre: Pop, Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: July 21-24, 1973, Stax Studios, Memphis; September 22-23, 1973, Elvis Presley’s Residence, Palm Springs, California

Raised on Rock / For Ol’ Times Sake is a studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley released in 1973. Along with the album Elvis, it was released after the massive success of Aloha From Hawaii (although the entire Elvis album contained material recorded before the Aloha show). The album, which sold over one million copies worldwide, was recorded at Stax Studios in Memphis, Tennessee in July 1973 and at Presley’s home in Palm Springs, California in September 1973. Two songs from these sessions would be retained for release on the Good Times album the following spring. The initial vocal tracks were recorded in July 1973. “Raised on Rock” backed by “For Ol’ Times Sake” was the only single released from the album, reaching #41 on the Billboard chart and #42 on the Country chart in September 1973.
The album was one of the few that failed to chart in the United Kingdom, but the single “Raised on Rock / For Ol’ Times Sake” did enter the British charts. Some of the songs are well known covers like “Are You Sincere” which had been around for many years, but some new songs like the lead off single were written for Presley, or written by writers he had previously recorded, such as Mark James. The title single, “Raised on Rock,” has been noted by historians such as Roy Carr and Mick Farren in Elvis: The Illustrated Record as odd lyrically, as Presley sings in first person about being a child and discovering rock and roll through records such as “Johnny B. Goode” when Presley was a contemporary of the artists he cites.

In July 1973 Elvis returned to Memphis, this time to the justly famed source of Southern soul, Stax Studios. After a couple of days, several of Stax’s most famous musicians came in, including the marvelous rhythm section of Donald “Duck” Dunn, bass, and Al Jackson, drums. Apparently, the very idea of working with Elvis was intimidating and the group couldn’t overcome their awe, so Elvis had to leave the building. In his absence, rhythm tracks were laid down. He then returned to add his vocals, a practice only used during the last few years of the soundtracks, when he was too bored to show up and work. From all of this five songs were attempted, one completed, and it’s instantly forgettable. Elvis returned in December to Stax and with a mix of his band and some Nashville cats, recording eighteen tracks in a week. In between, he had tried a session at his Palm Springs home that didn’t work, although three almost ponderously sincere ballads were completed. All in all, RCA had thirty new Elvis songs, enough quality material for two strong albums of twelve tracks each, which would have restored Presley in the sight of critics and record reviewers and, hopefully, the increasingly apathetic consumer. Unfortunately, the material was issued as three cheesily packaged albums of a mere ten tracks each. Raised on Rock, Good Times and Promised Land all have something to offer: “I’ve Got a Thing About You, Baby” is Raised on Rocks’s standout; “Loving Arms” is Good Times”; while the roaring “Promised Land” kicks off the album of the same name. But the lesser material dilutes the impact of the strong, the sound ranges from okay to atrocious, thus producing more evidence of Presley’s growing mediocrity. -AllMusic Review by Neal Umphred

1 Raised On Rock 2:39
2 Are You Sincere 1:58
3 Find Out What’s Happening 2:30
4 I Miss You 2:12
5 Girl Of Mine 3:39
6 For Ol’ Times Sake 3:38
7 If You Don’t Come Back 2:29
8 Just A Little Bit 2:30
9 Sweet Angeline 3:02
10 Three Corn Patches 2:46

Elvis Presley – guitar, vocals
James Burton, Reggie Young, Charlie Hodge – guitar
Bobby Wood – piano
Jerry Carrigan, Ron Tutt, Al Jackson, Jr. – drums
Tommy Cogbill, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Tom Hensley – bass
Bobby Emmons – organ
Glen Spreen – string arrangements
Mary and Ginger Holliday – background vocals
Kathy Westmoreland – background vocals
J. D. Sumner & the Stamps – background vocals



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