Elvis Presley - Raised On Rock / For Ol' Times Sake
Elvis Presley – lead vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring Elvis Presley]
James Burton – lead guitar
Bobby Manuel – lead guitar on "Girl of Mine" and "Sweet Angeline"
Charlie Hodge – rhythm guitar
Reggie Young – guitar on "If You Don't Come Back", "Find Out What's Happening", "Just a Little Bit" and "Three Corn Patches"
Johnny Christopher – guitar on "Raised on Rock", "For Ol’ Times Sake", "Girl of Mine" and "Sweet Angeline"
Dennis Linde – guitar on "Girl of Mine"
Bobby Wood – piano except "Are You Sincere" and "I Miss You"
Donnie Sumner – piano on "Are You Sincere" and "I Miss You"
Tommy Cogbill – bass guitar
Donald Dunn — bass guitar on "Girl of Mine" and "Sweet Angeline"
Tom Hensley – bass guitar on "Are You Sincere" and "I Miss You"
Bobby Emmons – Hammond organ
Ron Tutt – drums (except "Are You Sincere", "I Miss You", "Girl of Mine" and "Sweet Angeline")
Jerry Carrigan – drums except "Are You Sincere" and "I Miss You"
Al Jackson Jr. — drums on "Girl of Mine"
Glen Spreen – string arrangements
Mary and Ginger Holliday – backing vocals
Kathy Westmoreland – backing vocals
D. Sumner and the Stamps – backing vocals
1 LP, Gatefold jacket
Original analog Master tape : YES
Heavy Press : 180g
Record color : black
Speed : 33RPM
Size : 12”
Record Press : RTI
Label : Friday Music
Original Label : RCA Victor
Recorded July 21–24, 1973 at Stax Studios, Memphis; September 22–23, 1973 at Elvis Presley's Residence, Palm Springs, California
Produced by Elvis Presley (A2, A4), Felton Jarvis (A1, A3, A5, B1 to B5)
Remastered by Joe Reagoso
Originally released in 1973
Reissued in 2016
Side A :
- Raise On Rock
- Are You Sincere
- Find Out What's Happening
- I Miss You
- Girl of Mine
Side B :
- For Ol' Times Sake
- If You Don't Come Back
- Just A Little Bit
- Sweet Angeline
- Three Corn Patches
"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
AllMusic : 3 / 5 , Discogs : 3,9 / 5