Raised on Rock / For Ol' Times Sake

Raised on Rock / For Ol' Times Sake[2] is the nineteenth studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released in 1973.

Raised on Rock / For Ol' Times Sake
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1, 1973
RecordedJuly 21–24, 1973, Stax Studios, Memphis; September 22–23, 1973, Elvis Presley's Residence, Palm Springs, California.
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerElvis Presley, Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley chronology
Raised on Rock / For Ol' Times Sake
Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 1
Singles from Raised on Rock / For Ol' Times Sake
  1. "Raised on Rock"
    Released: August 20, 1973[1]

Content edit

The album 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 No. 41 on the Billboard chart and No. 42 on the Country chart in September 1973.[3]

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 1979, a stripped-down version of "Are You Sincere" was included on the album Our Memories of Elvis and released as a single, reaching No. 10 on the Billboard Country chart.[4]

Reissues edit

In 2007 Raised on Rock was reissued on the Follow That Dream label in a special 2-disc edition that contained the original album tracks along with numerous alternate takes.[5]

Track listing edit

Original release edit

Side one[6]
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Raised on Rock"Mark JamesJuly 23, 19732:40
2."Are You Sincere?"Wayne WalkerSeptember 23, 19732:01
3."Find Out What's Happening"Jerry CrutchfieldJuly 23, 19732:31
4."I Miss You"Donnie SumnerSeptember 23, 19732:14
5."Girl of Mine"Les Reed, Barry MasonJuly 24, 19733:38
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."For Ol' Times Sake"Tony Joe WhiteJuly 23, 19733:37
2."If You Don't Come Back"Jerry Leiber, Mike StollerJuly 21, 19732:31
3."Just a Little Bit"Ralph Bass, Ferdinand Washington, Piney Brown, John ThorntonJuly 21, 19732:33
4."Sweet Angeline"Chris Arnold, David Martin, Geoff MorrowJuly 25, 19733:02
5."Three Corn Patches"Jerry Leiber, Mike StollerJuly 21, 19732:46

2007 Follow That Dream reissue edit

Original album
1."Raised On Rock" 
2."Are You Sincere" 
3."Find Out What’s Happening" 
4."I Miss You" 
5."Girl of Mine" 
6."For Ol' Times Sake" 
7."If You Don’t Come Back" 
8."Just a Little Bit" 
9."Sweet Angeline" 
10."Three Corn Patches" 
Session highlights
11."I Miss You" (take 10-11) 
12."Find out What’s happening" (take 6) 
13."It’s Different Now" (rehearsal, unedited) 
14."Three Corn Patches" (take 1-2) 
15."If You Don’t Come Back" (take 5) 
16."Girl of Mine" (take 9) 
17."I Miss You" (take 5) 
18."Three Corn Patches" (take 13-14) 
19."Are You Sincere" (take 2) 
20."Find Out What’s Happening" (take 8, 7) 
21."For Ol' Times Sake" (take 4) 
Instrumental tracks
22."Color My Rainbow" 
23."Sweet Angeline" 
Rough mixes
1."For Ol' Times Sake" 
2."If You Don’t Come Back" 
3."Find Out What’s Happening" 
4."Raised On Rock" 
5."Three Corn Patches" (including false start) 
Session outtakes
6."If You Don’t Come Back" (take 1-3) 
7."I Miss You" (take 1) 
8."Girl of Mine" (take 1) 
9."Find Out What’s Happening" (takes 1, 2, 4, 5) 
10."Three Corn Patches" (take 4-6) 
11."For Ol' Times Sake" (take 5-7) 
12."I Miss You" (take 10) 
13."If You Don’t Come Back" (takes 8, 6) 
14."Find Our What’s Happening" (takes 8, 7) 
15."Are You Sincere" (take 1) 
16."Girl of Mine" (take 3-6) 
17."Three Corn Patches" (take 9-10) 
18."I Miss You" (take 12-15) 
Instrumental Tracks
19."The Wonders You Perform" 
20."Good, Bad But Beautiful" 

Personnel edit

  • Elvis Presley – lead vocals
  • 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 EmmonsHammond 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
  • J. D. Sumner and the Stamps – backing vocals

References edit

  1. ^ "1970s discography".
  2. ^ Discogs, Elvis Presley – Raised On Rock / For Ol' Times Sake; includes photos of the original label, showing full title.
  3. ^ Raised on Rock at AllMusic
  4. ^ Our Memories of Elvis at AllMusic
  5. ^ Sources:
  6. ^ "Elvis Presley Albums". Softshoe-slim.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2012-03-06.

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