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Raised On Rock/For Ol' Times Sake

Raised On Rock/For Ol' Times Sake

8 Mar 2010

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  • Original Release Date: 2 Mar 2010
  • Release Date: 2 Mar 2010
  • Label: Legacy Recordings
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  • Total Length: 27:29
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  • ASIN: B003A58DV0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,078 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CosmicDwellings on 21 Jan 2007
Format: Audio CD
"Raised On Rock" must surely be Elvis' most underrated 70's album along with 1976's "From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennesee".

Nevertheless, as with every Elvis album there are some hidden gems that make the grade and qualify the album as an overall enjoyable listen. The title track is fascinating to hear because of it's semi-autobiographical tones and lyrics. I've always had a soft-spot for "Find Out What's Happening", "Just a Little Bit", "For Ol' Times Sake", the beautiful "Sweet Angeline" and the Leiber and Stoller rocker "Three Corn Patches".

I would much rather experience the mature Elvis sound of his later concert years than experience the cotton-candy embarrassment of some of his movie soundtracks from a decade earlier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tommyboo on 30 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is quite a tricky 1973 album, and possibly not the best introduction to Elvis Presley.

For someone who is arguably the founder of modern day rock with his blending of rhythm and blues with country and gospel to bring out rockabilly leading to rock and roll, singing the title track Raised On Rock is a little surprising. Though he performs the song brilliantly, just look at the lyrics:

I remember as a child I used to hear
Music that they played Lord with a feel'
Some call it folk, some call it soul
People let me tell you it was rock and roll

Then he also sings:

Listening to the music that my idols made
I knew every single record the DJ's played
A honky tonk a Hound Dog, a Johnny B. Goode
Chain Gang, Love Is Strange, Knock On Wood

I was raised on Rock, etc....

Elvis was not raised on rock. Instead, he grew up listening to the blues, country, and gospel music, which he later blended and used to launch his style of Rock'n'Roll.

With a front cover showing a flashy Elvis in action on stage, the remainder of the album is a mixed bag of styles and moods but perhaps not as memorable as his other '70s albums. There's even a forgetful rock'n'roll track called 'Three Corn Patches' that Elvis should have left for some other unfortunate singer to record.

Here's a list of the album songs and my personal opinion of each track:

1. Raised On Rock - Superb performance by Elvis and his driving band
2. Are You Sincere - Attempts to re-capture the success of his 1960 hit Are You Lonesome Tonight. Nice enough but didn't have the same impact
3. Find Out What's Happening - Funky Rock'n'Roll. Love it
4. I Miss You - Great love song
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Don Barrie on 22 Jan 2000
Format: Audio CD
Elvis was not in good shape when he recorded this album in 1973. He was tired, addicted to prescription drugs, and became disinterested with life altogether. This album was antipated as Elvis' final glorious moment in Memphis, but most of the music here reveals a different story. Only one recording was actually completed in Memphis ("Girl of Mine") while the others remained unfinished. The two best tracks on this CD are the ones recorded in Palm Springs, California ("Are You Sincere" and "I Miss You"). But like with many of Elvis' least successful or remembered albums, there's usually one exceptional song that sadly remains ignored, and "I Miss You" is one example. It is handled beautifully by Elvis, and sounds like he actually cared when he sang it (which was considered rare for him during this period). I recommend this album mainly for serious Elvis fans (like myself, as I bought the CD when I was in Scotland a few months ago). But most of the material is mediocre, sad to say, including the lame title track.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is Elvis' weakest (non-soundtrack) album, recorded in mid-1973 when Elvis was going through his divorce. The sessions that poroduced this album was filled with disaters, but that's not to say that all is bad here, it never is with Elvis.
"Find Out What's Happenin'" is an Ok funky rocker, with good solid backing. "I Miss You" is a ballad, so-so, but listenable.
"Girls of Mine" is another ballad, country this time, quite pleasant, but nothing special. Similarly "For Old Times Sake" is a sentimental song, Elvis voice at times seems overcome with emotion, giving more feeling to the lyrics.
The highlight of the album is the most excellent "If You Don't Come Back", this slice of funky soul from Lieber and Stoller should be better known. James Burton's guitar playing, the choir and Elvis moody vocals make this a standout.
The last track worth mentioning is another funky/country rocker, "If You Don't Come Back." The drumming here is superb, really lifting an average track.
The rest is pretty weak, "Three Corn Patches" is the worst song he ever cut, the other are just poor, with, really the only standout being "If You Don't Come Back."
A few months later the King was back on track, back in the recording studio and making some of the best and most diverse music of his life. Check out the "Promised Land" album, recorded in late 1973. Here, the likes of "Promised Land", "I Got a Feeling in My Body", "It's Midnight" and "If You Talk in Your Sleep" are masterful.
So there you have it, the rest of the tracks never really go anyplace. The song "Raised on Rock" had potential, it begins stunningly, but the lyrics get worse and the song loses it's appeal.
But check out the re-release of "Promised Land", Elvis was down, but not for long.
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