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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2007
"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
on 30 April 2013
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
5. Girl Of Mine - Sweet but forgetful
6. For Ol' Times Sake - Brilliantly tender track. Written by Tony Joe White
7. If You Don't Come Back - Elvis trying out Funk rock
8. Just A Little Bit - Elvis and band in a heavy rocking mood. Great drumming!
9. Sweet Angeline - Astoundingly beautiful
10. Three Corn Patches - A throwaway. Even Elvis sounds disinterested.

And that's it. Though every fan should own this album, casual buyers please listen to Elvis' great versatility with an open mind - don't expect Love Me Tender or It's Now or Never!

Not a bad album.
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on 24 August 2012
The story of Elvis's last recording years, in my opinion have often been unfairly slated. In fact he cut many great tracks in the years from 73-76 but the Raised On Rock album has long been derided. It probably did not help that the lead single and title track was a bit of a mis-fire (reaching the lower edges of the chart)and was similar in vein to Charlie Rich's Rollin With The Flow (a much better song) recorded a few years later. Also that it came as a low paced affair after the success of the Aloha special But the album contains a real interesting mix of country, soul-funk and pop that few others were recording at the time apart from maybe Jerry Lee Lewis. Jerry Lee actually did a good version of Just a Little Bit which Presley covered here. Find Out Whats Happenin is on the money soul with shouted girl singer chorus and For Ol Time Sake is pure class with a great laid back late night feel to it. I Miss You or Sweet Angeline should have been the singles or a double A side and would probably have fared better with both getting a committed performance. Girl Of Mine though should have been re-recorded but its a mediocre song at best. Are You Sincere is another pleasing ballad with only some slightly off key backing vocals at the very end. Three Corn Patches is not everyones cup of tea but I like it and again the girl group backing help drive along a nice bit of 70's rock n roll. Its a "good" rather than great album which might have been better received had they combined the best tracks with some of the later tracks recorded at Stax in December of the same year but as always RCA's relentless release schedule won over. Also the title and cover shot suggested a raw and rocking album which although it has its moments is not the whole story with the balance of better tracks being soul-funk or ballads. Maybe this really was one occasion where a properly posed studio photo or home shot snap would have been better for the cover. Nevertheless I feel its a better album than its given credit and personally I think better than Elvis Now or The Fool albums which are often rated higher and better yet was to come with Promised Land, Good Times and Today albums proving that the game was'nt up yet. Give it a go though as it reveals a direction in gospel-country-soul and funk that could have been explored further had he been given the right material.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2000
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
on 14 May 2002
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The second wind (fourth wind?) that was the Hawaiian show in January was all but spent with the release of "Raised On Rock". The theory was sound, Elvis had sold well recently with "Steamroller Blues" and "Burning Love" so if the country wanted Rock'n'Roll from the king, then Rock'n'Roll they will get.
But Elvis let the side down with a poor vocal performance, obviously triggered by poor health.
"For Ol' Times Sake" is a fine performance of a cool Tony Joe White track and "Find Out What's Happening" is a good rock'n'roll track, so he could cut it when the material was better, but the rest is average songs not very well performed.
In September of that same year Elvis re-recorded some of the vocal tracks from home, and in much better voice he made a much better fist of "Sweet Angeline" and "Are you Sincere", but they're not great records.
It's still quite a good record, sorry if I sound too negative, at least it's a little more upbeat than some of his 70s output. But what happened to "I've a thing about you baby". If you haven't heard it, it's a belting song from the same session that produced this record. Why not flesh out these thin 10 songs with it. Come on RCA!!!
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on 25 January 2014
I am a big fan of the king there will never be another elvis he was the best love him always awesome.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2010
So you want to hear a side of Elvis you've never heard before? If so, listen to this album. It's the only country/funk/gospel album he recorded in the 70's and it's wonderful. Lovely spare arrangements, fantastic muscianship and no horns or strings, just female vocals and a lovely funky sound.

This album has been so overlooked but IMHO it's just such a great example of what a great band can do in the studio even when the artist (Elvis) is not at his best.
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on 30 July 2015
Great cd. enjoying it a lot.
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on 11 July 2014
Gr8 CD from The King
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