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RAISED ON ELVIS
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.