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Elvis Weakest Album,
By A Customer
This review is from: Raised On Rock (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.