- Audio CD (28 Jun. 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: RCA
- ASIN: B0002W0YPM
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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(1996/BMG NL) 10 tracks, recorded 1974
Take Good Care Of Her
I Got A Feelin' In My Body
If That Isn't Love
She Wears My Ring
I've Got A Thing About You Baby
Talk About The Good Times
Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues
Top Customer Reviews
Another underrated album of work from 'The King' but a most thoroughly enjoyable one, and one which should be mentioned in the same sentence as Elvis' "Promised Land" and "Today" albums.
I love Elvis' 1970's body of studio work and don't really have a real bad word to say about such albums as this, as opposed to the mediocre and downright sappy material he was recording ten years previous on such soundtracks as "Girl Happy", "Roustabout", "Harum Scarum", "Frankie & Johnny" and "Paradise Hawaiian Style"...'nuff said.
I admire the arrangements and instrumentation on "Good Times" which also delivers a few recordings which bear gospel tones - the soulful "I Got A Feelin' In My Body", the heartfelt "If That Isn't Love" and the rockin' jamming of the aforementioned "Talk About The Good Times". The cover of "Lovin' Arms" is something else to behold and is quite rivetingly haunting. The hit singles are featured on this album too - the country based "I've Got A Thing About You Baby" and the blistering ballad "My Boy" are both welcome additions to any Elvis 70's fanatic's collection.
But, for me personally, RCA saves one of the best Elvis performances until last with the beautiful r&b of "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues" which will leave one with a wonderful feeling of melancholy anticipating another spin of this CD album.
And this special album is testimony to that claim. The studio suited Elvis' recording style perfectly in that the musicians area was large and comfortably accommodated his rhythm band and backing singers. Elvis always recorded 'live' with the entire band playing together. He relied heavily on eye contact with his musicians. Only the strings and horns were added later. In addition, the studio was acoustically perfect and this comes across glaringly in the recordings.
The 'Follow That Dream' (FTD) label here gives us an enhanced version of the original 1974 album recorded in two sessions - in July and December 1973. Elvis was on top form vocally and the song material was a mixed bag of rock,,rhythm & blues, soul, funk, and country. But the real beauty of this extended album is in the extras, which includes a sea of outtakes and studio jams of the album tracks. And you'll love the handsome FTD packaging and accompanying information booklet. Very attractive.
Suddenly you're a fly on the wall at the famous Memphis studios as you listen in on session banter and exchanges between Elvis and the musicians and engineers. A great atmosphere with Elvis at his usual accommodating self and enjoying the moment. One thing that comes across abundantly is the fun they have while recording and the respect for one another.
This is one of the most popular of the FTD series and deserves to take up space in your collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a present for a friend who's a HUGE Elvis fan, he loved it!Published on 14 Nov. 2014 by Valentina Marangoni
This is one of the kings best 70s ALBUM REALLY GOOD SONGS LOVING ARMS IS FANTASTIC AS ARE ALL THE OTHERS AND AS WITH ALL THESE FTD CLASSIC ALBUM REISSUES THE ART WORK IS REALLY OUT... Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2013 by The music man
A must have great album well presented add it to your collection.You will not be sorry you did great collectionPublished on 19 Jan. 2013 by fidodi
There are some good songs on this c.d. 'Good time Charlie's got the blues'and 'My boy' being the best, in my opinion. Well worth purchasing. Read morePublished on 8 July 2010 by E. Braben