"Good Times" contains some good quality material. "My Boy" was a top 5 UK hit and top 20 in the US and has been a regular feature on "Greatest Hits" compilations since 1987's "All Time Greatest Hits". However, "I've Got a Thing About You Baby", should have been a much bigger hit than it was, with it's catchy tempo and sense of optimism, a feature that was beginning to get rare in Elvis's later output. "Loving Arms" became a minor hit in the UK when released as a single in the 1980's. All tracks are well performed in keeping with Elvis's vocal standard. There are a couple which in particlar that do sound old fashioned now and probably did at the time of their recording "She Wears My Ring" and "Spanish Eyes". At this stage of his carear Elvis was singing and perhaps less concerned with producing hits.
"Good Times" was the biggest flop of Elvis career, missing out on the top 75 album chart in the states, and not doing much better anyplace else. This is a mystery, as "Good Times" features some of the best music he ever made. Taken from the outstanding Stax sessions of late 73, the opening track is unpromising. "Take Good Care Of Her" is not great, not even good......but this is the only poor track. "Loving Arms" is absolutely splendid. This country ballad is sung to perfection, especially the rousing high notes near the middle. With "I Got A Feelin' In My Body" we come to one of the most astonishing songs of Elvis career. This slice funk, with a hint of gospel is a sensation, from the thwacky bass and stunning guitar to Elvis mesmorising vocals this hits the mark. What can I say about "If That Is'nt Love": this gospel song is a favourite of mine. It's a ballad, sensationally performed and criminally unknown. "She Wears My Ring" is the Solomon King song, that was a big 70s hit. Elvis delicate performance is great, even though the song is not the best. "I've Got A Thing About You Baby" was one of those mesmorisingly good songs that was hotly tipped for huge chart success, but ultimately went nowhere. This is just a great funky soul song that never fails to please. "My Boy"; this 1975 smash was top 5, a huge seller and continually popular....the songs really is nothing outstanding, it's the performance that shines. "Spanish Eyes" is ever popular, and here Elvis delivers a very Vegas-esque version, of a song that was born to be sung on the Vegas stage. "Talk About The Good Times" is great country music, fast and almost frantic at parts, with all concerned excelling. I love "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues", this rhythm and blues song is stellar stuff. The great singing, mournfull lyrics and superb backing make this a standout. This is a great album, that is completely unknown, forgot and sadly looked over. The songs here are sensational; and thoroughly deserving their place as bonus tracks on the newly re-mastered "Promised Land" CD.....what are you waiting for, go and buy right now, you'll love it!