Good Times (Elvis Presley album)

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Good Times
Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released March 20, 1974
Recorded July 21–December 16, 1973
Length 29:23
Label RCA Victor
Producer Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 1
(1974)
Good Times
(1974)
Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Good Times is a 1974 album by Elvis Presley.

The album was constructed by the first pick of a session held at Stax Studios in Memphis in December 1973 and two songs, "I've Got a Thing About You Baby" and "Take Good Care of Her", which were left over from the session at Stax in July 1973. The album includes a collection of songs that vary in style and genre. Released the same day as the recording of Elvis: As Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis was being made, the title was taken from the song "Talk About the Good Times". Many of the songs are covers of hits at the time, like "Spanish Eyes" and "She Wears My Ring". Charting low at the time of its release, it was considered typical 1970s Elvis material and was his first album to hit the "cut-out bins". The album did have some success though upon its original release, becoming a Cashbox #1 hit and charting in the Top 50 in the UK.

Original copies of the LP with the sticker on the cover (stating the singles on the album) are very rare and sell for large amounts on auction sites.

The album released two singles, both hits: "I've Got a Thing About You Baby" rose to #4 on the Country charts, #39 pop; "My Boy" hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts, as well as #14 Country and #20 Pop.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Take Good Care of Her"   Arthur Kent, Edward C. Warren July 21, 1973 2:50
2. "Loving Arms"   Tom Jans December 13, 1973 2:48
3. "I Got a Feelin' in My Body"   Dennis Linde December 10, 1973 3:33
4. "If That Isn't Love"   Dottie Rambo December 16, 1973 3:29
5. "She Wears My Ring"   Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant December 16, 1973 3:12
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "I've Got a Thing About You Baby"   Tony Joe White July 22, 1973 2:20
2. "My Boy"   Bill Martin, Phil Coulter, Jean-Pierre Bourtayre, Claude François December 13, 1973 3:19
3. "Spanish Eyes"   Bert Kaempfert, Eddie Snyder, Charles Singleton December 16, 1973 2:21
4. "Talk About the Good Times"   Jerry Reed December 14, 1973 2:22
5. "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues"   Danny O'Keefe December 13, 1973 3:09

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Follow That Dream re-issue[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "Take Good Care Of Her"    
2. "Loving Arms"    
3. "I Got A Feelin' In My Body"    
4. "If That Isn't Love"    
5. "She Wears My Ring"    
6. "I've Got A Thing About You Baby"    
7. "My Boy"    
8. "Spanish Eyes"    
9. "Talk About The Good Times"    
10. "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues"    
11. "Take Good Care Of Her" (rehearsal + take 1)  
12. "Loving Arms" (take 1 + rehearsal)  
13. "I Got A Feelin' In My Body" (take 1)  
14. "If That Isn't Love" (composite of take 5 & 7)  
15. "She Wears My Ring" (take 8)  
16. "I've Got A Thing About You Baby" (take 1)  
17. "My Boy" (take 1)  
18. "Spanish Eyes" (takes 1,2)  
19. "Talk About The Good Times" (take 3)  
20. "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues" (takes 7,8)  
21. "I Got A Feelin' In My Body" (take 4)  
22. "Ive Got A Thing About You Baby" (take 14)  
23. "Take Good Care Of Her" (take 4)  
24. "If That Isn't Love" (splice of takes 5 and 7)  
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "I've Got A Thing About You Baby" (take 15 [rough mix of master])  
2. "Loving Arms" (take 2)  
3. "I Got A Feelin' In My Body" (take 2)  
4. "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues" (takes 1,4,6)  
5. "My Boy" (take 2)  
6. "Take Good Care Of Her" (takes 2,3)  
7. "If That Isn't Love" (take 4 [undubbed master])  
8. "She Wears My Ring" (takes 1, 7)  
9. "I've Got A Thing About You Baby" (take 5)  
10. "Talk About The Good Times" (takes 1,2)  
11. "Talk About The Good Times" (take 4 [undubbed master])  
12. "Loving Arms" (take 3 [undubbed master])  
13. "I Got A Feelin' In My Body" (take 3 [undubbed master])  
14. "If That Isn't Love" (take 6,7)  
15. "She Wears My Ring" (take 10 [undubbed master])  
16. "I've Got A Thing About You Baby" (takes 6,8,10,11)  
17. "Take Good Care Of Her" (take 5)  
18. "Take Good Care Of Her" (take 6 [undubbed master])  
19. "I Got A Feelin' In My Body" (take 7)  
20. "My Boy" (take 3 [undubbed master])  
21. "Spanish Eyes" (take 3)  
22. "Spanish Eyes" (take 4 [undubbed master])  
23. "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues" (take 9 [unedited undubbed master])  

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Personnel[edit]

  • J.D. Sumner & The Stamps - background vocals
  • Mike Leech - string and horn arrangements
  • Glen Spreen - string arrangement on "I've Got a Thing About You Baby"
  • Al Pachucki, Dick Baxter, Mickey Crofford, Mike Moran - engineers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Good Times at AllMusic
  2. ^ Good Times at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Elvis Presley Albums". Softshoe-slim.com. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Good Times". Elvis Presley Shop. For Elvis Fans Only / Elvis Australia. 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 

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