Let's Be Friends

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Let's Be Friends
Elvis Presley original LP cover for "Let's Be Friends".jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedApril 1970
RecordedMarch 1962 to March 1969
GenreRock, country
LabelRCA Camden
Elvis Presley chronology
From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis
Let's Be Friends
On Stage

Let's Be Friends is a compilation album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released by RCA Records CAS 2408, in April 1970. It is the second Presley budget album to appear on the low-priced RCA Camden label. It peaked at number 105 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[1] It was certified Gold on June 15, 1999 and Platinum on January 6, 2004 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]


Similar to its predecessor Elvis Sings Flaming Star, Let's Be Friends collects mostly unreleased songs recorded for Presley film soundtracks.[3] Given the recent work of the revitalized Presley, in the past the Colonel might have objected to this kind of market saturation, but under the terms of Presley's agreement with RCA, budget albums brought extra cash outside of contract stipulations.[3]

Two non-movie outtakes appeared from the winter of 1969 sessions at American Sound Studio in Memphis, "I'll Be There" and "If I'm a Fool (For Loving You)".[4] "Mama" was sung in the film Girls! Girls! Girls! by The Amigos and Presley's version first appeared on this album, with an alternate, abridged version included on the compact disc Elvis Double Features: Kid Galahad/Girls! Girls! Girls!.[5] "Let's Forget About the Stars" had been recorded for the film Charro!, but cut from the picture. "Almost" was one of only two tracks from The Trouble with Girls to see release in Presley's lifetime. Three tracks, "Let's Be Friends", "Change of Habit", and "Have a Happy", originated from Presley's then-current film Change of Habit, thus casting the album in the additional role as soundtrack LP for the film (two additional tracks from the movie, "Rubberneckin'" and "Let Us Pray", are omitted, the former being released on a single in 1969 and the latter held until the 1971 budget collection You'll Never Walk Alone).

Like all Presley releases on the budget RCA Camden label, this album has a very short running time, too short for a full-priced album in the 1970s. It 1975, it was re-issued by Pickwick Records with the original RCA Camden catalog #CAS 2408 and with a black border around the original cover art. It was reissued for compact disc by Sony/RCA in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Stay Away, Joe" (from Stay Away, Joe)Ben Weisman, Sid WayneOctober 1, 19671:37
2."If I'm a Fool (For Loving You)"Stan KeslerFebruary 20, 19692:43
3."Let's Be Friends" (from Change of Habit)Chris Arnold, David Martin, Geoff MorrowMarch 5, 19692:41
4."Let's Forget About the Stars" (from Charro!)A.L. OwensOctober 15, 19682:22
5."Mama" (from Girls! Girls! Girls!)Charles O'Curran, Dudley BrooksMarch 28, 19622:13
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."I'll Be There"Bobby DarinJanuary 23, 19692:21
2."Almost" (from The Trouble with Girls)Ben Weisman, Buddy KayeOctober 23, 19681:47
3."Change of Habit" (from Change of Habit)Ben Weisman, Buddy KayeMarch 5, 19693:18
4."Have a Happy" (from Change of Habit)Ben Weisman, Dolores Fuller, Buddy KayeMarch 5, 19692:21

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Let's Be Friends". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  2. ^ "Searchable database". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America. 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2013. Note: Enter search for "Let's Be Friends"
  3. ^ a b Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; p. 295.
  4. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; pp. 266, 275.
  5. ^ BMG Music Cat. No. 74321134302 (1993)

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