Raised on Rock

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Raised on Rock
Elvis Raised On Rock.jpg
Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released October 1, 1973
Recorded July 21–24 1973, Stax Studios, Memphis; September 22–23 1973, Elvis Presley's Residence, Palm Springs, California.
Genre Rock
Length 27:28
Label RCA Victor
Producer Elvis Presley, Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis
(1973)
Raised on Rock
(1973)
Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 1
(1974)

Raised on Rock is a studio album by Elvis Presley released in 1973. Along with the album Elvis, it was released after the massive success of Aloha From Hawaii (although the entire Elvis album contained material recorded before the Aloha show). The album, which sold over one million copies worldwide, was recorded at Stax Studios in Memphis, Tennessee in July 1973 and at Presley's home in Palm Springs, California in September 1973. Two songs from these sessions would be retained for release on the Good Times album the following spring. The initial vocal tracks were recorded in July 1973. "Raised on Rock" backed by "For Ol' Times Sake" was the only single released from the album, reaching #41 on the Billboard chart and #42 on the Country chart in September 1973.[1]

The album actually was one of the few that failed to chart in the United Kingdom, but the single "Raised on Rock" / "For Ol' Times Sake" did enter the British charts. Raised on Rock had a very different sound about it, more funky and soul-like than many of the previous efforts and was certainly a change in direction. Some of the songs are well known covers like "Are You Sincere" which had been around for many years, but some new songs like the lead off single were actually written for Presley, or written by writers he trusted such as Mark James. Said title single, "Raised on Rock," has been noted by Elvis historians such as Roy Carr and Mick Farren in Elvis: The Illustrated Record as somewhat bizarre lyrically as Elvis sings in first person about being a child and discovering rock and roll through records such as "Johnny B. Goode" when in fact Presley himself was a professional contemporary of the artists he cites in the song.

In 1979 a stripped down version of "Are You Sincere" was included on the album Our Memories of Elvis and released as a single, reaching #10 on the Billboard country chart.[2] In 2007 Raised on Rock was reissued on the Follow That Dream label in a special 2-disc edition that contained the original album tracks along with numerous alternate takes.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Raised on Rock"   Mark James July 23, 1973 2:40
2. "Are You Sincere"   Wayne Walker September 23, 1973 2:01
3. "Find Out What's Happening"   Jerry Crutchfield July 23, 1973 2:31
4. "I Miss You"   Donnie Sumner September 23, 1973 2:14
5. "Girl of Mine"   Les Reed, Barry Mason July 24, 1973 3:38
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "For Ol' Times Sake"   Tony Joe White July 23, 1973 3:37
2. "If You Don't Come Back"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller July 21, 1973 2:31
3. "Just a Little Bit"   Ralph Bass, Fats Washington, John Thornton, Piney Brown July 21, 1973 2:33
4. "Sweet Angeline"   Chris Arnold, David Martin, Geoff Morrow July 25, 1973 3:02
5. "Three Corn Patches"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller July 21, 1973 2:46

[4]

2007 Follow That Dream reissue[edit]

Disc 1 Disc 2
Original album
No. Title Length
1. "Raised On Rock"    
2. "Are You Sincere"    
3. "Find Out What’s Happening"    
4. "I Miss You"    
5. "Girl Of Mine"    
6. "For Ol’ Times Sake"    
7. "If You Don’t Come Back"    
8. "Just A Little Bit"    
9. "Sweet Angeline"    
10. "Three Corn Patches"    
Session highlights
No. Title Length
11. "I Miss You" (take 10-11)  
12. "Find out What’s happening" (take 6)  
13. "It’s Different Now" (rehearsal, unedited)  
14. "Three Corn Patches" (take 1-2)  
15. "If You Don’t Come Back" (take 5)  
16. "Girl Of Mine" (take 9)  
17. "I Miss You" (take 5)  
18. "Three Corn Patches" (take 13-14)  
19. "Are You Sincere" (take 2)  
20. "Find Out What’s Happening" (take 8, 7)  
21. "For Ol’ Times Sake" (take 4)  
Instrumental tracks
No. Title Length
22. "Color My Rainbow"    
23. "Sweet Angeline"    
Rough mixes
No. Title Length
1. "For Ol Times Sake"    
2. "If You Don’t Come Back"    
3. "Find Out What’s Happening"    
4. "Raised On Rock"    
5. "Three Corn Patches" (including false start)  
Session outtakes
No. Title Length
6. "If You Don’t Come Back" (take 1-3)  
7. "I Miss You" (take 1)  
8. "Girl Of Mine" (take 1)  
9. "Find Out What’s Happening" (takes 1, 2, 4, 5)  
10. "Three Corn Patches" (take 4-6)  
11. "For Ol’ Times Sake" (take 5-7)  
12. "I Miss You" (take 10)  
13. "If You Don’t Come Back" (takes 8, 6)  
14. "Find Our What’s Happening" (takes 8, 7)  
15. "Are You Sincere" (take 1)  
16. "Girl Of Mine" (take 3-6)  
17. "Three Corn Patches" (take 9-10)  
18. "I Miss You" (take 12-15)  
Instrumental tracks
No. Title Length
19. "The Wonders You Perform"    
20. "Good, Bad But Beautiful"    

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raised on Rock at AllMusic
  2. ^ Our Memories of Elvis at AllMusic
  3. ^ Sources:
  4. ^ "Elvis Presley Albums". Softshoe-slim.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06.