In 1973, after the enormous success of the "Aloha From Hawaii"
soundtrack - which reached #1 and sold over 2 million in the U.S.
alone - there was a great deal of anticipation when it was rumoured
that Elvis would be recording in Memphis, at the legendary Stax
Studio - located at 625 East McLemore Avenue. lt was founded by Jim
Stewart and his sister, Estelle Axton in 1960. The studio was a
converted theater and Stax, along with Motown in Detroit, taught
young black and white America to get down.
Recording commenced on July 21, and the band assembled featured
several musicians who had worked for Elvis at the American Studios
in 1969 - Reggie Young, Tommy Cogbill, Bobby Emmons and Bobby Wood.
They were joined by James Burton and Ronnie Tutt - from Elvis' live
band - and Nashville drummer Jerry Carrigan.
Things progressed well - with 2-3 tracks being recorded each day -
but when Burton, Tutt, Cogbill and Young had to leave because of
prior engagements things went slowly. Of five songs, only one was
completed - "Girl Of Mine". Elvis would record a vocal for "Sweet
Angeline" at his Palm Springs home on September 24, but three other
tracks: "Good, Bad, But Beautiful", "Color My Rainbow" and "The
Wonders You Perform", would never be finished. lronically, the two
most commercial tracks "Take Good Care Of Her" and "I've Got A Thing
About You Baby" were shelved for his next album, GOOD TIMES.
To precede the album, the single "Raised On Rock" backed with "For
Ol' Times Sake" was released in September and reached #41 and #36 in
the U.S. and U.K. respectively. The album hit #50 on the Billboard
This album was recorded at a very difficult time during Elvis' life.
lt could never be considered a classic. In October, his petition for
divorce from Priscilla would be finalized and it must have weighed
heavily on his mind. The poignancy of "For Ol' Times Sake" puts this
into perspective and makes this re-issue still a must for any real
Elvis fan. (from the liner notes)
All titles except tracks 2 & 4 recorded at Stax Studios, Memphis.
July 21-23, 1973.
Tracks 2 & 4 recorded at Elvis' Palm Springs home, September 22-24,