Best track on "Good times" LP 1974

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Best track on "Good times" LP 1974

Poll ended at Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:41 pm

Take good care of her
1
3%
Loving arms
12
35%
I´ve got a feelin´ in my body
4
12%
If that isn´t love
0
No votes
She wears my ring
1
3%
I´ve got a thing about you baby
3
9%
My boy
1
3%
Spanish eyes
0
No votes
Talk about the good times
3
9%
Good time Charlie´s got the blues
9
26%
 
Total votes: 34


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What do we have here? Almost an forgotten album, especially since most of the tracks are included on the expanded CD version of Promised land. It reached 94 or something in the charts and is Elvis´ worst charting pop album with new music of all time (I think that "Speedway" comes close). But is it the worst? No way! It´s in fact an ok album.

"Take good care of her" was recorded in the summer of 1973 and Elvis´ voice is weak and the song is really overproduced. I can´t really understand why this one was chosen as a single ("I´ve got a thing about you baby" is brilliant, even if I think that Elvis could have done a better job with it in december). I don´t know which of those sides that got most airplay, but if it was "TGCOH", there might be an explaination of the extremely bad charting.

As an Elvis fan in 1974, it must have been a relief to hear track two: "Loving arms"! I almost sounds like a different singer and the arrangement is sparse. Elvis hadn´t sounded this good since 1972 in my opinion. The brilliance keeps going on "I´ve got a feeling in my body". As a Swede, I´m really proud of Pete Hallin´s keyboard solo on this one (according to himself, he did this solo). "I gotta, I gotta, I gotta" is the sound of an inspired genious.

Elvis also sounds strong on "If that isn´t love". "She wears my ring" is one of the songs that I really don´t like on this album, but it´s not Elvis´ fault (This is also my opinion on "Spanish eyes").

"My boy" has been discussed a lot on this forum. Whatever opinion you have, Elvis performance is splendid, and Ronnie Tutt does some perfect fills at the ending (well, it´s looped, but anyway).

The last two tracks are marvellous. Am I the only one who thinks that "Talk about the good times" could have been a single? Perhaps it was too well known already. But the joy of the recording is obvious.

"Good time Charlie´s got the blues" ends the album, which makes you wanna hear more. Elvis shines and so does James Burton.

The album was Elvis´ strongest Pop album since "Elvis country" and I´m sure that lot of fans felt happy with this album. My stand out tracks on this album is "Loving arms", IGAFIMB, IGATAYB, TATGT & "GTCGTB (long titles here!). The weaker vocals on IGATAYB makes it one less choice. Well, today I feel upbeat, so I go for "Talk about the good times".

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dreambear wrote: "I gotta, I gotta, I gotta" is the sound of an inspired genious.
It's bad English, first of all, and should be avoided. Good English would be "I have, I have, I have".

Hard to decide, several brilliant tracks there: Loving Arms, My Boy, If That Isn't Love, I've Got A Feelin In My Body. But I've chosen my personal favourite, the song in which Elvis skipped the line concerning pills that ease the pain.
dreambear wrote: "She wears my ring" is one of the songs that I really don´t like on this album, but it´s not Elvis´ fault (This is also my opinion on "Spanish eyes").
These two are pretty songs as well, imo. I'm quite certain that they were picked by Elvis himself.




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Option number two -- without hesitation.



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Good Time Charlie everytime.

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kuenzer wrote:
dreambear wrote: "I gotta, I gotta, I gotta" is the sound of an inspired genious.
It's bad English, first of all, and should be avoided. Good English would be "I have, I have, I have".

Hard to decide, several brilliant tracks there: Loving Arms, My Boy, If That Isn't Love, I've Got A Feelin In My Body. But I've chosen my personal favourite, the song in which Elvis skipped the line concerning pills that ease the pain.
dreambear wrote: "She wears my ring" is one of the songs that I really don´t like on this album, but it´s not Elvis´ fault (This is also my opinion on "Spanish eyes").
These two are pretty songs as well, imo. I'm quite certain that they were picked by Elvis himself.
"I have, I have, I have..." shouldn´t have sounded as good rythmical. Bad english is not a big problem for a Swede! :wink:

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Lovin' Arms.



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My boy
(b-side loving arms) was a top hit 10 here in Belgium



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Rob wrote:Option number two -- without hesitation.
Really, not "My Boy"?




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Quit it.

Quit it right now.



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midnightx wrote:
Rob wrote:Option number two -- without hesitation.
Really, not "My Boy"?
Can there be anything better?


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good time charlie is my favorite on this album


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drjohncarpenter wrote:
midnightx wrote:
Rob wrote:Option number two -- without hesitation.
Really, not "My Boy"?
Can there be anything better?
I love My Boy!




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I picked "I Got a Feeling in My Body". First heard it on "Our Memories of Elvis, Volume 2", loved it from first listen. Proof that Elvis and the band could still cook when they felt like it! My dad liked "I've Got a Thing About You Baby", bought the single when it came out, but I agree Elvis could've done it better in December. His voice is a bit weak here and on "Take Good Care of Her". I like this album a lot more than the two that preceded it. It feels much more like and album than "Elvis" (the Fool album), and has much stronger material and performances overall than "Raised on Rock". So why did it stall at #94? Longtime fans feeling burned after the last two albums and deciding "that's it"? What's really sad is all three were outsold by "A Legendary Performer, Volume 1". RCA put more effort into this compilation than the new stuff. Nice package with some unreleased songs, and a nice book included with the record. The studio albums are packaged like assembly line product. Elvis deserved better, especially with "Good Times". "Talk About the Good Times", "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues", "Loving Arms", "My Boy" "If That Isn't Love" and "Spanish Eyes" are all strong tracks.


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Lonely summer: "Longtime fans feeling burned after the last two albums".

I would dare to say that some fans were quite burned after the last 4 pop albums.

Lonely Summer: "RCA put more effort into this compilation than the new stuff"

RCA did more money on albums like "A legendary performer" because of the deal made in 1973, so that´s probably why they promoted it better than "Good times".

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kuenzer wrote:
dreambear wrote: "I gotta, I gotta, I gotta" is the sound of an inspired genious.
It's bad English, first of all, and should be avoided.
Good English would be "I have, I have, I have".
Well, strictly speaking "I have a, I have a, I have a"

But it doesn't 'scan' as well as 'I got a', does it ?


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ColinB wrote:But it doesn't 'scan' as well as 'I got a', does it ?
We need to talk.




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I picked "Loving Arms". It has nostalgic merit for me as one of my earlier experiences of Elvis' music from my father's collection of albums. The version I became accustomed to at the time was the Guitar Man 're-make' version. It was a couple of years before I came across Good Times and the original arrangement.



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kuenzer wrote:
ColinB wrote:But it doesn't 'scan' as well as 'I got a', does it ?
We need to talk.
To end this discussion: The one to blame is Dennis Linde, isn´t it? :idea:

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kuenzer wrote:
ColinB wrote:But it doesn't 'scan' as well as 'I got a', does it ?
We need to talk.
Maybe 'scan' was the wrong word.

It doesn't 'fit' as well as..................


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I GOT A FEELIN´ IN MY BODY got it all: Gospel, R&B, and Presley in real fine voice. Take 1 from "Rhythm & Country" is almost as good. I´VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY is a close second.




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I like 'em all. Yes, all. But I've got to go with "Loving Arms."



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All? Also My Boy? How can you like My Boy? This has so very very lyrics! My Boy! It's horrible! Just compare to lyrics of Bruce! If you want to get good songs, you should listen to more Bruce and to less My Boy!




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I'm flabbergasted that I've Got a Thing About You Baby hasn't received any votes!




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Pete Dube wrote:I'm flabbergasted that I've Got a Thing About You Baby hasn't received any votes!
That would've been my second choice.


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I voted for She Wears My Ring.


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