Raised on Rock / For Ol' Times Sake

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Raised on Rock / For Ol' Times Sake
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, R&B, funk, country
Length 27:28
Label RCA Records
Producer Elvis Presley, Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley chronology
Raised on Rock / For Ol' Times Sake
Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 1
(1974)Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 11974

Raised on Rock / For Ol' Times Sake[1] is the nineteenth studio album by American singer and musician 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 sold over one million copies worldwide.


The album 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.[2]

The album 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. 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 written for Presley, or written by writers he had previously recorded, such as Mark James. The title single, "Raised on Rock," has been noted by historians such as Roy Carr and Mick Farren in Elvis: The Illustrated Record as odd lyrically, as Presley sings in first person about being a child and discovering rock and roll through records such as "Johnny B. Goode" when Presley was a contemporary of the artists he cites.

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.[3]


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.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one[5]
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Raised on Rock"Mark JamesJuly 23, 19732:40
2."Are You Sincere"Wayne WalkerSeptember 23, 19732:01
3."Find Out What's Happening"Jerry CrutchfieldJuly 23, 19732:31
4."I Miss You"Donnie SumnerSeptember 23, 19732:14
5."Girl of Mine"Les Reed, Barry MasonJuly 24, 19733:38
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."For Ol' Times Sake"Tony Joe WhiteJuly 23, 19733:37
2."If You Don't Come Back"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerJuly 21, 19732:31
3."Just a Little Bit"Ralph Bass, Ferdinand "Fats" Washington, John Thornton, Piney BrownJuly 21, 19732:33
4."Sweet Angeline"Chris Arnold, David Martin, Geoff MorrowJuly 25, 19733:02
5."Three Corn Patches"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerJuly 21, 19732:46

2007 Follow That Dream reissue[edit]



  1. ^ Discogs, Elvis Presley – Raised On Rock / For Ol' Times Sake; includes photos of the original label, showing full title.
  2. ^ Raised on Rock at AllMusic
  3. ^ Our Memories of Elvis at AllMusic
  4. ^ Sources:
  5. ^ "Elvis Presley Albums". Softshoe-slim.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 

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