Elvis Presley – Good Times (1974/2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Elvis Presley – Good Times (1974/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 30:05 minutes | 620 MB | Genre: Pop, Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © RCA Records
Recorded: July 21 – December 16, 1973, Stax Studios, Memphis

Good Times is a 1974 album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley and his 20th studio album. The album was constructed by the first pick of a session held at Stax Studios in Memphis in December 1973 and two songs, “I’ve Got a Thing About You Baby” and “Take Good Care of Her”, which were left over from the session at Stax in July 1973. The album includes a collection of songs that vary in style and genre. Released the same day as the recording of Elvis: Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis was being made, the title was taken from the song “Talk About the Good Times”. Many of the songs are covers of hits at the time, like “Spanish Eyes” and “She Wears My Ring”. Charting low at the time of its release, it was considered typical 1970s Elvis material and was his first album to hit the “cut-out bins”. The album did have some success though upon its original release, becoming a Cashbox #1 hit and charting in the Top 50 in the UK. Original copies of the LP with the sticker on the cover (stating the singles on the album) are very rare and sell for large amounts on auction sites. The album released two singles, both hits: “I’ve Got a Thing About You Baby” rose to #4 on the Country charts, #39 pop; “My Boy” hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts, as well as #14 Country and #20 Pop.

No one could have known it at the time, but Elvis Presley had only a handful of studio albums left ahead of him when Good Times showed up in the late winter of 1974. Recorded in the summer and fall of the previous year at Stax Studios in Memphis, this ten-song album caught the artist near his late-career peak — he still had better, greater records left to do, but there’s nothing here that mars the image or the legend. Whether trading in rock & roll or soul sounds or accompanied by a full-blown gospel choir on “If That Isn’t Love,” he’s in great voice, and with the likes of James Burton and Norbert Putnam playing with him, it’s hard to find any fault with Good Times, except perhaps its brevity. It wasn’t necessarily what longtime fans or potential listeners among younger audiences were looking for, but the album has more than stood the test of time, even if it isn’t his best work of this period. -AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder

1 Take Good Care Of Her 2:50
2 Loving Arms 2:48
3 I Got A Feelin’ In My Body 3:33
4 If That Isn’t Love 3:29
5 She Wears My Ring 3:12
6 I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby 2:20
7 My Boy 3:19
8 Spanish Eyes 2:21
9 Talk About The Good Times 2:22
10 Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues 3:09

Elvis Presley – guitar, vocals
J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Voice – background vocals
Mike Leech – string and horn arrangements
Glen Spreen – string arrangement on “I’ve Got a Thing About You Baby”