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The original of Good time charlie's got the Blues

Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:43 pm

I always loved EP's rendition of this song...I've felt it was one of those he really made "his" song. Now for the first time I listende to Danny o'Keefes own version...and the distant weeping guitar most certainly sound like James Burtons style...is it him playing on this version?

Tue Nov 15, 2005 5:13 pm

Can't answer your question, but here is some more trivia for ya.

Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues
recorded by Elvis on Thursday, 13 December, 1973
Written by: O'Keefe
Originally recorded by Danny O'Keefe in 1967

Composer Danny O'Keefe recorded this number on no less than three separate occasions! The original dates from 1967, on the Jerden label; then came a version on the Cotillion label in 1971; finally O'Keefe recorded his hit version for the Signpost label in 1972. Elvis did not sing the lines "I got my pills to ease the pain, Can't find a thing to ease my brain."

courtesy of the great page featuring original songs http://tinyurl.com/ce6ur

Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:02 pm

Melanie wrote: 1971; finally O'Keefe recorded his hit version for the Signpost label in 1972. Elvis did not sing the lines "I got my pills to ease the pain, Can't find a thing to ease my brain."


I thought I read somewhere that Elvis did sing those lines but they cut it out!!

Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:06 pm

I don't think these lines where cut out. I guess it was just a little too close to reality, so Elvis simply left them out himself.

Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:33 pm

The takes we've had of this song range from 3:09 to 3:17 long.

The unedited [and unreleased] master [take 9] is 4:32 long.

I still hold out a faint hope that a version will be released with the 'pills' reference on it !

Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:46 pm

Colin,

Felton's wife probably lit the Barbeque with the edited bit !

Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:56 pm

The guitar on the O'Keefe original is actually Reggie Young. The American Studio band plays on that song.

The complete Elvis master features a repeat of the second verse, another chorus, and another Burton solo. It does not contain the "pills" verses.

Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:08 pm

ColinB wrote:The takes we've had of this song range from 3:09 to 3:17 long.

The unedited [and unreleased] master [take 9] is 4:32 long.

I still hold out a faint hope that a version will be released with the 'pills' reference on it !


Don`t we have just take 8 on Essential Elvis Vol.5..and the regular master take 9 ??

Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:17 pm

Ciscoking wrote:
ColinB wrote:The takes we've had of this song range from 3:09 to 3:17 long.

The unedited [and unreleased] master [take 9] is 4:32 long.

I still hold out a faint hope that a version will be released with the 'pills' reference on it !


Don`t we have just take 8 on Essential Elvis Vol.5..and the regular master take 9 ??


Yes, but [according to my notes] the master has varied in length on different releases.

Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:49 pm

Could you name them, Colin..??

Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:55 pm

Ciscoking wrote:Could you name them, Colin..??


Why did I have to open my big mouth ?

Good Times = 3:12

70's Masters = 3:14

Promised Land [2000 upgrade] = 3:12

The above timings are what the computer shows when the disc is inserted.

I just checked them and they are all the same !

They start to fade around 3:02 and are silent by around 3:09 !

My notes have been amended.

Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:15 pm

:wink:

Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:31 am

here is my version of good time charlies got the blues, which is about the best singing job i can do on an Elvis song

http://www.tcb-world.com/showthread.php?t=6028

Wed Nov 16, 2005 10:12 pm

I'd love to hear the unedited master!

Hopefully, when FTD get around to the Good Times LP we'll hear it then.

Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:32 pm

This is a fabulous tune - a real under-rated gem. What a great single it would have made if released at the time - say 1974 or 5.

Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:42 pm

Stephen Butler wrote:This is a fabulous tune - a real under-rated gem. What a great single it would have made if released at the time - say 1974 or 5.


I agree. Promised Land aside, this was the standout song of the '73 sessions in my view.

Jules

Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:53 pm

Stephen Butler wrote:This is a fabulous tune - a real under-rated gem.
What a great single it would have made if released at the time - say 1974 or 5.


Well yes, but it always seemed a rather off-putting title to me.

Would be better as Everybody's Gone Away or Lonely Blues or even just Got The Blues.

As it stands, it sounds like it's a novelty song.

Thu Nov 17, 2005 4:05 pm

The unedited [and unreleased] master [take 9] is 4:32 long.

I didnĀ“t know that!!

So is there possibilty that the cut versus was recorded and it is in BMG hands?

Maybe for a future FTD release?

Thu Nov 17, 2005 4:15 pm

Renan -

elvisjock wrote:
The complete Elvis master features a repeat of the second verse, another chorus, and another Burton solo.
It does not contain the "pills" verses.


He doesn't say how he knows, but if he's right, we can forget the 'pills' bit !