The most recent FTD is what used to be my favourite LP for years in the late 70s, early 80s: the 1974 album Good Times. I even had to buy it twice, since my first copy was totally worn out. Is it as good to me now as it was then?
Like all classic album releases this version of the CD is vision wise a treat. The cover contains the original front and back and some great shots of the same (1971!) show as used for the front of the original, among them the great shot used for the bootleg Lean, Mean And Kicking Butt.
The booklet is complete with session info, background information and memorabilia like the covers of the original single releases on this album.
At the time the original LP had not a single song I really disliked, okay, Take Good Care Of Her was not among the favourites, but bearable. Besides that an album with Loving Arms, Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues, I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby, My Boy and Talk About The Good Times on it is by definition a good album if the songs are sung like Elvis did.
Over the years the album became less popular, partly for the simple fact I bought better ones which I didn’t know before…but also songs like She Wears My Ring, Spanish Eyes and If That Isn’t Love started to bore me just to prove that taste changes. Still the 5 before mentioned songs are among my favourites, especially the first two.
In other words, this 2CD set is a great X-mas present to me, since the songs I like anyway are heavily present on this FTD release and guess what, the boring songs are less boring in their undubbed versions and the banter in between (or through) the takes adds something too. Besides that both disc are pretty full.
The fact that the second CD has been played several times during the weekend says enough to me, since normally I give a new CD a spin or two (if that much), before returning to my favourite discs.
The sound is very good, LR obviously didn’t touch it and we can thank Jean-Marc Juilland and Vic Anesi for bringing this set in this great quality. It’s crystal clear and sounds like it was recorded yesterday, well in those few cases where they record music nowadays.
It just doesn’t make it to my personal top 5, but got very close. Finally another FTD that will find its way to my player more often!