Elvis: Ultimate Gospel [Bonus Track]

Elvis: Ultimate Gospel [Bonus Track]

by Elvis PresleyElvis Presley


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Though RCA released only three LPs and an EP of dedicated gospel material during the lifetime of Elvis Presley, it's likely that he sang more gospel than any other type of music. Late at night, after a session or a show, Elvis would seek out and keep awake anyone who could carry a tune, in order to pore over the nuggets of gospel music he had soaked up during his early years at the Assembly of God churches in Tupelo and Memphis. And among Elvis' most prized awards, among hundreds, were his four Grammy awards for Best Sacred Performance or Best Inspirational Performance. Elvis: Ultimate Gospel completes RCA's cycle of Elvis gospel remasters, which began in 1994 with the two-disc Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Songs and continued with the three-disc box set Peace in the Valley. This one is a solid single-disc sampler, simple but stellar, including roughly half of his officially released gospel material. The selections are judiciously spread from throughout his career; two come from the 1957 EP Peace in the Valley, six are from 1967's How Great Thou Art, and seven each are from 1960's His Hand in Mine and 1972's He Touched Me. The only caveat is the disorienting sequencing that finds songs from different eras scattered across this collection; consider the fairly large step required to move from the sweet, reverent Elvis of 1960's "Crying in the Chapel" to the grandiose Elvis of 1967's "You'll Never Walk Alone." Everything else about this collection is accomplished, but fans of gospel in general or Elvis specifically should consider either the two-disc collection or an original album like His Hand in Mine, which stands out as among the best recordings in Elvis' discography. [A 2007 import reissue featured a darker hued cover and adds the track "In My Father's House."]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2007
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886970523622
catalogNumber: 705236
Rank: 4002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist
Jordanaires   Vocals
Joe Babcock   Vocals
Dolores Edgin   Vocals
Charlie Hodge   Vocals
Ginger Holladay   Vocals
Mary Holladay   Vocals
Imperials Quartet   Vocals
Millie Kirkham   Vocals
Sonja Montgomery   Vocals
Nashville Edition   Vocals
June Page   Vocals
Susan Pilkington   Vocals
Temple Riser   Vocals
Kathy Westmoreland   Vocals
Mary Greene   Vocals
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps   Vocals
Mary Hylan Cain   Vocals
VOICE   Vocals
Mary Cain   Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Rodgers   Composer
Ralph Carmichael   Composer
Larry Gatlin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Richard Howard   Composer
George McFadden   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen   Liner Notes
Artie Glenn   Composer
Henry Slaughter   Composer
Aileene Hanks   Composer
Mosie Lister   Composer
Doris Akers   Composer
Ted Brooks   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Stuart K. Hine   Composer
C. Gabriel Battersby   Composer
Charles H. Gabriel   Composer
Gladys Presley   Author

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