- Audio CD (16 Jun. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Sony Music Cmg
- ASIN: B00002R0MY
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Gospel Favourites CD
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Several styles are represented, from the slow and solemn hymns like Take My Hand Precious Lord, He Touched Me and I Believe to rhythmic uptempo tracks like Joshua Fit The Battle, By And By and Working On The Building with its lovely backing vocals. My personal favorites include the opening track Take My Hand, this version of Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, In The Garden and Where Could I Go But To The Lord.
I was a bit surprized to learn that Swing Down Sweet Chariot is an uptempo rock song, not the well-known Swing Low Sweet Chariot. The music is inspiring and soulful, revealing the devotional side of the magnificent king of rock and roll. The booklet contains an informative history of Elvis' gospel recordings by Brian Nevill and four photographs: full color one of the Jordanaires and Millie Kirkham, a black and white one of the Imperials plus the front and back pics of Elvis.
My doubts were proved stupid, because this is a very good gospel record, and a very good example of Elvis' work.
His voice is mellow, deep, and above all, understanding and feeling of the songs and themes he sings. You can hear in them a man of faith, even if (or perhaps because of that) life took him far from the small, familial chapels he sings about. Some of the themes are classical gospel songs, some are arrangements of other themes, and all of them are adapted by Elvis to his own style and liking. The only negative comment on this record is about the one song I don't like, the most melodious, recitative "I believe".
The CD comes with a booklet describing Elvis' gospel background, his involvement in recordings and revivals and, all in all, makes this a very good piece of gospel music, which also will make you listen to good King's songs. Cheap, too.
Buy it, listen to it, give it as a present.
This collection also draws from three gospel albums that Elvis released: His Hand In Mine (1960), How Great Thou Art (1966) and He Touched Me (1971) and a couple of stray tracks including his hit single Crying In The Chapel, plus a medley of two songs he recorded and filmed at the Elvis On Tour sessions but which remained in the can until 1994.
Although a great rock singer, unlike his contemporaries, Elvis had the range to sing with an unmatched purity and sincerity on both devotional gospels and secular ballads and wasn't afraid to match his voice with the best gospel singers in the business, as this set ably demonstrates
I play it over and over again in my car without a single regret.In other words if opinion is worthy it comes highly recommended.Gospel Favourites
Beautifully recorded with the his backing groups at the time who were also very gospel inspired, having a great feel for these classic numbers that still stand today as a sincere form of worship to our lord.
All the numbers were recorded between 1957 to 1971.
You can tell the way Elvis sings these gospel songs that he was a man of great faith whose spirituality was very important to him.
Twenty selected tracks opening with "Take My Hand Precious Lord" a very powerful interpretation. He covers "Amazing Grace" which is just so moving.
There is an informal recording of "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus/Nearer My God To Thee, which is incredibly moving.
I love the fast paced "Working On The Building" that's joyous to listen to.
It goes on one great gospel song after another.
This C.D. will move you, inspire you, and make you happy.
Thank you Elvis.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed it very much.Not the sort of stuff that you would expect Elvis to do .but I think done with sincerity,and not just for profitPublished 10 days ago by MR R F HOWARTH
The passion in which he portrays these songs/hymns is felt in every trackPublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer