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ROCK, COUNTRY, SOUL, BLUES AND FUNK,
By A Customer
This review is from: Promised Land (Audio CD)
This is a great re-issue of one of Elvis best albums, Promised Land(1974); plus bonus tracks from the Good Times album(1974).
None of these albums sold great, although Promised Land topped the Billboard Country charts plus the singles If You Talk In Your Sleep Promised Land and My Boy all Billboard top 20 with the latter 2 top 10 in the UK: My Boy was a huge hit in 1975.
This is brilliant music making, and as varied as anything he ever done before.
The title track is the Chuck Berry classic, but Elvis reveals more in the lyrics and performance that is twice as fast as Berry's.
If You Talk In Your Sleep is funky soul, and is one of the finest Elvis songs. I Got A Feeling In My Body is engrossing, the repetitions of I Gotta, I Gotta is riveting.
The country songs and ballads are exceptional, Loving Arms is amazing as Elvis hits the high notes 'singin somewhere in the lonely night!'
Classic country songs such as Larry Gatlin's Help Me and Waylon Jennings You Asked Me To are pure Presley. My favourite track is Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues...its a bluesy song with regretful lyrics and some fine phrasing by the man.
The only weak song is a cover of Solomon King's She Wears My Ring, it is beatifully sung, but the song is poor.
Promised Land deserves a promotional push, its that good and deserves top 10 status.