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4.8 out of 5 stars
Promised Land
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on 4 April 2012
Excellent tracks from the December 1973 (Elvis was approaching his 39th birthday) sessions at Stax Records. There is a welcome detailed leaflet with this CD that gives the background to the sessions and some interesting songwriter information.

As other reviewers have noted, Elvis was in excellent voice. Two albums were released (Good Times and Promised Land). All but two tracks from Good Times are included on this CD as the bonus material.

Elvis's then recent divorce may explain the song selection and the sincerity that comes through.

The Promised Land tracks have a strong Country influence. The bonus tracks are more mixed in nature, with the inclusion of powerful Pop ballads like My Boy, Spanish Eyes and She Wears My Ring.

Eleven of the tracks were new to me. Apparently, the excellent and saucy song, `If You Talk in Your Sleep' (Red West/Johnny Christopher), was released as a single in the USA. I can't recall hearing it before, here in the UK. (I can imagine it doing well in the contemporary scene if overlaid with the sort of mix treatment given to `A Little Less Conversation'.) Similarly, the excellent `Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues' seems to be crying out for a movie sound-track application.

The CD label is printed with `retro' fake grooves, which is a nice touch, too.

Five stars from me.

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on 11 May 2011
This CD is a merger of two '70s albums. The first ten songs are from Promised Land (released in 1975) while the remaining tracks are made up from the Good Times album. They are from a December 1973 Stax recording session and both made fair chart mileage.

This collection represents one of the finest Presley releases of the '70s. Both albums featured a new, more mature Elvis, and a heavenly voice to match that maturity. The voice just reaches out and commands you to listen. Complementing this vocal magic was the new direction in material Elvis chose to take.

Though Elvis was now leaning more towards country and biographical balads, the opener PROMISED LAND just rocks you to attention, bluntly reminding you that he's still the master. The tracks then quickly flow, with the beautiful HONKY TONK ANGEL and the inspirational HELP ME being my favourites on this CD. The others are equally magnificent, especially the highly emotional IT'S MIDNIGHT, which sounds like a dedication to his ex-wife Priscilla.

The remaining tracks are from the very diverse Good Times album, released in 1974. Wistful songs such as TAKE GOOD CARE OF HER and LOVING ARMS hint at his just settled divorce, while a spine tingling SPANISH EYES is a demonstration of Elvis excelling himself vocally. And we also get a teaser sampling of his rockabilly origins with a brilliant delivery of TALK ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES. Then in keeping with the times, Elvis throws in a great 70s style funk number.

You'll treasure this collection for the rest of your days. To appreciate what I'm saying, listen to it a few times alone and on a good sound system. Once you have done that, get Presley's next output: ELVIS TODAY. You can thank me later!
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on 19 April 2016
This is one of my favourite late Elvis albums.The title track is one of the best rock songs he ever recorded and the son that was the b side of the single release Its Midnight is a lovely ballad that has improved with age.
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on 27 April 2017
Just as good as i Exspected
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on 30 April 2018
loved it
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on 17 July 2015
Lovely this album. A real mix of ballards, gospel, country. Particulalrly love the track Its Midnight. Thought I knew all Elvis songs but lots on here that I was not familiar with. A great album
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on 9 January 2018
Christmas present for my wife,she is delighted with it,because a lot of the tracks new to her
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on 11 August 2016
Very quick delivery thank you. Brilliant cd
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