On A Jet To The Promised Land

By ElvisNews.com/ LexApr 9, 2011
On A Jet To The Promised Land

A surprise release by Venus was announced just over a week and released about immediately, maybe in connection to the title.

Design

The CD comes in a carton sleeve, like some of the bootlegs in the 1990s. The design fits the 1970’s releases, showing Elvis in the peacock suit on both the front and back.

Content

Promised Land, take 1 is the version that has the Hammond organ  starring, a version I always liked. On the other hand, I like this song in any version. 
Honkey Tonk Angel is a beautiful ballad, and having three early takes in a row and – more important – in superb quality is great. I particularly like the different phrasing in take 3, and no, I am not talking about the ending (which is funny).
My Boy is quite different, especially take 1. The backing vocals are just supporting, and not as overwhelming as on the final release. It is one of the many undubbed versions I like better than the overdone released versions. Elvis’ vocals aren’t that different,  but they just flourish more.
Love Song Of The Year is not my song, and also this version doesn’t really make me happy.
Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming is another one of those not so strong songs. Strangely enough I have a weak spot for it and enjoy it any time.
In my ears one of the best songs Elvis recorded in the 1970s, Thinking About You, closes the short EP-like CD.  The guitar solo is a bit longer, but overall it doesn’t differ much from the master.

Conclusion

A short but worthy release in superb sound quality. Hopefully it announces more to come from this session.

Tracklisting

1 Promised Land Take 1 2:32
2 There's A Honky Tonk Angel ( who takes me back in ) ** Take 1 3:22
3 There's A Honky Tonk Angel ( who takes me back in ) Fs, Take 2 1:41
4 There's A Honky Tonk Angel ( who takes me back in ) Take 3 3:35
5 My Boy * Take 1 3:37
6 My Boy * Take 2 3:54
7 Love Song Of The Year Take 1 3:35
8 Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming ** FS, Take 4 3:25
9 Thinking About You * FS, Take 3 5:05
Tracks 7 & 9 recorded 12-12-1973
Tracks 5 & 6 recorded 12-13-1973
Tracks 1,2,3,4 & 8 recorded 12-15-1973
* Previously released ** Unedited

 

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Reactions

Orion (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 12, 2011report abuse
This one is worth tracking down. It has excellent sound from start to finish. I hope that this is a teaser for what's to come from Venus from these sessions. If Ernst and co. really want to stop the imports, then release "Promised Land" in the classic series before they beat you to the draw.
Adams (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 12, 2011report abuse
I meant tk. 3 of Honky tonk angel. Sorry, my mistake.
Adams (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 12, 2011report abuse
One of the greatest release ever! Just 30+ minutes but what a gem! Very good sound (need to mention minor problems at the beginning of Promised land), outstanding performance by our man and - most of all - fantastic atmosphere in the studio. Elvis is in extremely good humor. Just listen to Promised land and ending of Honky tonk angel take1.
pjdlibra (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 12, 2011report abuse
great for a fill in maybe FTD will get off their butts and release the real promised land. FTD give the fans what we really need and want.
burton (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 10, 2011report abuse
Yeah! I Bet.
drjohncarpenter0117 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 10, 2011report abuse
Yes it will be great if/when FTD release Promised Land but in the meantime this is still a good if not short filler for what's to come.
schemies (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 10, 2011report abuse
Sure sounds interesting, but I think we will get all of this with the FTD release of the Classic Album Promised Land.

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