With a little delay I present you my view on FTD’s classic album version of Promised Land.
As usual the presentation is top notch. The booklet is very complete with background information on the sessions, but also the time from recording to releasing the album. These facts are decorated with candids, live shots and a lot of memorabilia.
Although the general public more or less turned away from Elvis at the time the album deserved more in my opinion. Of course it contains the usual country tracks, but compared to Elvis’ other 70’s albums it has much more variation with pure rock’n’roll in the title track and soulful pop songs like Thinking About You and If You Talk In Your Sleep.
This FTD’s first CD has not the usual setup of the album and early takes on the first disc. CD 1 brings the original album and an alternate with session highlights and even more session highlights.
Partly released before, but all together this CD is a topper in my book: Elvis enjoying his music in perfect sound quality.
CD 2 has the sub title of “The Making Of”. It’s a mixture of rehearsals, outtakes and undubbed masters. It’s obvious that Elvis was having a pretty good time in the Stax studios in December 1973, much better than in the summer of that year. He is fooling around a lot: changing lyrics, singing with ridiculous voices. In other words if you want background music this isn’t the one to listen to, but if you want to enjoy the fun… it certainly is.
Without a doubt this one is in my Top 5… and looking at the Top 40 I’m not the only one.