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His Hand In Mine

CD

His Hand In Mine
Rating:
4.2 / 5
Released: 2006/12/01 by FTD
The Follow That Dream 2 CD edition of His Hand In Mine contains the original LP plus various outtakes. Packaged in deluxe, fold-out format (7" EP size) with booklet featuring photos and memorabilia.

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The newest classic album (sounds a bit like a contradiction, doesn’t it?) on the Follow That Dream label has arrived!

For a starter I like to say that this will not be an unbiased review, since my earliest days as an Elvis fan this gospel session has been my favorite, since it is in my ears the most joyful one and “lighter” than the others.

Design

As we are used to by now, FTD delivers a pretty good job with this series of re-releases. A fold out 7” cover with the original album art – even including the wrong title for “He Knows Just What I Need” – reveals the 2 CDs that are printed with the original album labels. The booklet brings background information, memorabilia and great shots of EP.

Content

As said before I loved this session and the original album has been replaced at least twice before the CD era started. No, smart people, not because I made stains on the cover (Elvis never physically attracted me), but because they became unplayable. Yes youngsters, LPs wore off when you played them very often. Normally I have an uncontrollable urge to switch CDs after one has played once, but yesterday I played disc 2 several times in a row and at this very moment CD 1 is playing five hours in a row now. The only reason I will turn it off is to watch the news in half an hour.

I think that says it all... these songs never fail to enjoy me and what’s more important never bore me. For some reason this session has not a single song that I don’t like, while my other favorite sessions have at least one. Like “Soldier Boy” in the “Elvis Is Back”-sessions retains me from playing that one over and over again.

The only negative on this release is that Elvis was too motivated. He knew exactly what he wanted and how he wanted it. This results in hardly any evolution in the takes. Especially my favorites, the traditional up tempo gospels “Joshua Fit The Battle” and “Swing Down Sweet Chariot” had very few takes… With the latter you wonder until the very end why they even did a second try, since in my ears it was even better than the master. I love the extra accent the bass singer had in take one.

Conclusion

I had to adjust my votes for the FTD Top 40 after listening to this release. The set made some bootlegs unneeded since the quality is superior and therefore is a real bootleg killer. It will spend many more hours in my player.

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JerryNodak wrote on May 17, 2007
If you enjoy Elvis' gospel/religious/inspirational recordings you'll love this. Everything about this release is first rate.
Rating: 5 / 5
Jumpin Jehosaphat wrote on November 11, 2007
This is one super album, i would love to say that his voice in 1960 was a new voice one we had not really heard before, this album and elvis is back re-introduced him to our mothers and fathers at that time yes this was truly the new Elvis we had waited 2 years for. (however if you like the fifties thats ok)
Rating: 5 / 5
Sandman wrote on February 01, 2010
His first gospel record is also his best. Elvis gives his all. Powerful and emotive.
Rating: 3 / 5
TCB1974 wrote on January 16, 2011
A very good studio album of gospel recordings. Elvis voice was beautiful and especially like 'I believe in the man in the sky', 'Milky white way' and 'If we never meet again'. His later gospel albums had more depth though as he had gone through a bit more in his life. Nevertheless, a very good album and joy to listen.
Rating: 4 / 5