As usual the design is not too spectacular. Well-known pictures of Elvis in a somewhat dull setting are covering this special FTD-release. Most remarkable is that BMG decided to turn Elvis around on the front cover, compared to versions that were seen on the Internet earlier. At least the take info and recording dates are all included.
The first thing that catches the ear when playing this CD is the sound. It is by far not the level we are used to lately. Elsewhere we saw the adjective "disastrous" being used, we think it is a little strong, but certainly it isn't really good. A lot of background noise can be heard and it is a bit loud. Anyway, any decent equipment can recover a lot of that, and knowing Elvis' gospels are among his better work, were he really gave it all, we could say beforehand that this CD will give not much surprise, but will be very good to listen to. And it turns out that way indeed.
Not too many tracks were bootlegged before, relying on the take info we can only find 5 of them on one of the "Stand By Me"-volumes. On the other hand the difference isn't very big between different takes, because Elvis took the music so seriously. For many the take of "Saved" will be one of the highlights, at least it is for us. The in between chat is more fun (longer) on the second part (70's) of the CD.
As expected there can't be said too much about this CD. When you are in to Elvis' gospel music you'll love it. We think it is certainly one of the better releases in the series regarding content so far. You can play it any time, no matter who is around.
- March of Dimes
- It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) (take 12)
- He Knows Just What I Need (take 1)
- Mansion over the Hilltop (take 1)
- Joshua Fit the Battle (take 1)
- I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs (take 2-3)
- Known Only to Him (take 1-2)
- Run On (take 2)
- Stand by Me (take 2)
- So High (take 2)
- Somebody Bigger Than You and I (take 12)
- We Call on Him (take 4-5)
- Saved (take 1)
- An Evening Prayer (take 2)
- Seeing Is Believing (take 4)
- There Is No God but God (take 1-2)
- He Is My Everything (take 1)
- Bosom of Abraham (take 7)
- I Got a Feelin' in My Body (take 6-7)
- If that Isn't Love (take 2-6-7)