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Album Review

Promised Land came from the last recording sessions that Elvis Presley ever had in Memphis, the city where his fame and his legend started. The December 1973 Stax Records studio sessions showed him, as he had on From Elvis in Memphis, reaching out to publishers other than those he owed for songs, and the repertory embraces material by Chuck Berry, Waylon Jennings, and Larry Gatlin, among others. With the best players on hand and an upbeat mood when these songs were cut, and the singer himself lean and rested after a couple of years of concertizing, the vibes throughout this album were positive and then some. Elvis sounds bold and confident in ways that make this album a diverting, if not profoundly exciting experience. It's not as distinctive or as involved a personal document as Elvis Country or the concentrated soul workout of From Elvis in Memphis, but it does feature some fine passionate singing throughout (most notably on "It's Midnight," a wrenching performance). The eight bonus tracks on the spring 2000 remastering (in excellent sound) are drawn from the same sessions but originally appeared on the album Good Times.

Customer Reviews

Excellent!

This is the deluxe version of the album released in the spring of 1974; tracks 11-18 are from his album "Good Times", now out of print. 'Promised Land' is, in my opinion, THE definitive version of the song... the band rocks out and it is easy to tell Elvis has a lot of fun delivering the vocal. The rest of the album is good as well; Elvis concentrates on contemporary country songs such as Conway Twitty's 'There's A Honky Tonk Angel' and 'You Asked Me To', co-written by Waylon Jennings and Billy Joe Shaver. Overall, this is one of Elvis' strongest offerings from the '70s and is a good snapshot of the country scene at that time. Well worth your purchase.

Directionless

I highly doubt that if you tried to convince young music fans of Rock music that Elvis Presley was it's most important figure, I'm positive you'd get a chuckle before an actual explanantion. His original Lp's, (As we used to call them), are so hodged podged together , they just don't have a cohesive theme. But ... it's the music inside that really counts. there are certainly gems scattered throughout this reall good cd. It's mostly a "Country" Lp, but with 1 kick ur a*s ROck n Roll song, but if you enjoy Elvis, I'm betting you'll like this release. The remastering and remixing are top notch done by the wonderful Dennis (wall of sound) Ferrantte. All in All, A wonderful Lp, now featured on an expaneded cd, 8 more songs tagged on from the 1974, "Good Times". A great listening experience.

One of his 70s best.

Elvis' studio albums are a strange lot. He would hold marathon recording sessions and then RCA would pick and choose from those sessions what would go on the records. While most of the music is great the albums themselves are sometimes uneven and incohesive. There's a "slapped-together" feel about them. A few exceptions would be "Elvis is Back," "From Elvis in Memphis," "That's the way it is" and, in my humble opinion this one, "Promised Land." The re-issue CD contained tracks from the "Good Times" album, recorded during the same Stax sessions. "Promised Land" has its share of filler material but overall it's a good, consistent set with one of his hardest-rocking tracks ever in the title cut. iTunes allows the freedom to cherry pick songs rather than having to buy a whole album, but if you're looking for a period-correct listening experience then this album (and the re-issue bonus tracks as well) is worth downloading. Enjoy!

Biography

Born: January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, MS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Elvis Presley may be the single most important figure in American 20th century popular music. Not necessarily the best, and certainly not the most consistent. But no one could argue with the fact that he was the musician most responsible for popularizing rock & roll on an international level. Viewed in cold sales figures, his impact was phenomenal. Dozens upon dozens of international smashes from the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s,...
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