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Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Songs

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Elvis Presley 10//1994

Review

Elvis recorded quite a bit of gospel over the course of his career, and this two-CD, 55-song set has the bulk of it. Most of this is drawn from his three gospel LPs (His Hand in Mine, 1960; How Great Thou Art, 1967; He Touched Me, 1972), as well as a 1957 EP. Presley was undoubtedly heavily influenced by gospel (at times he indicated regret at not having chosen to become a gospel singer), and this material has played pretty well with critics. Elvis sings with skill and reasonable commitment, and the backing musicians include such Elvis/Nashville standbys as Scotty Moore, Hank Garland, Floyd Cramer, Charlie McCoy, Pete Drake, the Jordanaires, and James Burton. At the same time, let's have a reality check here. Rock- and pop-oriented fans are going to find this two-and-a-half-hour set tough going, unless they have a taste for spirituals as well. Things get a little more accessible when the tempos brighten, but often it's on the sedate side. For both collectors and listeners, highlights of the collection are five previously unreleased tracks from 1972. Recorded with only Charlie Hodges on piano and J.D. Sumner & the Stamps on backing vocals, they present Presley's gospel at its sparsest and most spontaneous. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I Believe Elvis Presley 2:4
  3. 2 Peace in the Valley Elvis Presley 3:22
  4. 3 Take My Hand, Precious Lord Elvis Presley 3:18
  5. 4 It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) Elvis Presley 3:55
  6. 5 Milky White Way Elvis Presley 2:14
  7. 6 His Hand in Mine Elvis Presley 3:15
  8. 7 I Believe in the Man in the Sky Elvis Presley 2:13
  9. 8 He Knows Just What I Need Elvis Presley 2:13
  10. 9 Mansion Over the Hilltop Elvis Presley 2:57
  11. 10 In My Father's House Elvis Presley 2:5
  12. 11 Joshua Fit the Battle Elvis Presley 2:41
  13. 12 Swing Down Sweet Chariot Elvis Presley 2:34
  14. 13 I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs Elvis Presley 1:52
  15. 14 If We Never Meet Again Elvis Presley 1:59
  16. 15 Known Only to Him Elvis Presley 2:8
  17. 16 Working on the Building Elvis Presley 1:55
  18. 17 Crying in the Chapel Elvis Presley 2:25
  19. 18 Run On Elvis Presley 2:23
  20. 19 How Great Thou Art Elvis Presley 3:2
  21. 20 Stand by Me Elvis Presley 2:28
  22. 21 Where No One Stands Alone Elvis Presley 2:44
  23. 22 So High Elvis Presley 1:57
  24. 23 Farther Along Elvis Presley 4:6
  25. 24 By and By Elvis Presley 1:51
  26. 25 In the Garden Elvis Presley 3:9
  27. 26 Somebody Bigger Than You and I Elvis Presley 2:26
  28. 27 Without Him Elvis Presley 2:29
  29. 28 If the Lord Wasn't Walking by My Side Elvis Presley 1:39
  30. 29 Where Could I Go But to the Lord Elvis Presley 3:36
  31. 1 We Call on Him Elvis Presley 2:32
  32. 2 You'll Never Walk Alone Elvis Presley 2:44
  33. 3 Only Believe Elvis Presley 2:50
  34. 4 Amazing Grace Elvis Presley 3:36
  35. 5 Miracle of the Rosary Elvis Presley 1:52
  36. 6 Lead Me, Guide Me Elvis Presley 2:41
  37. 7 He Touched Me Elvis Presley 2:40
  38. 8 I've Got Confidence Elvis Presley 2:21
  39. 9 An Evening Prayer Elvis Presley 1:56
  40. 10 Seeing Is Believing Elvis Presley 2:54
  41. 11 A Thing Called Love Elvis Presley 2:26
  42. 12 Put Your Hand in the Hand Elvis Presley 3:16
  43. 13 Reach Out to Jesus Elvis Presley 3:15
  44. 14 He Is My Everything Elvis Presley 2:41
  45. 15 There Is No God But God Elvis Presley 2:19
  46. 16 I, John Elvis Presley 2:17
  47. 17 Bosom of Abraham Elvis Presley 1:36
  48. 18 Help Me Elvis Presley 2:29
  49. 19 If That Isn't Love Elvis Presley 3:31
  50. 20 Why Me Lord? Elvis Presley 2:53
  51. 21 How Great Thou Art Elvis Presley 3:34
  52. 22 I, John [Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 2:13
  53. 23 Bosom of Abraham [Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 0:53
  54. 24 You Better Run [Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 1:52
  55. 25 Lead Me, Guide Me [Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 2:53
  56. 26 Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus/Nearer My God to Thee [Previously Unreleased] Elvis Presley 2:51

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