Promised Land Original recording remastered, Import
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À partir de 1973, l'état de santé d'Elvis Presley se dégrade progressivement. Il n'arrête pas de donner concert sur concert dans tous les États-Unis, et la pression est énorme. Pour autant, il n'en demeure pas moins créatif et entame une période marquée par moult hits. Le plus fameux de ses disques d'alors demeure le célèbre Aloha From Hawaii Vie Satellite, dont la retransmission télévisée du concert fut suivie par un milliard et demi de téléspectateurs. En 1973, Elvis Presley enregistre le plus qu'honnête Promised Land – dans les studios Stax de Memphis –, principalement marqué par sa chanson-titre, empruntée au répertoire de Chuck Berry, qui sortira en single et se classera immédiatement en bonne position au hit parade. Le CD est agrémenté de 8 titres, toujours enregistrés chez Stax. --Hervé Comte
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Well, yeah, it ought to be. And Elvis Presley's rendition of the title track is okay, although Berry's is better.
But the rest of the album is just plain awful. I'm sorry, but it is. And I'm sorry mainly because I have actually paid money for these bland, indistinguishable ballads and greasy Vegas-styled love songs from the "Bierstuben" of Bavaria.
Now, Presley was usually a pretty good balladeer, but hearing him croon his way through 17 more or less similar and extremely forgettable Julio Iglesias-like pop numbers and overblown country songs is excruciatingly dull. There are a couple of pretty decent performances among the bonus tracks, a good rendition of "Spanish Eyes" and "My Boy", which is really too much but has a nice melody. But the rest? Zzzzzzzzzz....
I know that "real" Elvis fans feel that people like me, who don't consider Presley to be the greatest thing ever, should be barred from writing reviews (and possibly shot). But I don't hate Elvis Presley...in fact, I think his early Sun singles and his tough 1968 comeback performances are some of the greatest rock n' roll you'll ever hear.
This album, however, suffers greatly from an almost total lack of really good material, and those of us who aren't blown away by the very sound of Presley's (sometimes overly honeyed) voice will find very little of interest on "Promised Land".
It seems like any songwriter with an ounce of talent must have been able to sell a handful of forgettable, saccharine pop songs to Presley around this time.
i bought this album in the quadraphonic formatt and the tracks are better in quad than in stereo, but no use beating a dead formatt, this is a good album.
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1-PROMISED LAND Elvis goes full steam on this Chuck Berry rocker. This particular mix is very groovy, with the echo effect and the backing vocals. For some reason, on the "Walk a Mile In My Shoes" 70s box, they used an alternate mix, without the echo and no backing vocals. Fine outtakes of this song are found on "Rhythm and Country" and "Platinum: A Life In Music"
2-THERE'S A HONKY TONK ANGEL This rather typical country song is elevated by Elvis' voice. Another example of the singer improving an otherwise ordinary tune.
3-HELP ME Elvis really identified with the words of this song, a pleasant easy-listening tune. It is rumored that Elvis was so into doing this one, he was literally down on his knees in the recording studio when recording this one.
4-MR. SONGMAN One of this CD's lesser moments, this is basically a throw-away number. It's not a BAD song, but very unmemorable.
5-LOVE SONG OF THE YEAR Another so-so country tune, again elevated by Elvis' pleasant voice.
6-IT'S MIDNIGHT An excellent ballad, Elvis lets his range get a good workout on this highlight.
7-YOUR LOVE'S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING Another fine song, again sung passionately by The King.
8-IF YOU TALK IN YOUR SLEEP One of the funkiest tracks Elvis recorded in the 70s, this features a nice horn arrangement.
9-THINKING ABOUT YOU Another fine ballad, again with a lot of compassion from Elvis.
10-YOU ASKED ME TO A catchy country number, this features a nice arrangement, and fine backing vocals (especially Kathy Westmoreland's soprano singing).
11-LOVING ARMS Recently recorded by the Dixie Chicks, it'd be no surprise if this particular recording was the inspiration of them doing so. Great vocals from Elvis.
12-I GOT A FEELING IN MY BODY Another funky tune, featuring inspired singing by Elvis and a nice echo effect.
13-IF THAT ISN'T LOVE A nice gospel ballad, sung with a lot of passion. Also of note is that it is the final gospel recording Elvis made in a recording studio.
14-SHE WEARS MY RING Another ordinary country song, again elevated by Presley's voice.
15-MY BOY For some reason, a lot of people like to dismiss this song as one of Elvis' lesser moments. I fail to agree... I think it's a WONDERFUL ballad and Elvis loved the song as well. In fact, he had performed it in concert months before finally recording it in the studio.
16-SPANISH EYES An old standard, Elvis sings it very well, but it's nothing memorable compared to the other tracks.
17-TALK ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES A very catchy song, this (along with "Promised Land" and "I Got a Feeling In My Body") shows that Elvis still had quite a rockin' feel in this point in time.
18-GOOD TIME CHARLIE'S GOT THE BLUES Another fine ballad, Elvis again seems to relate to the words of this one. Fine singing and a haunting way to end an album as well.
Nicely packaged with greatly improved sound when compared to the earlier CD releases of "Promised Land" and "Good Times", this is certainly worth the investment. Plus, it's a good starting point for those who want to hear Elvis in the 70s.
As with most of his '70s recordings, PROMISED LAND has a very "lush" background of instrumentals and vocals, but in my opinion this is seldom excessive ("My Boy" being an exception) and never is Elvis himself hard to hear. The stereo sound quality is very good, apart from an occasional background hiss.
PROMISED LAND is one of three albums that came from Elvis's 1973 "Stax Sessions" in Memphis. Actually, GOOD TIMES was the best album to come out of those sessions, but the CD of that album has only the original 10 songs on it, while tracks 11-18 on this re-issue of PROMISED LAND are the best songs from Good Times, making this CD a really great deal. The weakest of the Stax albums, but still well worth having, is Raised on Rock. And as of 2014 there's a 3-CD set combining ALL of Elvis's Stax sessions entitled Elvis At Stax: Deluxe Edition (3CD), so you can decide what is the best deal for you. These Stax sessions disprove the common notion that Elvis was no longer making good music by 1973. Listen to these recordings and hear that he was still The King.
Promised Land- 10/10 An awesome performance of the Chuck Berry classic and the best Elvis rock song from the '70s.
There's A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In)- 8/10 A great song, but my problem with it is the lack of drums.
Help Me- 10/10 One of his best gospel performances. You can tell he is singing from his heart on this one.
Mr. Songman- 10/10 My favorite song on the album. The song is so sad, yet so powerful.
Love Song Of The Year- 10/10 And if there was, indeed, an award for love songs of the year, this song would have won in the year 1975. Another sad song, and my 2nd favorite on the album.
It's Midnight- 10/10 The B-side to the Promised Land single, and what many fans call one of the best Elvis songs.
Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming- 9/10 A very average country song which is above average only because of the performance.
If You Talk In Your Sleep- 10/10 One of the funkiest performances Elvis ever did. This song just screams out Motown.
Thinking About You- A great love song with a folk-rock feel and a beautiful melody.
You Asked Me Two- A Waylon classic given a wonderful performance by the King.
The reissue of this album features several bonus tracks, which I will not comment on, but my favorites include My Boy, Loving Arms, Talk About The Good Times, and Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues.
This is what Elvis chose to record, he didn't just slip into a Vegas act, but continued to make astounding music up until his death. Elvis Presley is not known by today's audience for anything outside of his hits, while most of his great songs are found on the albums. This album should be in any music lovers collection.
Now, if you are a hardcore Elvis fan or are just interested in the rantings of one (me) then read on.
Like many Elvis releases, there are several competing versions of this CD. This (sadly out of print) 2000 reissue is without a doubt the best way to get the Promised Land album. (You can buy it used.) It contains all 18 of the master recordings created at the December 1973 Stax Studios sessions in Elvis' hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. I am convinced these were Elvis' best sessions of the 1970s. (You could also make a case for the 1970 sessions at Nashville's Studio B.) The band is hot, Elvis is emotionally engaged, and the producers and engineers captured it all perfectly.
The well considered song selection means that if you have this album and you have the comprehensive 5 CD 1970s box set "Walk A Mile in My Shoes" (which you should), you do not have to buy the album "Good Times".
So who is Ernst Jorgensen? He is the man responsible for bringing this wonderful order to Elvis' vast catalog. His exhaustive book on Elvis' recording sessions is required reading for the serious Elvis fan. He has worked with co-producer Roger Semon and sound engineer Dennis Ferante to create one well thought out, beautiful sounding Elvis release after another. On this disc and several others like it, the sound is masterful, the photos and liner notes are informative and entertaining, and the whole package adds to the enjoyment of the music. Thank you Mr. Jorgensen and thank you for reading this review.
But somehow, the recordings on PROMISED LAND cut in December of that year reveal Elvis in good voice, despite having lost most of its youthfulness.
The tracks on PROMISED LAND were also recorded in Memphis, and were a vast improvement over most of the songs that appeared on RAISED ON ROCK. PROMISED LAND was originally released in 1975, following the GOOD TIMES album, which featured other songs from the '73 Memphis sessions (and eight of them are on this upgraded reissue). Elvis had been focusing more on country and modern gospel music during this period, and less on the uptempo rock music that made him famous. He was familiar and happy with songs like "She Wears My Ring," which he often sung privately at home, and "Help Me," a contemporary Christian number by Gatlin brother Larry Gatlin). He gives sensitive readings of "Loving Arms," "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" and the divorce-themed ballad "My Boy" (the latter reflects the obvious pain he felt after leaving his wife Priscilla and his only child, daughter Lisa Marie). His excellent cover of Chuck Berry's rocker "Promised Land" reveals a performer at the peak of his powers, and not a performer in decline.
This 2000 reissue of PROMISED LAND is a good way to begin a collection of Elvis' 1970s recordings. The sound quality is a major improvement over the previous 1989 CD release, as Elvis' vocals and music accompaniment are heard clearly. The CD itself provides a late-career sampling of the music Elvis loved or had an influence on -- rock, R&B, country, MOR pop, and gospel -- and his range is demonstrated, both vocally and musically. He would never sound this good again.