Peace In The Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings/I'll Be Home For Christmas

Peace In The Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings/I'll Be Home For Christmas

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by Elvis Presley
     
 
In addition to being the king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley was also a devout Christian with a deep love for the gospel music with which he'd grown up. Throughout his career, he exercised his faith musically on an ongoing series of gospel recordings that showcased a lesser-known aspect of his immense talent. Indeed, Elvis never won a Grammy for his rock-'n'-roll

Overview

In addition to being the king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley was also a devout Christian with a deep love for the gospel music with which he'd grown up. Throughout his career, he exercised his faith musically on an ongoing series of gospel recordings that showcased a lesser-known aspect of his immense talent. Indeed, Elvis never won a Grammy for his rock-'n'-roll work, but he won three for his gospel performances. Presley's gospel discs maintained a consistent level of integrity and commitment that generally stood apart from the artistic peaks and valleys of his secular career. Even during periods when he regularly sleepwalked through uninspired pop tunes and movie-soundtrack fodder, the artist invested his devotional recordings with the utmost passion. And, just as he brought rock 'n' roll into the modern age by R&B and country, Elvis applied a vibrant sense of fusion to his gospel work, drawing from both black and white gospel traditions to make music that's truly distinctive and consistently moving. This three-CD, 87-song collection does a fine job of collecting virtually all of Presley's gospel recordings, including some rare live versions and tracks from the fabled Million Dollar Quartet session (with Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins). The programming and sound quality are fine, and the packaging is simple but attractive. Peace in the Valley's only misstep is the lack of any sort of annotation or recording info. That omission is deeply unfortunate, since liner notes would have amplified the set's mission of shedding some much-needed light on this oft-neglected aspect of Presley's recording career. The music, however, is highly recommended, still resonating with a passion and honesty that will threaten to make a believer out of the most reprobate rock-'n'-roll heathen.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
An expanded three-disc collection that attempts to trump a 1994 double-disc set (Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Songs) by offering virtually every single Elvis recording of a sacred song, Peace in the Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings accomplishes the mission in its title, but at a hefty price that won't appeal to any but the most obsessive-compulsive fan. Obviously, it includes each track from his three gospel LPs -- 1960's His Hand in Mine, 1967's How Great Thou Art, and 1972's He Touched Me -- plus scattered alternate takes that are previously unreleased. The third disc is padded out with an array of Elvis' sacred recordings that are easily available elsewhere, like the 13 gospel tracks on the raw Million Dollar Quartet session recorded at Sun in 1956, the "Gospel Medley" from his 1968 TV Special, and a version of "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley" originally aired on Ed Sullivan's television show. Though there's no doubt that Peace in the Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings is a complete set, most Elvis fans will gain little from owning it.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
Bmg / Elvis
UPC:
0078636799124
catalogNumber:
67991
Rank:
3322

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. His Hand in Mine
  2. I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs
  3. In My Father's House
  4. Milky White Way
  5. Known Only to Him
  6. I Believe in the Man in the Sky
  7. Joshua Fit the Battle
  8. He Knows Just What I Need
  9. Swing Down Sweet Chariot
  10. Mansion over the Hilltop
  11. If We Never Meet Again
  12. Working on the Building
  13. Crying in the Chapel
  14. How Great Thou Art
  15. In the Garden
  16. Somebody Bigger Than You and I
  17. Farther Along
  18. Stand by Me
  19. Without Him
  20. So High
  21. Where Could I Go But to the Lord
  22. By and By
  23. If the Lord Wasn't Walking by My Side
  24. Run On
  25. Where No One Stands Alone
  26. We Call on Him
  27. You'll Never Walk Alone
  28. Who Am I?
  29. Life

Disc 2

  1. Only Believe
  2. He Touched Me
  3. I've Got Confidence
  4. Amazing Grace
  5. Seeing Is Believing
  6. He Is My Everything
  7. Bosom of Abraham
  8. An Evening Party
  9. Lead Me, Guide Me
  10. There Is No God But God
  11. A Thing Called Love
  12. I, John
  13. Reach Out to Jesus
  14. Miracle of the Rosary
  15. Put Your Hand in the Hand
  16. I Got a Feelin' in My Body
  17. Help Me
  18. If That Isn't Love
  19. Help Me
  20. Why Me Lord?
  21. How Great Thou Art
  22. Farther Along
  23. Oh Happy Day
  24. I, John
  25. Bosom of Abraham
  26. You Better Run
  27. Lead Me, Guide Me
  28. Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus/Nearer My God to Thee

Disc 3

  1. When the Saints Go Marching In
  2. Just a Little Talk With Jesus
  3. Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley
  4. I Shall Not Be Moved
  5. Peace in the Valley
  6. Down by the Riverside
  7. Farther Along
  8. Blessed Jesus (Hold My Hand)
  9. On the Jericho Road
  10. I Just Can't Make It by Myself
  11. I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling
  12. When the Saints Go Marching In
  13. Softly and Tenderly
  14. Peace in the Valley
  15. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
  16. I Believe
  17. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
  18. I Asked the Lord
  19. He
  20. Oh, How I Love Jesus
  21. Show Me Thy Ways, O Lord
  22. Hide Thou Me
  23. Down by the Riverside/When the Saints Go Marchin' In
  24. Sing You Children
  25. Swing Down Sweet Chariot
  26. Let Us Pray
  27. Gospel Medley
  28. The Lord's Prayer
  29. How Great Thou Art
  30. Peace in the Valley

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Mylon LeFevre   Composer
Elvis Presley   Arranger,Composer
Paul Barnes   Composer
Larry Gatlin   Composer
Clara Ward   Composer
James Black   Composer
Dennis Ferrante   Remixing
Buddy Kaye   Composer
John Lange   Composer
John Newton   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen   Producer
Roger Semon   Producer
Sarah Adams   Composer
Earl Brown   Arranger
M. Christian   Composer
Fred Karger   Composer
Lou Baxter   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
Helen H. Lemmel   Composer
Albert Hay Malotte   Composer
Rev. William Herbert Brewster   Composer
Fred Burch   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Florence Kaye   Composer
Homer Morris   Composer
Gerald Nelson   Composer
C. Austin Miles   Composer
Paul Rader   Composer
Hazel Shade   Composer
Lillian M. Bowles   Composer
W.O. Hoyle   Composer
James B. Coats   Composer
Johnny Lange   Composer
C. Gabriel Battersby   Composer
Charles H. Gabriel   Composer
William J. Gaither   Composer
C. Derricks   Composer
Duncan   Composer

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Peace In The Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings/I'll Be Home For Christmas 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elvis wrote Milky White Way completely.If you dont believe me read the credits at the end of the Outsiders.I've heard by word of mouth that he wrote a lot of gospel songs.Elvis had an untrained opera voice. This means you can sing along to these songs. He was a brillant fusion song arranger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago