Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Performances

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Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Performances
Compilation album by Elvis Presley
Released October 25, 1994
Recorded January 1957 – March 1972
Genre Gospel
Length 1:22:17
Label RCA Records
Producer Ernst Mikael Jorgensen
Roger Semon
Paul Williams
Elvis Presley chronology
From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters
(1993)
Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Performances
(1994)
Command Performances: The Essential 60's Masters II
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Performances is a two-disc compilation of studio master recordings by Elvis Presley released in 1994 on RCA Records, catalogue number 66421-2. It also includes a booklet with session details and an essay by Charles Wolfe. It was certified Gold, Platinum, and 2x Platinum on 7/15/1999 by the RIAA.

Contents[edit]

The set comprises recordings of gospel music made by Presley during his career. The contents of all three gospel albums Presley released in his lifetime are included, while other songs had appeared on singles, an extended play single, and other albums. The set also contains five previously unreleased selections, and the two discs present the studio masters in chronological session order.

Disc one contains the entirety of his two albums released respectively in 1960 and 1967, His Hand In Mine and How Great Thou Art. The other five tracks contain the four-song EP Peace in the Valley from 1957, incorporated later that year into his original Christmas album, and the 1965 hit single "Crying in the Chapel" which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Disc two contains the entirety of his 1972 album He Touched Me, with the five previously unreleased selections derived from a jam session captured on March 31, 1972, during the filming for Elvis on Tour. The songs "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "We Call On Him" were released as two sides of a single in time for Easter in 1968, and "Only Believe" and "Help Me" appeared as b-sides of singles in the 1970s but were excluded from the 1970s box set discs compiling his complete singles from that decade. The remaining five tracks appeared on Presley albums released during the 1970s, the songs "How Great Thou Art" and "Why Me Lord" being concert recordings.

This set accompanied RCA's mid-1990s compilation reissue program for Elvis Presley, including the five-disc box sets The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters, Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters, and the two-disc set anthologizing his 1960s soundtrack recordings, Command Performances: The Essential 60's Masters II. These nineteen compact discs contain 507 recordings total, a substantial percentage of Presley's career output.

All selections recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee, the Stax Recording Studio and the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee. Unknown location for the March 1972 jam session. Original recordings produced by Steve Sholes or Felton Jarvis.

Collective personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Chart positions for LPs from Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; positions for singles from Billboard Pop Singles chart.

Disc one[edit]

Track Recorded Original LP issue Catalog Release date Chart peak Song title Writer(s) Time
1
1/12/57 Elvis' Christmas Album LOC 1035 10/15/57
1
I Believe Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, Al Stillman 2:03
2
1/13/57 Elvis' Christmas Album LOC 1035 10/15/57
1
(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me) Thomas A. Dorsey 3:20
3
1/13/57 Elvis' Christmas Album LOC 1035 10/15/57
1
Take My Hand, Precious Lord Thomas A. Dorsey 3:19
4
1/19/57 Elvis' Christmas Album LOC 1035 10/15/57
1
It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) Stuart Hamblen 3:54
5
10/30/60 His Hand in Mine LSP 2328 11/10/60
13
Milky White Way traditional 2:12
6
10/30/60 His Hand in Mine LSP 2328 11/10/60
13
His Hand In Mine Mosie Lister 3:15
7
10/30/60 His Hand in Mine LSP 2328 11/10/60
13
I Believe in the Man in the Sky Richard Howard 2:11
8
10/30/60 His Hand in Mine LSP 2328 11/10/60
13
He Knows Just What I Need Mosie Lister 2:12
9
10/31/60 His Hand in Mine LSP 2328 11/10/60
13
Mansion Over the Hilltop Ira Stanphill 2:55
10
10/31/60 His Hand in Mine LSP 2328 11/10/60
13
In My Father's House Aileene Hanks 2:03
11
10/31/60 His Hand in Mine LSP 2328 11/10/60
13
Joshua Fit the Battle traditional 2:39
12
10/31/60 His Hand in Mine LSP 2328 11/10/60
13
Swing Down Sweet Chariot traditional 2:32
13
10/31/60 His Hand in Mine LSP 2328 11/10/60
13
I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs Cully Holt 1:50
14
10/31/60 His Hand in Mine LSP 2328 11/10/60
13
If We Never Meet Again Alfred E. Brumley 1:58
15
10/31/60 His Hand in Mine LSP 2328 11/10/60
13
Known Only to Him Stuart Hamblen 2:07
16
10/31/60 His Hand in Mine LSP 2328 11/10/60
13
Working on the Building Hoyle Bowles 1:52
17
10/31/60 47-0643 4/6/65
3
Crying in the Chapel Artie Glenn 2:24
18
5/25/66 How Great Thou Art LSP 3758 2/20/67
18
Run On traditional 2:21
19
5/25/66 How Great Thou Art LSP 3758 2/20/67
18
How Great Thou Art Stuart K. Hine 3:00
20
5/26/66 How Great Thou Art LSP 3758 2/20/67
18
Stand By Me traditional 2:26
21
5/26/66 How Great Thou Art LSP 3758 2/20/67
18
Where No One Stands Alone Mosie Lister 2:42
22
5/27/66 How Great Thou Art LSP 3758 2/20/67
18
So High traditional 1:56
23
5/27/66 How Great Thou Art LSP 3758 2/20/67
18
Farther Along traditional 4:04
24
5/27/66 How Great Thou Art LSP 3758 2/20/67
18
By And By traditional 1:49
25
5/27/66 How Great Thou Art LSP 3758 2/20/67
18
In the Garden C. Austin Miles 3:11
26
5/27/66 How Great Thou Art LSP 3758 2/20/67
18
Somebody Bigger Than You and I Hy Heath, Sonny Burke, Johnny Lange 2:25
27
5/27/66 How Great Thou Art LSP 3758 2/20/67
18
Without Him Mylon LeFevre 2:27
28
5/28/66 How Great Thou Art LSP 3758 2/20/67
18
If The Lord Wasn't Walking By My Side Henry Slaughter 1:36
29
5/28/66 How Great Thou Art LSP 3758 2/20/67
18
Where Could I Go But to the Lord? J.B. Coats 3:36

Disc two[edit]

Track Recorded Original LP issue Catalog Release date Chart peak Song title Writer(s) Time
1
9/11/67 47-9600b 3/68 We Call On Him Fred Karger, Sid Wayne, Ben Weisman 2:31
2
9/11/67 47-9600 3/68
90
You'll Never Walk Alone Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers 2:43
3
6/8/70 47-9985b 5/25/71 Only Believe Paul Rader 2:47
4
3/15/71 He Touched Me LSP 4690 4/3/72
79
Amazing Grace John Newton 3:34
5
5/15/71 Elvis Now LSP 4671 2/20/72
43
Miracle of the Rosary Lee Denson 1:50
6
5/17/71 He Touched Me LSP 4690 4/3/72
79
Lead Me, Guide Me Doris Akers 2:39
7
5/18/71 74-0651 3/72 He Touched Me William J. Gaither 2:39
8
5/18/71 He Touched Me LSP 4690 4/3/72
79
I've Got Confidence Andrae Crouch 2:20
9
5/18/71 He Touched Me LSP 4690 4/3/72
79
An Evening Prayer C. Gabriel Battersby and Charles H. Gabriel 1:54
10
5/19/71 He Touched Me LSP 4690 4/3/72
79
Seeing Is Believing Red West and Glen Spreen 2:53
11
5/18/71 He Touched Me LSP 4690 4/3/72
79
A Thing Called Love Jerry Hubbard 2:23
12
6/8/71 Elvis Now LSP 4671 2/20/72
43
Put Your Hand in the Hand Gene MacLellan 3:15
13
6/8/71 He Touched Me LSP 4690 4/3/72
79
Reach Out to Jesus Ralph Carmichael 3:14
14
6/9/71 He Touched Me LSP 4690 4/3/72
79
He Is My Everything Dallas Frazier 2:39
15
6/9/71 He Touched Me LSP 4690 4/3/72
79
There Is No God But God Bill Kenny 2:17
16
6/9/71 He Touched Me LSP 4690 4/3/72
79
I, John William J. Gaither 2:15
17
6/9/71 74-0651b 3/72 Bosom of Abraham W. Johnson, G. McFadden, P. Brooks 1:35
18
12/12/73 APBO 0280b 5/10/74 Help Me Larry Gatlin 2:27
19
12/16/73 Good Times CPL1 0475 3/20/74
90
If That Isn't Love Dottie Rambo 3:39
20
3/20/74 On Stage In Memphis CPL1 0606 7/7/74
33
Why Me Lord Kris Kristofferson 2:52
21
3/20/74 On Stage In Memphis CPL1 0606 7/7/74
33
How Great Thou Art Stuart K. Hine 3:34
22
3/31/72 previously unreleased I, John William J. Gaither 2:11
23
3/31/72 previously unreleased Bosom of Abraham W. Johnson, G. McFadden, P. Brooks 0:53
24
3/31/72 previously unreleased You Better Run traditional 2:09
25
3/31/72 previously unreleased Lead Me, Guide Me Doris Akers 2:36
26
3/31/72 previously unreleased Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus/Nearer My God to Thee Helen Lemmel / Sarah Flower Adams and John Bacchus Dykes 2:52

References[edit]

Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley, A Life In Music. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; ISBN 0-312-18572-3

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