Elvis Now

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Elvis Now
Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released February 20, 1972 (February 20, 1972)
Recorded January 22 1969 – June 8 1971
Genre Rock
Length 31:34
Label RCA Victor
Producer Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas
(1971)
Elvis Now
(1972)
He Touched Me
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Amazon.com 4/5 stars[2]
CD Universe 4.3/5 stars[3]

Elvis Now is a gold-selling Elvis Presley album from 1972. Despite the "now" in the title, the tracks on this album were recorded anywhere from one to three years before its release. The Beatles' "Hey Jude" was a leftover from the legendary sessions at the American Studio in Memphis in early 1969 and, judging by its casual performance, not intended for an album release. "Sylvia" and "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago" were recorded during the Nashville "marathon" sessions of June 1970 (the latter had been released in fragmentary form on the Elvis Country album). The rest of the songs emanate from the more recent sessions held at RCA Studio B in Nashville in March, May, and June 1971.

Unlike Elvis' other albums of that period (Elvis Country, He Touched Me and Elvis sings The Wonderful World of Christmas, each dedicated to a particular genre) Elvis Now encompasses a variety of genres, including country, gospel, soul and pop.

The only single from the album, "Until It's Time for You to Go" / "We Can Make The Morning" reached number 9 on the Adult Contemporary Chart in the US in March 1972 and number 5 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1972. The album was certified Gold on March 27, 1992 by the RIAA. "Sylvia" became a big hit for Elvis in Brazil in the 70s;

In 2010 an extended version of the album was released as part of the FTD collector series. It consists of the original 1972 album and a number of bonus tracks, originating from the 1971 Nashville sessions: two non-album singles from 1971 ("I'm Leavin'" and "It's Only Love"), a b-side from the upcoming "An American Trilogy" single ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face") as well as plenty of outtakes, including "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" informal jam, lasting more than nine minutes (its shortened version having been included on the 1973 Elvis album).

Track listings[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Help Me Make It Through the Night"   Kris Kristofferson May 16, 1971 2:49
2. "Miracle of the Rosary"   L. Deanson May 15, 1971 1:52
3. "Hey Jude"   John Lennon, Paul McCartney January 22, 1969 4:31
4. "Put Your Hand in the Hand"   Gene MacLellan June 8, 1971 3:17
5. "Until It's Time for You to Go"   Buffy Sainte-Marie May 17, 1971 3:59
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "We Can Make The Morning"   Jay Ramsey May 20, 1971 3:56
2. "Early Mornin' Rain"   Gordon Lightfoot March 15, 1971 2:57
3. "Sylvia"   Geoff Stephens, Les Reed June 8, 1970 3:18
4. "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"   Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom May 18, 1971 3:18
5. "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago"   adapted and arranged by Elvis Presley June 4, 1970 3:12

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2010 Reissue (FTD)[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "Help Me Make It Through the Night"    
2. "Miracle of the Rosary"    
3. "Hey Jude"    
4. "Put Your Hand in the Hand"    
5. "Until It's Time for You to Go"    
6. "We Can Make The Morning"    
7. "Early Mornin' Rain"    
8. "Sylvia"    
9. "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"    
10. "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago"    
11. "I'm Leavin'"    
12. "It's Only Love"    
13. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"    
14. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (unedited master)  
15. "Help Me Make It Through The Night" (takes 8-10)  
16. "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)" (takes 11, 12 & 14)  
17. "Lady Madonna"    
Disc two
No. Title Length
1. "Help Me Make It Through The Night" (takes 1-3)  
2. "Early Mornin' Rain" (Takes 1, 2 & 9)  
3. "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)" (takes 5 & 6)  
4. "Until It's Time For You To Go" (takes 1-5)  
5. "I'm Leavin'" (take 1)  
6. "It's Only Love" (takes 1-4)  
7. "I Shall Be Released"    
8. "It's Only Love" (takes 6 & 7)  
9. "Help Me Make It Through The Night" (takes 4-7)  
10. "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)" (takes 8 & 9)  
11. "Put Your Hand In The Hand" (take 1)  
12. "It's Only Love" (takes 8 & 9)  
13. "Miracle Of The Rosary" (take 1)  
14. "Until It's Time For You To Go" (takes 6 & 7)  
15. "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)" (take 10)  
16. "Early Morning Rain" (take 11)  
17. "Help Me Make It Through The Night" (take 15)  
18. "I'm Leavin'" (takes 2 & 3)  

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Elvis Now at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Elvis Now: Elvis Presley: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  3. ^ "Elvis Presley - Elvis Now". Cduniverse.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Elvis Presley Albums". Softshoe-slim.com. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Elvis Now : FTD Special Edition 2 CD". shop.elvis.com.au. Retrieved 2012-05-13.