His Hand in Mine

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His Hand in Mine
Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released November 10, 1960
Recorded October 30 & 31, 1960
Genre Gospel
Length 28:08
Label RCA Victor
Producer Steve Sholes
Elvis Presley chronology
G.I. Blues
(1960)
His Hand in Mine
(1960)
Something for Everybody
(1961)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

His Hand in Mine is the twelfth studio album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 2328, in November 1960. It was the first of three gospel music albums that Presley would issue during his lifetime. Recording sessions took place on October 30 and 31, 1960, at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. It peaked at #13 on the Top Pop Albums chart. It was certified Gold on April 9, 1969 and Platinum on March 27, 1992 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]

Content[edit]

Presley had a lifelong, fundamental love of church music, and often used it to rehearse and loosen up before concerts and at the beginning of recording sessions.[3] Presley had earlier devoted an extended play single, Peace in the Valley, to his love for gospel songs, and was eager to record a full album of this music. This fit well with the plans of Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, to steer his client into a family-friendly image as he switched Presley's career concentration toward movie stardom in Hollywood.[4]

All the selections for His Hand In Mine were completed in one fourteen-hour session. The songs "Surrender" and "Crying in the Chapel" were recorded during the session, but withheld for issue as singles. "Surrender" would be his first single of 1961 and top the chart, but "Crying in the Chapel" would wait until April 1965 to be issued, going to #3 on the chart. Presley later re-recorded "Swing Down Sweet Chariot" (not to be confused with the popular "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot") for the soundtrack of his 1969 film, The Trouble with Girls.[5]

This album was reissued on vinyl under a new catalogue number ANL1-1319 by RCA in 1976. It has a completely different front photo, and the back photos were replaced with advertising of many different available albums from RCA. It does contain exactly the same tracks as the original issue.[6]

On March 11, 2008, RCA issued a remastered version of this album for compact disc, adding as bonus tracks the four songs which had originally appeared on that 1957 EP single Peace in the Valley, its contents later incorporated into Elvis' Christmas Album. The Presley fan-club label Follow That Dream issued an extended two-disc version the same year.

The song "In My Father's House" was arranged and adapted by Elvis Presley which was published by Elvis Presley Music.

Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "His Hand In Mine"   Mosie Lister October 30, 1960 3:15
2. "I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs"   Cully Holt October 31, 1960 1:50
3. "In My Father's House"   Aileene Hanks (Arranged and adapted by Elvis Presley) October 31, 1960 2:03
4. "Milky White Way"   Landers Coleman October 30, 1960 2:12
5. "Known Only to Him"   Stuart Hamblen October 31, 1960 2:07
6. "I Believe in the Man in the Sky"   Richard Howard October 30, 1960 2:11
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Joshua Fit the Battle"   Traditional October 31, 1960 2:39
2. "He Knows Just What I Need"   Mosie Lister October 30, 1960 2:12
3. "Swing Down Sweet Chariot"   Traditional October 31, 1960 2:32
4. "Mansion Over the Hilltop"   Ira Stanphill October 31, 1960 2:55
5. "If We Never Meet Again"   Albert E. Brumley October 31, 1960 1:58
6. "Working on the Building"   Hoyle Bowles October 31, 1960 1:52

2008 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

Tracks 1-12 consist of the original album's content. The following bonus tracks were original issued on the Peace in the Valley EP:
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
13. "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)"   Thomas A. Dorsey January 13, 1957 3:22
14. "It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)"   Stuart Hamblen January 19, 1957 3:53
15. "I Believe"   Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, Al Stillman January 12, 1957 2:05
16. "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"   Thomas A. Dorsey January 13, 1957 3:16

2008 Follow That Dream reissue[edit]

Disc1
The album
No. Title Length
1. "His Hand in Mine" (Mosie Lister) 3:17
2. "I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs" (Cully Holt) 1:52
3. "In My Father's House (Are Many Mansions)"   2:06
4. "Milky White Way" (Arranged and adapted by Elvis Presley) 2:15
5. "Known Only to Him" (Stuart Hamblen) 2:09
6. "I Believe in the Man in the Sky" (Richard Howard) 2:14
7. "Joshua Fit the Battle" (Arranged and adapted by Elvis Presley) 2:40
8. "He Knows Just What I Need" (Mosie Lister) 2:13
9. "Swing Down Sweet Chariot" (Arranged and adapted by Elvis Presley) 2:33
10. "Mansion over the Hilltop" (Ira Stamphill) 2:57
11. "If We Never Meet Again" (Albert E. Brumley) 1:59
12. "Working on the Building" (W.O. Hoyle/Lillian Bowles) 1:54
The singles
No. Title Length
13. "Surrender" (Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman) 1:55
14. "Crying in the Chapel" (Artie Glenn) 2:27

First takes
No. Title Length
15. "His Hand in Mine" (take 1) 3:41
16. "I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs" (take 1) 1:59
17. "Milky White Way" (takes 1*, 2*, 3) 3:05
18. "Known Only to Him" (takes 1, 2) 2:26
19. "I Believe in the Man in the Sky" (take 1) 2:27
20. "Joshua Fit the Battle" (take 1) 2:52
21. "He Knows Just What I Need" (take 1) 2:02
22. "Mansion over the Hilltop" (takes 2*, 1) 4:04
23. "If We Never Meet Again" (take 1) 2:02
24. "Working on the Building" (take 1) 2:01
25. "Surrender" (take 1) 2:01
Disc 2
Session outtakes
No. Title Length
1. "Milky White Way" (takes 4, 6*, 5) 3:27
2. "His Hand in Mine" (takes 2*, 3*) 2:05
3. "His Hand in Mine" (takes 4) 3:39
4. "His Hand in Mine" (take 5) 3:23
5. "I Believe in the Man in the Sky" (takes 2*, 3*, 4) 4:02
6. "He Knows Just What I Need" (takes 2*, 3*, 4*) 3:46
7. "He Knows Just What I Need" (takes 5*, 6, 7) 3:43
8. "He Knows Just What I Need" (take 8*) 2:20
9. "Surrender" (take 2) 2:00
10. "Surrender" (takes 3*, 5, 6) 3:33
11. "Surrender" (take 7*) 1:46
12. "Surrender" (takes 8*, 9) 2:38
13. "Surrender" (WP takes 2/1*, 3*, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*) 4:32
14. "In My Father's House (Are Many Mansions)" (takes 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*) 3:07
15. "In My Father's House (Are Many Mansions)" (takes 5*, 6*) 1:47
16. "In My Father's House (Are Many Mansions)" (take 7) 2:19
17. "Joshua Fit the Battle" (take 2) 2:56
18. "Joshua Fit the Battle" (take 3*) 2:00
19. "Swing Down Sweet Chariot" (take 1*) 2:48
20. "Swing Down Sweet Chariot" (takes 2, 3) 2:58
21. "I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs" (takes 2, 3) 2:34
22. "I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs" (take 4*) 2:12
23. "I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs" (take 5) 2:05
24. "Known Only to Him" (takes 3*, 4*, 5) 3:46
25. "Crying in the Chapel" (take 1*) 1:35
26. "Crying in the Chapel" (takes 2, 3-M) 3:16
27. "Working on the Building" (take 2*) 2:17
28. "Working on the Building" (takes 3*, 4) 2:26
* previously unissued

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Searchable database". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America. 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013.  Note: Enter search for "His Hand in Mine"
  3. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; p. 75, 328.
  4. ^ Jorgensen, p. 132-3.
  5. ^ Carr, Roy, and Farren, Mick. Elvis the Illustrated Record. London: Harmony Books, 1982; pp. 97, 106–107.
  6. ^ "His Hand in Mine". The Elvis Presley Record Research Database. 2009-2013 elvisrecords.us. 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 

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