Promised Land (Elvis Presley album)

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Promised Land
Elvis Presley Promised Land.jpg
Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released January 8, 1975 (1975-01-08)
Recorded December 10–15, 1973
Length 28:17
Label RCA Victor
Producer Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis: As Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis
(1974)
Promised Land
(1975)
Today
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
MusicHound 2.5/5 stars[2]
Rough Guides 4/5 stars[3]

Promised Land is a 1975 album by Elvis Presley on RCA Records. It was recorded in December 1973 at Stax Records studios in Memphis and released on Presley's 40th birthday. The material was the second pick from the December 1973 session, as the songs considered strongest had been issued on Good Times. The title track, a cover of the 1965 hit by Chuck Berry, was issued earlier as a single on September 27, 1974, and hit number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK top ten. Its flip side, "Its Midnight", reached 9 on the Country Charts. Another hit single from the album was "If You Talk in Your Sleep" reaching 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the US the album only reached number 47 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, but reached 1 in Billboard's Top Country LPs chart. The album also reached 1 in the Country Cashbox albums chart. In the UK the album reached 21.

In 2011, the FTD (Follow That Dream) collectors label released an expanded, 48-track version of the album including outtakes.

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Promised Land"   Chuck Berry December 15, 1973 2:57
2. "There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who'll Take Me Back In)"   Troy Seals, Danny Rice December 15, 1973 3:01
3. "Help Me"   Larry Gatlin December 12, 1973 2:27
4. "Mr. Songman"   Donnie Sumner December 12, 1973 2:08
5. "Love Song of the Year"   Chris Christian December 12, 1973 3:33
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "It's Midnight"   Billy Edd Wheeler, Jerry Chesnut December 10, 1973 3:21
2. "Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming"   Rory Bourke December 15, 1973 3:47
3. "If You Talk in Your Sleep"   Red West, Johnny Christopher December 11, 1973 2:35
4. "Thinking About You"   Tim Baty December 12, 1973 3:00
5. "You Asked Me To"   Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver December 11, 1973 2:52

Follow That Dream CD reissue[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "Promised Land"    
2. "There's A Honky Tonk Angel"    
3. "Help Me"    
4. "Mr. Songman"    
5. "Love Song Of The Year"    
6. "It's Midnight"    
7. "Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming"    
8. "If You Talk In Your Sleep"    
9. "Thinking About You"    
10. "You Asked Me To"    
11. "Promised Land" (takes 3, 4)  
12. "There's A Honky Tonk Angel" (take 4/composite 5, 3, 8)  
13. "Help Me" (take 1 remixed)  
14. "Mr. Songman" (take 2)  
15. "Love Song Of The Year" (take 1)  
16. "It's Midnight" (take 7)  
17. "Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming" (take 10)  
18. "If You Talk In Your Sleep" (take 5)  
19. "Thinking About You" (take 4)  
20. "You Asked Me To" (take 3A)  
21. "Promised Land" (take 5)  
22. "Love Song Of The Year" (takes 3, 4, 6, 7)  
23. "It's Midnight" (take 11)  
24. "You Asked Me To" (take 2B)  
Disc two
No. Title Length
1. "It's Midnight" (takes 1-4, 8, 9)  
2. "Love Song Of The Year"    
3. "Thinking About You" (takes 2, 3)  
4. "You Asked Me To" (take 1)  
5. "Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming" (takes 2, 3, 4)  
6. "Promised Land" (take 2)  
7. "Mr. Songman" (take 1)  
8. "There's A Honky Tonk Angel" (take 1)  
9. "If You Talk In Your Sleep" (takes 6, 9 undubbed)  
10. "It's Midnight" (take 10)  
11. "Thinking About You" (takes 5, 6)  
12. "Love Song Of The Year" (take 2)  
13. "You Asked Me To" (take 3B)  
14. "There's A Honky Tonk Angel" (takes 6, 7, 8 rough mix)  
15. "Mr. Songman" (takes 3, 5)  
16. "Promised land" (take 6 undubbed)  
17. "Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming" (takes 8, 9 unedited undubbed)  

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 892. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  3. ^ Simpson, Paul (2004). The Rough Guide to Elvis. London: Rough Guides. p. 150. ISBN 1-84353-417-7. 
  4. ^ "Elvis Presley Albums". Softshoe-slim.com. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 

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