You'll Never Walk Alone (Elvis Presley album)

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You'll Never Walk Alone
Elvis You'll Never Walk Alone.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedMarch 22, 1971 (1971-03-22)
GenreGospel
Length26:13
LabelRCA Camden
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old)
(1971)
You'll Never Walk Alone
(1971)
Love Letters from Elvis
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
MusicHound2.5/5 stars[2]

You'll Never Walk Alone is a compilation album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released in 1971 by RCA Records on their budget label, RCA Camden. The album contains primarily previously released gospel recordings by Presley dating back as far as 1957, plus two unreleased tracks.

The album reached number 69 on the Billboard 200 chart.[3] In the mid 1970s, RCA Records leased the rights to reissue certain recordings by Presley and other RCA artists on the Camden label to the budget reissue label Pickwick Records. You'll Never Walk Alone was reissued by Pickwick with its original cover art. Following Presley's death in 1977, RCA soon reclaimed the rights to their Pickwick/Camden recordings. You'll Never Walk Alone was first reissued on compact disc in 1987 on the RCA Camden label. RCA reissued the album on CD a second time in 2006 along with most of Elvis' other RCA Camden budget albums. At that time, this album was a big seller in the United Kingdom and reached a high position. It was certified Gold on March 27, 1992, Platinum on July 15, 1999, and 3x Platinum on January 6, 2004 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[4]

Content[edit]

The single "You'll Never Walk Alone", an adaptation of the Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers standard, was a minor hit for him in the late 1960s. Two previously unissued recordings are included: "Let Us Pray" from the soundtrack of Presley's 1969 film, Change of Habit and "Who Am I?", a leftover from the early-1969 recording sessions that produced his album From Elvis in Memphis.

The album is a companion to the RCA Camden reissued version of Elvis' Christmas Album, as it contains the four gospel recordings from the original 1957 release of that album, which were omitted from the 1970 RCA Camden reissue. The four gospel songs were first issued in 1957 as an RCA Victor EP titled "Peace in the Valley".

Although there would be further RCA Camden Presley collections, this was the final release that featured previously unreleased tracks. RCA would later release several unissued recordings in its Elvis: A Legendary Performer series beginning in 1974.

The track listing below shows the songs as they appeared on the second CD reissue of this album in 2006. The original 1971 LP included an additional song at the end of side 2, "Swing Down Sweet Chariot", taken from Elvis' 1969 movie The Trouble With Girls.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."You'll Never Walk Alone"Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard RodgersSeptember 11, 19672:45
2."Who Am I?"Rusty GoodmanFebruary 17, 19693:20
3."Let Us Pray" (from Change of Habit)Buddy Kaye and Ben WeismanMarch 5 & 6, 19693:01
4."(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley"Thomas A. DorseyJanuary 13, 19573:23
5."We Call on Him"Fred Karger, Sid Wayne and Ben WeismanSeptember 10 & 11, 19672:33
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."I Believe"Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al StillmanJanuary 12, 19572:06
2."It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)"Stuart HamblenJanuary 19, 19573:55
3."Sing You Children" (from Easy Come, Easy Go)Fred Burch and Gerald NelsonSeptember 28, 19662:14
4."Take My Hand, Precious Lord"Thomas A. DorseyJanuary 13, 19573:17
5."Swing Down Sweet Chariot"TraditionalOctober 31, 19602:34

References[edit]

  1. ^ You'll Never Walk Alone at AllMusic
  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.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "You'll Never Walk Alone Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "Searchable database". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America. 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013. Note: Enter search for "You'll Never Walk Alone"

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