PROMISED LAND

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Category: Studio Recordings
Original Recording Date: 1973
FTD Release Date: December 2011
Recording Location: Memphis, TN
FTD Release Format: 2-CD with Book
    Disc 1
    Promised Land
    There's A Honky Tonk Angel
    Help Me
    Mr. Songman
    Love Song Of The Year
    It's Midnight
    Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming
    If You Talk In Your Sleep
    Thinking About You
    You Asked Me To
    Promised Land (takes 3,4)
    There's A Honky Tonk Angel (take 4/composite 5,3,8)
    Help Me (take 1 remixed)
    Mr. Songman (take 2)
    Love Song Of The Year (take 1)
    It's Midnight (take 7)
    Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming (take 10)
    If You Talk In Your Sleep (take 5)
    Thinking About You (take 4)
    You Asked Me To (take 3A)
    Promised Land (take 5)
    Love Song Of The Year (takes 3,4,6,7)
    It's Midnight (take 11)
    You Asked Me To (take 2B)
    Disc 2
    It's Midnight (takes 1-4,8,9)
    Love Song Of The Year
    Thinking About You ( takes 2,3)
    You Asked Me To (take 1)
    Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming (takes 2,3,4)
    Promised Land (take 2)
    Mr. Songman (take 1)
    There's A Honky Tonk Angel (take 1)
    If You Talk In Your Sleep (takes 6, 9 undubbed)
    It's Midnight (take 10)
    Thinking About You (takes 5,6)
    Love Song Of The Year (take 2)
    You Asked Me To (take 3B)
    There's A Honky Tonk Angel (takes 6,7,8 rough mix)
    Mr. Songman (takes 3,5)
    Promised land (take 6 undubbed )
    Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming (takes 8, 9 unedited undubbed)
    In 1973, Elvis booked sessions at Memphis' famous Stax Studios, where Booker T. & the MGs, Otis Redding, and numerous other soul stars had recorded hits. Unfortunately, initial efforts to have Elvis work with the Stax stable of musicians yielded few usable tracks and Elvis soon called in his stage band to finish the sessions. The results can be heard on the albums "Good Times, Raised On Rock" and "Promised Land." Like most of Elvis' 70s recordings, "Promised Land" is an eclectic mix reflecting Elvis' many musical enthusiasms. The ten songs that make up this album run the gamut from country heartbreak songs ("There's a Honky Tonk Angel" and "Mr. Songman"), to carnal white funk ("If You Talk in Your Sleep"), to heartfelt gospel ("Help Me"), to schmaltzy pop ("Love Song of the Year" and "It's Midnight"). While the performances on "Promised Land" are uniformly excellent, the material is a mixed bag of strong material and throwaways.


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