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Elvis : The Gospel Collection is a great collection with a couple of surprises

By: Manuel Quinones
Source: Elvis Australia
November 30, 2010 - 12:59:15 PM
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Elvis : The Gospel Collection is a great collection of gospel songs. The CD has 16 selections, both studio and live versions of How Great Thou Art and a couple of surprises. The first is the live medley performance of three gospel songs, not available elsewhere in this sequence, Help Me (Live); Why Me Lord (Live); How Great Thou Art (Live) and O Little Town of Bethlehem is from the Elvis Christmas Duets CD with Karen Fairchild & Kimberly Schlapman (uncredited). The sound quality is incredible. Sony outdid themselves with this CD release.

An exceptional CD; buy it.

With the inclusion of O Little Town of Bethlehem from the Elvis Christmas Duets CD with Karen Fairchild & Kimberly Schlapman (which is uncredited apart from singled out for copyright 2008) this would seem to back up our thinking that the three songs Winter Wonderland, The First Noel and If I Get Home On Christmas Day on the Blue Christmas CD that are also credited to 2008 are unused overdubbed tracks from the Christmas Duets sessions. And this is no problem Winter Wonderland as you can hear in the sample below.

Reviewed by Manuel Quinones. Edited by David Troedson.

Elvis Presley MP3 Audio Winter Wonderland (2008) Pop Up Window (02:27). 

Elvis : The Gospel Collection CD

Elvis : The Gospel Collection CD(There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
His Hand In Mine
Swing Down Sweet Chariot
Milky White Way
Joshua Fit The Battle
Crying In The Chapel
How Great Thou Art (Studio)
So High
Without Him
Bosom Of Abraham
He Touched Me
Help Me (Live)
Why Me Lord (Live)
How Great Thou Art (Live)
Amazing Grace
I Believe
O Come, All Ye Faithful
O Little Town Of Bethlehem (2008) with Karen Fairchild & Kimberly Schlapman.


Sony Music have released the CD, 'Blue Christmas'. The CD features 16 tracks with three being clearly different with new orchestra string arrangements. And sounding very nice. Winter Wonderland, The First Noel and If I Get Home On Christmas Day. As each has the year 2008 after the title it maybe these are taken from unused overdubbed tracks from the Christmas Duets release in 2008. However there is a credit 'Thanks to Roger Semon and FTD' so they may have provided some alternate takes. But they do sound more like overdubs, but from 1971 or 2008? Released at the same time is the Elvis : The Gospel Collection CD.

Elvis Presley Video Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.

Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.

This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.

The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.