Promised Land came from the last studio recordings that Elvis Presley ever made in Memphis, the city where his fame and his legend started. The December Stax Take Back Its Over - Larry Gatlin - High Time (Vinyl sessions showed him, as he had on From Elvis in Memphis, reaching out to publishers other than those he owned for songs, and the repertory embraces material by Chuck Berry, Waylon Jennings, and Larry Gatlin, among others. With the best players on hand and an upbeat mood when these songs were cut, and the singer himself lean and rested after a couple of years of concertizing, the vibes throughout this album were positive and then some.
Elvis sounds bold and confident in ways that make this album a diverting, if not profoundly exciting experience. As it turned out, Today would be the last full studio album Elvis Presley recorded in his life. Studio C with his longtime producer Felton Jarvis and settled in to knock out ten songs over the course of three Album). Nevertheless, these era-specific concerns fade over time and leave Today standing as an excellent latter-day Elvis album. By Elvis LP recording at home in Graceland, cutting what would be the final recordings of his career.
Still, this is hardly the album to begin your collection with. Issued two months before Presley died, the album sold moderately well until Presley died — then it soared up the charts to number three, as his most current album, and it ultimately sold two million copies. As to the music, the original ten-song album was a mixed bag of live recordings, interspersed with new studio work from the previous fall at Graceland. For all of its slapped-together feel, however, Moody Blue held up.
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Despite the declining album sales, Moe would continue to crack the top twenty with his singles, and starting Album) would put together a decent run of top ten singles.
The song is not a typical song for Moe, but it is a thoughtful song that makes for a good album track:. It is a little unusual that the song was written by a woman, Phyllis Powell, but Phyllis shows that she truly understands …. Needless to say, Moe handles both of these with aplomb. This was the second single released from the album, reaching 11 in the US; however, our Canadian cousins rocketed this song to 2.
For whatever reason, I seemed to miss this song when it was receiving radio airplay. As far as I can recall, Larry never recorded the song himself — actually it sounds like a song intended for George Jones. The song is a great slow ballad that should have been a hit for someone. The production on this album sounds like it was meant for the Jones, but Moe does a fine job with the song.
Truthfully, I cannot imagine Moe making a mess of a Hank Williams song. Unfortunately my copy of this album was on an audiocassette which I have dubbed onto a CD-R, so the information on it was minimal. Teea has an excellent clear, sweet voice, with strong emotional interpretative skills. Much of the material consists of covers, but Teea avoids ground which is too well worn. This beautiful song may be my favorite track.
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