View Poll Results: Best Elvis Presley Gospel Album?

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  • Peace in the Valley

    12 9.84%
  • His Hand in Mine

    21 17.21%
  • How Great Thou Art

    51 41.80%
  • He Touched Me

    38 31.15%
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Thread: Which Elvis Gospel album do you think is his Best?

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    Which Elvis Gospel album do you think is his Best?

    As you may know Elvis had a deep love for gospel music, anykind, an on several recording sessions he recorded some gospel tunes along the way, like Who Am I? on The American Sound Studios, and he often sing his favourites tune in this genere on stage.

    Yet, among all the many recoding sessions he had, he devoted only four just for spirituals, "The Peace in the Valley sessions" in ?57, "The His Hand in Mine Sessions" ?60, "The How Great Thou Art sessions" in ?67, and "The He Touched Me sessions" in ?71; all four in their time and place are some of the fines material Elvis ever recorded, and the released albums made of those session are among his finest ones.

    So from your very personal point of view, which of those sessions/albums, is the better crafted, inspired, performed, produced, has the best musicians, gospel quartets, even which of those has the better cover art, and with which of those do you think Elvis felt more satisfied.

    Ill post my choice latter on.

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    P.S. I meant do you think.
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    I voted for His Hand In Mine. This is like a rock'n' roll album, only in Gospel style. I play this album more than the others.
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    Rough Question

    All of them are wonderful, but in my opinion "He Touched Me" is his best.
    The reason being is because the album is unique in that the album was before its time. The gospel albums '71 mostly were of old hymns, where as Elvis was more contemporary and even had the sounds of contemporary music. The "He Touched Me" album showed a change in Christian music as we know it.

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    I voted His Hand In Mine just because it's the first I bought and it's the album that made me know Gospel music for the first time.
    Anyway...I can't decide what's the best one 'cause I like every album...the last ones are more mature (especially Elvis' voice) but I like also the songs in the album I've choosen.

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    The Original Album.

    Peace In The Valley was only an EP but Elvis did sing those songs beautifully.

    I like many of the late Gospel songs so I am really frustrated with this question...too many qualifications would be needed to reply........so I wont:-)

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    I like my life as straight forward and as uncomplicated as I can get it. I have all of the gospel albums in vinyl but I also bought the He Touched Me cd as it was my favorite so I'll go with that.

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    All of them are wonderful, but in my opinion Peace in the valley is the one i like the most.
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    i can't choose. all of hem

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    I do like the other albums but His Hand In Mine was my first religious album in my collection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leroy View Post
    Think you should change your question because it's not a matter of which album was the best, but which album do you like the best. It's all a matter of personal taste and not the quality of the album. Besides that it would be unfair to compare an album that was recorded in the fifties with an album that was recroded in the seventies. Elvis voice was improved, the recording technigues were inproved and the equippment.
    Personally I like "He Touched Me" the most.
    No I dont think I should change it cause thats exactly what I want to know form all of you, your opinions about the quality of the album; for example, I do think ELvis is Back is his best album from the 60's, thats about quality, but I happend to enjoy more From Elvis in Memphis, you know what I mean now? so From Elvis Memphis is my personal favourite, thats about personal tastes and my feelings towards that LP, but in rigorous musical terms I do think Elvis Is Back is superior, and thats about my own understanding and personal thoughts about music, thoughts that must be sustaintable on certain knowledge but that of course are not universal or ultimate true for everybody to agree with, and that why I want to know about what do you think is Elvis BEST gospel album, and yeah sure, tell us by the way which one you love the most.

    Yes, and album made in the 50's is crafted in very diferent circumstances that one in the 60's, but hey, the fact that ELvis had impoved his vocal abilities, and that technology had bee improved to, well that doesnt make the Clambake sessions artisticly superior than the primitive Sun Session, see what I mean? one thing is technology and technique changing in time an another is artistic achievment, and if you like Clambake more than Mystery Train, well thats totally fine, a matter of tastes, but one thing is that an another is to do critic review of both albums a matter of thoughts about what is artistic creation in human history.

    To compare those albums side by side, that will not prove much, but to compare them with many other gospel albums released around the same time each of Elvis gospel Lp?s where released will give you more clues, which was the most outstanting in its time.
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    He Touched Me. The songs were very contemporary and Elvis' singing was superb--not only rich as ever, but quite spirited. On other songs from the same sessions he did not sound as inspired, which stands to reason.

    I just put the LP on. Sounds absolutely fantastic.

    You know...when most people name their favorite Elvis albums they tend to not include the gospel albums even if they are among their favorites. This is definitely one of mine.
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    I think " He Touched Me" is the best one for many of the reasons above . "Peace in the Valley" is my favorite because that is the one I first heard that my grandfather owned. Good memories associated with that one.
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    Though question but I think I go for He touched me

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    Though I accidently voted for the wrong one above, the How Great Thou Art was my favorite of the ones he put out during his life.

    That said over all I like the one called Elvis Ultimate Gospel the best because it covers the best of all of my favorites from the gospel albums he released. I probably wouldn't have originally bought it, but it was a gift from my son to me and I ended up being really happy with it.

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    Even though I am still not well versed in the gospel music of Elvis Presley...

    "How Great Thou Art" is my favourite. His voice is simply unreal on this album. Every song drips with utter reverence for the divine. And I say this as a pantheist (that's someone who believes in a creator, but not the Christian, Muslim or any kind of God traditionally revealed by religion). "How Great Thou Art", "In The Garden", "Stand By Me", "Run On" and "Crying In The Chapel" -- what singing! The engineering sounds very impressive, too. But it's really all about Elvis: he is totally into all of these songs. "Run On" is also notable for its contemporary sound. A gospel rocker! This is one of my favourites, even though I don't agree with the sentiment of God cutting anyone down! But it''s eclipsed by what is probably my all-time favourite. "Crying In The Chapel" is just gorgeous. Absolute serenity through music.

    "He Touched Me" might be my second choice. If only because it's so different. "Amazing Grace" alone shows the power of Elvis. He was like a poet, but of singing, able to defamiliarise the familiar, deconstructing a classic, then reconstructing it into something entirely different, and doing it so thoroughly and so convincingly that it was rendered anew. Such is the case here. Elvis could have gone for a more traditional rendering of "Amazing Grace", and he might still have topped everyone else, but he deliberately went for a bluesier feel, and it completely sets itself apart, wholly and absolutely. The harmonising is also like nothing else on an Elvis Presley record. It's a bullseye. Pow!

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    "Elvis' Christmas Album" 1957 must have given many of Elvis's original fans a taste for Gospel music. I remember how surprised I was by the whole album at that time, but I distinctly remember the Peace in the Valley song striking a chord.

    The "Amazing Grace" CD set brought us back to listening to the gospel collection. Then came the "He Touched Me" videos and we found ourselves once again immersed in this gospel music....and we are Atheists!

    The BBC kindly sent us a video of it's TV coverage of Elvis's gospel music in "Heaven" a Sunday morning religious programme. Maybe we should request another look at it? [email protected]

    UK Version of the 1957 Album.

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    How Great Thou Art, i love Where No One Stands Alone, he sings that song with the same sort of passion as he does If I Can Dream.

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    I rank them:
    How Great Thou Art
    His Hand In Mine
    He Touched Me
    Peace In The Valley (The only song I like is the title song).

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    He Touched Me is my favortie gospel song of all time I can never sing it live because I start crying, because makes you think of him(elvis.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudcowboy_1 View Post
    He Touched Me is my favortie gospel song of all time I can never sing it live because I start crying, because makes you think of him(elvis.)
    Hey man, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord " does that to me. If i were a performer there is no way I could ever sing that song. I can see it playing in the background as Elvis is received in Heaven. I can see him singing that song and wanting the pain to go away. Needing devine intervention. It makes me profoundly sad.
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