I owe it to those who take their time and checkout this blog to state my opinion, context, and facts. Things about Elvis, onstage and off, that I found/find interesting. Let me say that I support the professional endeavors of Lisa Marie, and she sings on one of the songs, and she is going through a very difficult time. My heart and prayers go out to her and her family including minor children. I have no question that this endeavor uses the greatest care and exceptional individuals with good intentions and I respect, and appreciate, that. But I have very mixed emotions about Elvis songs being “redone” and here is why.
Elvis surrounded himself with the best of the best. The best backup singers male and female. The best musicians. The best orchestra. The best microphones, speakers, etc. The best recording facilities. And most of all it was Elvis and his voice. Elvis never let his voice me manipulated by technology and please note that during Elvis’ life we had sent men to the moon so we sure had the technology to enhance recordings as 99% of the “singers” do now (i.e. auto tune, recording board alterations, etc.). And Elvis, for all intents and purposes, arranged his recordings PLUS Elvis sounded as good or better live than on recordings. WOW. So if it was good enough for Elvis then it is good enough for me today.
However, I understand taking advantage of enhancing, for sound quality only, some of Elvis’ recordings. To clarify some verbiage or inflections. To hear Elvis’ 4 1/2 octave range in all it’s glory.
Since I have not heard this album my opinion, as there has been other songs/albums “redone”, is that I prefer the original recordings BUT I respect the quality of the efforts on the “new releases” including the usage of exceptional musicians and singers. And I have enjoyed listening to a few of these releases and I have them incorporated on various playlists. So what is my final thought(s)? Well, if you only had to chose one version take the one that Elvis recorded during his life but in this day of “click or swipe and songs magically appear on your iPad, tablet, computer, cell phone, etc.” you can have both.
So now comes the news that there is going to be a “new” release of Elvis Gospel songs and courtesy of Rolling Stone comes this:
A new Elvis compilation, Where No One Stands Alone, will highlight the rock legend’s love of gospel music and feature contributions from Lisa Marie Presley, Darlene Love and more. The record arrives August 10th via RCA/Legacy.
“It was a very powerful and moving experience to sing with my father,” Lisa Marie wrote in her notes for the album. “The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. I’m certain that the lyrics spoke to my father in much the same way.”
Along with Lisa Marie Presley and Love, Where No One Stands Alone will also feature vocals from Cissy Houston – who began singing with Elvis in 1969 as a member of the Inspirations – Terry Blackwood, Armond Morales and Jim Murray. The members of Elvis’ longtime backup group the Stamps – Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland – also contributed to the record.
Where No One Stands Alone is available to pre-order. The record will be released digitally as well as on CD and vinyl. On August 11th, Lisa Marie Presley will join producers Joel Weinshanker and Andy Childs for a special “Where No One Stands Alone” event at Graceland Soundstage.
Where No One Stands Alone Track List
1. “I’ve Got Confidence”
2. “Where No One Stands Alone” (with Lisa Marie Presley)
4. “Crying In The Chapel”
5. “So High”
6. “Stand By Me”
7. “Bosom Of Abraham”
8. “How Great Thou Art”
9. “I, John”
10. “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
11. “He Touched Me”
12. “In The Garden”
13. “He Is My Everything”
14. “Amazing Grace”