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Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Poll ended at Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:14 pm

Promised land
21
78%
There's A Honky Tonk Angel
1
4%
Help me
1
4%
Mr Songman
0
No votes
Love Song Of The Year
1
4%
It´s midnight
1
4%
Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming
2
7%
If You Talk In Your Sleep
0
No votes
Thinking about you
0
No votes
You asked me to
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 27

Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:14 pm

It´s been a while since the last poll. I´ve got a new job, so there´s been lots of work and lots of learning. “Promised land” was probably one of the 6 or 7 first albums that I owned as a child and I do remember listening to it a lot. And it´s still a great effort from Elvis. In my opinion, it´s just the “Elvis country” album that is better of his 70´s album. Some of you will probably rank “That´s the way it is” higher, and with a good reason. The voice from 1970 is almost unbeatable. But I like the mix of different tempos on “Promised land”. The hard rock of the title track, the waltz tempo in “There´s a honky tonk angel”, the steamy soul of “If you talk in your sleep”, the pop feeling of “Thinking about you” and the pure upbeat country of “You asked me to” and so on.

Let´s start from the beginning. The title track must be the best studio album opener since “Wearin´ that loved on look”. It smokes! It sounds like James had to stop his solo because of Elvis starts singing again. This is in my opinion Elvis´best rocker of the 70´s, even better than “Burning love”.

Normally, I´m not that fond of those many waltzy ballads, like “This is our dance” (terrible song), but this country ballad is fine. A fantastic vocal performance.

Elvis makes “Help me” better than it is by a very heartfelt performance. He must have liked this song very much (falling down on his knee while recording it). Even some later live versions is quite good.

“Mr Songman” isn´t top notch material (Lamar did ask “Who brought this piece of sh*t?” in the studio). And it´s probably the last song from this album that I would play to a non-Elvis fan. But Elvis performance is ok.

Side one ends with “Love song of the year” and I would like to repeat what I wrote about “Mr Songman”.

But “It´s midnight” is a haunting ballad. It also have some kind of wonderful production that only could have been done at Stax studios. One of Elvis best songs of the 70´s.

Next up is “You´re love´s been a long time coming”. Probably one of Elvis most unknown songs and seldom discussed. Again a fantastic vocal performance and the song ain´t that bad either. Underrated in my opinion.

Red West´s “If you talk in your sleep” is fun to play to non-Elvis fans. They hardy believe that it´s Elvis. More recordings in this style, could have given Elvis higher ratings in the general public of the 70´s and the song also fits good in the “Vegas style” with the heavy horn arrangement. The lyrics are very un-Elvis, but quite cool.

“Thinking about you” is a pop song with some positive lyrical vibes. Though the song isn´t that special, it´s easy to sing a long with. My wife (more of an Elton John-fan) likes this one.

The album ends on a remarkable way. This “out-law” country song is so good performed and the band cooks, especially Burton and Tutt. If it wasn´t for the classic title track, this song could have gotten my vote, but on an another day it also could have been “It´s midnight” or “If you talk in your sleep”. Of those ten tracks, eight are above average and a few are splendid. So sad that the album cover is one of the worst. There are photos from the same gig or from the Vegas ´74 season, that is so much better. I guess that some papers got their idea of “Fat and forty”, when they looked at this cover.

Have a nice weekend and…yes…Vote on

Kind regards
Björn

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:53 pm

I voted for Promised Land, one of the best rockers of the 70's, and recently discussed as Elvis' last truly great recording. Everything about the performance is infectious - he's clearly having so much fun, and the band are rocking as well.

There are other strong performances here - in fact, I don't think there's a weak vocal on the whole album, it's just the actual material that fluctuates. You Asked Me To is sublime, Honky Tonk Angel is always a favourite, and along with It's Midnight and If You Talk In Your Sleep, they make a very strong set of recordings. Help Me is ok, but somehow, I prefer the live version from Memphis, despite the screaming of some girl in the crowd.

As for the rest, they are all solid vocals, and I don't actively dislike any of them.

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:57 pm

Easy choice, Promised Land is one of my alltime favorite songs!
Got the single as a christmas present along withe the album Elvis Country back in 1974!
Talk about great christmas presents :D

I can´t say that I think it´s a great album because there are two REALLY weak songs.
Mr. Songman and Love song of the year is not my cup of tea, especially not Mr. Songman.
How that song could picked as a B-side to the great song T.R.O.U.B.L.E is beyond me.

Still there are other really good songs on this album as you have mentioned Dreambear but it
could have been so much better if RCA had released just ONE album from this session instead of two.
What a great album that never was!

Lennart

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:37 pm

I either like, or can tolerate every song on the album. But there's none better than the title cut on the LP.

Was this released in '75 or the latter part of '74?

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:34 pm

i got this on lp when it was released ,and like all the songs on it esp.the title track and thinkin about you

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:01 am

Was this released in '75 or the latter part of '74?[/quote]
I think it was released in january 1975 for Elvis 40:th birthday!

Lennart

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:15 am

The title track is a classic but many other good songs too - Honky Tonk Angel, If You Talk, Midnight, Thinkin' About You, Your Love's Been a Long Time.
I even have a soft spot for Love Song of the Year.
Two more uptempo songs and we would have had an absolute classic album

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:14 am

Lennart wrote:Easy choice, Promised Land is one of my alltime favorite songs!
Got the single as a christmas present along withe the album Elvis Country back in 1974!
Talk about great christmas presents :D

I can´t say that I think it´s a great album because there are two REALLY weak songs.
Mr. Songman and Love song of the year is not my cup of tea, especially not Mr. Songman.
How that song could picked as a B-side to the great song T.R.O.U.B.L.E is beyond me.

Still there are other really good songs on this album as you have mentioned Dreambear but it
could have been so much better if RCA had released just ONE album from this session instead of two.
What a great album that never was!

Lennart


Why Mr. Songman was B-side? Perhaps Elvis wanted to do Donnie Sumner a little favour??? Only a guess.

Regards Björn

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:46 pm

dreambear wrote:
Lennart wrote:
Why Mr. Songman was B-side? Perhaps Elvis wanted to do Donnie Sumner a little favour??? Only a guess.

Regards Björn


Plausible.

My vote also went to Promised Land, although I was tempted to go for If You Talk In Your Sleep.

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:32 am

Rob wrote:I either like, or can tolerate every song on the album. But there's none better than the title cut on the LP.

Was this released in '75 or the latter part of '74?


Rob, the Promised Land single was released in October '74, the album January '75.

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:37 am

After having the single, I was looking forward to the album. It didn't let me down. I like all the songs on the album! Sure Promised Land is the standout performance on the album!

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:17 pm

In my opinion, 5th best album in the 70´s after "Elvis Country", "On Stage", "That´s the Way It is" and "He touched Me".
Should have been a single STAX album (instead of three) and, yes, PROMISED LAND is the masterpiece.

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:18 am

So many strong performances on this album, one of my favorites, but I had to go with the title track. I love that basic 3 chord rock and roll, and it's hard to beat Chuck Berry for material. Elvis is into the song, and Burton cuts loose with a couple of great solos. Second choice would probably be Larry Gatlin's "Help Me" - simple song, but the lyrics ring true for this listener, and again, Elvis sings it with feeling. "There's a Honky Tonk Angel" is one of my favorites - even moreso after hearing the version on "Rhythm and Country". Lots of soul in Elvis' voice on this one. "It's Midnight" is a powerful performance - starts off so quiet, builds to a crescendo. Elvis is in control all the way. "If You Talk in Your Sleep" is so funky - maybe in a slightly Vegas way, but again, this song fits Elvis like a glove. Definately not typical Presley lyrics, though. 'You Asked Me To" is just a relaxed, confident performance. Again, the kind of song Elvis was completely at home with. "Thinking About You" is also a nice performance of a nice song, and I like "Mr. Songman" just fine. Donnie Sumner once said that Elvis would record anything his friends wrote, didn't care what it said. I hope Donnie got some nice paychecks for this one. The weakest tune, for me, is "Love Song of the Year". It's not bad - Elvis does a nice job with the melody, and the Stamps backgrounds are very nice, but it's still not a great song. Amazing that the last album to come out of the Stax sessions was the best of the bunch. If memory serves, it made it to #1 on the country albums chart, but it's really a shame it didn't do better overall, as it was one of Elvis' best 70's efforts.

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:59 pm

I have a feeling that we already has a winner... :shock: It´s my favourite track too, but I thought that more people should vote on "It´s midnight" or perhaps "Help me".

Regards Björn

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:24 pm

I thought about voting for another track, but that would've been dishonest. "Promised Land" is one of my favorite Elvis tracks EVER. I love Chuck Berry's songs, and Elvis doing Berry is all-time!

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

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Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:49 am

Why would anyone vote for "Help Me"? It’s the poorest vocal performance on the album. The live version from Memphis is much better.

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:01 am

Because they like it?

Just a guess.

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:42 am

"Help Me" was my second choice. I think Elvis' vocal is just fine, but I agree the live version is even better. My #1 choice from that album, though, was "How Great Thou Art".

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:23 am

I've gotta go with the title track. His version of "Honky Tonk Angel" outshines Conway Twitty's, and I like Conway's music alot.

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:42 pm

Ken Jensen wrote:Why would anyone vote for "Help Me"? It’s the poorest vocal performance on the album. The live version from Memphis is much better.


Because the song has been mentioned before on this forum by members, mostly in a positive way (which is not the case with a song like "Mr Songman")..

Kind regards//Björn

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:46 am

Taste in music as with many things in life is subjective. Personally, I like Help Me, and I prefer the studio version.

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:38 am

Johnny Cash liked "Help Me", too. He featured it in his movie "Gospel Road", and later recorded it for "American V: A Hundred Highways". Kris Kristofferson heard Larry Gatlin sing it and was inspired to write "Why Me, Lord".

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:01 pm

This poll was created to nominate the BEST track on the LP, not people’s personal favorites. That disqualifies vocal dross such as "Help Me" or well-sung performances such as "Mr. Songman" and "Love Song of the Year".

The live version of "Help Me" is another matter entirely, although it cannot compare to "How Great Thou Art", which is the best track on the Memphis concert.

Re: Best track on "Promised land" LP 1975

Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:06 pm

Ken Jensen wrote:This poll was created to nominate the BEST track on the LP, not people’s personal favorites. That disqualifies vocal dross such as "Help Me" or well-sung performances such as "Mr. Songman" and "Love Song of the Year".

The live version of "Help Me" is another matter entirely, although it cannot compare to "How Great Thou Art", which is the best track on the Memphis concert.


Well, my intention was to nominate the "best track by the different members opinion".

Kind regards//Björn