How Great Thou Art (Elvis Presley album)

How Great Thou Art (Elvis Presley album)

How Great Thou Art
Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released February 27, 1967
Recorded October 1960 – May 1966
Genre Gospel
Length 31:33
Label RCA Victor
Producer Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley chronology
Spinout
(1966)
How Great Thou Art
(1967)
Double Trouble
(1967)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

How Great Thou Art is the twenty-eighth studio album by Elvis Presley, released by RCA Victor in mono and stereo in February 1967. Recording sessions took place at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 25, 26, 27, and 28, 1966. It peaked at No. 18 on the Top Pop Albums chart. It was certified Gold on February 16, 1968, Platinum and 2x Platinum on March 27, 1992 and 3x Platinum on October 13, 2010 by the RIAA. It won a Grammy Award for 1967 in the Best Sacred Performance category.[2]

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Personnel 2
  • Track listing 3
    • Original release 3.1
    • 2008 reissue bonus tracks 3.2
  • See also 4
  • External links 5
  • References 6

Background

His previous [3] So, recording sessions were arranged with the purpose of producing a Christmas single and a follow-up LP to His Hand in Mine.

How Great Thou Art would in fact be Presley's first non-[3] Jarvis would continue to work with Presley for the remainder of his career.

As the sessions progressed, Elvis rejected many of the planned songs for which [3]

Twelve tracks were completed for the album, including the [3]

The church and its steeple featured on the cover is that of the First Church of Christ, located in Sandwich, Massachusetts.[4]

In 2008, [3]

The album was re-released in 2010 on the FTD label as a two-disc set with outtakes.

Personnel

Track listing

Original release

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "How Great Thou Art"   Stuart K. Hine May 25, 1966 3:00
2. "In the Garden"   C. Austin Miles May 26, 1966 3:11
3. "Somebody Bigger Than You and I"   Hy Heath, Sonny Burke, Johnny Lange May 27, 1966 2:25
4. "Farther Along"   Traditional, arranged by Elvis Presley May 26, 1966 4:04
5. "Stand By Me"   Traditional, arranged by Elvis Presley May 25, 1966 2:26
6. "Without Him"   Mylon LeFevre May 27, 1966 2:27
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "So High"   Traditional, arranged by Elvis Presley May 26, 1966 1:56
2. "Where Could I Go But to the Lord"   James B. Coats May 27, 1966 3:36
3. "By and By"   Traditional, arranged by Elvis Presley May 26, 1966 1:49
4. "If the Lord Wasn't Walking by My Side"   Henry Slaughter May 27, 1966 1:36
5. "Run On"   Traditional, arranged by Elvis Presley May 25, 1966 2:21
6. "Where No One Stands Alone"   Mosie Lister May 25, 1966 2:42
7. "Crying in the Chapel"   Artie Glenn October 31, 1960 2:24

2008 reissue bonus tracks

No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
14. "You'll Never Walk Alone"   Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers September 11, 1967 2:43
15. "We Call On Him"   Fred Karger, Sid Wayne, Ben Weisman September 11, 1967 2:31
16. "Who Am I?"   Charles Rusty Goodman February 22, 1969 2:07

"Crying in the Chapel" was released as a single (RCA 47-0643) on April 6, 1965 and reached number 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. "You'll Never Walk Alone" was released as a single (RCA 47-9600) in March 1968 and reached position 90. Its B-side is "We Call On Him".

See also

  • Carl Boberg, author of the Swedish poem "O Store Gud"

External links

  • LSP-3758 How Great Thou Art Guide part of The Elvis Presley Record Research Database
  • Elvis Presley Discography

References

  1. ^ How Great Thou Art (Elvis Presley album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ GRAMMY Winners Search
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; pp. 203-420.
  4. ^ "Sandwich Massachusetts for Couples". Cape Cod for Couples. 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2011.