You don’t have to be a believer to love the gospel recordings of Elvis Presley. If you’re looking for the ideal CD for Christmas you may want to consider his gospel collection «Amazing Grace – His Greatest Sacred Performances». It’s a pleasure to hear Elvis sing together with great vocal groups like The Jordanaires, The Imperials Quartet, The Sweet Inspirations and wonderful singers like Millie Kirkham and J.D. Sumner.
Most tunes are tastefully arranged and performed, the songs from the fifties are mostly acoustically accompanied and don’t have drums. The songs from the sixties and seventies are more stirring. Especially the songs recorded in the seventies make you wanna jump up and dance. For the seventies recordings Elvis was backed by fine musicians who knew how to groove. Among others there were James Burton and Chip Young on guitar, on electric bass Norbert Putnam, and on drums Ron Tutt.
«Amazing Grace – His Greatest Sacred Performances» is a 2-disc set and presents 55 songs from 1957 to 1974. It already came out in 1994, but because it’s a real classic it’s worth to take a look at it again. The CDs comes with a detailed booklet which gives you a lot of background information.