Amazing Grace - His Greatest Sacred Performances
is a two-disc compilation of studio master recordings by Elvis
Presley, released in 1994 on RCA Records and certified double
platinum by the RIAA on July 15, 1999. The release also includes a
booklet with session details and an essay by Charles Wolfe.
The set, catalogued as number 66421-2, comprises recordings of
gospel music made by Presley during his career. The contents of all
three gospel albums Presley released in his lifetime are included,
while other songs had appeared on singles, an extended play single,
and other albums. The set also contains five previously unreleased
selections, and the two discs present the studio masters in
chronological session order.
Disc one contains the entirety of his two albums released
respectively in 1960 and 1967, His Hand In Mine and How Great Thou
Art. The other five tracks contain the four-song EP Peace in the
Valley from 1957, incorporated later that year into his first
Christmas album, and the 1965 hit single "Crying in the Chapel"
which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Disc two contains the entirety of his 1972 album He Touched Me, with
the five previously unreleased selections derived from a jam session
captured on March 31, 1972, during the filming for Elvis on Tour.
The songs "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "We Call On Him" were
released as two sides of a single in time for Easter in 1968, and "Only
Believe" and "Help Me" appeared as b-sides of
singles in the 1970s but were excluded from the 1970s box set discs
compiling his complete singles from that decade. The remaining five
tracks appeared on Presley albums released during the 1970s, the
songs "How Great Thou Art" and "Why Me Lord" being concert
This set accompanied RCA's mid-1990s compilation reissue program for
Elvis Presley, including the five-disc box sets The King of Rock 'n'
Roll: The Complete 50's Masters, From Nashville to Memphis: The
Essential 60's Masters, Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70's
Masters, and the two-disc set anthologizing his 1960s soundtrack
recordings, Command Performances: The Essential 60's Masters II.
These nineteen compact discs, containing 507 recordings in total,
constitute a substantial percentage of Presley's career output.
All selections recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, RCA Studio
B in Nashville, Tennessee, the Stax Recording Studio and the
Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee. Unknown location for the
March 1972 jam session. Original recordings produced by Steve Sholes
or Felton Jarvis. (wikipedia