Promised Land (Elvis Presley album)

Promised Land
Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released January 8, 1975 (1975-01-08)
Recorded December 10–15, 1973
Genre Rock
Length 28:17
Label RCA Records
Producer Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley chronology
Having Fun with Elvis on Stage
Promised Land
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rough Guides[3]

Promised Land is a 1975 album by Elvis Presley on RCA Records. It was recorded in December 1973 at Stax Records studios in Memphis and released on Presley's 40th birthday. The material was the second pick from the December 1973 session, as the songs considered strongest had been issued on Good Times. The title track, a cover of the 1965 hit by Chuck Berry, was issued earlier as a single on September 27, 1974, and hit number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK top ten. Its flip side, "Its Midnight", reached 9 on the Country Charts. Another hit single from the album was "If You Talk in Your Sleep" reaching 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the US the album only reached number 47 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, but reached 1 in Billboard's Top Country LPs chart. The album also reached 1 in the Country Cashbox albums chart. In the UK the album reached 21.

In 2011, the FTD (Follow That Dream) collectors label released an expanded, 48-track version of the album including outtakes.

Track listing

Original release

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Promised Land"  Chuck BerryDecember 15, 19732:57
2."There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who'll Take Me Back In)"  Troy Seals, Denny RiceDecember 15, 19733:01
3."Help Me"  Larry GatlinDecember 12, 19732:27
4."Mr. Songman"  Donnie SumnerDecember 12, 19732:08
5."Love Song of the Year"  Chris ChristianDecember 12, 19733:33
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."It's Midnight"  Billy Edd Wheeler, Jerry ChesnutDecember 10, 19733:21
2."Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming"  Rory BourkeDecember 15, 19733:47
3."If You Talk in Your Sleep"  Red West, Johnny ChristopherDecember 11, 19732:35
4."Thinking About You"  Tim BatyDecember 12, 19733:00
5."You Asked Me To"  Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe ShaverDecember 11, 19732:52

Follow That Dream CD reissue

Disc one
1."Promised Land"   
2."There's A Honky Tonk Angel"   
3."Help Me"   
4."Mr. Songman"   
5."Love Song Of The Year"   
6."It's Midnight"   
7."Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming"   
8."If You Talk In Your Sleep"   
9."Thinking About You"   
10."You Asked Me To"   
11."Promised Land" (takes 3, 4) 
12."There's A Honky Tonk Angel" (take 4/composite 5, 3, 8) 
13."Help Me" (take 1 remixed) 
14."Mr. Songman" (take 2) 
15."Love Song Of The Year" (take 1) 
16."It's Midnight" (take 7) 
17."Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming" (take 10) 
18."If You Talk In Your Sleep" (take 5) 
19."Thinking About You" (take 4) 
20."You Asked Me To" (take 3A) 
21."Promised Land" (take 5) 
22."Love Song Of The Year" (takes 3, 4, 6, 7) 
23."It's Midnight" (take 11) 
24."You Asked Me To" (take 2B) 
Disc two
1."It's Midnight" (takes 1-4, 8, 9) 
2."Love Song Of The Year"   
3."Thinking About You" (takes 2, 3) 
4."You Asked Me To" (take 1) 
5."Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming" (takes 2, 3, 4) 
6."Promised Land" (take 2) 
7."Mr. Songman" (take 1) 
8."There's A Honky Tonk Angel" (take 1) 
9."If You Talk In Your Sleep" (takes 6, 9 undubbed) 
10."It's Midnight" (take 10) 
11."Thinking About You" (takes 5, 6) 
12."Love Song Of The Year" (take 2) 
13."You Asked Me To" (take 3B) 
14."There's A Honky Tonk Angel" (takes 6, 7, 8 rough mix) 
15."Mr. Songman" (takes 3, 5) 
16."Promised land" (take 6 undubbed) 
17."Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming" (takes 8, 9 unedited undubbed) 


  • Per Erik Hallin - piano, organ
  • Mary and Ginger Holladay - backing vocals
  • Susan Pilkington - backing vocals
  • Norbert Putnam - bass
  • Ronnie Tutt - drums
  • Voice (Donnie Sumner; Sherrill Nielsen; Tim Baty; Per Eric "Pete" Hallin) - backing vocals

  • JD Sumner & The Stamps (Bill Baize; Ed Enoch; David Rowland) - backing vocals
  • Kathy Westmoreland - backing vocals
  • Per Eric "Pete" Hallin ("Promised Land") - clavinet
  • Felton Jarvis - producer
  • Mike Moran / Dick Baxter - engineers



  1. Allmusic review
  2. Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 892. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.
  3. Simpson, Paul (2004). The Rough Guide to Elvis. London: Rough Guides. p. 150. ISBN 1-84353-417-7.
  4. "Elvis Presley Albums". Retrieved 2012-01-11.

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