The Bottom Line
- The first single-disc overview of Elvis' gospel work; perfect for neophytes.
- Remastered sound brings out nuances never heard before.
- Covers his gospel work equally and thoroughly.
- Non-chronological track order may put off some listeners.
Guide Review - Elvis: Ultimate Gospel
RCA being RCA, many various comps of Elvis' gospel music have already been assembled, but this can claim to be the first single-disc assemblage, two dozen of the finest selections from his spiritual oeuvre, remastered to perfection and featuring great artwork and extensive liner notes. All of the albums and the EP are represented proportionally, and while the non-chronological sequencing may put off some, that likely won't make much difference to most King fans old and new. Think of this as the #1s collection for the spiritual side of Elvis. Neophytes should be warned, however: while far from dull, Presley's view of sacred music was a hushed, quietly reverent one. Not many hosannas here.