Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals); The Jordanaires (background vocals).
Elvis Presley was not just the biggest star of the rock-and-roll era, he was also the most versatile. Driving rock, jumping rhythm and blues, Dean Martin-style ballads, and goofy pop all suited his musical tastes and talents. But Presley's favorite music was Gospel. He warmed up for recording sessions with Gospel songs, and when not on tour was often at his home piano knocking out his favorite hymns. During his lifetime, Presley completed three gospel albums: 1960's HIS HAND IN MINE, 1967's HOW GREAT THOU ART (which won a Grammy for Best Sacred Performance), and 1971's HE TOUCHED ME.
YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE, originally released in 1971, collects all Presley's Gospel recordings not included on those three albums. The album draws tracks from the EP PEACE IN THE VALLEY, various singles, b-sides, and movie soundtracks (including "Let Us Pray," from his final dramatic film "Change Of Habit"). Because these recordings come from different stages of Presley's career, YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE lacks the coherence of the King's other gospel recordings, but there's no denying the power, beauty or sincerity of these performances.