Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals); James Burton, Chip Young, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito (guitar); David Briggs, Charlie McCoy, Joe Moscheo (piano, organ); Norbert Putnam (bass); Jerry Carrigan, Kenneth Buttrey (drums); The Imperials, The Nashville Edition (background vocals).
Recorded at RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee on May 17-19 & June 8-9,
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals); J.D. Sumner, The Imperials Quartet, The Nashville Edition, The Stamps (vocals).
Elvis' third and final gospel album, HE TOUCHED ME taps a more modern vein than do his previous gospel efforts. Presley's earlier gospel recordings adhere to traditional piano, organ and vocal arrangements. The material on those albums is similarly drawn from older, familiar sources. For HE TOUCHED ME, Presley fleshes out the backing tracks with drums and electric guitars. The material on HE TOUCHED ME includes a number of contemporary gospel songs in addition to such older favorites as "Amazing Grace" and "Bosom of Abraham."
The results are funky, soulful, occasionally raucous, and a true revelation for those willing to write off Elvis' later recordings. As he would more frequently in the later stages of his career, Elvis sings here in a bold dramatic baritone with a wide vibrato, a style that communicates well his heartfelt devotion to this material. HE TOUCHED ME was nominated for a 1972 Grammy in the Best Inspirational Performance category.