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How Great Thou Art

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Basic Stats

(Just the facts, ma'am!)

Written by: Carl Boberg, Stuart K. Hine

Recorded: May 25, 1966, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 4.

Single:w/ "His Hand In Mine", 74-0130, March 25, 1969
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0670, December 1970

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't chart

1st LP release: How Great Thou Art - March 8, 1967
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My Spin

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Although "Crying In The Chapel" was Elvis' most successful gospel single, there's no doubt that the one gospel performance most identified with Elvis is "How Great Thou Art". It may be in part because of being the title song to a very fine and popular gospel album, but mostly because Elvis' vocal performance of this classic hymn ranks up there with the finest of his recordings, gospel or otherwise!

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

In "How Great Thou Art" we have one of Presley's finest recorded performances. It is sung almost throughout in his low register, with deep rumblings from piano, timpani and male voice singers. The overall effect is overwhelming. Presley brings a magical top F at the end.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

What can be said about this one except "How Great Thou Art"? Nearly every notable singer of "sacred" music has recorded it, but Elvis' rendition was monumental - gentle, deep, mellow, richly evocative, and building up to a stunning climax. The production, though complex, seems effortless, with a tinkling Floyd Cramer piano and the Jordanaires and Imperials taking a verse. Worth more than the words of 10,000 screaming evangelists, and it reputedly brought tears to the eyes of the recording technicians.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"How Great Thou Art" Lyrics and Downloads

Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

When Christ shall come
With shout of acclamation
To take me home
What joy shall fill my heart

Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim my God how great thou art

Then sings my soul my savior God to thee
How great thou art
How great thou art
Then sings my soul my savior God to thee
How great thou art
How great thou art
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