Album Title : How Great Thou Art
Catalogue Number : LSP - 3758
Year Release : 08th March 1967

Side 1 : How Great Thou Art - In the Garden - Somebody Bigger Than You and I - Farther Along - Stand By Me - Without Him
Side 2 : So High - Where Could I Go But to the Lord - By And By - If the Lord Wasn't Walking By My Side - Run On - Where No One Stands Alone - Crying in the Chapel

Brief History :
How Great Thou Art is the 28th album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo in February 1967. Recording sessions took place at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 25, 26, 27, and 28, 1966. It peaked at No. 18 on the Top Pop Albums chart. It was certified Gold on 2/16/1968, Platinum and 2x Platinum on 3/27/1992 and 3x Platinum on 10/13/2010 by the RIAA. It won a Grammy Award for 1967 in the Best Sacred Performance category.

His previous gospel album His Hand in Mine had been a solid catalog seller for RCA. While Presley faced difficulty getting radio airplay in the mid-1960s, during that decade radio stations played Christmas music at Christmas-time and religious music at Easter, and the Colonel was convinced Presley could break through in these niche markets. So, recording sessions were arranged with the purpose of producing a Christmas single and a follow-up LP to His Hand in Mine.

How Great Thou Art would in fact be Presley's first non-soundtrack album recording of new material since Pot Luck with Elvis in 1962, and his first album release not to include any soundtrack recordings since the previous gospel album in 1960. It also introduced producer Felton Jarvis to Presley on the singer's second non-soundtrack sessions since May 1963. Jarvis would continue to work with Presley for the remainder of his career.

As the sessions progressed, Elvis rejected many of the planned songs for which Freddy Bienstock had obtained publishing deals, and began picking favorites of his own and those of the musicians. The five songs in the public domain were credited as "arranged by Elvis Presley" and published by Elvis Presley Music allowing Bienstock to secure the royalties for those selections. In fact, it is likely that an engaged and enthusiastic Presley indeed did the arrangements, as he certainly did with the title song, his months of practice at home on his beloved gospel songs paying off.

Twelve tracks were completed for the album, including the standards "In the Garden" from 1912 popularized by Billy Sunday and "Run On" from the jubilee tradition. The 13th track, "Crying in the Chapel," had been recorded during the sessions for His Hand in Mine and released as a single in 1965. The sessions also produced the single "Love Letters," two b-sides, and two additional songs that would be added to the Spinout album. The Christmas single would be completed, a composition by Memphis Mafia mainstay Red West "If Every Day Was Like Christmas," at the next session on June 10.

The church and its steeple featured on the cover is that of the First Church of Christ, located in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

Details :
Front Cover : Photo of Elvis. Title top right. DYNAGROOVE RECORDING top right. Catalogue number top left.
​​Rear Cover : Photo of Elvis. Catalogue number top right Mono LPM 3758 / Stereo LSP 3758. Printed in U.S.A. bottom left.
Label : Black with silver lettering & dog on top. RCA Victor Logo in white.
Side 1 : STEREO DYNAGROOVE at bottom.
Side 2 : ​STEREO DYNAGROOVE at bottom.
​Pressing Plant : Indianapolis
​​Matrix Number Side 1 : TPRS - 1895 - 6S (Machine Stamped)
Matrix Number Side 2 : TPRS - 1896 - 5S (Machine Stamped)
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​​Matrix Number Side 1 : TPRS - 1895 -
Matrix Number Side 2 : TPRS - 1896 -
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Details : 1968 Release
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Label : Orange. Rigid vinyl.
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Details : 1970 Release
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Label : Orange. Non flexible vinyl.
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Details : 1971 Release
Front Cover : Photo of Elvis. Title top right. Catalogue number top left. "RE" bottom left.
​​Rear Cover : Photo of Elvis. Catalogue number top right Stereo LSP 3758. Printed in U.S.A. bottom centre. "RE" bottom left.
Label : Orange. Flexible vinyl.
​Side 1 : Side 1 Stereo at top.
Side 2 : ​Side 2 Stereo at top.
​Pressing Plant : Indianapolis
​​Matrix Number Side 1 : TPRS - 1895 - 17S B1 (Machine Stamped)
Matrix Number Side 2 : TPRS - 1896 - 13S A7 (Machine Stamped)
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Details : 1976 Release
Front Cover : Photo of Elvis. Title top right. Catalogue number top left.
​​Rear Cover : Photo of Elvis. Catalogue number top right Stereo LSP 3758. Printed in U.S.A. bottom centre.
Label : Black dog top right.
​Side A : RCA logo at top.
Side B : RCA logo at top.
​Pressing Plant : Indianapolis
​​Matrix Number Side 1 : TPRS - 1895 - 17S C4 (Machine Stamped) WA (Hand Etched)
Matrix Number Side 2 : TPRS - 1896 - 18S AC (Machine Stamped)
*NOTE* Front & Rear cover "RE" bottom left. Side A & B now replaces Side 1 & 2.