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Elvis Now is the sixteenth studio album by American singer Elvis Presley, released on February 20, 1972. The only single from the album, "Until It's Time for You to Go" / "We Can Make The Morning" reached number 9 on the Adult Contemporary Chart in the US in March 1972 and number 5 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1972. The album was certified Gold on March 27, 1992, by the RIAA. "Sylvia" became a hit for Elvis in Brazil in the 1970s.

Elvis Now
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 20, 1972 (February 20, 1972)
RecordedJanuary 22, 1969 – June 8, 1971
GenreRock, country
LabelRCA Records
ProducerFelton Jarvis; Chips Moman ("Hey Jude")
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis sings The Wonderful World of Christmas
Elvis Now
He Touched Me
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
MusicHound3/5 stars[2]
Rough Guides2/5 stars[3]


Despite the "now" in the title, the tracks on this album were recorded anywhere from one to three years before its release. The Beatles' "Hey Jude" was a leftover from the sessions at the American Studio in Memphis in early 1969. "Sylvia" and "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago" were recorded during the Nashville sessions of June 1970 (the latter had been released in fragmentary form on the Elvis Country album). The rest of the songs were from more recent sessions held at RCA Studio B in Nashville in March, May, and June 1971.

Unlike Elvis' other albums of that period (Elvis Country, He Touched Me and Elvis sings The Wonderful World of Christmas, each dedicated to a particular genre) Elvis Now encompasses a variety of genres, including country, gospel, soul and pop.


In 2010 an extended version of the album was released as part of the FTD collector series. It consists of the original 1972 album and a number of bonus tracks, originating from the 1971 Nashville sessions: two non-album singles from 1971 ("I'm Leavin'" and "It's Only Love"), a B-side from the upcoming "An American Trilogy" single ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face") as well as plenty of outtakes, including "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" informal jam, lasting more than nine minutes (its shortened version having been included on the 1973 Elvis album).

Track listingEdit

Original releaseEdit

Side one[4]
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Help Me Make It Through the Night"Kris KristoffersonMay 16, 19712:49
2."Miracle of the Rosary"Lee DensonMay 15, 19711:52
3."Hey Jude"John Lennon, Paul McCartneyJanuary 22, 19694:31
4."Put Your Hand in the Hand"Gene MacLellanJune 8, 19713:17
5."Until It's Time for You to Go"Buffy Sainte-MarieMay 17, 19713:59
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."We Can Make The Morning"Jay RamseyMay 20, 19713:56
2."Early Mornin' Rain"Gordon LightfootMarch 15, 19712:57
3."Sylvia"Geoff Stephens, Les ReedJune 8, 19703:18
4."Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"Johnny Mercer, Rube BloomMay 18, 19713:18
5."I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago"adapted and arranged by Elvis PresleyJune 4, 19703:12

2010 Reissue (FTD)Edit


Sourced from Keith Flynn.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

  • Elvis Presley - lead vocals; acoustic rhythm guitar on "Hey Jude," "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago," and "Sylvia"
  • James Burton - lead guitar
  • Norbert Putnam - bass
  • Chip Young - rhythm guitar
  • Charlie Hodge - acoustic rhythm guitar
  • David Briggs - piano
  • Jerry Carrigan - drums, percussion on "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread," "We Can Make the Morning," and "Help Me Make It Through the Night"
  • Charlie McCoy - harmonica on "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago" and "Early Morning Rain"; organ, percussion, or harmonica on "Sylvia" and "Miracle of the Rosary"; organ on "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Put Your Hand in the Hand," and "Until It's Time For You To Go"
  • Kenneth Buttrey - drums on "Until It's Time For You To Go," "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)," "We Can Make the Morning," and "Help Me Make It Through the Night"
  • Reggie Young - lead guitar on "Hey Jude"
  • Bobby Wood - piano on "Hey Jude"
  • Bobby Emmons - organ on "Hey Jude"
  • Tommy Cogbill - bass on "Hey Jude"
  • Mike Leech - bass on "Hey Jude"
  • Gene Chrisman - drums on "Hey Jude"
  • Joe Moscheo - piano on "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"
  • Glen Spreen - organ on "Until It's Time For You To Go"


  1. ^ Elvis Now at AllMusic
  2. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 892. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Simpson, Paul (2004). The Rough Guide to Elvis. London: Rough Guides. p. 147. ISBN 1-84353-417-7.
  4. ^ "Elvis Presley Albums". Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  5. ^ "Elvis Now : FTD Special Edition 2 CD". Retrieved 2012-05-13.
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