Personnel: Elvis Presley (guitar, piano); Charlie Hodge (vocals, guitar); Mary Holladay, Susan Pilkington, Dolores Edgin, June Page, Temple Riser, Sonja Montgomery, Mary Hylan Cain, Ginger Holladay, J.D. Sumner, Marilyn Mason, Kathy Westmoreland, The Blossoms , The Jordanaires, Jack Halloran, Ron Hicklin, Millie Kirkham, Joe Babcock (vocals); Chip Young, Dennis Budimir, Robert Gibbons, Mike Deasy Sr. , Hank Garland, Harold Bradley, Howard Roberts , James Burton, Jerry McGee, Reggie Young , Scotty Moore, Tommy Tedesco , Tiny Timbrell, Robert Bain (guitar); Pete Drake (steel guitar); Tommy Morgan (harmonica); Gus Bivona, Jerry Scheff, Rufus Long, Boots Randolph (saxophone); Roy Caton, George Worth (trumpet); Richard L. Noel, Lew McCreary, Butch Parker (trombone); John "Snakehips" Johnson, Robert Corwin (tuba); Henry Slaughter (piano, organ); Don Randi, Dudley Brooks, Floyd Cramer, Glen D. Hardin, Roger Kellaway, Joe Moscheo, Gordon Stoker, Larry Muhoberac, Bobby Ogdin, Bobby Wood (piano); Michel Rubini (harpsichord); Randy Cullers, Glen Spreen, Hoyt Hawkins, Bobby Emmons (organ); Larry Knechtel (keyboards); Buddy Harman (drums, timpani); D.J. Fontana, Curry B. Tjader, Gene Chrisman, Frank Carlson, Hal Blaine, John Guerin, Kenny Buttrey, Ronnie Tutt, Jerry Carrigan (drums); Elliott Franks, Rob Galbraith, John Cyr (percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Vic Anesini.
Liner Note Authors: Mike Cimicata; Ernst Mikael Jorgensen.
Recording information: American Studios, Memphis, TN (01/12/1957-03/20/1974); Decca Universal Studio, Hollywood, CA (01/12/1957-03/20/1974); Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis (01/12/1957-03/20/1974); Paramount Studio Recording Stage, Hollywood, CA (01/12/1957-03/20/1974); Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (01/12/1957-03/20/1974); RCA Studio, Nashville, TN (01/12/1957-03/20/1974); Rocca Place, Hollywood, CA (01/12/1957-03/20/1974); Stax Studios, Memphis (01/12/1957-03/20/1974); United Artists Recorders, Hollywood, CA (01/12/1957-03/20/1974); Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA (01/12/1957-03/20/1974).
Arranger: Elvis Presley.
The four-disc I BELIEVE: THE GOSPEL MASTERS is the most comprehensive overview of Elvis Presley's gospel material ever assembled. The first three discs contain all of the inspirational material Elvis recorded in studio during his three-decades-plus career, while the fourth disc contains songs from his soundtracks and TV appearances, along with two legendary (and previously bootleg only) rehearsal tapes from 1966 and 1972. This is the last word on Elvis Presley's gospel side.
Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Ultimately, the sacred songs became integral to Elvis' make-up, and he put more of his heart and soul into them than much of the throwaway pulp of the movie years."