Brett Alan wrote:
[ I can't think of too many versions of his post-1964 material, for example.
I don't think it matters when his most copied material comes from as long as it's there. One I forgot that is done a lot is "Promised Land."
In 1964 Johnny Rivers released his live album In Action including this song.
In 1971 Johnnie Allan released a cajun version in the US. It was released in 1974 in the UK.
In 1972 Freddy Weller released a version on an album of the same name. It was a Top 5 country hit.
In 1972 The band Juicy Lucy recorded a version on their album Pieces.
In 1972 Dave Edmunds recorded a cover on the release his album Rockpile, released also as a single in 1972, it reached number 5 in the Australian charts.
From 1972 to 1995 the Grateful Dead covered this song extensively with vocals by rhythm guitarist Bob Weir. The version from Steal Your Face is noted for its driving cowbell-dominated beat.
In 1973 the Canadian-American rock group The Band recorded "Promised Land" for their sixth studio LP Moondog Matinee.
In December 1973, Elvis Presley recorded a powerful, driving version. Presley's version of "Promised Land" was released as a single on September 27, 1974. It peaked at number 14 on the charts in the fall of 1974. It was included on his 1975 album Promised Land. The Presley version was used in the soundtrack of the 1997 motion picture Men in Black.
In 1974 James Taylor recorded a version on his album Walking Man.
In 1977 it was recorded by country singer Billy "Crash" Craddock on his album Live!.
In 1979 Bill Haley & His Comets performed the song live with vocals by former Sha Na Na member Mal Gray.
In 1982 Meat Loaf sang the song on Saturday Night Live. After covering Johnny B. Goode throughout the late 70s, he performed this song regularly throughout the early 80s. He stopped its run on his set list when he started touring in support of the Bad Attitude album. In 1983 he recorded it for his Midnight at the Lost and Found album.
In 2007 Geno Delafose released a zydeco version on his album Le Cowboy Creole.
In 2009 W.A.S.P. recorded a version of this song on the album Babylon.