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Following the success of the two recent albums pairing Elvis Presley’s voice with a full orchestra, Sony music will be releasing Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on October 6.
The album brings together Elvis Presley’s best-loved Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957) and Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas (1971) re-imagined with new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The King of Rock and Roll holds the title of best-selling Christmas album of all time with over 10 million copies sold for Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957). A reissue on RCA’s Camden label was certified Diamond in 2012 by the Recording Industry Association of America, becoming Elvis’ single bestselling album and the bestselling holiday album of all time.
“I hope you’ll enjoy this new Christmas album,” writes Priscilla Presley, executive producer of Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in her liner notes for the record. “The songs chosen were songs that Elvis was particularly fond of and it seemed quite fitting to have the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra once again accompanying him at this very special time of year. I’m positive he would be smiling if this opportunity came up in his lifetime and that this album would definitely be in the making. Merry Christmas to all….”
A deluxe version of the album contains 4 bonus tracks (new symphonic versions of material from Elvis’ Peace In The Valley EP) and will be released on CD and digital formats Friday, November 24.
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Here is the track listing:
Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
1. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
2. White Christmas
3. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
4. Merry Christmas Baby
5. Blue Christmas
6. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
7. Winter Wonderland
8. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
9. Silver Bells
10. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
11. O Come, All Ye Faithful
12. The First Noel
13. Silent Night
DELUXE EDITION BONUS TRACKS (The Peace In The Valley EP)
14. (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
15. I Believe
16. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
17. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
Produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman and recorded at Abbey Road Studio 2, Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra follows in the phenomenal worldwide success of 2015’s If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (which has sold more than 1.5 million copies) and last year’s The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (which sold more than 800,000 copies worldwide).
Read 2015 review of If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley proves he was more than just Rock and Roll with #1 “If I Can Dream” album