Elvis Presley’s recorded works have been repackaged in a myriad of ways over the years but they have rarely been reimagined.
On October 30, Legacy Recordings will release If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring the voice of Elvis over brand new orchestral arrangements of his songs and including a duet with Michael Bublé.
If I Can Dream focuses on the iconic artist’s unmistakable voice, emphasizing the pure power of The King of Rock and Roll. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with acclaimed producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, the 14-track album features Elvis’ most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
“This would be a dream come true for Elvis,” Priscilla Presley says of the project. “He would have loved to play with such a prestigious symphony orchestra. The music…the force that you feel with his voice and the orchestra is exactly what he would have done.”
Don Reedman also commented, “Abbey Road Studios and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are as good as it gets and Elvis deserves as good as it gets.”
The album features a duet with best-selling jazz-pop singer Michael Buble on Fever. The album also includes additional contributions by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Duane Eddy adding his signature sound to An American Trilogy and Bridge Over Troubled Water, and Italian operatic pop trio Il Volo lending their outstanding vocals to It’s Now or Never. As arranger Nick Patrick said, “This is the record he would have loved to make.” If I Can Dream also highlights Elvis Presley’s diverse musical tastes and appreciation for great vocalists spanning a variety of genres from standards to opera.
The track listing:
It’s Now Or Never (featuring Il Volo)
Love Me Tender
Fever (featuring Michael Buble)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (featuring Duane Eddy)
And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
There’s Always Me
Can’t Help Falling In Love
In The Ghetto
How Great Thou Art
An American Trilogy (featuring Duane Eddy)
If I Can Dream
If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be released as a single CD, double vinyl LP and on digital services.
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