Wednesday, August 5, 2015

If I Can Dream - With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Elvis news)

If I Can Dream - With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Elvis news)


(Cover USA Version)


(Cover UK Version)

A new CD scheduled for release in October will unite the music of Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on songs like "Burning Love" and "Love Me Tender."

The album, announced Tuesday, also features a duet with Michael Buble on "Fever" and appearances by the singers Il Volo and guitarist Duane Eddy. The orchestra adds its backing to original tracks recorded by Presley, who died in August 1977.

"This is right down the alley for Elvis," said Priscilla Presley, the late singer's former wife. "This is something he would have loved to do."

Presley said the disc, "If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra," was conceived during discussions she had with producer Don Reedman while she was in London acting in a play two years ago. She admitted initial skepticism, since her role with Elvis' estate requires her to sift through a lot of lousy ideas for use of his name or music.

But it grew on her, and when Elvis' former Las Vegas conductor approached her with a similar idea last year, she saw it as validation. The disc, recorded in London's famed Abbey Road studio, is set to come out Oct. 30.

While Elvis was obviously known best for rock 'n' roll, he had a large music collection that encompassed many different styles, she said. And he loved the sound of an orchestra.

"Knowing him, he wanted bigness, he wanted fullness, he wanted drama," she said. "His manager at the time, Col. Parker, said 'just have Elvis singing, that's all the people want.' But onstage, he surrounded himself with the music that influenced him — gospel singers, an orchestra, a rock band. People didn't get that."

She and Reedman obviously include some well-known Presley songs, like "In The Ghetto" and "It's Now or Never." But they also wanted some songs that may be overlooked in his catalog, like Neil Diamond's "And the Grass Won't Pay You No Mind" or a version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

The new disc will add to what is already one of the most active and successful entertainment estates, largely through the work of Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie Presley. Forbes magazine, in its annual list of earnings by dead entertainers, said Presley's estate earned $55 million for the year ending October 2014. That's second to Michael Jackson.

In 2013, Presley's intellectual property rights were sold to Authentic Brands Group, signaling a new activism with the estate. Priscilla Presley also said she's pleased with the work of Sony Legacy, the label that has taken control of packaging Presley's music.

"Elvis was a risk-taker," she said. "If we kept everything status quo, how do we bring him into the future? How do we bring him current with this generation? How do we move on and continue the legacy? We're not going to let that happen."

1 CD Version

01. Burning Love 
02. It’s Now Or Never (Ft. Il Volo) 
03. Love Me Tender 
04. Fever (Ft. Michael Buble)
05. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Ft. Duane Eddy)
06. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind 
07. You've Lost That Loving Feeling 
08. There's Always Me
09. Can't Help Falling In Love 
10. In The Ghetto 
11. How Great Thou Art 
12. Steamroller Blues 
13. An American Trilogy (Ft. Duane Eddy)
14. If I Can Dream

Box Release Version

CD 1

01. Burning Love
02. It's Now or Never
03. Love Me Tender
04. Fever - Elvis Presley feat. Michael Bublé
05. Bridge Over Troubled Water
06. And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind
07. You've Lost That Loving Feeling
08. There's Always Me
09. Can't Help Falling In Love
10. In the Ghetto
11. How Great Thou Art
12. Steamroller Blues
13. An American Trilogy
14. If I Can Dream
15. Anything That's Part of You
16. What Now My Love
17. Heartbreak Hotel

CD 2

01. Burning Love
02. It's Now or Never
03. Love Me Tender
04. Fever - Elvis Presley feat. Michael Bublé
05. Bridge Over Troubled Water

CD 3

01. And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind
02. You've Lost That Loving Feeling
03. There's Always Me
04. Can't Help Falling In Love

CD 4

01. In the Ghetto
02. How Great Thou Art
03. Steamroller Blues
04. An American Trilogy

CD 5

01. If I Can Dream
02. Anything That's Part of You
03. What Now My Love
04. Heartbreak Hotel

Source: Amazon UK / FECC

6 comments:

  1. No Thanks, If It Was Elvis And The TCB Band New Recordings, Then Maybe
    But I Am Not Paying Good Money For Second Rate Artist To Boost There Career , Thanks For The Info Albert You Are Always Spot on With Elvis News

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  2. I'm not directly a fan of such projects and I really hope for a surprise, like the Viva Elvis project.
    Perhaps Buble has a surprise. ;-)
    But I like to have the US version in my collection. It's for the artwork. :-)

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  3. thank you Alberto, It is not easy made new records of Elvis, therere so many but interesant.

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  4. Nooooooo Don't Mess With Elvis' Music

    Come On Sony Dig Deep Into The Vaults

    The Bootleggers Do A Better Job

    Thanks for The Info Alberto

    I'll Wait For The Unreleased Sun Tapes fingers crossed

    Miss Katie

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  5. Miss Katie...be open to new projects...(A Little Less Conversation / Burning Love are great examples of newer releases for the younger generation.)
    I know that bootleggers do a better job, (not always imho) but recently there are multiple re-releases of old bootlegs....just with an "improved" sound....
    Miss Katie...did you listen to "If I Can Dream"?....I did !! and it sounds great....they just add some horns/strings and back up voice....they did NOT ruin/ change Elvis' voice !
    Miss Katie...."Unreleased Sun Tapes !!!!!".....yeah !!! keep my fingers crossed !....it will NEVER happen !!!! ;) what ever has been released in the 80's and 90's....that's all there is.....
    Thanks Albert for this news..... I definitely will enjoy this new release.
    Thanks,
    Ray

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  6. Absolutely LOVE this album, Has blown me away. Play it daily at the moment. So proud of its success here in the UK too.

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