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Christmas Songs: Elvis Presley

December 15, 2009

Christmas Duets is a 2008 Christmas album, consisting of archival Elvis Presley recordings mixed with modern vocals by contemporary country and gospel singers. Here’s a summary of John Bush’s review from allmusic.com .

The guests are virtually all female, and virtually all come from the country field (or have recorded country in the past). It’s easy to note the clever marketing moves made throughout the entire project, but that doesn’t stop the results from being surprisingly agreeable, a good effort at attempting to re-create the sound and feel of classic Elvis Christmas songs from the ’50s (and a few from the early ’70s). It’s clear that the project was handled with a great deal of care, from the sympathetic productions to the fact that the producers got help from more than just a few musicians who knew Elvis well. With Gordon Stoker leading the Jordanaires (Elvis’ prime backing group), and Hargus ‘Pig’  Robbbins tinkling the ivories, this is certainly the kind of session date that Elvis wouldn’t have missed (and would have ensured lasted well into the night). The duet vocals are usually fine, especially since Elvis and his guests are usually trading lines, which works much better than the occasional duet harmonies.

Download the King of Rock & Roll’s  five (5) Christmas tunes here which includes I’ll Be Home For Christmas (w/ Carrie Underwood), Silent Night (w/ Sara Evans), White Christmas (w/ Amy Grant), O Come All Ye Faithful (w/ Olivia Newton John) and Winter Wonderland.

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  1. January 5, 2010 15:51

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