Elvis Presley is a name associated with American music of years past, as well as youth rebellion and of course, rock and roll. In an attempt to add to the already “larger than life” reputation the King of Rock has, a new compilation of touched up music will be released this fall under the title of “If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra”.
In the first single being released on the album you can hear “If I Can Dream” with a more full string and horn addition to the original ballad. Originally sang in 1968 as a part of Elvis’s Comeback Special, the song serving as a call for a better world.
Priscilla Presley, Elvis’s widow is the executive producer of the album and executor of the Presley estate. She sites how he would have loved to have the chance to sing with an orchestra, but his music representation during his life would not have approved of such a production. What he could not have during life she was determined to give him in death. She attests that Elvis was in fact a big classical and opera fan during his life, contributing to his interest in singing over an orchestra.
Songs on this album are a mix of those that would pair well with an orchestra, those close to his family’s heart, and a few fan favorites. On the album you will find the likes of Burning Love, Love Me Tender, Steamroller Blues, Anything That’s Part of You, And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind, An American Trilogy, It’s Now or Never, and Fever.
The rejuvenation of these classic Elvis songs, along with additions from modern day artists brings a new generation the talents from the King himself. Be sure to keep an ear to the ground for the release date this fall.
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