Late singer's hits re-recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for new album
‘If I Can Dream…’ is a collection of Elvis classics with added orchestral backing. The tracks also feature guitarist Duane Eddy, Italian operatic vocal trio Il Volo and singer Michael Bublé on ‘Fever’.
The record includes top hits ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘In The Ghetto’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, as well as lesser known numbers and including a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.
Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley gave ‘If I Can Dream…’ the go-ahead last year after both producer Don Reedman and Elvis’ former Las Vegas conductor approached her with the idea. “This is right down the alley for Elvis,” she said. “This is something he would have loved to do.”
Priscilla Presley went on to say that her late ex-husband had a varied taste in music. “Knowing him, he wanted bigness, he wanted fullness, he wanted drama,” she stated. “Onstage he surrounded himself with the music that influenced him – gospel singers, an orchestra, a rock band.”
“If we kept everything status quo, how do we bring him into the future? How do we bring him current with this generation?” she asked of Elvis’ legacy.
‘If I Can Dream…’, which is due for release on October 30, will be record number 72 for the late singer, who died this month 38 years ago.
‘If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ tracklist:
‘It’s Now Or Never’
‘Love Me Tender’
‘Fever’ (feat. Michael Bublé)
‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’
‘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’
‘If I Can Dream’