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Christmas Album


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Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002W8O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
2. White Christmas
3. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
4. I'll Be Home For Christmas
5. Blue Christmas
6. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
7. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
8. Silent Night
9. Peace In The Valley
10. I Believe
11. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
12. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)

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It may seem weird to call a seasonal album "essential," but along with Phil Spector's Christmas Gift for You, this is arguably the finest rock & roll Christmas album of all time. Recorded in 1957 at the height of his artistry--when he truly could be called the King of Rock & Roll--this album demonstrates Presley having a lot of vocal fun with a variety of styles, whether it's a carol ("Silent Night") or pop standard (Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus"). He does one of the greatest versions of "White Christmas" ever recorded, basically using the Drifters' version as a blueprint--and then singing all the parts himself. His "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is definitive--but the best moments are the "new" tracks written specifically for this release, including the classic "Blue Christmas," Lieber & Stoller's "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" (one of the most sexually suggestive holiday tunes ever), and the wonderful, pop-based "Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me." All these tracks are available on the King of Rock 'n' Roll box set--but if you don't own that, this belongs under any Christmas tree--though Elvis fans have been known to listen to tracks from this in the middle of July! --Bill Holdship

Customer Reviews

One can enjoy this album all through the year.
Alexander J. Cervantes
The quality of the sound is excellent and I like that they used the cover art from the original record album.
Matthew G. Sherwin
This is one of Elvis's best Christmas Albums or any time.
Busy Bea

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Judith C. on November 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is one I initially purchased in 1957. An ardent Elvis fan, I played the album constantly. I converted my father to fanhood, though he was a classical music fan who loved opera. He thought Elvis had a beautiful, rich voice that took him way beyond the lable "rock 'n roll". The songs on this album, from the low-down blues sounds of "Santa Claus is Back in Town" to the reverent "Peace In the Valley" are beautifully excuted by Elvis and wonderfully produced. The whole album brings back a great era for me personally and everyone I know who hears it. It's a Christmas classic for me, but one that I tend to play all year round.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Neal C. Reynolds VINE VOICE on December 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In spite of the continual wave of Elvis imitators, there can be only one Elvis, and on the CD, you get to hear each side of his nature. "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" and "Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me" represent the rockin' Elvis; "Here Comes Santa Claus" and the classic "Blue Christmas" are gentler rock offerings; "White Christmas" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas" are sentimental secular songs; "Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem" and "Silent Night" are reverently delivered traditional carols; "Peace In The Valley" and "I Believe" are beautiful spiritually oriented numbers; and "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" and Stuart Hamblen's "It Is No Secret" brings the album to a very sincerely devotional close.
The entire album is a classic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alexander J. Cervantes on December 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the best pop/rock/gospel Christmas album ever produced. Elvis' favorite time of the year was the Christmas holiday season and his favorite kind of music was Gospel. Therefore, this album is the best of Elvis' most loved music. Elvis' voice projects his sincerity in "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" and in "Peace In The Valley" which was his mother's favorite gospel song. His fervor and sensitivity are revealed in "I Believe" and in "It Is No Secret." Elvis also demonstrates his playfulness in "Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me" and in "Here Comes Santa Claus." Of course, his versions of "Blue Christmas" and "White Christmas" are perennial favorites. If fact, it would not seem like Christmas without Elvis Christmas music. If Elvis was concerned about providing a gift that carried his sentiments of the Christmas season, this album is it. One can enjoy this album all through the year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on December 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was Elvis's first Christmas album, recorded in 1957. It's a certifiable classic. Side one featured Elvis doing secular Christmas songs. "Santa Claus is Back in Town" is an awesome blues song that features D.J. Fontana's best drumming ever, arguably. "White Christmas" is a fine performance that owes a lot to the Drifters' version. "Here Comes Santa Claus" is a cool rockabilly style performance. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" is a good ballad. "Blue Christmas" is Elvis's best Christmas song, and it made everyone forget the original Ernest Tubb version. Side one closed with the original pop rocker "Santa Bring My Baby Back". Side two of the album featured religious songs. However, only two of the songs are actual Christmas songs. The last four songs are taken from the previously released "Peace in the Valley" EP. But when the songs are as great as these four are, why complain? I highly recommend this CD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Fan on August 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the original Elvis Christmas Album as released in 1957. It was considered very controversial when it was released (as were most Elvis releases during that time), but it was still a huge hit commercially, hitting number 1 on the Billboard album charts (before they created a separate category for Christmas albums).

Eight Christmas songs were included in his original 1957 Christmas album along with the 4 Gospel songs from the "Peace In The Valley" EP. His original Christmas album was repackaged and re-released in 1970 with the 4 Gospel songs being replaced by "If Every Day was Like Christmas" (which was originally released as a single in 1966) and the non-Christmas song "Mama Liked The Roses". The 1970 edition was then re-packaged and released on CD as "It's Christmas Time" a few years ago.

Elvis' performance on the songs here are excellent! Several of these recordings have become Christmas classics, still receiving significant radio airplay nearly 50 years after they were recorded!

While this was a great album in its day, it has since been superceeded. All the songs on this album are currently available on the Elvis "White Christmas" CD along with "If Every Day was Like Christmas" and "Mama Liked The Roses" and every song from his "The Wonderful World of Christmas" album which was released in 1971. Unless you just want to buy this CD for its historical significance, I would recommend that you spend a few extra bucks and buy the Elvis "White Christmas" album instead. You will get a lot more Christmas cheer!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark van Hout on December 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
First released in 1957, this was Elvis' first Christmas Album. Due to the fact that Elvis sung the featured songs like he sung e.g. "Teddy Bear", made this album the centre of attention at the time. In Portland a D.J. got fired after playing Elvis' version of "White Christmas" and the album was boycotted by several radiostations. This album features some of the best songs sung by Elvis! A very rough version of "Santa Claus Is Back In Town", a beautiful version of "White Christmas" and a touching "Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem". Included are also 4 gospelclassics like the famous "Peace In The Valley", which we should consider as bonustracks. The booklet contains nice photo's of Elvis at the time of "Jailhouse Rock", which was a hitsingle at the time of this release. All together this is a great album for all people interested in Elvis' early period. For the best Elvis Christmas album ever I recommend "If Every Day Was Like Christmas" (see my review there).
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